Learning Spanish

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Spanish word of the week: quejarse

quejarse REFLEXIVE VERB to complain Quejarse is a basic word, meaning to complain, which it’s useful to know. To complain about something the preposition you use is de: Se quejaban de la falta de información. They were complaining about the lack of information. If you want to… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: cuento

el cuento NOUN story El cuento, meaning a story, has an ‘-o’ in it, like ‘story’, and is masculine. If you remember that, you won’t muddle it up with la cuenta, the bill. La abuela nos contaba cuentos. Grandma used to tell us stories. un cuento… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: aconsejar

aconsejar VERB to advise; to recommend Giving or asking for advice is something we all regularly need to do. Aconsejar, to advise, is a key word here. It can be followed by a verb in the subjunctive: Le aconsejé que no cambiase de trabajo. I advised… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: acabar

acabar VERB to finish doing something; to have just done something Acabar in the meanings shown above is followed by de and the infinitive. The tense of acabar indicates which meaning is intended. To talk about finishing doing something, you use acabar in the appropriate tense, followed by de… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: charlatán

charlatán ADJECTIVE chatty If you translate charlatán as it sounds you might think someone described that way was a bit suspect. It can have the same meaning as in English, but it’s often used just to describe someone who talks a lot: Estaba charlatana y alegre. She was chatty… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: listo

listo ADJECTIVE bright, smart; ready Getting to know when to use ser and when estar can take a bit of practice. Listo is a good case of the difference your choice can make. Es un chico muy listo. He’s a very bright boy. Es la más lista de… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: fondo

el fondo NOUN bottom; end Fondo has two main meanings, bottom and end, so it’s another interesting case where Spanish uses one word, and English two. El fondo de la cazuela estaba todo quemado. The bottom of the pan was all burnt. en el fondo del… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: hora

la hora NOUN time; hour; period; appointment You’ll already know hora as time from the basic question ¿Qué hora es? What’s the time?, or as people often ask in Mexico: ¿Me da su hora? It has other uses in this meaning: ¿A qué hora llega? What time… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: Nochebuena

la Nochebuena NOUN Christmas Eve Nos reunimos en Nochebuena. We get together on Christmas Eve. la cena de Nochebuena Christmas Eve dinner Most Spanish and Latin American families eat their Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, or Nochebuena, unlike families in the States or the UK, who usually eat… Read More