Spanish word of the week: madrugar

This week’s Spanish word of the week is madrugar.

Madrugar is a verb that means ‘to get up early‘ and you can find out how to pronounce it here: 

 

Whether you have to get up early for a special reason or are an early bird, this is the word you need.

Mañana tengo que madrugar. Tomorrow I have to get up early.
Usted debe de madrugar mucho. You must be an early riser.

Madrugar is also used in a well-known proverb:

A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda The early bird catches the worm, or literally, God helps him who gets up early.

A stock reply that Spanish-speakers might well make is:
No por mucho madrugar, amanece más temprano. Time will take its course. or literally, For all your getting up early, day won’t break any earlier.

Come back next week for another insight into Spanish vocabulary!

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