Vocabulario de Rigoberta Menchú

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coyuntura

Circumstance, situation

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reivindicación

Recognition, acceptance; vindication

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legado

Legacy

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inculcar

to instill

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adquirir

to acquire

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cegar

to blind

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denigrar

to denigrate

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retroceder

to move back

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espeluznante

horrific, spine-chilling

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fondo

background; crux

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abusivo

exorbitant, excessive

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pregonar

to announce, proclaim

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consigna / lema

slogan

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abordar

to address/tackle (an issue)

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vejamen

taunt; mistreatment

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occidental

western

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la droga

drug

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victimario

killer

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vicio

bad habit, evil ways

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la doble moral

double standard

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mancomunado

joint (together)

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remesa

remittance

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mezquino

mean spirited

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cómplice

accomplice

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aberración

abominition; atrocity

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ladino

Mestizo (Guat.)

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agonía

state of distress while dying

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altiplano

high plateau in the mountains

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finca

farm estate; plantation

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monte

hill; brush; scrubland (woods)

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sembrar

to sow

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oveja

sheep

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mapache

raccoon

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mimbre

wicker

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paja

straw

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componer

to fix

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campesino

peasant farmer

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componerse

to get better

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matener

to support economically

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milpa

small plot of corn (Mx. C.Am)

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aldea

village

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apoyar

to support

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elote

mazorca (ear of corn) (Mx. C.Am)

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cuartel

military barracks

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terrateniente

wealthy landowner of large amounts of land

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humilde

poor

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encariñarse con

to grow fond of

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a grandes rasgos

in broad strokes; rough outline

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suplir

sustituir (to substitute)

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encapricharse

to set one's mind on; to cling to the idea of; to be infatuated with

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sobresalir

to stand out

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cosmovisión

world view

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ocultar

esconder (to hide)

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educación

upbringing

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copal

incense (tree resin)

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capaz

capable

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culto

worship (service)

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desperdiciar

to waste

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alumbrar

to illuminate, to light up

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aparato

equipment, machine, appliance

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atropello

outrage, abuse

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involucrarse

to get involved

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reflexionar

to reflect on, to think over

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