Spanish word of the week: cambio

el cambio NOUN change; (small) change; exchange; bureau de change

Cambio is a common word with several meanings. In one meaning, it’s change in general:

un brusco de temperatura a sudden change in temperature

el cambio climático climate change

You can also use cambio in the same way that you use change in English to refer to money:

¿Me das cambio de cien? Can you give me change of a hundred?

¿Te han dado bien el cambio? Have they given you the right change?

If you’ve been to Spanish-speaking countries you’ll have seen the cambio sign, indicating a bureau de change. The word also refers to the exchange rate:

¿A cuánto está el cambio hoy? What’s the exchange rate today?

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