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¡Qué calor!

que calor Spanish

Summers can be very hot in Spain, so in Spanish there are many expressions related to heat which are used on a daily basis during this time of the year. Some of them are based on the word “calor”.

calor vs hot

“Calor” is a noun and it literally means “heat”. Despite being a noun and meaning “heat”, it’s used like the adjective “hot” in English when talking about the weather. Because it’s a noun, you should say “mucho calor”, not “muy calor” to express intensity, which is a very common mistake. It’s a masculine word in most of Spain, but in Andalucía and some regions in Latin America it’s feminine, so you may hear both “mucho calor” and “mucha calor”.

Here are some examples of how to use “calor” to express what the weather feels like:

  • Hoy hace mucho calor. It’s very hot today.
  • Hoy hace un calor asfixiante / sofocante. It’s stiflingly hot / scorching today.
  • Hace demasiado calor para salir a pasear. It’s too hot to go for a walk.
  • ¡Qué calor! Wow, it’s hot!
  • Tengo calor, ¿tú no?. I’m hot, aren’t you? (in a different context, this may have another meaning)
  • Me estoy asando / achicharrando / cociendo (de calor).  I’m roasting / burning / boiling hot.

Enjoy your summer in Spanish!

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