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Spanish word of the week: nadie

nadie PRONOUN nobody; anybody The usual translation for the word nadie is nobody: Nadie habló. Nobody spoke. No había nadie. There was nobody there. However, unlike English, Spanish tends to use double negatives, as you can see below: No lo sabe nadie más. Nobody else… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: fiebre

la fiebre NOUN temperature; fever You’re most likely to come across fiebre referring to someone’s temperature, for which it’s the usual word: No tenía fiebre. He didn’t have a temperature.La enfermedad lo mantiene en cama con 40 grados de fiebre. The illness is keeping him… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: despertar

despertar VERB to wake up Despertar means to wake … up, that is when you wake someone else up. In other words it’s transitive. Despiértame a las ocho, mamá. Wake me up at eight, mom. If you want to describe waking up of your own… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: oscuro

oscuro ADJECTIVE dark Oscuro is the opposite of claro in many contexts, and has the basic meaning of dark.Oscuro can refer to the absence of light, either literally: una habitación muy oscura a very dark room or in a figurative sense: la noche oscura del… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: antes

antes ADVERB before; first; soon Antes is a very useful word for describing events in time. For instance, referring to the past: Esta película ya la he visto antes. I’ve seen this film before. Llegó antes que yo. He arrived before I did. Antes fumaba… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: probable

probable ADJECTIVE likely Es muy probable. It’s very likely. Don’t forget that if you want to express in Spanish how likely something is to happen, you will have to use a verb in the subjunctive form, so es probable que has to be followed by a verb… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: pan

el pan NOUN bread; loaf pan integral wholeweat bread Compré dos panes. I bought two loaves. What do you think of when you think of bread? To many Spanish speakers, regular pan is a crusty loaf of what English speakers would call French bread. Read More
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Spanish word of the week: saber

saber VERB to know The Spanish word saber means to know, but only when you’re talking about knowing information, facts and so on. Incidentally, it’s where we get the word ‘savvy’ from. Watch out for the accent on the letter ‘e’ in these examples. Sí, ya lo… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: pepino

el pepino NOUN cucumber Pepino is the Spanish word for cucumber. For example, if you’re shopping at the market, you could say: Dos pepinos, por favor. Two cucumbers, please. But did you know that you can also use the expression me importa un pepino to say that… Read More