Spanish word of the week: salir

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

salir VERB to go out; to come out; to leave; to get out

You’ll probably already know salir in the meaning of to go out:

Le encanta salir con las amigas. She loves going out with her friends.

It also means the opposite: to come out:

Cuando salimos del cine, llovía. When we came out of the cinema it was raining.

You don’t only use it to refer to people. If a record or a book comes out, you also use salir:

Acaba de salir su última novela. His latest novel has just come out.

Están todos a la espera de que salga en los próximos días su nuevo album. Everybody’s waiting for her new album to come out in the next few days.

Salir is also a very useful word to know when you’re travelling. For instance, at the airport you might hear:

El vuelo con destino a Caracas sale de la puerta ocho. The flight for Caracas is leaving from Gate 8.

And if you want to check if your flight’s on time, you need to look under the heading SALIDAS, Departures, which comes from the verb salir.

You can apply salir to other forms of transport:

El tren para Barcelona ya salió. The train to Barcelona has already left.

Another related meaning of salir is to get out:

Me quedé encerrado y no pude salir. I got locked in and I couldn’t get out.

¡Sal de ahí! Get out of there!

Come back next week for another insight into Spanish vocabulary!

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