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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…

Genders in Spanish

Visit our writing help page to learn how to use the right gender with Spanish nouns, and find out about common exceptions.

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

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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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.