How best to translate a phrase, word, or concept in Spanish from another source language, such as English.

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Is this a mistranslation due to misunderstanding the British accent and English contractions?

In "Treasure Island" this: "I have a son of my own," said he, "as like you as two blocks, and he's all the pride of my 'art. ...is translated as: Yo tengo un hijo de tu edad, añadió, que se te ...
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Does “Eso no es nada” mean “That is nothing” or does it mean “That is not nothing”?

In Treasure Island, there is this passage: "This is nothing," he said as soon as he had closed the door. "I have drawn blood enough to keep him quiet awhile; he should lie for a week where he ...
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Why would “breakfast” be translated as “lunch”?

In the English (original) of "Treasure Island" (1883) this passage appears: At last in strode the captain, slammed the door behind him, without looking to the right or left, and marched straight ...
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¿Qué sígnifica “¿Quién se anima?” en castellano?

What would be the best translation for the aforementioned phrase in English? I have asked friends and they have trouble explaining the correct English translation.
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How to say “I don't need change” politely when paying a bill [duplicate]

In French, when we pay cash for a meal at the restaurant, we use the expression "c'est complet" (lit. está completo) to signify that the difference between the price of the meal and the amount left in ...
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What does the saying CON VALOR mean?

What does the saying CON VALOR mean? I am translating a title of a report and the client wants to emphasize corporate core values: el título refiere a Valor económico, Valor de valores corporativos, ...
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How to translate “Personal care service”?

I was wondering how would you translate the field of study Personal care service to spanish. In a database I have, one variable is Field or subject with highest qualification and one possible ...
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Idiomatic translation of “only on days that end in 'y'”

In American English we use the idiom "only on days that end in 'y'" to playfully dismiss accusations of over-indulgence. The typical joke is: [wife]: "You spend too much time fishing!" [husband]: "I ...
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¿Qué aparatos tecnológicos usas? [closed]

¿Qué aparatos tecnológicos usas? This is a question I must answer for my work. I am only a secondary student, so low vocabulary is fine.
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What does my friend mean when he says this to his kid?

I've heard my friend say "me matas con cuchillito de palo" to his kid and I cannot figure out what it means. (I've googled it, and naturally google results are all over the map.) Usually the kid is ...
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How to say “[someone] as [someone]” in movie credits?

I'm doing a credits scene in a Spanish video, and I want to say "[someone] as [someone]." For example, Harrison Ford as Han Solo except in Spanish. Any help?
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Water Bottle vs. Bottle of Water

This is a question about the phrase "botella de agua". How does one make the distinction between a bottle filled with water and a bottle normally used for the purpose of carrying water? For example, ...
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¿Cómo traducir la frase “There is a first for everything”?

La frase "There is a first for everything" expresa un elemento de sorpresa, que algo ha pasado por primera vez y es un poco raro que haya pasado. Intenté expresar este concepto el otro día y solamente ...
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Why “ni” instead of “no” in the sentence “Ni siquiera puedo dormir”? [duplicate]

Ni siquiera puedo dormir Which is the translation for I cannot even sleep. So I was wondering why cannot it be No siquiera puedo dormir. How does 'No' became 'Ni' in the above ...
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Conditional or Future for Tener

I had this Spanish translation question: If you don't finish your homework you won't have dessert. This was the answer provided: Si no terminas tu tarea no tendrás postre. I interpret ...
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Translation of “Hoy hace mucho calor” in another way

Hoy hace mucho calor. I see that the translation for it is Today is very hot. But I think that sentence is very complex and difficult to language learners like me. So can we simply write ...
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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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“abnegado” vs “desinteresado” vs “altruista”

What is the difference between the adjectives abnegado desinteresado y altruista The latter obviously is connected to altruism, the first to deny and the seconds ha interesting in it. But how are ...
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¿Como puedo traducir la siguiente oración ya que no entiendo como se esta utilizando el without?

Formally, machine learning can be defined as the study of systems that can learn from data without being explicitly programmed
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Translating “insurance deductible”?

What is best or correct way to translate insurance deductible? deducible de seguro tiene de deducible thanks
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Cómo se dice en español “Women's Network”? [closed]

Cómo se dice en español "Women's Network"? Yo he traducido Grupo de Mujeres, Red de Grupo de Mujeres, pero no suena bien?
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How do I translate “Swipe your badge to sign in” [duplicate]

What is the Spanish Translation for "Swipe your badge to sign in" This is what I have got, Deslice su tarjeta de identificación para iniciar sesión Is the above correct ? Much appreciate the ...
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Is there a phrase in Spanish which is similar to 'to bell a cat'?

"To bell a cat" is a phrase which means "Doing an impossible task". I need this phrase to narrate a story.
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¿Uso de “joder” en la serie “Los Serrano”?

En la serie "Los Serrano" (de España) los personajes usan la palabra joder. El Traductor de google lo traduce como fuck. El Diccionario de RAE tiene muchas acepciones y no puedo entender si esta ...
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Translation of “encato”

What does the word encato really mean? I have been looking for this word in several dictionaries but was unable to find anything so far. Examples of usage: Excelente, me encato! A mi hija le ...
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Why is the letter s dropped when refering to Jesus Christ in the Spanish language?

