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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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¿Se usa “halar” en vez de “jalar” en algún lugar?

En Estados Unidos veo muy frecuentemente traducciones que usan la horrorosa halar en lugar de jalar (o hale aquí, etc.) Es tan común que me imagino debe ser usado así en algún lugar. En caso ...
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Enumeración: Mil millón vs. Billón

En inglés, se dice "one billion" para la cantidad 10^9 (1,000,000,000). Pero en español, he oído la cantidad "mil millones" para la misma cantidad (hasta en los periódicos). Casi nunca he oído la ...
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How is the letter 's' (or the /s/ sound) pronounced in Spain?

I've heard varying things regarding the pronunciation of the 's' sound in Spain. However, no one was willing/able to explain this to me. How is the 's' sound pronounced in Spain compared to its ...
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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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Are there any words that have opposite regional meanings?

Following in the footsteps of EL&U, are there any words that have opposite meanings in different Spanish-speaking regions? We are looking for words that are the same, but have different meanings ...
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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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¿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 ...
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Difference between “coche” and “carro”

I have always wondered what is the difference between coche and carro. I have done some googling on it but still can't understand. Can anyone explain what is the difference between coche and carro ...
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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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'vos' vs 'tú' usage by country

I lived for a while in Bolivia, and I noticed some people used "vos" instead of "tú" as the second person familiar singular pronoun. Which countries use "vos" instead of "tú", and are there any that ...
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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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¿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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Any difference between aquí and acá

I've been taught that aquí and acá are completely interchangable. From personal observation, acá seems to be used more often than aquí in the context of "I live down this road." Example: Vivo ...
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¿Es una ofensa decir “Chale”?

A: Quiero ir a la casa de Juana a visitarla. B: ¡Chale! Vamos para allá mañana. ¿Es una ofensa decir "Chale" ?
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“Gafas” vs “anteojos” vs “lentes” vs “espejuelos” in mexican Spanish

Four different words, same meaning. Both according to Wiktionary as well as Google Images. Which one's preferred in regular speech in Mexico? I don't want to know what official dictionaries or RAE ...
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Regional differences between “escuchar” and “oír”

In school I learned that escuchar was for the English "to listen to" and oír was "to hear." In Central America, however, I frequently heard escuchar being used for "to hear" (e.g. No te escucho ...
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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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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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¿Por qué la gente se ríe cuando me presento como “Fénix, como el ave”?

Mi nombre es Fénix — muy raro aún en inglés. Cuando me presento a la gente en Suramérica, a menudo se malinterpreta mi nombre como "Felix". Entonces, me he acostumbrado presentarme así: "Soy Fénix, ...
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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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Exception to the Phonetic Rule

As we all know that Spanish is a Phonetic Language, i.e. the way it's written is the way it's pronounced. I am just curious to know if there are any exceptions to this phonetic rule. I mean, when we ...
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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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«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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¿Cómo se llaman las primeras dos décadas del siglo?

Yo nací en los años setenta y me casé en los noventa. Mis hijos nacieron en... y ahora estamos en... Sé que no hay una respuesta única, pero ¿qué forma cómoda y correcta recomiendan para ...
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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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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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¿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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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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Difference between -iera and -iese ending of the imperfect subjunctive

There are two forms of the imperfect subjunctve in use, for example, pudiera, pudieras, pudiera, pudiéramos, pudierais, pudieran and pudiese, pudieses, pudiese, pudiésemos, pudieseis, pudiesen I ...
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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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Difference between “manejar” and “conducir”

Today's word of the day on spanishdict.com is despacio. There I found this sentence: A mi hermano le fastidia cuando la gente que quiere manejar despacio conduce en el canal de velocidad. I ...
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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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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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How outdated is the Spanish of the Reina-Valera Bible?

I've been told by native Spanish speakers that the Reina-Valera Bible (even the 1960 edition) sounds old fashioned and stuffy. It's one of the reasons our pastor uses other translations. But when ...
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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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Is “tobogán” an acceptable word for “slide” throughout the Spanish speaking world?

English I'm trying to learn words to talk to my baby at the playground in Spanish. WordReference.com gives the following as part of its definition for "slide." slide 2 sustantivo 1. (in ...
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¿Cómo se dice regionalmente “coquetear”?

Español (Pregunta: ¿cómo se dice "to flirt" regionalmente?) Sé que la forma correcta de decirlo es "coquetear". Sin embargo, en México usamos la palabra "ligar". He oído que en Chile usan la palabra ...
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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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Usage of the word acullá

WordReference translates acullá as "yonder." Is this a word that was only used in the past, or is it still used in modern Spanish today? If so, what regions does it appear in and how is it used?
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Is Spain the only country that uses “vosotros” for “you all”?

Is Spain the only country that uses vosotros for you all (informal) instead of ustedes? (In the second-person perspective). Examples: Spain: Vosotros sois inteligentes. Other (?): Ustedes ...
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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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¿Cuál es el origen del modismo “es equis” para decir que algo no es malo ni bueno, sino “más o menos”?

Una amiga de Monterrey, México a veces dice "Ah, es equis" para decir que no le apasiona cierta cosa. Ejemplo: A: ¿Te gustan los tacos que se venden en la esquina? B: Meeh... son equis. ...
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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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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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“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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Difference between Spanish and Catalan

I recently went to Barcelona and found that the people there speak Catalan but not Spanish. Although, I did listen some words that are common in both Spanish and Catalan, still there was also 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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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 ...