Analyzing vocabulary in context, explaining the situations in which it is used and contrasting shades of meaning between near-synonyms (for example, as above, where Don Quixote explains the difference between offence and affront to the duke who hosts him in his house in Aragon as he travels to Barcelona) are ways of dealing with the signifi cance of words in our lives and their meanings and effects on society. Vocabulary learning, then, happens alongside communication and in dialogue with others and with our own selves.