Determining the best possible word to express a concept among several choices.

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¿Cuál es la mejor traducción para “Goddamn”?

Ayer leía un cómic de Batman, escrito y dibujado por Snyder y Capullo y me encontré con que en una de las viñetas decía: "... It's the g-censored!-n Batman" Con el "censored!" ya añadido por el ...
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Why is “Dawn” translated “Mediodía”?

Me parece que "mediodía" significa "noon" y "dawn" debe ser "amanecer," pero: In "The Outcasts of Poker Flat / Los Desterrados de Poker Flat" (por Bret Harte) the original English has this: ...
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What do you call a martial arts belt 'stripe' in Spanish?

I'm trying to find the right word to use for a stripe in Jiu Jitsu; as you go up the levels you receive 4 stripes per belt colour. Would I use 'rayas'...?
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¿Cómo se dice “hacer nada” o “no hacer nada”?

¿Como se debe decir "hacer nada" o "no hacer nada"? Yo como nativo, lo he oido siempre como "no hacer nada", solo que me entro la duda si en realidad es correcto.
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The correct translation for “ Casa de los Perros”

What is the correct way to say "Casa de los Perros"" 1 .- House of Dogs 2 .- House of the Dogs. Here is a link to the page with a photo of Casa de los Perros
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What is a generic word to refer to “icing”?

Icing refers to a creamy, sugary topping used on cakes, cupcakes, to fill twinkies, etc. It's typically made from butter or shortening and sugar, and often food coloring. What is a word in Spanish ...
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How would you translate “Quality time”

Por ejemplo si tu quieres tomar tiempo con tu enamorad@ o con tu familia. En inglés, nosotros lo llamamos "Quality time". Ustedes pueden describir cual es la mejor traducción (o algo diferente)? (En ...
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Trying to make a certificate for my Spanish teacher

I am making an end-of-year certificate for my Spanish teacher, and just need a quick confirmation that this is right. Una profesora increíble con mucho entusiasmo y tiene mucho amor por sus ...
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Difference between “sétimo” and “séptimo”

When or where one uses sétimo and when/where séptimo? Is it a geographical difference somehow? Is one of them colloquial?
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¿Por qué “tener cara” es malo? ¿Y por qué “descarado” significa lo mismo, siendo exactamente lo contrario?

Me he dado cuenta de un fenómeno curioso: tanto ser "descarado" como "tener cara", "tener cara dura", "ser un caradura" o "tener mucha cara" tiene mala connotación. ¿Acaso todo lo relacionado con la ...
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What would be the direct translation of “aunque” in this sentence

El escorpión de Corteza de Arizona vive en los desiertos porque sus capas de grasa lo mantienen hidratado aunque se esconde debajo de cobijos como rocas o hojarasca en pleno día. Is the direct ...
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Use of “saber” in this context

This is usually figured out by reading, but I don't really much in Spanish. Saber means to know a fact: sé las noticias de mis abuelos. Conocer mainly means to be familiar with. Here is an ...
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Difference between lengua and idioma?

For instance, If I wanted to express the following: Globally, Spanish is an important language. Should I use lengua or idioma, or are they interchangeable within this context? I'm aware of a ...
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Difference between “De Nada” and “No problema”

What is the difference between De Nada and No es problema? They both mean "no problem", or "it was nothing", right?
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Difference between “Luego” and “entonces”

What is the difference between Luego and entonces?? I know they both mean "then". Do they mean other things as well???
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Is “Vale actualmente” proper when comparing currencies?

Is it proper to use Vale actualmente... when comparing two exchange rates? For instance, 1 USD Vale actualmente 0.89 EUR with a meaning roughly equal to "Is worth"? Or is there a better ...
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¿Cuál es la respuesta correcta para “Si hubiéramos estudiado todo el temario, no _______ haciendo el examen extraordinario”?

En el examen Ceneval EXANI-II que se aplica a los aspirantes para licenciatura viene esta pregunta: Si hubiéramos estudiado todo el temario, no _______ haciendo el examen extraordinario. ...
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Consciente de que / consciente que

En las siguientes dos oraciones, ¿cuál es correcta? Soy consciente que la deuda es muy grande para mí. Soy consciente de que la deuda es muy grande para mí. Pongo en negrilla las palabras con las ...
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Si quiero decir “He knows a little Spanish” ¿qué verbo necesito usar: saber o conocer?

Si quiero decir He knows a little Spanish ¿Qué verbo necesito usar: 'saber' o 'conocer'? Yo pienso que la frase es similar a "él _____ un poco de español", pero no sé qué verbo necesito usar ...
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Difference between casa and hogar [closed]

What is the difference between casa and hogar. They both mean home, don't they?
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Difference between Verdad and Cierto [duplicate]

What's the difference between cierto and verdad? I know that they both mean "Correct"
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Difference between “Guardar” and “Conservar”

What is the difference between guardar and conservar? They both mean to keep and to preserve.
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“No es culpa mía (de) que …”

On spanish.about.com they explain that you would use "que" if you can replace the English "that" with "which" and it would still make sense. So, it's a pronoun. El plan que quiere es caro. (The ...
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A better word for 'Teachings'

I'm looking for a spanish word for the english word 'teachings' (as an example: Catholic Teachings, etc). The dictionary I usually consult suggests the word 'enseñanzas', but somehow the word doesn't ...
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Why would you ever say “el vino está delicioso”?

