How best to render a tricky Spanish word or expression in English or one from some language in Spanish.

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Proper translation of Epicaricacy?

What is the proper translation of the word "Epicaricacy"? Or is it one of those complex words that only have a meaning in the original language? I found the translations "alegría maligna", ...
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How would the word “landing” be translated?

I'm currently writing an essay on the film Che, and I mention how it begins with the landing of Che and other revolutionaries in Cuba. However, I cannot find a proper translation of "landing" with ...
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¿Cómo puedo traducir “actas capitulares” al inglés? [on hold]

Me gustaría saber cómo puedo traducir el concepto "actas capitulares" al inglés. No encuentro nada en Inernet y Google Traductor lo pone tal cual.
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Why is this singular event spoken/written as if it were plural in Spanish?

Why is this singular event spoken/written as if it were plural in Spanish? The statement "I think I am going to take a vacation this week" is translated as "Creo que me voy a tomar unas vacaciones ...
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Why is the ampersand retained in this translation?

On my bag of Pumpkin seeds (from Bulgaria, which I like a lot more than other pumpkin seeds, which are bigger and flatter), It has the English (not Bulgarian) description: Pumpkin Seeds Roasted & ...
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Why are both translations considered correct?

To translate "I was followed" into Spanish, Duolingo considers both of these correct: Fui seguida. Fui seguido. Why are both correct? To my newby (or is it "newbie"?) eyes, the first doesn't seem ...
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Does “No tengo sueño” really have these two quite different meanings?

Is "No tengo sueño" really both "I have no dream" and "I am not tired" (two completely different thoughts)? On Duolingo, I supplied the first as the translation, and it was judged to be correct, but ...
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Does “El Buscado” make sense as a loteria card?

I am designing some variations on loteria cards, and I need one that means "The Wanted" (like an outlaw). Would "El Buscado" be understood and sound correct to a Spanish speaker? "El Hombre Buscado" ...
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Como se dice “The beautiful Spain” en Español?

Quisiera saber como podría decirse “We are in the beautiful Spain” en Español? Es possible decir “Estamos en España la linda”?
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Existe alguna traducción adecuada para “Habemos” en inglés

En español existe la conjugación del verbo Haber "habemos" para indicar la existencia de un conjunto de personas que cumplen ciertas características e incluyen a la persona que habla, algunos ejemplos ...
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Having something “to myself”?

What would be the/a correct way to say "I have something to myself"? For example, I wanted to say "I have the house to myself this weekend". I said "Tengo la casa a mi mismo". That felt wrong, but ...
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Why would “water” not be translated?

In "The Grapes of Wrath" there's a scene where they're talking about toilets. When the water in the toilet is discussed, in the translation ("Las Uvas de la Ira"), the word is not translated (to ...
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Was referring to Jesus in this way considered blasphemy?

In comparing "The Grapes of Wrath" and its translation "Las Uvas de la Ira," I came across this interesting loose translation (talking about traveling through the desert): "I'm going to take her at ...
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A “butterfly of the light” is a “lamp bug”?

What is a "lamp bug"? What is a "butterfly of the light"? In Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," a "lamp bug" is mentioned. In the Spanish translation ("Las Uvas de la Ira") it is called "Una ...
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Are there no gophers in Spain?

In The Grapes of Wrath/Las Uvas de la Ira the English text mentions a gopher hole; the Spanish translation says, "la madriguera de una ardilla." But isn't an ardilla a squirrel? Why no specific word ...
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Where did using “un servidor” to address yourself come from? / De donde se origina la costumbre de llamerse a sí mismo “un servidor”?

I've heard from many Spanish-speakers now that when they talk about themselves, they use the phrase "un servidor" instead of "yo" or "mi." I have always thought of the English equivalent of the phrase ...
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Does contener have a meaning I'm not familiar with? [closed]

Someone asked me, "que contiene el nombre Xxxx en ingles?". I thought "contener" was pretty much the same as "to contain" in English, and online dictionaries seem to agree. Is there some other ...
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How to say Thanks for confirming

The translation of "Thanks for confirming" is: Gracias por confirmar (futuro) Gracias por haber confirmado (pasado)? Thanks
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Why did the translator replace an actual name with a placeholder?

In "The Grapes of Wrath"/"Las Uvas de la Ira", the name Joan Crawford appears in the original (English) text. In the Spanish translation, that has been rendered as "fulana." My understanding is that: ...
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How to ask for a repair shop to fix a car tire?

I recently went to Panama and we had 4 flat tires within 2 weeks. I'm still confused how to properly ask for a repair shop which fixes tires. Can you clarify? I would prefer answers not only for ...
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Is the “low number estimate-to-high number estimate” colloquialism/phraseology unknown in Spanish?

In "The Grapes of Wrath," the estimate "fifty-sixty" is translated into Spanish (in "Las Uvas de la Ira") as "cincuenta y seis" (56). Apparently the translator thought "fifty-sixty" was a typo (that ...
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Fireworks en español

Me interesa saber en que forma puedo traducir esta palabra porque sé que está "Cohete" muy formal además de "Pirotecnia" y "Fuegos artificiales" que son demasiado técnicas. Estoy interesado en saber ...
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Why isn't sunrise “Entrada del Sol”?

"Salida del Sol" is sunrise - but doesn't that literally mean "Exit of the Sun"? Why isn't sunrise "Entrada del Sol" instead?
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“Maria Llena Eres de Gracia” in English

That's the name of a well-known movie from Mexico and also happens to be one of my biggest favorites. But I have always struggled to understand how it translates to "Maria, Full of Grace" in English. ...
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Is this translation saying the guy died?

In Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," one sentence says, "My woman's cousin was in McAlester an' they give him hell." The Spanish ("Las Uvas de le Ira") translation is: "El primo de mi mujer estuvo ...
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¿Cómo se dice “más o menos” en inglés? [closed]

Siempre que pienso en decir "más o menos" sólo pienso en "more or less" pero no estoy seguro de que sea la traducción correcta. Entonces ¿Cómo se dice en inglés?
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Can adjectives be placed before nouns in Spanish?

I found this sentence in "Las Uvas de la Ira" (Spanish translation of "The Grapes of Wrath"): "Los humoristicos y viejos ojos..." I would have expected "the old humorous old eyes" to have been ...
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Is Pie an unknown dessert in Mexico/Spanish-speaking countries?

In "Las Uvas de la Ira" ("The Grapes of Wrath", the English "piece of pie" is translated as "trozo de pastel." My understanding is that "pastel" is cake, not pie. Is there really no Spanish word ...
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Is the Spanish word for “film” really the same word as for “movie”?

I'm simultaneously reading "The Grapes of Wrath" in English and Spanish ("Las Uvas de la Ira"). I came acorss this translation for "film of dust": "pelicula de polvo." Is this accurate? I know that ...
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“It was too late” in Spanish

Is the following translation correct? Era demasiado tarde. What If I want to say the following in Spanish? It was getting late. Will the following translation hold? Se hacía tarde.
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“What the hell” in Spanish

I want to say "what the hell", "what the f***", or "what the heck" in Spanish and have come across the following translations: ¡Qué mierda! ¡Qué demonios! Which of these is the most natural ...
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Throughout in Spanish

I tried translating "throughout the interview" into Spanish and Google returned three translations: A lo largo de la entrevista. A lo largo la entrevista. Largo la entrevista. Lo ...
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“No matter what” in Spanish

How does one say "no matter what" in Spanish? In English it would be akin to saying "at any cost" or "come what may". I saw pase lo que pase somewhere. Is it accurate? Or is there a better way to say ...
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“Over the last x years” in Spanish

Consider the sentence: His business acquired several computers over the last two years. What is the best way to translate the phrase "over the last two years" in the above sentence? My best ...
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Translate “back in the day”

Consider the following sentence: Back in the day wheat used to be 100 dollars a ton. Here, "back in the day" is just another way of saying something like "once upon a time" or "back then" or ...
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How to deal with personal direct object and indirect object?

When I try to translate this sentence Juan send his daughter to his mother I got this Juan envía a su hija a su madre Considering the following facts: su hija is a personal direct object ...
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What simple sentence types am I missing?

I created a table with various simple sentences in English translated into Spanish by Translate.com/Google Translate and Bing. It may be interesting to note that they usually render the translations ...
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Understanding “bazer muy bien aparejadas y ennervadas”

I'm trying to understand a fifteenth century text, and I've come across the following: ... las quales dichas syete ystorias nos obligamos de bazer muy bien aparejadas y ennervadas por de dentro e ...
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Singular and Plural “You”

What is the most accurate "you all" translation? There are two "yous". Singular and plural you. The latter is sometimes called "you all", "y'all", or "youse guys" in American English. What is the ...
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Soler vs imperfect tense for “used to”

Which is the preferred way to translate "used" to in Spanish? Consider the sentence: I used to eat ice-cream everyday. I can translate it as: Comía helado cada día and also as: Solía ...
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How do you say “Turnover” in Spanish?

Governor General Simon de Anda y Salazar and his defenders entered Manila to accept the turnover of the city of Manila from the british forces El Gobernador Simón de Anda y Salazar y sus ...
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Translation for Lorekeeper

Although I'm Spanish, I can't recall for a word that accurately translates "lorekeeper", as the person who knows the wisdom and tradition of his people.
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Are there consistent rules for pronouncing “c” and “g”?

I want to write a software program that will "Americanize" the pronunciation of Spanish text (using Mexican pronunciation) so that it is easier for English speakers learning Spanish to be reminded of ...
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Translate “…when you're done” in Spanish

Will this sentence take the subjunctive? For example: Put the spade in the shed when you're done. My attempt is: Pon la pala en el cobertizo cuando terminas. Is it correct or should I use ...
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Translate “bigger/smaller one” into Spanish

Let's say the sentence is: I need a bigger one. My attempt is: Necesito una más grande. This obviously doesn't sound right to me. So, I would like to know how a native speaker would ...
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Translating “loudly” in Spanish

Consider the following translation: Estabas cantando en voz alta en la ducha. You were singing loudly in the shower. Is it correct? I mean is this how a native speaker would translate the ...
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the eye of the needle in Spanish

Consider this sentence: Por fin, metí el hilo por el ojo de la aguja. Finally, I threaded the needle. I understand that el ojo de la aguja is the Spanish for the eye (the little hole/loop ...
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Translating “if I had to” in Spanish

Consider this translation: I would have jumped the rope. Hubiese saltado a la cuerda. Now, how would we translate the same sentence if I added "if I had to" to it? I would have jumped ...
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“I'd like an aisle seat if available” in Spanish

My attempt is: Preferiría un asiento de pasillo, si disponible. Is there a better translation, one a native speaker is most likely to say? I would love to know what the most commonly heard ...
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Spanish for “burn”: “quemar” vs “prender”

The dictionary says both mean "to burn". Obviously there must be some difference, subtle or otherwise. What are they?