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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…

Genders in Spanish

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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 fortissimo
Pronunciation: fôrˈtisəˌmō
adverb
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly
Cultural fact of the day

portero

A portero is a superintendent in an apartment building who looks after it, keeps it clean, delivers mail, and keeps an eye on comings and goings. Porteros often have an apartment in the building as part of their pay. The portero, and particularly the female portera, are part of popular culture. They have a reputation for being inquisitive and fond of gossip.

Useful phrases in Spanish

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Glossary of grammatical terms

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Quote of the month

“I paint my own reality.”

Frida Kahlo

(1907–1954)

Mexican painter

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