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Common mistakes in Spanish Words and Phrases

In all languages there are some words that lead to mistakes in writing or use due to their similarity in pronunciation. Since this problem also exists in Spanish, we have prepared a selection of 100 words that frequently present problems to help you improve your Spanish. Remember that you can also consult our data base of "Spanish Words" (word of the day) to expand your vocabulary.

Finés / finlandés

The term finés can be used both for an inhabitant of Finland and the language spoken in that country, while finlandés can only be used for the inhabitant, never for the language.

Los finlandeses hablan finés.

Fuera / afuera

In Spanish as spoken in Spain fuera is used with verbs of movement and with verbs of non-movement such as "estar". Afuera is only used with verbs of movement.

He ido afuera / fuera.
He estado fuera mucho tiempo.


Although the Royal Academy accepts this spelling, we recommend using the English whisky.

Póngame un whisky con hielo.

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