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Spanish word of the week: ahora

ahora ADVERB now Of course, you all know ahora in its basic meaning of now: ahora o nunca now or never¡Ahora me lo dices! Now you tell me! But it’s also used in some phrases which it’s worth getting familiar with. If you want to… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: alegrarse

alegrarse VERB to be pleased, to be glad It’s good to be able to express your pleasure at someone else’s good fortune or success, and alegrarse is just the word for such occasions. It’s related to alegre, happy, which you probably already know. Entonces, ¿te gusta… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: prisa

la prisa NOUN rush; hurry Prisa is often used with the verb tener: Tenemos prisa. We are in a hurry. No tengo mucha prisa. I’m in no great hurry. So it’s used in the same structure as phrases you probably already know, such as tener… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: afortunado

afortunado ADJECTIVE fortunate, lucky Afortunado is a key word for lucky: He sido muy afortunado pudiendo hacer algo que me gusta y que creo que hago bien. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to do something that I like and that I think I do… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: antipático

antipático ADJECTIVE unfriendly, unpleasant Antipático is the exact opposite of simpático (another Word of the week), and you use it when someone is unfriendly or unpleasant. Es el tipo más antipático que conozco. He’s the most unpleasant guy I know. If you don’t like someone,… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: simpático

simpático ADJECTIVE nice; friendly Today we will be looking at the ‘false friend’ simpático. Be careful not to use sympathetic as a translation. It means nice or friendly. To say sympathetic in Spanish use the adjective comprensivo. Compare these examples: Estuvo muy simpática… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: campo

el campo NOUN country; countryside; field The main meanings of the Spanish word campo are country, countryside and field: Prefiero vivir en el campo. I prefer living in the country.El campo se pone verde en primavera. The countryside turns green in springtime. un campo… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: caso

el caso NOUN case Caso is a frequent word which comes into a lot of idiomatic phrases. Here we’ll look at some of them. First of all, its basic meaning, case: En casos así es mejor callarse. In cases like this it’s better to keep… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: en cambio

en cambio ADVERB but, however, whereas One thing you may need to do in Spanish is to contrast and connect different ideas or pieces of information. The most common way to do this is with pero, but, but you can also use the phrase en cambio:… Read More