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Pronunciation of words ending in -n

It seems that some people pronounce words that end with -n almost as a "ng" sound. "Bien", for example, seems to come out as "Bie[ng]". Is this a regional issue? What regions use this ...
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Sale, vale y dale ¿Hay algo detrás de su parecido?

Sólo me parece curioso que, por poner tres ejemplos de paises que quedan a los extremos de la región hispanohablante, en España se diga ¡vale!, en Argentina ¡dale! y en México ¡sale! (al menos en la ...
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“Bad” words in good phrases - how socially acceptable are they

I've heard two expressions which at first I thought were kind of offensive, because of the specific words in them: Mucha mierda! de puta madre It turns out both are actually nice things to ...
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“Quiero comprarlo” vs “Lo quiero comprar”

Wile studying grammar, I learned that the object pronoun could go in either of the places when the verb is being used as an infinitive. So, for "I want to buy it," both of these sentences would be ...
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¿Cómo se puede llamar al español hablado en América Latina?

¿Existe alguna forma especial de llamar al idioma español hablado en América Latina, para diferenciarlo del español hablado en España?
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Describing the common cold or flu in Spanish

In English, when talking about common viruses people often get, there are generally two categories: a cold is generally more mild and can come with runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, etc. ...
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Diferencia entre «entretuviesen» y «entretenieran»

Estoy experimentando con unos flashcards de Anki, y encontré esa frase: Si los niños se entretuviesen por unos minutos podría tomar una siesta. Es la primera vez que he visto una conjugación ...
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Spanish names for preterite and imperfect tenses

In school, I learned that the Spanish past tenses were called preterite and imperfect in English, and preterito and imperfecto in Spanish. However, in talking to native speakers I've run across other ...
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Are there vulgarities in Spanish that are universal throughout the language?

The vulgar words I'm familiar with all seem to be local slang. Does Spanish have any words that are universally accepted as vulgar or profane?
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«Por la mañana» frente a «en la mañana»

Mientras voy calificando algunos escritos de mis alumnos, he notado que a pesar de lo que les digo en clase, escriben cosas como «Me ducho en la mañana» o «salgo en la noche», frases en las cuales ...
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The word ending “-ita/-ito” and its usage

English: From what I've seen, the -ita/-ito ending is used for describing little things, or as a better way of describing time periods, especially in businesses (like a waitress saying La comida va a ...
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Correct usage : Papas versus Patatas

Is it simply Spain is using Patatas and the rest of the world is using Papas? What is the distinction?
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Difference between de, desde, and a partir de (prepositions)

I'm really new to the Spanish language and I'm trying to get a good understanding of these prepositions. I was taught that: De = of,from Desde = since,from But then i found out that: a partir de = ...
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reserva vs. reservación

What is the difference between reserva and reservación (as in a reservation that you would make at a restaurant)? Do the two words mean the same thing? Which is used in what parts of the ...
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¿Uso de lo y le por país?

En un artículo de wikipedia venía esto: Se lo llama: pero para mí es más común decir: Se le llama: Se está hablando de cómo se le llama a un derivado de leche quemada en diferentes países ...
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Usage of the word Zarigüeya

I know that Mexico uses tlacuache, but by action of the TV zarigüeya is entering to Mexico, so I'm curious about the countries were the word is actually used. I'd like to know if there are countries ...
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Extensión y origen del orto

Últimamente he visto cada vez más extendido en Colombia el término orto para referirse a las partes traseras de una persona. Originalmente lo escuchaba sólo de argentinos. Siempre asumí que venía de ...
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Myspell and different variants of Spanish

This is somewhat computer related as well. If one installs myspell package in Ubuntu, it would download files for Spanish Spanish, and files for e.g. Argentinian Spanish would be just symlinks to it. ...
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Additional meaning of the verb “rotar” in Latin America?

I heard the verb rotar and rotarlo in contexts where neither rotate nor turn nor roll seems to make sense. return possibly, but I do not understand spanish well enough. I believe they where talking ...
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Arriba, Abajo al Centro pa Dentro

"Arriba. abajo, al centro y adentro" o "pa dentro" Tengo mucha curiosidad sobre esa forma de brindar. En México se usa en contextos muy reducidos vinculados con exceso alcohol o en forma de juego; en ...
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In what region/country do they pronounce the 'r' at end of Spanish infinitive as 'sh'?

I was watching a television show* the other day during which the presenter made a habit of pronouncing the final 'r' of many infinitives with the 'sh' sound -- thus 'poner' became 'ponesh', and so on. ...
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Aqui, aca regional differences

In Spain I learned aqui, alli, alla, but in Costa Rica it all seems to become aca. Am I not remembering the Castillano correctly or does this differentiation not exist in Latin America?
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Un doble-sentido en “Radio Tertulia”

En la obra Radio Tertulia de Les Luthiers, los conductores de un programa de radio maltraducen el inglés al español con consequencias graciosas. En una parte (3:02), dicen lo siguiente: Jorge ...
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¿Balé o Ballet - Chalé o Chalet?

He notado que en España tienden a pronunciar las palabras francesas de forma más cercana al original, pero no es así en México donde se acostumbra pronunciar las tes de palabras como chalet o ballet. ...
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¿Qué significa abatizar (visto en Nicaragua)?

