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Spanish word of the week: pareja

la pareja NOUN partner; couple Pareja is a word that people commonly use to talk about a person who is in a relationship, particularly if they don’t want to specify whether they’re married or not: tu pareja ideal your ideal partnerNos presentó a su pareja. Read More
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Asking for information in English

Our last learning English article gave useful phrases you could use when talking about yourself. This article will help your conversation skills even further by giving tips on how you can ask people for information. After saying hello to someone, especially someone we know, we usually ask about their health,… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: confianza

la confianza NOUN confidence; trust One of the meanings of confianza is confidence, in a variety of contexts: Ese abogado tuyo no me inspira confianza. That lawyer of yours doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence. Ganarse la confianza de alguien means to win somebody’s confidence, as… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: sueño

This week’s Spanish word of the week is sueño NOUN sleep; dream Hamlet said, ‘To sleep: perchance to dream…’. In Spanish the connection between the two is so intimate that the same word – sueño – covers both. un sueño profundo a deep sleepel sueño americano… Read More
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Talking about yourself in English

Our first learning English article explained how to greet people correctly. When you are talking to people, you will probably want to tell them some things about yourself. To say what your name is, use I’m … or, in a slightly more formal situation, My name’s … .      Hi,… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: amanecer

This week’s Spanish Word of the Week is amanecer VERB to get light When it means to get light amanecer is an impersonal verb just like llover. Impersonal verbs have ‘it’ as the subject, but ‘it’ doesn’t refer to anything specific. En… Read More
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How to greet people in English

To sound natural in English, you need to know both the words and the grammar. However, it can be difficult to put these two things together and be sure that what you are saying sounds like natural English. In this blog series, we’ll give you whole sentences which you can… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: ilusión

ilusión NOUN (PLURAL ilusiones) hope; dream; illusion Ilusión is one of those Spanish words which shares a meaning with English – illusion –, but it’s more often used in its other meanings. Llegó aquí con mucha ilusión. She arrived here full of hope. Te aconsejo… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: equivocarse

equivocarse VERB to make a mistake; to be wrong Making a mistake and being wrong are two sides of the same coin, and Spanish uses the reflexive verb equivocarse for both. Me equivoqué muchas veces en el examen. I made a lot of mistakes in the… Read More