“En casa del herrero, cuchara de palo”

This expression in Spanish literally means “In a blacksmith’s house, a wooden spoon

This means that in the place where it would be most expected to find something, it’s often absent. This idiom means the same with “a shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot

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couple

The Spanish word pareja means two different things and yes, one of them is couple.

But couple refers to two things seen as ONE UNIT.

I went out with a couple (un par) of friends.

Leo has a couple of dogs. 

If you’re talking about the one person you share your life with, that is the other meaning of pareja, your partner.

I went out with my partner. (NOT I went ...

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cooker

Many people make mistakes by saying that someone is a good cooker. Please don’t say that to someone. Cooker is the apparatus in the kitchen you use for cooking and the person who cooks is a cook.

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conductor

Buses used to have conductors as well as drivers. The conductor went round the bus collecting money and selling tickets while the driver was driving it.

Also, an orchestra has a conductor, who stands in front of the musicians and CONTROLS what they are playing.

Conduct is another word for behaviour, Spanish conducta.

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concrete

Every dictionary will tell you that concrete means concreto in Spanish. That is perfectly correct. The problem is that it also means hormigón, that is used for building. So if you’re talking about cooking, or medieval architecture, or anything else, it is best not to ask for a concrete example- !un ejemplo en hormigón! Very definitely, you must avoid sentences like We’ll meet on Tuesday, in concrete at ten o’clockNos vemos el martes, a las diez en hormigón. The ...

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coffee

Usually, coffee is a long drink but espresso coffee is becoming more popular in Britain. Coffee made with only milk or with some milk in it is WHITE COFFEE. Coffee with no milk in it is BLACK COFFEE (Cafe solo)

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PRESENT CONTINUOUS CON SENTIDO DE FUTURO

El “present continuous” se emplea para referirse a a planes o acuerdos sobre eventos futuros. Conlleva la sugerencia de que más de una persona está implicada en ellos y que ya se ha dado cierto grado de preparación previa, por ejemplo:

I’m meeting Jim at the airport = Jim y yo hemos quedado en eso.
I am leaving tomorrow. = Ya he comprado el billete de tren.
We’re having a staff meeting next Monday = se ha comunicado a ...

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watch and clock

A clock is anything else that tells the time. A watch is something that you carry on you, usually on your wrist. It is not a question of size; there are big clocks on churches and other buildings and you can have a small clock sitting on a table. Computers, DVD players, microwave ovens and so on have clocks.

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carpet

Carpet is the thing on the floor, a moqueta or alfombra. The thing you keep your papers in is a folder or file. The computer operating system Windows calls it a folder.

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