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Dictionary says both mean often. Which one is a better way to say often in Spanish in day to day conversations? If there are regional variations, I would like to know what Mexicans prefer.

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In northern Mexico we say "seguido", it's not grammaticaly correct, but it's used in a day to day manner.

  • Voy seguido al cine => I often go to the movies
  • Seguido me quedo tarde en el trabajo => I often stay late at work

"Frecuentemente" is more formal (and correct)

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Same in Argentina. BTW, the question asks about "a menudo" vs "frecuentemente". –  leonbloy Jun 11 '14 at 2:42
@motilio Thanks for "segued"...So, is "a menudo" never used? Is it more formal than "frecuentamente"? –  Amit Schandillia Jun 11 '14 at 3:35
As a cultural curiosity, in Castillian Spanish it would be preferable to use a menudo –  hisuin Jun 11 '14 at 12:29
"A menudo is" very rarely used. And I think it is not more formal than "frecuentemente". –  motilio Jun 11 '14 at 23:32

There is no difference in using a menudo vs frecuentemente

Motilio is correct, a menudo and frecuentemente are not used in a day to day conversations. We use seguido

Deberíamos ir más seguido al cine

María viene a visitarme seguido
(María viene a visitarme a menudo)
(María viene a visitarme frecuentemente)
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