I have noticed that in the Spanish translated bible the name of Jesus when putting it together with Christ has dropped the letter s to compound it one word. Why was this done? Also in other parts of ...
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What are some tips on translating Spanish when reading

I read my Spanish/English Bible daily. I have found that it is very difficult to attempt literal English translations of Spanish. An example of the types of sentences I do not have trouble with would ...
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Equivalent of the idiom “feel free (to do something)”

For instance, If I wanted to say: Feel free to contact me Could I say the following? Por favor, contáctame cuando quieras Does this capture the essence of the idiom, or do any preferable ...
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Translation of “perros de charro”

I do not see any glue to get the meaning of this word connection. Nor when looking at google image search result.
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Searching for a more appropriate verb phrase than “llevar a cabo”

I'm editing a Spanish translation of a consent form for work. The presented draft reads "(noun) está llevando a cabo por ..." to mean "(noun) is being conducted by...". The phrase just feels clunky to ...
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What does “pesas un huevo” mean?

I am trying to figure out what pesas un huevo means. I know that huevos sometimes translates to testicles, so is this sexual/vulgar?
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Are past and perfect tense in Spanish used the same way as they are used in English?

I'm learning about past and perfect tenses, still it's quite hard to determine their meanings sometimes. Let's say I have these 3 sentences: He aprendido Aprendo hace 2 horas Aprendí hace 2 horas ...
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Why is “Mr.” not translated to “Señor” in “Goodbye, Mr. Chips”?

I am listening to "Simply Audio" CDs of books (read in Spanish). One of them is "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" which I would expect to be translated as "Adios, Señor Chips" but instead it is "Adios, Mr. Chips" ...
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How to say this sentence in Spanish

so I want to say the following in sentence "Your goal is to decided how related the two meanings of this word are to one another. Another way to think of this would be, how similar, on a scale of ...
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Traducción sencilla y elegante para “one hit wonder”

Un one hit wonder es un grupo o cantante que es famoso por una única canción muy exitosa, mientras que el resto de su discografía pasa prácticamente desapercibido. Algunos ejemplos serían "Breakfast ...
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The use of “tu” in Spanish

As 'tu' in Spanish means both "his/her" and "your", the following sentence: Ella es tu única hermana. Can the sentence be translated both as: She is your only sister. and She is his ...
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Cómo traducir “rendering”

En el contexto del diseño gráfico, es común encontrar la palabra render, e inclusive, en la wikipedia en español existe una página que trata el tema. Aún así, no existe una palabra oficial para ...
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What would be the equivalent to “feature completeness” in Spanish?

What would be the equivalent to "feature completeness" in Spanish? Reading an excerpt of this book "The agile samurai", which I've found navigating this site, I've found this concept: "feature ...
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how does one translate “smoking meat”?

I was trying to express, "I smoked some pork spare ribs this past weekend," in Spanish. I tried looking up smoking meats in the Spanish dictionary and often I get fumar (to smoke), asar (bbq), or ...
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How to translate engagement

In the context of the game industry, engagement is the voluntary act of a person to participate in a experience. How to translate this word to spanish?, The wikipedia page of engagement in spanish ...
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Discuss our Work with Juan?

My understanding is that "work" is a lot more versatile than "trabajar." Trabajar is used to describe physical actions, such as The man is working. -- El hombre está trabajando. But what if I ...
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Does the sentence “no podemos esperar más” translate into English as “we cannot wait any longer” and “We cannot hope for more”?

Does the Spanish sentence: No podemos esperar más have two translations into English ie. we cannot wait any longer we cannot hope for more ?
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Awesome or Sweet

I'm looking for a Latin American (including US speakers from latin american backgrounds) Spanish translation of the phrase "awesome" or "sweet". For context, sweet is generally used upon encountering ...
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Source for/availability of Spanish-language California History books? [closed]

I hope this is not an unwanted question for this forum, but I don't know where else to ask it. I would like to translate some early California history books, memoirs, letters, etc. written in Spanish ...
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How do I ask “may I”?

I want to ask "May I teach English to John" but don't want to use "Puedo enseñar Inglés Juan?" as it seems more of a statement (puedo = I can) unless the questioning tone is noted. I want to ask ...
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Translation of “We look forward to assisting you” in spanish [closed]

I'm working on translating a script for a service desk, but I'm stumped at finding an equivalent for the ending phrase "we look forward to assisting you" in spanish. What would you advise to be a good ...
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Why are both “Presidente” and “Presidenta” accepted as correct translations?

Duolingo wanted me to choose between multiple options for the translation of "She is the president of that organization". I chose "Ella es la presidente de esa organización" but it was counted as ...
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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 envierno
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Is “Nuestro amor arde para siempre” a proper sentence?

My girlfriend is from Mexico and I'm from the States. I have a very limited Spanish vocabulary, an I'm getting her a gift for our anniversary. It will be a lighter with the phrase "Nuestro amor arde ...
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Letting someone know I don't speak Spanish well

I will be traveling to Mexico next month, and I want to be able to tell people that I do not speak Spanish very well. I do speak some spanish, but only what I've been able to teach myself in the last ...