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Spanish word of the week: antes

antes ADVERB before; first; soon Antes is a very useful word for describing events in time. For instance, referring to the past: Esta película ya la he visto antes. I’ve seen this film before. Llegó antes que yo. He arrived before I did. Antes fumaba un paquete… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: probable

probable ADJECTIVE likely Es muy probable. It’s very likely. Don’t forget that if you want to express in Spanish how likely something is to happen, you will have to use a verb in the subjunctive form, so es probable que has to be followed by a verb in the… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: pan

el pan NOUN bread; loaf pan integral wholeweat bread Compré dos panes. I bought two loaves. What do you think of when you think of bread? To many Spanish speakers, regular pan is a crusty loaf of what English speakers would call French bread. A chunk… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: saber

saber VERB to know The Spanish word saber means to know, but only when you’re talking about knowing information, facts and so on. Incidentally, it’s where we get the word ‘savvy’ from. Watch out for the accent on the letter ‘e’ in these examples. Sí, ya lo sé. Yes,… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: pepino

el pepino NOUN cucumber Pepino is the Spanish word for cucumber. For example, if you’re shopping at the market, you could say: Dos pepinos, por favor. Two cucumbers, please. But did you know that you can also use the expression me importa un pepino to say that… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: boca

la boca NOUN mouth You’ll probably already know the basic meaning of boca, which is a person’s or animal’s mouth. No debes hablar con la boca llena. You shouldn’t talk with your mouth full. It’s often used in the phrases boca arriba, face up, and boca abajo,… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: cien

cien ADJECTIVE, PRONOUN a hundred Cien is the shortened version of ciento and both mean a hundred. Which one you need to use depends on the words that come before or after. You use cien in front of a noun, as in the title of the famous… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: pata

la pata NOUN leg In English the word leg applies to people, animals and furniture. In Spanish you use pata for animals and furniture, and pierna for people. las patas de la silla the chair legs un elefante atado de la pata delantera an elephant tied… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: llevar

llevar VERB to take; to wear; to be Llevar has the basic meaning to take: ¿Llevas los vasos a la cocina? Can you take the glasses to the kitchen? No te preocupes, yo llevo a Alex al colegio Don’t worry, I’ll take Alex to school. It also… Read More