How do you count words? Ashley Wagner discusses the question as part of our video on the number of words in the English language.
The usual tip (la propina) given at a nice restaurant, for example, used to be about 10% of the bill, but nowadays due to the 'euro effect' this has gone down to about 5%. The service charge is often included in the bill at bars and restaurants now anyway.
Offering to pay a bill
There is a lot of show involved when offering to pay a bill, in which everyone must participate. Among friends the done thing is to split it. In other situations it is polite to allow the elder person or authority figure to win the argument and pay.
When to pay
In Spanish-speaking countries it would be considered rather strange to offer to pay when you order at a bar or café – this is only done when the total is added up on leaving.
What to give your host/hostess if invited for a meal
The best thing to take to someone's home would be flowers or chocolates. It's best to avoid taking a bottle of wine, as your hosts will expect to supply this.
More Spanish language social survival tips can be found here.
A lot of people get compliment and complement confused: they’re pronounced in the same way and have very similar spellings but they have completely different meanings.
The question of whether the word internet should be capitalized is so passionately debated and rife with controversy that it has its own Wikipedia article.
We’ve delved into the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary to come up with some historical substitutions for hug as a verb.