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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.


This word becomes a false friend when we talk about cinema or theatre. We should use personaje.

En la película El señor de los anillos aparecen muchos personajes.

Catástrofe humanitaria

An expression that is frequently used but incorrect. Something "humanitario" (humanitarian) always strives for solidarity, so this adjective cannot be applied to "catástrofes" (catastrophes). Use una gran catástrofe.

Una guerra es siempre una gran catástrofe.

Cerca de

An Americanism that should be replaced by the expressions cerca de or cercano a

Vivo cerca de Luis.
Ese pueblo está cercano a Madrid.

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