Questions addressing any of the many differences in vocabulary, pronunciation, usage, etc. of the varieties of Spanish spoken through Spain and the Americas.

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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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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 Spanish-...
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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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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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¿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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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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¿Por qué decimos “me da palo” cuando algo nos da pereza?

Se oye con frecuencia en España: - Mañana tengo que ir a trabajar. ¡Qué palo me da! o - Esta noche tengo cena de familiar. Me da un palo horrible, el pesado de mi cuñado siempre está con sus ...
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¿Qué es “engavetar”?

Estaba leyendo un artículo en un periódico cubano y me encontré con el siguiente parágrafo: Este político (...) alcanzó cierta notoriedad como integrante de la llamada “pandilla de los ocho”, un ...
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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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¿Uso de presente en vez de subjuntivo?

En Duolingo acaba de salir el curso de catalán y empecé a hacerlo, todo normal hasta que llegué a estas oraciones: No como, aunque cocinas conejo con verdura. No menjo malgrat cuines conill ...
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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 me ...
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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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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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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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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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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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¿Es el castellano filipino similar al castellano de España? [closed]

Mi abuela me dijo que cuando era una chica, siempre ella oyó a las personas mayores hablando castellano y era en el año 1930. Ella me dijo que nuestro castellano es mejor que el de Latinoamérica ...
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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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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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What is the meaning of “boludo”?

Whenever I hear some person from Argentina, it is quite common to hear him or her say a sentence containing boludo: - ¡Qué boludo! - Eres un boludo - No digas boludeces So it seems ...
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Significados del verbo “camellar”

Voy a camellar mañana. Alguien me dijo que ese verbo era algo sexual y él era de Colombia.
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¿Es »tronco« una groseria en Latinoamérica?

A: ¡Hola, tronco! ¿Cómo te va? B: Estoy bien, ¿y tú? A: ¡Guay! ¿Es "tronco" una groseria en Latinoamérica?. Y también ¿en qué parte de España se usa esa expresión?
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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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Geographical extension of „ahí” with stressed „a”

I have heard: ahí (te) va ahí voy ahí me hablas mañana which nevertheless is pronounced stressed a, forming rather than a hiatus, a diphthong. For sure it's not meant ay, the ...
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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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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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“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 ?