I'm doing a Spanish beginner course on Memrise and one flashcard asks for the translation of "The wine is delicious". The suggested translation uses estar. I understand that ser expresses a permanent ...
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Translating “How (much)” in non-numeric situations

How do you translate "How (much)" when asking about non-numeric properties? For example: "How bright is that light?" "How hard was the exam?"
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Diferentes maneras de denominar fuegos [closed]

Como se dice: Fire (as in a forest fire) Fire (as in your fireplace at home) Fire (as in a light for a cigarette) Fire (as in a camp fire) Fireplace (the kind in your house) thank you so much! i ...
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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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Voy vs. Vengo, both correct?

So I have a doubt. I was talking with a cousin and I said: Entonces de pronto vengo en enero. And he said, isn't it voy ? I thought about it and I think that both are correct. Am I wrong?
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Invitacion forzosa

¿Cómo se le llama a una invitación cuando es obligatoria? O sea, mi jefe me envió una invitación a la fiesta de fin de año, pero luego manda un correo donde dice que la asistencia es obligatoria.
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Buen fin de semana

Today I came across a Facebook post about weekend titled "Buen Fin". I know "happy weekend" translates as "buen fin de semana" and I reckon buen fin to be just an abbreviation. What I want to know ...
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Hablar contigo vs Hablarte vs Hablar con tú

What's the difference in connotation between these three phrases? Are they all correct? I am trying to say I want to talk to you. Quiero hablarte. Quiero hablar contigo. Quiero hablar ...
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Antiquated uses of haber

Today, someone told me that haber can be used to indicate possession, apparently because in early Spanish haber was used to mean tener. They gave the specific example of: Hemos un bocadillo (We have ...
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I want to buy a medicine

Today (during a spanish lesson I was doing on my computer) I was presented with: Quiero comprar una medicina And its translation as I want to buy a medicine The english translation is ...
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Why is “ser” and not “estar” used for expressing the current time? [duplicate]

As an example, if I wanted to say "it's 5:00," I would say Son las cinco. Why is this not the following? Están las cinco. As far as I know, ser is used for permanent / inherent qualities, ...
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Should I use SER or ESTAR to talk about when an event takes place?

I'm trying to say that recurring events are on certain days. Since its an event, should it be a phrase with ser? Or since the events fall on certain days, do I use estar?
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What is the best translation for “Slice” as in “I ate two slices of cake.”

What is the best way to say "I ate two slices of cake."? What should be used for slice? Pedazo, trozo, rebanada, parte...
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Usage of porque, por qué, porqué, y por que

Trato de ayudarla +preposición+ no se deprima. Which form of "because" would you use to fill in the blank in the sentence to complete it?
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How to translate different English meanings of “work”

I've been struggling lately in translating the English concept of work. I am familiar with trabajar but I was told only to use that to describe a physical action. Like so: The man is working. -- ...
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Bien vs buen/bueno/buena to describe something good

I have encountered phrases like these: La buena comida. El buen hombre. Buenos días. However in none of these instances is it grammatically correct to substitute bien even though it ...
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¿Por qué se usa la forma “tú” en publicidades en vez de “usted”?

Muchas veces he encontrado publicidades que usan la forma tú como lo siguiente: Yo pienso que que estaría mejor usar la forma usted, porque es mas formal y profesional (en mi opinión). ¿Quizás no ...
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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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“Haber” vs “A ver”

Tengo una pregunta que aun mis amigos que hablan español como nativos no saben con seguridad. Es común decir "A ver," por ejemplo, hoy me dijo una amiga: A ver si la ves. Creo es una forma de A ...
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Metaetiqueta, Meta etiqueta o meta-etiqueta?

La tercera casi seguro que no. Pero la primera y la segunda? Cuál es la correcta? Por un lado, Google usa "metaetiqueta" en sus páginas de ayuda. Ejemplo: ...
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What is the correct way to refer to students in high school and lower?

In English, whether a person is studying in kindergarten or college, they are typically simply referred to as a student. Although we can say a phrase like "grade school student" or "college student" ...
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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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Which Spanish words are most commonly used to describe smells? [closed]

I would like to know how to name different smells in Spanish. In English, for example, we have adjectives like smelly, fishy, sweet, disgusting, stinky, rotten,etc (actually mainly for bad smells). ...
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diferente vs. otro/otra

I'm a bit confused about the differences in use of diferente and otro/otra. For example, I want to say "I'm a programmer like Javier, but I work for a different company." Would that be Soy un ...
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“la frase francesa” or “la frase en francés”?

In English, when referring to a sentence written in French, I could say "the French sentence" or "the sentence in French". English is not my first language, but I think those two variants can be used ...
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What are ways to say “blue” in Spanish?

The "standard" word I was taught is azul. But the nearest English equivalent is azure, which means light (sky) blue. In English, a reference to "dark" blue might be "navy blue." I believe that there ...