Several – varios (m)/ varias (f)
(Pronounced bah-ree-ohs or bah-ree-ahs)
To remember that several is pronounced bah-ree-ohs or bah-ree-ahs (bah-ree-ohs/bah-ree-ahs) in Spanish, use the following mnemonic:
There were several barriers (varias) to get over.
Note: Whether to use varios (masculine) or varias (feminine) depends on the gender of the word it described, e.g.: Varios hombres iban y venian an el transcurso del dia (Several men came and went during the course of the day); Varias mujeres conocidas probaron la nueva dieta (Several well-known women tried a new diet).