Have you ever heard about the Pareto principle, also known as the 80–20 rule? This rule can be applied in different fields and language is no exception. The rule states that you get 80% of the results from 20% of the work. This Pareto approach to language learning means that you need to know just 20% of the entire vocabulary for day-to-day communication. If we speak about Spanish vocabulary, the magic number here makes somewhere between 2,000-2,500 words! Yes, just 2,500 words is everything you need to get going in Spanish. Of course the core Spanish vocabulary should have a balanced composition of nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs.That’s the key here.
And this lexicon should include basic aspects of your everyday existence. So, we will try to help kick-start your language by telling you how to say “taking bath or taking shower” in Spanish.
Probably you’ve already come across bañarse and ducharse. Bañarse means “to bathe” and ducharse stands for “to shower”. We would like to point out that both these verbs are reflexive. So, you don’t just “bathe” in Spanish – you “bathe yourself”. The same goes for the verb “ to shower”. Accordingly, “I am going to take bath/shower” will sound either voy a ducharme/bañarme or me voy a duchar/bañar in Spanish. Pretty simple, agree? However, you might get disappointed after you spent hours memorizing these phrases. Why? Because Latinos have a different way of talking about bathing. They don’t duchar!
Mexicans use bañarse for both bathing and showering. Therefore, voy a bañarme or me voy a bañar mean both “I am going to take a bath” and “I’m going to take a shower”. They don’t use ducharse at all! So, when you’re in Mexico, you just bañarse no matter whether you’re soaking in a warm bathtub or having a quick shower. If you still use ducharse in Mexico, you won’t be completely misunderstood but this word will definitely give away your non-Mexican background. We would like to note that the double meaning of bañarse also exist in some other parts of Latin America, especially those with Mexican influence (Argentina, Peru, Chile, etc).
You might wonder how to tell the difference between these two meanings? How to tell if you are actually bathing or taking shower?
The answer is simple. Just add “bathtub” to the sentence. How do you say “bathtub” in spanish? La tina! So, voy a bañarme en la tina or me voy a bañar en la tina will mean that you’re “taking a bath in the bathtub”. The same goes for “shower”. Bañarse en la ducha means “taking shower under the shower.” As you’ve probably guessed the noun ducha refers to “shower” and the verb duchar comes from it.
However, not only la tina stands for “bath” in Spanish. In Latin America, you can also hear people using different words for their bathtubs among which are la bañera and even la bañadera (in Argentina). As for “a shower”, it also has multiple counterparts. Mexicans use the word la regadera as well. If we mean “a heavy rain” saying “shower”, in Spanish it would sound el chubasco or el chaparrón. “A shower” has one more meaning in English language. Also, it can refer to the party before a woman gets married or has a baby. In case a future mom throws a party before a delivery, she invites guests to la fiesta de pañales or el baby shower (simple, isn’t it?). And if you’re arranging a wedding/bridal shower, you’ll have la fiesta prenupcial.
In Spain, the verb bañarse refers not only to bathing in a bathtub. You can use it for bathing in a river, lake, or even pool. Also, note that, depending on the Spanish-speaking country you’re traveling, you can either take a bath/shower (tomar un baño/una ducha) or give yourself a bath/shower (darse un baño/una ducha). Now, you catch how to say “go take a shower” in Spanish?
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