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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
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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