Learning Spanish

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Spanish word of the week: cariño

el cariño NOUN affection Lo recuerdo con cariño. I remember him with affection. In Spanish you can say that you ‘have affection for’ somebody, meaning that you’re very fond of them: Les tengo mucho cariño. I’m very fond of them. To say that you become fond of somebody, use… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: ligero

ligero ADJECTIVE light, lightweight; slight Ligero covers several of the same meanings as English light. It refers to things that don’t weigh very much: fibra de carbono y otros materiales ligeros carbon fibre and other lightweight materials una blusa ligerita a light(weight) blouse It describes things which are… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: dormir

dormir VERB to sleep The basic use of dormir is to sleep. Remember that the –o– of the stem changes to –u– in the –endo form: No hagas mucho ruido, que Rubén está durmiendo. Don’t make a lot of noise, Ruben’s sleeping. Dormir also has several other meanings that… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: encantar

encantar VERB to love To say what you like, you can use gustar. But if you want to say that you really love something, you use encantar. It works in the same way as gustar. If the thing you love is singular, or is a verb, you… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: mano

la mano NOUN hand Most Spanish nouns ending in the letter ‘-o’ are masculine, because they are derived from masculine Latin nouns ending in ‘-us’; for example amigo, a (male) friend, from the Latin amicus. Unfortunately, as with many rules, there are exceptions. The word mano (from Latin manus)… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: contrario

contrario ADJECTIVE opposite; opposing Both the core meanings of contrario describe one thing being set against another, either physically or figuratively. In its physical sense, you use contrario to talk about directions: un coche que venía en sentido contrario a car which was coming in the opposite… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: sombra

la sombra NOUN shadow; shade Sombra covers two separate meanings in English. It can refer both to a shadow and to being in the shade. Lo único que veía era mi sombra. All I could see was my shadow. When it means shade it’s often used in… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: nadie

nadie PRONOUN nobody; anybody The usual translation for the word nadie is nobody: Nadie habló. Nobody spoke. No había nadie. There was nobody there. However, unlike English, Spanish tends to use double negatives, as you can see below: No lo sabe nadie más. Nobody else knows. Read More
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Spanish word of the week: fiebre

la fiebre NOUN temperature; fever You’re most likely to come across fiebre referring to someone’s temperature, for which it’s the usual word: No tenía fiebre. He didn’t have a temperature. La enfermedad lo mantiene en cama con 40 grados de fiebre. The illness is keeping him in bed… Read More