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What is the meaning of “tuteándome” in Spanish?

Estaba ardiendo en dudas cuando una secretaria me invitó a seguirla por la misma puerta del fondo, hasta una oficina pequeña, con una larga estantería de gruesos volúmenes. Un beduino colosal se ...
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¿Qué diferencia hay entre “inserir”, “insertar” e “injerir”? ¿Cuándo son equivalentes?

Tengo cierto cacao con las palabras insertar e inserir. Como diría Camilo Sesto, ya no puedo más, siempre la misma historia. En parte la confusión viene de que en catalán la palabra "inserir" quiere ...
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Does “preguntó por” mean “ask about” or “ask for”?

Me contó que no había visto a Delgadina desde hacía más de un mes, que parecía tan repuesta del susto de mis estropicios que ni siquiera habló de ellos ni preguntó por mí, y estaba muy contenta ...
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Uso de “sangrar” en impresión

Totalmente convencido de que en español existían las voces indentar e indentación, me encuentro con que no es así, y que los términos usados y aceptados por la RAE son sangrar y sangría. Viendo las ...
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What does “cuate” mean?

Reading an answer I saw a reference to the word "cuate", used in Mexico: (...) es como amigos o compadres. Wordreference translates it to "mate", "pal", "buddy" and RAE also has references to ...
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How to differentiate between a resident of southern California and a resident of southern Baja California?

In "Smart Spanish for Tontos Americanos", it says that a person from Northern Baja California is called a "bajacaliforniano(a)" whereas someone from Southern Baja California is called a "...
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Definición de “caja”

Cuando alguien menciona la palabra caja, en el sentido más básico de la misma: f. Recipiente que, cubierto con una tapa suelta o unida a la parte principal, sirve para guardar o transportar en ...
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¿Qué quiere decir Borges con su “cifra de siglo”?

En el pequeño cuento “Los dos reyes y los dos laberintos” de Jorge Luis Borges aparece la expresión cifra del siglo aquí: Lo amarró encima de un camello veloz y lo llevó al desierto. Cabalgaron ...
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What is the meaning of “zapatitos” in this sentence?

En un acto de locura tejí durante tres días doce pares de zapatitos azules y rosados para recién nacidos, tratando de darme valor para no escuchar, ni cantar, ni recordar las canciones que me ...
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How do you say “sharp objects” in Spanish?

I was watching Airport Security Colombia, and sharp objects were mentioned (I know that because of the subtitles). They said something like "cortopozantes", but I can't find anything like that on ...
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What's the difference between “granjero” and “campesino”?

What's the difference in usage between granjero and campesino? They both mean farmer, don't they?
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Is a great-grandchild an “encore” descendent?

"Nieto" is a grandson (and "Nieta" presumably a granddaughter). "Bisnieto" is a great-grandson (and "bisnieta" no doubt a great-granddaughter). "Bis" means "encore." So is a grandchild an "encore" ...
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What is the meaning of “los sien”?

A short while later I discovered that she had left vases filled with red roses all over the house, and a card on my pillow: I hope you reach a hunnert. This is English ...
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What is the meaning of “perdóname la vida”?

In García Márquez's "Memories of My Melancholy Whores", in some point Rosa Cabarcas, while talking to the Maestro, says " Ay, maestro, perdóname la vida". The English translation by Edith Grossman ...
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I wouldn't know

Could somebody explain the sentence "I wouldn't know"? What would be a Spanish equivalent word/expression, especially in a context similar to this: 'Do you do this every year? I wouldn't know' - ...
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What is the difference between »aparcar« and »estacionar«?

I have been revising vocabulary and I noticed that these two verbs have the same definition. Can someone, please clarify what the difference is. Thanks for your help.
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Significado de “descaderado”

El contexto: P----- camina como travesti descaderado. ¿Cómo poronga consiguió seducir a la diosa del tango? La frase aparece como un comentario a este video. El que lo escribió presumiblemente ...
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»No sé español« vs »No hablo español«

What's the difference between no sé español and no hablo español? It seems to be the case that people don't say the former, however we can say "I don't know Spanish" in English. Moreover it appears ...
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The Origin of Vale for OK

I've been watching a Spanish telenovela to practice my Spanish comprehension. I was hoping Español de España would be easier for me to understand, but no such luck. The word vale is used a lot. When I ...
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Meaning of “de más”

I cannot find meaning of "de más" in dictionary. Trying to translate this sentence: Y lo que opinen los demás está de más What is the meaning? It is from the song of Mecano, if you need more ...
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¿Existe algún verbo para definir la acción de realizar trabajos de mecánica?

En varias ocasiones he escuchado a los mecánicos de autos referirse a la acción de hacer revisiones o ajustes a las piezas de un medio de transporte como "mecanear" o "macaniquear", pero estas ...
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Traducción de “hacer(le) caso”

Yo he vivido en El Salvador por unos años y frecuentemente he escuchado la expresión hacer(le) caso. No estoy seguro si es una expresión local o si otros lugares la usan también. Ejemplos: Le ...
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What's the meaning of “Kari” in Spanish?

I am living in Málaga, Andalucia. There's a guy friend always calls me "Kari" when he starts conversations with me. He told me this use to call some kind of best friend, and it's only used in ...
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Tener “cuentas pendientes”

Otra vez estaba escribiendo y me interesa saber cómo expresar en inglés el hecho de que algo es una "cuenta pendiente" (que es bien distinto de que dos personas tengan "cuentas pendientes" o que no ...
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Computador or Computadora? [duplicate]

I have noticed on various occassions, that sometimes the word computadora is used, while as well some people use computador or even ordenador. While I am able to somewhat understand the usage ...
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“Pasto” vs. “césped” vs. “prado”

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre "pasto", "césped" y "prado"? ¿Cuál palabra se usa para hablar acerca de las partes verdes en una ciudad?
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What is the meaning of Peru's motto “Firme y feliz por la unión”?

