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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
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Hallo! Meeting and greeting in German

Conversational German Creating a good first impression is important, so you’ll want to say hello to people properly. It’s not just about what you say, though, it’s making sure you know the correct etiquette when meeting people. German people are quite formal when initially introduced, shaking hands upon meeting and… Read More
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¡Hola! Meeting and greeting in Spanish

Conversational Spanish In our next few blog articles, we’re going to be looking at some very common words and phrases which will help you to improve the Spanish you use on a day-to-day basis, making you sound more natural. Each blog article will look at a different area of conversation,… Read More
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Salut! Meeting and greeting in French

Conversational French Creating a good first impression is important, so you’ll want to say hello to people properly. It’s not just about what you say, though, it’s making sure you know the correct etiquette when meeting people. French people are quite formal when initially introduced, shaking hands upon meeting and… Read More