It’s VE Day. “We’ll metaphor again…

don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll metaphor again some sunny day.” Throughout World War II Dame Vera Lynn buoyed people’s spirits with her classic song, “We’ll Meet Again”. Today is the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of that war, which devastated Europe and cost untold millions… 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

“Who’s Zoomin’ Who?”

“No man is an island, entire of itself.” The truth of John Donne’s powerful aphorism has gone on receiving heart-warming confirmation – often in unexpected ways – during the current pandemic. For a start, in the UK the appeal for volunteers to help support the NHS in… 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

From lockdown to love: the words we are looking up

Quarantine has emerged as the word that dictionary users are searching for most frequently during the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It accounted for about 1% of all searches on the website, and more than twice as many as the next most frequent search word,… 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
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Spanish word of the week: aburrirse

aburrirse VERB to get bored If you want to say that you’re bored in Spanish, use the expression estar aburrido, to be bored. But to say ‘get bored’ you need to use the verb aburrir (to bore) and put se on the end to make it… Read More