salaba
-I was salting
The word salaba is the imperfect form of salar in the first person singular. There are other translations for this conjugation.
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salar

salar(
sah
-
lahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (culinary)
a. to salt
La chef prefiere salar sus pepinos cuando hace encurtidos.The chef prefers to salt her cucumbers when she makes pickles.
b. to add salt to
¿Podrías salar los vegetales después de que los saltees?Could you add salt to the vegetables after you sauté them?
c. to put salt in
¡Pero esta sopa no sabe a nada! Por favor, sálala.But this soup doesn't taste like anything! Please, put salt in it.
d. to put salt on
Voy a salar las papas fritas.I'm going to put salt on the fries.
2. (to destroy)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
a. to ruin
El huracán saló totalmente el escaparate del panadero.The hurricane completely ruined the baker's storefront.
3. (to ruin)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
a. to spoil
Los quejidos repetidos de María salaron nuestro viaje entero.Maria's constant whining spoiled our entire trip.
b. to bring bad luck
Dicen que abrir un paraguas adentro te sala.They say that opening an umbrella indoors will bring you bad luck.
c. to jinx
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Él nunca quiere que nadie le diga "Buena suerte" antes de una entrevista, porque cree que va a salarlo.He never wants anybody to tell him "Good luck" before an interview because he believes it will jinx him.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
4. (geology) (Andes) (Southern Cone)
a. salt flat
Vivimos cerca de un salar, así que no hay mucho que pueda crecer aquí.We live near a salt flat, so there is not much that can grow here.
b. salt pan
Oigo que el salar de Uyuni en Bolivia es uno de los más famosos del mundo.I hear that the salt pans of Uyuni in Bolivia are some of the most famous in the world.
salarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to fall apart)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to fall through
Le dio vergüenza decir a sus inversionistas que sus planes de negocio se salaron.He was embarrassed to tell his investors that his business plans fell through.
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salar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (para conservar)
a. to salt
2. (para cocinar)
a. to add salt to
3. (echar a perder)
a. to spoil, to ruin
4. (causar mala suerte)
a. to bring bad luck to
salar
(And) (S. Cone) (yacimiento) salt flat; salt pan; (mina) salt mine;
salar
transitive verb
1 (Culin) (para poner salado) to add salt to; put salt in; (para conservar) to salt
2 (Latinoamérica) (arruinar) to ruin; spoil; (gafar) to bring bad luck to; jinx (familiar); (maldecir) to curse; wish bad luck on
3 (And) [+ganado] to feed salt to
4 (Centroamérica) (Caribe) (deshonrar) to dishonour
pronominal verb
salarse (Centroamérica) (México) [+sorpresa, planes] to go wrong; fall through
se le saló la sorpresa se nos salaron los planes
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