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Colourful language: colours in international idioms

 

Although we have a plethora of words in our vocabularies to describe colour, it’s unlikely that we each perceive colour in…

Punctuation

As a general rule the punctuation of Spanish and English is very similar. However, there are a number of conventions which are well worth bearing in mind.

Writing letters in Spanish

Help with laying out letters written in Spanish, starting and ending your letter, and avoiding misunderstandings or misinterpretations.

HECHO CULTURAL

Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.

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Cita del mes

“The man who works and is not bored is never old.”

Pablo Casals

(1876–1973)

Spanish cellist, conductor, and composer

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Useful expressions in Spanish

It is considered good style in Spanish not to repeat words and expressions when an alternative can be used. Here are some useful expressions...