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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

Getting back to school

As the circling year veers towards mist and mellow fruitfulness, schools in the UK and many other countries are re-opening – or have already – from COVID-19 induced closures. Government and experts agree that restarting education is not merely a pedagogical imperative but a social one. The official statement by… 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