He visto la palabra abatizar en periódicos de Nicaragua, pero no puedo encontrar la palabra ni en el diccionario de la RAE ni en WordReference.com. ¿Exactamente qué significa abatizar y en cuales ...
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Regional pronunciations of “LL” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to pronounce the consonants y and ll? I had one teacher that taught me to pronounce "LL" harshly, something like the English "J". Another teacher I learned from told ...
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What words are typically used to refer to vehicles and deliniate between types of vehicles in Latin America [closed]

I would like to know the words for cars, trucks, vans, pickups, and SUVs in regular Mexican usage. I know car is carro, but is that what a typical Mexican is most likely to use too?
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Is Weon used in Mexico and Chile and what does it mean?

What does "Weon" mean? Someone told me that weon is used in Mexico and Chile, but he was not sre what it meant. Could anyone in these countries tell me what this word is? Or is it an offense calling ...
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Does “parientes” ever mean “parents,” or is it always “relatives”?

I have two friends who speak Spanish; in the case of one, he grew up in Mexico; in the case of the other, his parents spoke Spanish at home when he was young. They both say that "parientes" means ...
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Spanish for “link”

While listening to a podcast from SpanishPod recently, I came across this section where they were discussing the Spanish for various computer-related terms and one of the hosts gave liga as the ...
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Happy Birthday songs in Spanish [closed]

The most recognized song in the English language is "Happy Birthday to You" (the common song sung on someone's birthday). What songs in Spanish are traditionally sung on birthdays (and what are the ...
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Is “Arcilla” for “Clay” used only in Spain (or only used outside of Mexico)?

My name is Clay. A Mexican friend finds the name somewhat amusing: as if somebody were named "Dirt," I guess. He said my equivalent name in Mexico would be "Barro." I find that "Arcilla" also means ...
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Translation of “can”

I know can is poder in Spanish. But generally it would indicate the ability to do something rather than the permission. You cannot drink. No puedo beber. The above sentence could imply: 1) ...
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Pronunciation of “ll” in Mexico

There are several questions on this site that deal with the correct pronunciation of "ll" and "y" but despite sounding like a duplicate, this question addresses a slightly different issue. I have ...
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¿Es el español de Perú y/o Ecuador realmente más cercano al europeo?

Recientemente estuve con una persona que estudia español, siendo este idioma una lengua extranjera para ella. Me dijo con toda seguridad: "El español de Perú y Ecuador, por ejemplo, se conservaron ...
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“Tiempo” vs “clima”

Cuando estuve en Colombia, escuchaba mucho las frases como: Hoy hace buen clima en Bogotá. Hace buen clima para Caracas este viernes. ¿Es correcto usar la palabra clima para hablar acerca ...
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La noche cae sobre la ciudad de Naga

La noche cae sobre la ciudad de Naga - can I also say ' La noche envuelva en la ciudad de Naga' ? English translation : Darkness falls upon Naga City. Any alternatives?
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What does “chepa” mean in Nicaraguan Spanish?

What does the word chepa mean when used to refer to a person in Nicaraguan Spanish? What are some examples of how it is used?
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Nombre de los acentos y otras marcas ortográficas

En otra pregunta hice una mala traducción al inglés. Quise referirme al acento gráfico (´) como tilde, pero la traducción correcta es diacritic. Esto me confundió un poco. Quiero entonces consultar ...
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Usage of Ándale, vamos and anda

When are Ándale, anda and vamos used? Both mean ' Come on' but in what context are they used? Anda, dime dinero para comprar un computador. Ándale, vamos a conducir a la playa mañana! Vamos, veamos ...
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Mejico or Mexico? [duplicate]

Is it oldfashioned to write Mejico instead of Mexico? Estoy viviendo en el estado de California, pero soy de Mexico. Estoy viviendo en el estado de California, pero soy de Mejico.
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Studying Spanish at school in a Spanish speaking country

In the Spanish speaking country where you live or have been, up to what age/year level is it compulsory to study the Spanish language at school. Where I live (English speaking country) it is ...
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Fireworks en español

Me interesa saber en que forma puedo traducir esta palabra porque sé que está "Cohete" muy formal además de "Pirotecnia" y "Fuegos artificiales" que son demasiado técnicas. Estoy interesado en saber ...
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“A menudo” vs “frecuentemente”

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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How to Quickly Determine if a Text is in Castilian or Latin-American Spanish

I am learning Spanish for use in Mexico, and not Castilian (European Spanish). I frequently run into Spanish instruction books and other texts that I would like to purchase. My question is, what are ...
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What is the difference between “añadir” and “exagerar”?

What is the difference between añadir and exagerar? In my dictionary añadir means to add and to exagerrate. Él exagera el problema cada vez cuando estamos trabajando en un proyecto. Él añade el ...
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“Tener tiempo” vs “Llevar tiempo”

Yo aprendí (en México) decir "Tener tiempo." Ejemplos: Tengo mucho tiempo sin ir al cine. ¿Cuanto tiempo tienes sin ir al cine? (a menudo abreviado: ¿Cuanto tienes sin ir al cine?) ...
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“Pronunciation of European Spanish and Pronunciation of Spanish in Latin America” [closed]

"Are they similar or different?" Can somebody help me with an example?
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Usage of pushar and empujar

I would like to know if pushar is also used in Spain and is it only used by teenagers ?