- saliva, spit [colloquial/familiar] gastar saliva to waste one's breath tragar saliva to swallow hard tragó saliva, cerró los ojos y saltó he took a deep breath o swallowed hard, shut his eyes and jumped decidió tragar saliva y seguir como si no lo hubiera oído he decided to swallow his anger/pride and carry on as if he hadn't heard
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
The RAE (Real Academia de la Lengua Española) is a body established in the eighteenth century to record and preserve the Spanish language. It is made up of académicos, who are normally well-known literary figures and/or academic experts on the Spanish language. The RAE publishes the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española, which is regarded as an authority on correct Spanish. Affiliated academies exist in Latin American countries.