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TikTok’s Sea Shanties: Explore their vocabulary

Well, blow me down. Improbable as it may seem, there’s no denying that sea shanties are having a very real moment in the spotlight. Near the end of 2020, a video from a young Scottish singer started to do the rounds on the social media platform… Read More

Spanish word of the week: mismo

This week’s Spanish word of the week is mismo ADJECTIVE, ADVERB same; right When you need to compare things and say they’re the same, mismo is the word you need: Nos gustan los mismos libros. We like the same books. When you want to say one thing is the… Read More

Ten US political terms to baffle Brits

(Updated from 7 US political terms to baffle the Brits, published on 7th November 2020) The United States will inaugurate a new president on January 20th when Joe Biden will be sworn in as the forty-sixth person to hold the office. While observers in Europe… Read More

Word exploration: vaccines, vaccinations and jabs

In what the PM has described as a ‘final sprint’, the new year got off to a flying start with a COVID-19 vaccination rollout underway across the UK. In early January, Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh were vaccinated. The Palace decided… Read More

Spanish word of the week: gracias

This week’s Spanish word of the week is  las gracias PLURAL NOUN thanks Of course, as an exclamation gracias is one of the first words you learn in Spanish: Te lo doy, si te gusta tanto – ¡Gracias! I’ll give it to you if you like it so… Read More

Spanish word of the week: reyes

This week’s Spanish word of the week is  los reyes PL NOUN kings; king and queen Los reyes is the Spanish plural form of el rey: Descienden de emperadores y reyes. They are the descendants of emperors and kings. The king is el rey and the queen is… Read More

Spanish word of the week: alma

This week’s Spanish word of the week is  el alma NOUN soul The basic meaning of alma is your soul in a spiritual sense: La cara es el espejo del alma. The face is the mirror of the soul. una oración por su alma a prayer for his soul… Read More
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New hope for the New Year

New Year’s Eve is traditionally when we fix our gaze firmly forward in hope, having cast a backward glance at the year just ended. Which, despite the negatives, saw a healthy increase in good-neighbourliness and kindness as demonstrated, for instance, by caremongering. I feel hopeful that… Read More