🌟 Let’s learn from the fun world of Emojis!🌟
Surely, you’ve come across those little icons that express emotions and concepts in your text messages or on social networks. Yes, we’re talking about emojis, those adorable little faces, symbols and drawings that add a touch of fun and clarity to our online conversations 📱💬
Emojis are like a universal language that transcends language barriers. Whether you are learning Spanish or any other language, a smiley face 😃 always means happiness and good vibes, just as a heart ❤️ express love or passion in any language. 🌎💖
In this blog, we are going to dive into the exciting world of emojis, exploring their meaning and how they are used in language learning, especially when learning Spanish! 💃
So, get ready to discover how emojis can make your online conversations more vibrant and meaningful as you immerse yourself in the experience of learning Spanish. 📚🗨️
Let’s start this journey full of emotion and expression! 😄👍
We are not going to see all the emojis, but we are going to see some that may have a different meaning for you and, even if they are not useful for Charla en español, you will surely learn new expressions thanks to them.
Some of the most used and less used in Spain are the following:
🤯Exploding head: For some people it means “I can’t take it anymore” either because of study or work, but for others it means surprise.
🤩 Head with starry eyes: Here we speak of pleasure and when we have liked something so much that we are fascinated by it. It is very similar to the face with hearts.
🥵 Red face: if you have lived a summer in Valencia, you will know that this emoji is very likely to be used almost every day during the hot Valencian summer. For many Valencians it means extreme heat, but there are also people who relate it not to the weather, but to embarrassment due to making a mistake.
😭 Crying face: It doesn’t only mean sadness, but also disagreement with something or disappointment. If someone told you to go to the cinema and then can’t go, you are more disappointed than sad, don’t you think?
😤 Face blowing smoke: Maybe it’s not universal, but in Spain its meaning is ANGER.
😝 😛 Face sticking out the tongue: This emoji is used to express jokes, mockery or to disagree with something in an informal way.
🙏 Joined hands: It can mean pleading and thanks. How do you use it?
🙆♂️ Person with hands on head: This emoji in some countries means ok, but in Spain few people know its meaning. Did you know it?
♨️ Onsen: Originally from Japan, it is a symbol that is not very well understood outside the country, unless you like hot springs. That is exactly what it represents and it seems to appear on all the maps of Japan.
During the last years there are several emojis that have positioned themselves among the most used and that can mean different types of feelings depending on who uses them. Here we show you some of them:
🚀 Rocket: What can this mean to you? Maybe success? Speed?
🦋 Butterfly: Butterflies can be love, joy, nature, peace. What does a butterfly mean to you?
🤸 Acrobat: If you like rhythmic gymnastics you might want to tell us that you are going to train, but if not… What does an acrobat pirouetting mean? Joy, madness, sport?
And at this point, curiosity has surely knocked at your door and you are wondering: Where do these emojis come from? Who invented them? How did they come into my life without me calling them? How have they become part of my daily life?
Well, it all started in Japan in the 90s and, of course, from the beginning they were associated with a mobile phone. The objective of these emojis is basically the same as it is today: to be able to express feelings and information in a simple way.
Nowadays these emojis are a language that has its own rules.
For example, in their beginnings they could only measure 18×18 pixels and the animals had to look to the left. Over time, as we have seen, they have evolved according to the needs of users, as well as their cultural diversity. An evolution that has made it possible to choose different skin tones, to have a greater inclusion of people with functional diversity and even to add typical internationally known dishes such as paella. 🥘
An emoji that has been present among the food dishes since 2017 and is the first Spanish dish to be on this list.
If you are curious to know how paella became an emoji, you can read this article that tells you how it happened. On the other hand, if you want to access the large repertoire of emojis you have to consult the emojipedia.
By the way, remember two rules:
- When the emoji is a noun,📱 adjective or verb, we have to apply the same rules we use for nouns, adjectives and verbs.
- If we want to use it in a sentence we want to modify, then the emoji goes at the end. 🎉