False cognates 14: I am desperate because I have to wake up in the morning…?!

False cognates 14: I am desperate because I have to wake up in the morning…?!

False cognates 14:  I am desperate because I have to wake up in the morning…?!

The Spanish way to say “to wake up” is “despertarse”. It is always used in this reflexive form. Doesn’t it sound like “desperate”? Well, for someone who is not a morning person, getting up in the morning is indeed a “desperate” act.

    • despertarse = to wake up

Mi hijo se despierta a las 7 de la mañana para ir a la escuela.
(My son wakes up at 7AM to go to school.)

Then, how do we say “I am desperate…” in Spanish? The Spanish word for “desperate” is “desesperado/a”.
It helps to break it into two parts to remember it: des + esperado (esperar) = lack of hope

Incidentally, the word “desperado”, although it sounds Spanish, is not used in modern Spanish. The term, however, is used in English and describes “a bold or desperate outlaw”. It gained popularity after the release of the song by the Eagles, “Desperado”.

    • desesperado/da = desperate

Los padres estaban desesperados cuando llegó la noticia.
(The parents were desperate when the news arrived.)

Here is more information about the Spanish prefix “des” at AboutEducation.

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