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Loving Latin

 

Have you ever wondered just how far your language GCSE will get you in the wild? I set out to road-test my dusty Spanish…

Spanish punctuation

There are a number of conventions in Spanish which are different from English. We show you how to get it right.

Varieties of present-day Spanish

It is estimated that around 360 million people speak Spanish as their mother tongue - explore the rich diversity of European Spanish and Latin American dialects.

Cultural fact of the day

Do you know what 'arpilleras' are? They are pieces of appliquéd textile folk art, common in South America. Doll characters and animals create a three-dimensional effect representing scenes from daily life. Arpilleras became a symbol of protest for mothers, sisters, and daughters of Chilean desaparecidos, as well as a source of income, during the dictatorship of General Pinochet.

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

Pablo Casals

(1876–1973)

Spanish cellist, conductor, and composer

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Deadly games, a blaze, and a song: book titles in translation

 

Speaking from experience, it is often incredibly difficult to come up with a good title for a book. A buzzword we often use…

Useful phrases in Spanish

Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.