Spanish word of the week: largo

This week’s Spanish word of the week is largo.

largo ADJECTIVE long

The ‘false friend’ we will be looking at today is largo.  It doesn’t mean large, it means long, whether talking about the physical length of something:

Esta cuerda es demasiado larga. This piece of string is too long.

Se ha dejado el pelo largo. She has grown her hair long.

…or the length of time something goes on for:

Fue una conferencia muy larga.  It was a very long conference.

Veremos los resultados a largo plazo. We’ll see the results in the long term.

If you actually want to say large, use the Spanish adjective grande:

una casa grande  a large house

las grandes urbes como Nueva York large cities like New York

Maneja grandes cantidades de dinero. She handles large sums of money.

Come back next week for another insight into Spanish vocabulary!

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