Learning Spanish

a sebird standing in water looking at its refection

Spanish word of the week: imagen

la imagen (PLURAL las imágenes) NOUN image, picture Imagen has very much the same range of application as its English cousin image. It can be used literally to refer to a physical image or picture: las imágenes del accidente the images or pictures of the accident And… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: discutir

discutir VERB to argue, to quarrel; to discuss Discutir is a word that could trip you up. If a Spanish-speaking friend says that two people están discutiendo and you think it means ‘discussing’, you might be surprised at how loud they’re talking! In fact, it often means… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: precioso

precioso ADJECTIVE beautiful, lovely Precioso has one meaning which is the same as precious in English. However, it’s much more often used in its other meaning of beautiful or lovely: Llevaba puesto un precioso vestido de noche negro. She had on a beautiful black evening dress. Tienen… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: ahora

ahora ADVERB now Of course, you all know ahora in its basic meaning of now: ahora o nunca now or never ¡Ahora me lo dices! Now you tell me! But it’s also used in some phrases which it’s worth getting familiar with. If you want to… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: alegrarse

alegrarse VERB to be pleased, to be glad It’s good to be able to express your pleasure at someone else’s good fortune or success, and alegrarse is just the word for such occasions. It’s related to alegre, happy, which you probably already know. Entonces, ¿te gusta el… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: prisa

la prisa NOUN rush; hurry Prisa is often used with the verb tener: Tenemos prisa. We are in a hurry. No tengo mucha prisa. I’m in no great hurry. So it’s used in the same structure as phrases you probably already know, such as tener sed,… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: afortunado

afortunado ADJECTIVE fortunate, lucky Afortunado is a key word for lucky: He sido muy afortunado pudiendo hacer algo que me gusta y que creo que hago bien. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to do something that I like and that I think I do well. Read More
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Spanish word of the week: antipático

antipático ADJECTIVE unfriendly, unpleasant Antipático is the exact opposite of simpático (another Word of the week), and you use it when someone is unfriendly or unpleasant. Es el tipo más antipático que conozco. He’s the most unpleasant guy I know. If you don’t like someone, you can use the… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: simpático

simpático ADJECTIVE nice; friendly Today we will be looking at the ‘false friend’ simpático. Be careful not to use sympathetic as a translation. It means nice or friendly. To say sympathetic in Spanish use the adjective comprensivo. Compare these examples: Estuvo muy simpática con todos. She was… Read More