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

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¿Cómo se dice “play” en el contexto de música o una DVD?

En inglés usamos la palabra "play" para significar la acción de ver una película o de escuchar música. La usamos así: Can you play the movie? What song is playing? Pregunté un amigo latino ...
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¿Cómo interpretar mejor símbolos matemáticos y cifras en textos publicitarios?

De acuerdo a un texto en inglés, tal como se muestra a continuación: > 150,000,000 $ in sales. Quería saber, las personas que hablan completamente español, ¿Cómo entenderían esta oración ...
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“Pay your respects” in Spanish

I am looking for a good translation to the phrase "Pay your respects" in Spanish. I haven't been able to figure out one that really conveys the meaning. These are the ones I currently came up with: ...
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¿Cuál es una traducción apropiada para “Thinking out of the box”?

El otro día, resolviendo con los compañeros de trabajo una serie de problemas, me vino a la cabeza la expresión Thinking out of the box (o thinking outside the box). Esta expresión viene a significar ...
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Idiomatic translation of “elevator pitch” [duplicate]

I was recently translating the "What does "beta" mean?" page in response to this meta question (improvements to my translation are encouraged!), and came across the following phrase: What’s the ...
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How to translate “for dummies” to something more polite than “para tontos”?

English The title Windows 10 para Tontos sounds a bit harsh to me. Is there a different, more polite way to say Windows 10 for Dummies? Español El título Windows 10 para Tontos me suena un poco ...
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Translation for “People - Place - Time” for a slogan in a business context

How would you translate PEOPLE - PLACE - TIME in Spanish but in a business context? I know that PEOPLE = GENTE, PLACE = LUGAR/ESPACIO, TIME = TIEMPO. However, I want synonyms for this in a business ...
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How can I translate “Unit Manufacturing Processes” to Spanish?

I guess it's "proceso de fabricación por unidad", but I don't know if this it's correct. I want to translate the paper's title this is what I guess: "Una representación del conocimiento para el ...
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How to say “lay on one side” in Spanish?

I was wondering how do people say "lay on one side" in Spanish. I need it as an imperative to use at gym or something(not while you're sleeping). I searched "tumbarse a un lado" but couldn't find any ...
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What does “se trata de” mean?

In my reading, I've run across several forms of "se trata de", and dictionaries haven't been much help. For example: eran todos hombres libres y se trataba de un feudo feliz y prospero si se ...
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¿Cómo se dice “flyer” en castellano?

Si vas por la calle de una gran ciudad, normalmente de noche, siempre encuentras a algún joven que te da unas cartulinas pequeñas con información de discotecas, bares, etc. donde pasar un rato. A ...
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What is the proper translation for 'Dunnage', from English

I can't seem to find an obvious choice by browsing product literature, which is my usual tactic. This is the concept I want a Spanish word for: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunnage
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¿“Feedback” en castellano?

La palabra inglesa "feedback" se usa muy extensamente en castellano para diferentes conceptos: Mecanismo por el cual un sistema se alimenta de sí mismo (algo circular). Proceso de obtención de ...
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How to translate dates to Spanish?

I want to make questions about calendar. I will show the calendar of January and ask those questions in Spanish. How can I ask these questions in Spanish. Q1: Today is Jan. 15. What date was last ...
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Translation of a “district health authority”

I have to translate a report into Spanish from Turkish. In Turkey, Istanbul, we have districts in cities, see here for mine. In this question, let's call the district's name as Şişli (so you can give ...
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Que significa la frase: “me mama´s morra”?

Me gustarías saber que significa la frase: me mama´s morra/ me mamas morra Es algo feo o es una expresión en sentido positivo? Creo que este tipo de frases se usa solo en America ...
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¿Cómo se traduciría al español la palabra “snippet”?

En informática, los snippets son pedazos de código rehusable (funciones, métodos, etc). ¿Cuál sería su significado en español?
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¿Cómo traducir la expresión idiomática inglesa “as is”?

Me gusta mucho la frase idiomática inglesa "as is": as is in the state that something is in at the present time: Will you wait till it's finished or take it home as is? Aparece con ...
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Which translation of “The Velveteen Rabbit” is most accurate?

Just on Amazon, I can see: El Conejo De Pana, El Conejo De Felpa, and El Conejo De Terciopelo (additional links). Clearly, these are different translations, as even the titles are translated ...
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¿Puede “hopefully” traducirse como “ojalá”?

Buscando la traducción de "hopefully" en WordReference veo que se menciona con suerte con optimismo Sin embargo, me pregunto: ¿podría también traducirse como "ojalá"? Según la RAE, esta es su ...
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¿Cómo se dice “remake” en castellano?

¿Existe alguna palabra en castellano -preferentemente aceptada por la RAE- que sea una traducción del concepto remake? Esto es, hacer algo otra vez en el contexto de una película o libro. Me vienen a ...
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Translation of “After classes were over at X College, I went to Japan with my family”

How can I translate this? After classes were over at X College, I went to Japan with my family. So far I have: Después de las clases habían terminado en X College, fui a Japan con mi ...
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¿Cómo expresar “sympathy” o “condolence” en español?

Ya sé que esta pregunta es un poco general, así que voy a tratar de especificar: Digamos que un pariente de un amigo murió. ¿Cuales son algunas palabras/frase que yo podría usar? ¿O que escribiría en ...
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Am I the only who thinks “longitud” is a weird word for “length”?

