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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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¿En qué países la palabra “coger” tiene connotaciones sexuales?

En algunos países hispanoparlantes la palabra coger tiene connotaciones sexuales. La RAE indica "Realizar el acto sexual", pero el problema es que es una expresión malsonante, marcada fuertemente como ...
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¿Qué significa “por” en el eslogan “Es por ti”?

Español En una clase de español hemos hablado del uso de "por" y "para". En camino a casa esto me ha recordada de un eslogan de la compañía de vuelo Avianca que he visto: "Es por ti." No estoy seguro ...
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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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¿Qué significa “regalar” en Colombia?

El día de hoy recibí este email de una persona de Bogotá, Colombia: Buenas tardes, la presenté es para solicitar una cotización formal de una sillas tipo secretarial con brazos me gustaría por ...
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Many meanings of “llamas”

Why and how has the word llama(s) 3 meanings? (you) call llama (the animal) flame
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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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Difference between “volver” and “regresar”

I understand that both "volver" and "regresar" can mean "to return" as in: Tengo que regresar mañana... Tengo que volver mañana... Is there any difference between these two words? If so, ...
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Translation of “Break” in the sentence “How was your winter break”

I always have trouble figuring out what break is in Spanish for the sentence "How was you winter break". I don't know if it break is vacaciones in this case. My guess is Como es tu invierno
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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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Using Cruzar to indicate turning

My computer based spanish course just served up a lesson where they translated cruzar to mean to turn when giving directions (and did so on multiple occasions). This confused me as I understood ...
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Was the word “bomb” only used as slang in Chile and only in the '80s?

In the hit novel Mala honda by Chilean author Alberto Fuguet I remember the word "bomb" being used a lot. It's obviously a slang word. I think it was only used in dialogue. I got the impression it ...
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“Maje” (or “mae”) in Nicaraguan Spanish

What does the word "maje" (pronounced "mae") mean in Nicaraguan Spanish? Could the word be considered offensive, and, if so, in what contexts is it appropriate to use?
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What's the difference between `tiene pelo azul` and `tiene el pelo azul`?

I have faced two different sentences in my Rosetta Stone Spanish program. The sentences below seem to have the same meaning, but why does one use a definite article while the other doesn't? El hombre ...
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“después que” vs. “después de que”

Along the lines of another question I asked, what is the difference between después que and después de que? Is the situation the same as for antes? When are they synonymous, and when is one correct ...
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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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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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Meaning and connotations of “gringo”

In the US, "gringo" is usually understood as a disparaging reference to a foreigner (see the Merriam-Webster definition). What exactly does gringo mean in Spanish? Is it neutral, or does it have ...
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¿Qué significa “siempre sí” y “siempre no”?

Este fin de semana estaba en un hotel con una amiga esperando a otros amigos para salir juntos. Mi amiga dijo a la recepcionista: -"Estamos esperando unos amigos. ¿Usted puede avisarnos cuando ...
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How can I say “colmo” properly in English? [closed]

There is an expression in Spanish to denote something that is absurd or unexpected. Usually it can be the maximum expression of expertise and talent. I wondered about this mainly because in Spanish ...
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Bonita, linda, hermosa, bella, and guapa: what's the difference?

I've seen all of these used to mean 'pretty', although 'hermosa' seems to mean beautiful and 'guapa' seems to mean handsome. Are there any subtle differences them? For instance, in English being ...
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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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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 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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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre comer y comerse?

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre el verbo normal comer y su forma reflexiva comerse? Si los significados son iguales, ¿cuál es la diferencia de connotación? Y, ¿se usa el reflexivo de la misma manera en ...
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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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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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»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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¿Qué significa la abreviatura “VoBo”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la abreviatura "VoBo"? ¿en qué casos se puede utilizar?
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Difference Between “Computadora” and “Ordenador”

Español Ví un cartel fuera de una tienda que decía: "Computadoras y ordenadores" en un cuadro "cubano" fuera de New York City, En un principio, creo que ambas palabras significan "computer". Pero, ...
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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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¿Qué significa 'va' en “Nos vemos después, ¿va?”

Hoy, por chat, una amiga (de México) dijo: Nos vemos depués, ¿va? Entiendo "Nos vemos después", pero qué significa "va" en este contexto?
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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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¿Qué significa “tuanis”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la palabra tuanis? ¿Se escribe tuani o tuanis? ¿En cuáles regiones se usa? Y, ¿es una palabra muy informal, o se puede usarla en otros contextos también?
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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 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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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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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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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's the meaning of the Mexican expression “se te va el avión”?

Example: Te lo dije tres veces y de todos modos no lo hiciste. A ti ya se te va el avión. ¿No te acordaste de tu cumpleaños? La verdad es que a ti ya se te va el avión. What does it mean? ...
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¿Cuál es el origen de la frase “media naranja”?

Español He oído la frase "media naranja" unas veces, y puedo entender el contexto, que significa una pareja o novia, por ejemplo. Pero quiero saber el origen de esa frase. English I have heard the ...
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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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What is the ingredient “royal”?

I bought a cake like snack in Costa Rica called Gato Guayaba. I was trying to figure out what was in it, so I read the following ingredients list: Ingredientes: Margarina, huevos, royal, azùcar, ...
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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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A good word for “quest” in Spanish

The translation for Quest is "búsqueda" but it just does not work properly. In English we say "I'm on a quest for the holy grail" this is not quite the same as "I'm searching for the holy grail." So ...
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Is “colegiala” a type of flower?

A native speaker in Colombia showed me a flower and told me it was called a colegiala, but the only translation I can find is schoolgirl or female college student. Also, I haven't been able to find ...
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¿Qué significa “sollado”?

Soy colombiano, y en Colombia se utiliza bastante estar "sollado". Lo que quiere decir que uno está más o menos relajado, más o menos feliz. Sin embargo eso es un significado ambiguo y tácito, me he ...