a pie of red gemstones

Spanish word of the week: precioso

precioso ADJECTIVE beautiful, lovely Precioso has one meaning which is the same as precious in English. However, it’s much more often used in its other meaning of beautiful or lovely: Llevaba puesto un precioso vestido de noche negro. She had on a beautiful black evening dress. Read More
a traditional alarm clock with a post-it stuck to it with NOW! written on it.

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

‘Lights, camera, action!’

It’s tempting to suppose that if you’re working from home (WFH) what to wear is a non-issue, but experience during lockdown has knocked that presumption on the head. The distinction between WFH before coronavirus (BC) and after (AC) is that a subcategory of clothing has been brought into focus, literally. Read More
2 girls hugging each other at school after getting test results

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

The roadmap to … exit

COVID-19 and all it entails has spawned dozens of novel words. At the same time, existing ones have been called into service. Lockdown is one. Roadmap is another – for the UK government’s exit strategy from the current situation. Now, is roadmap one word or two? Collins currently has… Read More
a young man running along the street looking at his watch

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
a happy-looking young woman

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

Rewilding the cityscape

Going back to nature is positive. According to Collins COBUILD dictionary, it means you want to “return to a simpler way of living”, sparked by a wish to revert to that never-never land, to that mythical Eden before the fateful apple was gnawed – or the horseless… Read More