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Spanish word of the week: contento

This week’s Spanish word of the week is contento ADJECTIVE happy; pleased When you are happy or pleased about something, contento is the word you need. It sounds like the English adjective content, but unlike the English is not formal. Remember that you use it with estar, and not… Read More

Spanish word of the week: venta

This week’s Spanish word of the week is venta NOUN sale Venta is the noun from the verb vender, to sell, and refers to any action of selling something: Yo no tuve nada que ver en la venta del terreno. I had nothing to do with the sale of the land. Han… Read More

Spanish word of the week: fuerte

This week’s Spanish word of the week is fuerte ADJECTIVE strong; loud; intense Fuerte is very common in Spanish. The commonest words in any language tend to have very many meanings, and fuerte is no exception. Today we’re looking at three of its major meanings, strong, loud and… Read More

Spanish word of the week: sanidad

This week’s Spanish word of the week is la sanidad NOUN (public) health Though ultimately coming from the same root as English ‘sanity’, sanidad has a very different meaning. It refers to different aspects of  health: ¿Qué ofrecemos para resolver problemas que le importan a… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: miedo

This week’s Spanish word of the week is el miedo NOUN fear Most of us have a fear of something, be it spiders, water, the dark, or whatever. Miedo is the word to convey that idea: su miedo infantil a la oscuridad his childish fear… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: collar

This week’s Spanish word of the week is el collar NOUN necklace; collar Collar covers two different English concepts: necklace and collar (There are lots of words in Spanish which similarly cover more than one English concept): Llevaba un collar de rubíes imponente. She was… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: receta

This week’s Spanish word of the week is la receta NOUN recipe; prescription The ‘false friend’ that we will be looking at today is receta. In English it means either recipe or prescription. Here are some examples to help you use it… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: ojalá

ojalá EXCLAMATION I hope; if only This is one of the many Spanish words which originate from Arabic (O Allah!). Originally it might have been used in fervent prayer, but now it means little more than I hope or the slightly more emotional if only. Don’t forget… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: cuidado

el cuidado NOUN care One of the basic meanings of cuidado is care: Esta blusa hay que lavarla con cuidado. This blouse needs to be washed with care. The phrase con cuidado often translates as carefully: Lo abrió con cuidado. He opened it carefully. And you can intensify cuidado… Read More