What is the meaning of Peru's national motto? Firme y feliz por la unión My literal translation is "Firm and happy for the union" but that seems too literal. What is "la unión" and can "Firme y ...
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What are the more complex meanings of “de”?

So, I already know basic forms of this word (of, from, etc.), but I keep seeing it used in places that I don't understand. For example, I sometimes see "antes de que", or just "de que". Why does "de" ...
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What does “se trata de” mean?

In my reading, I've run across several forms of "se trata de", and dictionaries haven't been much help. For example: eran todos hombres libres y se trataba de un feudo feliz y prospero si se ...
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Does “Varones” only refer to men?

Does the Spanish word "Varones" only refer to men or can it include women in its definition as well? From my understanding it only means males/men. But I want to make sure about this. Thanks.
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What does “alimentarse del viento” mean?

If someone puts the phrase "Alimentarse del viento" as their status on a social site, what does it mean?
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What does “You are sympa” mean?

Is "sympa" just an abbreviation of "sympatico"? Or is there another connotation to it? http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sympatico I have heard it addressed directly to me, but also ...
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What does “solapable” means? [closed]

I can't find English explanation of this Spanish word, so please if you can help me? Its about electronics. Thank you very much!
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What is “El Capitan” meaning in English? And how this word developed along the history?

Apple choose "El Capitan" as OS X 10.11 name, it's a spanish word, what does it mean? And something about its etymology might help too.
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Can there be situations where both “saber” and “conocer” can be used?

Example1 Uds quieren saber mi país. If conocer is substituted for saber in this sentence, the meaning switch from knowing exactly what the country is to things about the country. Example2 ...
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¿Qué quiere decir “alivio de luto”?

Leí hace poco la expresión "alivio de luto" en un libro. La lógica me indica que se trata de un luto aligerado tras la primera época posterior a la muerte de un ser querido. ¿Estoy en lo cierto? ¿...
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Meaning of “Yo más guapa”

What's the meaning of ¡Yo más guapa! in the following conversation? A: - ¡Toma, te quiero! B: - ¡Yo más guapa! I googled the phrase and it seems to be some kind of slogan. I'm not sure though ...
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Meaning of “pero de corazón”

Considering the following dialog, what does pero de corazón mean here? A: Soy de España, claramente. B: Yo soy de España pero de corazón. I'm very new to Spanish so when I found all the words ...
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¿Es la palabra “parcero/a” un insulto en Colombia?

A: ¡Hola! ¿Qué más? B: ¡Que bacán, parcero, gracielas! Alguien me dijo que llamar a alguien parcero/a es un insulto. ¿Por qué es así?
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What does my friend mean when he says this to his kid?

I've heard my friend say "me matas con cuchillito de palo" to his kid and I cannot figure out what it means. (I've googled it, and naturally google results are all over the map.) Usually the kid is ...
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Two forms of verb for same time (Pretérito Subjuntivo) [duplicate]

Why are the two forms of a verb for certain times and how to use them? For instance taking the word echar, for Pretérito Imperfecto Subjuntivo Activo my dicctionary gives Pretérito Imperfecto ...
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Gracia vs. Gracia why?

Tendría gracia que un payaso estuviera perdido en una iglesia. Danzó con la gracia de un cisne. Why does gracia have such opposing meanings? Is there a historical context? Maybe because of its ...
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¿Cuándo se usa “plano” y cuándo “mapa”?

Leo en el diccionario de la RAE: Mapa m. Representación geográfica de la Tierra o parte de ella en una superficie plana. Plano m. Representación esquemática, en dos dimensiones y a ...
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What does the suffix -ida mean?

what does the suffix "-ida" mean? Academia real gives this definition suf. Forma sustantivos derivados de verbos de la segunda y tercera conjugación, que generalmente significan 'acción y efecto'. ...
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¿Qué quiere decir “estar de rodríguez"?

Colquialmente se dice "estar de rodríguez" al hecho de que un hombre se quede en casa solo mientras su mujer [e hijos] están en otro lugar, normalmente de vacaciones. ¿Es totalmente válida esta ...
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¿Qué quiere decir “comer la oreja” a alguien?

En conversaciones coloquiales se oye con frecuencia la expresión "comer la oreja" a alguien. ¿Cuál es su significado exacto? Yo la entiendo en el castellano de España como "intentar seducir a alguien"...
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La llave vs. la clave

Nevermind the fact that these two words are both irregularly feminine I was always taught in school that llave is key, like the kind you use to open doors / crank a vehicle, etcetera. Though when I ...
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Is there a difference between como and cómo?

Is there a difference between como and cómo? I'm confused. It's supposed to be two different words, right? Where do I draw the line?
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Is «verga» a word I should avoid in polite company?

Wiktionary mentions that «verga» can be a vulgar term for an erect penis. It mentions this along with several other definitions. RAE mentions the vulgar term as the first definition, then lists half ...
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What are these words “hances” and “deshances” in a proverb common on the Internet?

A friend of mine just showed me this Spanish proverb, which is some equivalent to English "shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations". "Quien no lo tiene, lo hance; y quien lo tiene, lo ...