Animated / Back to the Capital

Animated / Back to the Capital

Sometimes, when you're learning a new language, words you've been using your whole life begin to take on a new richness. The obvious translation for the word "animado" in Spanish is "animated" in English. When we hear the English version, we often think first of animated films. Then, if we think a bit further, we might imagine an animated person--someone who is lively and energetic.  In Spanish, we think of something slightly different, someone who is is in good spirits, encouraged, or excited. More than a personal characteristic, it's an emotional state, and is often used as a verb (animar) to indicate the giving of encouragement. Yet the two words have a similar root and when you take each of them together, the the meaning is richer and more powerful...

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