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5 language facts about the European Union

 

The European Union was established on 1 November 1993; in order to mark this anniversary, let’s take a look at some of the…

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.

Word of the day doofus
Pronunciation: ˈduːfʌs
noun
a stupid person

Cultural fact of the day

Carnaval

Carnaval is the three days of festivities preceding Lent, characterized by costumes, masks, drinking, music, and dancing. Spain's most colorful carnival is in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, and Cadiz's carnival is also famous. In Spanish-speaking Latin America, the carnivals of Uruguay, Bolivia, and Venezuela are very well known.

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.

Glossary of grammatical terms

Brush up on your Spanish grammar using our handy A-Z.

Quote of the month

“I paint my own reality.”

Frida Kahlo

(1907–1954)

Mexican painter

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    Tweens, teens, and twentysomethings: a history of words for young people

     

    In August 2010, the cover of the New York Times Magazine half-wondered, half-complained to the world, "Why are so many…