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Spanish word of the week: cabo

el cabo NOUN end In one of its uses cabo means the end of something: con un cabo de cuchillo que le asomaba por la cintura with the end of a knife which was showing at his waist But it is much more often used in set… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: principio

el principio NOUN beginning When you want to talk about the beginning of something, principio is one way of saying it: El principio del libro es muy interesante. The beginning of the book is very interesting. desde el principio hasta el fin from beginning to end… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: rato

rato NOUN time, while Rato is a terrifically useful word which is used in many different phrases to do with time: Hace un rato means a while ago, or some time ago Se fue hace un rato. He left a while or some time ago. como… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: importante

importante ADJECTIVE important, significant; large Importante is one of those intriguing Spanish words that has one meaning which looks similar to English — important — and another that is a bit unexpected: large: Tu padre es un hombre muy importante en la política. Your father is a… Read More

Spanish word of the week: apetecer

apetecer VERB to feel like If you like something you probably know that the basic way to say so is with gustar: Me gusta jugar al béisbol. I like playing baseball. Apetecer is a word you are likely to come across in Spain, but not in Latin America, and… Read More

Spanish word of the week: tras

tras PREPOSITION after Tras is an alternative way of saying after – después de – and tends to be used in writing more than in speech, except in some set phrases: Salimos corriendo tras ella. We ran out after her. Tras unos días de vacaciones volvió a… Read More

Spanish word of the week: igual

igual ADVERB maybe; anyway Igual as an adverb has some interesting uses. If you really don’t mind about something, you use the phrase me da igual or me es igual: Me da igual or Me es igual hoy o mañana. Today or tomorrow, I don’t mind. Colloquially,… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: suceso

el suceso NOUN event; incident Today will be looking at the ‘false friend’ suceso. Be careful not to use the word success as a translation. It translates into English as either event or incident: los sucesos más importantes de la última década the major events of the… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: harto

harto ADJECTIVE fed up, tired If you’re fed up with or tired with something harto de is the phrase you need: Estoy harta de esta comida. I’m fed up with this food. Estaba harto de tener que hacerlo todo para ella. He was tired of having to… Read More