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This is a word that can be very confusing because it looks exactly the same as the English word but does not carry with it the same meaning. Their root is the same, but their usage is very different.

In English the word actual means real, or true.

In Spanish the meaning is current, or at this time.

Both of these words carry the root meaning which is something that is currently the fact or truth. Or it can be said that it is something that truly exists at this time, not potential, but real.

This word crops up in every day speech in Spanish when people ask you what your current address is or your current job position. That word current is the word actual. Often in English we say “Actually…” to mean “Well the truth of the matter is…” Whereas in Spanish to say “Actualmente…” would mean, “At the current time…”

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