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Word: colloquial

Definition: pertaining to conversational or common speech; informal; N. colloquialism: colloquial expression


Sentences Containing 'colloquial'

He had evidently a good colloquial knowledge of Spanish, but apparently not much more.
As for Pope's dictum, anyone who examines Jervas's version carefully, side by side with the original, will see that he was a sound Spanish scholar, incomparably a better one than Shelton, except perhaps in mere colloquial Spanish.
Spanish has probably undergone less change since the seventeenth century than any language in Europe, and by far the greater and certainly the best part of "Don Quixote" differs but little in language from the colloquial Spanish of the present day.
There is a natural gravity and a sonorous stateliness about Spanish, be it ever so colloquial, that make an absurdity doubly absurd, and give plausibility to the most preposterous statement.

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