I read this: Si todo va bien, el array debe estar vacío y su longitud debe ser 0. ...which is translated as this: If all goes well, the array must be empty and its length must be 0. Since ...
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Is “funciones de retorno” best translated as “return functions” or “callback functions”?

In this phrase: Las funciones de retorno de los métodos Meteor siempre tienen dos argumentos, error y result. Is "funciones de retorno" best translated as "return functions" or "callback ...
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Do Browsers have eyelashes?

I'm reading this: De todas formas, es importante apuntar que el objeto de Session no es compartido entre distintos usuarios, ni siquiera entre distintas pestañas del navegador ... and, in my ...
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Tengo un PEDO salvador

Me gustaría saber qué significa la palabra "pedo", utilizada por Bersuit Vergarabat en la canción "Espíritu de Esta Selva". Tengo un PEDO salvador, nacido en Latinoamerica, Don Leopardo ...
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Best translation of “binoculars”: gemelos, binoculares, or prismáticos

Wiktionary lists three possible translations for "binoculars": gemelos binoculares prismáticos Google translate prefers binoculares, but also offers prismáticos as an alternative. Which is the ...
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¿Parabén o parabeno?

Hace ya unos años que las compañías de cosmética vienen anunciando la ausencia de productos dañinos o sospechosos en sus fórmulas. Uno de ellos es una serie de productos generalmente sintéticos con un ...
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“Embedding” in Spanish?

I always have difficulties to translate the English word embedding to Spanish. I see that RAE has the word: Embeber tr. Dicho de un cuerpo sólido: Absorber a otro líquido. La esponja ...
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Traducción: “America or burst”

No sé a santo de qué ha venido hace poco a mi memoria el recuerdo de la serie Perfect Strangers (titulada Primos Lejanos en España). Aún recuerdo como de pequeño, al ver los títulos de crédito, me ...
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“Rollback” in Spanish?

A "rollback" in Stack Exchange is an action to get a post back to a certain revision in its history. It even has the badge Cleanup for those doing it for the first time. I was wondering: how can ...
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How would you translate “Dashboard” from a web application point of view?

I'm developing a few web applications at the moment, and they have a global database of translations behind them, so that they can be used well across various languages My Spanish is still fairly ...
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Using the word “hot” as “beautiful/attractive”?

How can I use the word "Hot" as "Beautiful/attractive" in Spanish? To translate: She is a hot girl I am thinking on using: Ella esta una bonita chica Ella es tan caliente Do the ...
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Translation of “tomate perita”

I was reading this recipe for Guiso Argentino and came across the following line in the list of ingredients: Tomate perita 1 lata Google translate gives me "adept" or "proficient" for "perita" ...
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lords and ladies

I am trying to learn spanish by watching "Juego de Tronos" ("Game of Thrones"). Frequently, people say what sounds like "mi lord" or "mi lady", but the subtitles usually show "señor(a)". To a native ...
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What does “malditas ganas” mean?

There is a popular song now entitled "Malditas Ganas" According to google translate, this is "damn win" That can't be quite right. What is the singer really trying to convey with that?
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What does “de la fila” mean in this context?

Listening to a Spanish radio station this morning, they were counting up the top 10 songs. With at least several of them, they would say, "de la fila" such as: "...Numero cinco, de la fila" Google ...
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What does “alimentarse del viento” mean?

If someone puts the phrase "Alimentarse del viento" as their status on a social site, what does it mean?
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What is “Los Plebes”?

I'm enamored with a musical group called Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho. My take on the name was that "Los Plebes del Rancho" was literally "the plebians of the ranch" and thus they were ...
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Banking terminology: “cuentas” vs “cuentas claras”

What is the difference in banking terms between "cuentas" and "cuentas claras"? The latter seems to be a service for which the bank charges a fee.
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How should “Advertencia” be translated as a section appearing at the start of a book?

I am reading "Los Indios" by Antonio Batres Jáuregui; the book begins with a section marked "ADVERTENCIA" A translation of this word appears to be "Warning" or "Caveat", but I reckon there's probably ...
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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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Are “hot dogs” (the food) really “perritos calientes” in Spanish?

In Cristina Henriquez' novel "El Libro de Los Americanos Desconocidos", the American food item known as "hot dogs" is translated as "perritos calientes" (literally "hot dogs" or "dogs hot"). Is this ...
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Is this a stutter?

In Cristina Henriquez' novel "El Libro de Los Americanos Desconocidos" (very interesting so far, by the way) there is this: "¿Que qué tal ha ido?" Is this double "que" redundant? Is it simply ...
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“To suggest/To propose” something in Spanish

I'm writing an email where I'd like to say: "I suggest we meet at the same time and place, only change the day to Friday." The verb offered by translation software is sugerir. In the definition ...
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Cómo empezar una “web” en ingles como esta? [closed]

Dentro de un año, quizas te hubiera gustado comenzar hoy. Cómo traducir?
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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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Why is the 23rd translated as the 22nd day of the month?

In "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" by Bret Harte, it says: ...on the morning of the twenty-third of November, ... The Spanish translation ("Los Desterrados de Poker Flat") has it thus: ...en la mañana ...
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How can you translate “blues for yesterday”?

Well, I'm trying to translate: I got the blues for yesterday My intuition tells me that the closest translation to Spanish would be: Tuve los Blues de ayer Is this correct? Or is there a ...