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

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Where did “pico de gallo” get its name?

Does pico de gallo (the type of salsa) literally translate as "rooster's beak"? If so, where did it get that name, and how does that describe the salsa?
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The meaning of “¿Cuántos meses tienes tu bebé?”

The questions comes from a Duolingo discussion. The sentence in that discussion is "¿Cuántos meses tiene tu bebé?" and the accepted answer is "How many months old is your baby?" or "How old is your ...
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Translating “by the time”

Consider the following translation: Hasta que tomé la píldora no se me quitó el dolor. Until I took the pill, the pain did not go away. Now, this Wikipedia article on Mexican Spanish says ...
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Género para “The TARDIS”

En una pregunta ya contestada anteriormente, Why do Spanish words have gender?, se decía que es muy subjetivo asignar un género a una palabra extranjera que se integra al español. Si en la lengua ...
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Equivalent of “doch” (German) or “jo” (Norwegian) in Spanish dialects

English There's a very useful word in German, Norwegian and other languages that's used to respond to negative questions in a way that the contrary of the question is expressed. Example: - Hast ...
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Traducción de “Deal with it”

¿Cuáles serían las traducciones para la expresión Deal with it? También pregunto traducciones que sean coloquiales, propias de cada país.
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¿Cómo se dice “Shit happens” en castellano?

A : Lo siento. Cometo muchos errores cuando aprendo castellano. B: Shit happens Como se dice "Shit happens" en castellano?
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¿Cómo se dice «best way»?

Creo que "best way" en inglés es informal. Es una frase para indicar algo con prudencia. Creo que es eso. Pero en español, ¿cómo se dice? Lo siento por mi español, aún no sé mucho. ¡Estoy ...
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Cómo decir la expresión «difficult cookie to crumble» en español

¿Cuál sería una expresion equivalente en español de la expresión anglófona difficult cookie to crumble?
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Meaning of this sentence [closed]

What does it mean: "Pero teneis tema q t kemas o no?" I received this message from a person that lives in Basque country, but I see there some spanish word. I don't understand anyway...
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To cc someone on an email

¿Cuál sería la forma más idiomática de expresar la frase inglés? I will cc you on the email. Hay muchas palabras de la informática o los negocios donde se utilizan la palabra inglés ...
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Shouldn't agua be profundo instead of profunda? [duplicate]

According to Duolingo, the phrase "The water is not deep" should be translated "El agua no es profunda." instead of what I guessed, "El agua no es profundo." Since "agua" is masculine (el), shouldn't ...
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Can “la luz” be plural (lights) as well as singular (light)?

Duolingo accepts "the lights went out" as a translation of "se fue la luz" But shouldn't it be "the light went out" (singular)? I checked what https://www.translate.com/ would say about it. ...
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“¿De qué color es la camisa?” - What is “De” for?

It looks like this sentence can be formed without the "De" so what is it for?
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After much struggle

The sentence I am trying to translate is: The young man found work after much (a lot of) struggle. Is one of these the most appropriate way (somehow it doesn’t seem so to me, that’s why I ask)? El ...
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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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Recognize spanish phrase

What's written on this picture? How you would translate it? I can recognize “El Rafael Pombo de Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez lo hice en hora y media … Clavdia [or Claudia]”. This is for description of ...
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“Just” in Spanish

Consider the following sentence: I don't know. Easily, the Spanish for this would be: No sé. How can one place some stress on the "not knowing" part of this sentence...maybe when one is a ...
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Number riddles in Spanish

I want to create some number riddles in Spanish in a form like this: I am one more than twelve. What am I? or I am three less than ten. What am I? Is this the right way to do it: Soy uno más que ...
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Ask/command someone to “take this”

Say I have my hands full but need to grab something else. In English, I would say "here, take this" or "could you hold this" or "can you take this for a second". How could I say this in Spanish? ...
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Translation of “Welcome back!”

In English, if someone has been gone for a while and has recently returned, it's common to greet them by saying, "Welcome back!" (or "Welcome back from your trip!", etc). What is the most natural way ...
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“Today” in the context of “for today”

Consider the following sentence: I ate today. It can easily translate as: Hoy comí. Now consider the following: How much did you eat today? In the last sentence, there's a subtle ...
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What do “Centro” and “Título” mean when referring to a “Máster” degree in a submission form?

I am filling an application form, which is in Spanish. I am using Google Translate to fill the form but it is giving unhelpful translations for some phrases. Could someone please help me by ...
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“This” in Spanish in the context of “this bad”

I understand "this" translates into esto in Spanish. However in the following contexts, that translation doesn't seem to work: How did you manage to hurt your back this bad? Whoa! I didn't ...
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What does “aha te quiero” mean? [closed]

So my girlfriend is Mexican and naturally speaks Spanish and so I see her get this message from a guy who she says is her best friend which reads "aha te quiero :* :*" I don't know Spanish very well ...
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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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“Only too happy” and related constructs in Spanish

How do we convey this sense in Spanish? Consider the following examples: He was only too happy to oblige. Do tell me...I'm only too curious to find out! I am sure solo is not relevant in this ...
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Translation of “It is important to do it” in Spanish

Could someone tell me the correct translation of the following sentence structure in Spanish, It is important to do it or It is necessary to do it and can I use all three of the following ...
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¿qué significa “desacomplejado”?

¿qué significa "desacomplejado" en este contexto en inglés:? Y emerge otro Canadá. Un país que mira menos a Europa y más a Asia. Un país donde la explosión del petróleo ha alterado los equilibrios ...
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“Leader” en el contexto de una empresa

Cómo se dice "leader" en el contexto de una empresa en español? Por Ejemplo, en ingles dicen: "Apple is a leader in the smartphone market" Pero en español creo líder solo es para persones.
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Translation of “cheesy”

What is the best Spanish translation of the English word "cheesy" (something inauthentic, trying too hard to be funny, cheap, shabby, etc.)?
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Stepped Area Chart translation

https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/gallery/steppedareachart So, Gráfico de área escalonada no suena muy bien... What would you suggest for a translation?
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¿Qué significa la frase “Estoy más puesta que un calcetín”?

Una amiga mexicana me dijo la frase "Estoy más puesta que un calcetín." ¿Qué significa eso? El contexto es que ella me ofrece una lección de baile. Ella: Yo te doy unas clasesitas de baile. ...
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Why is “De nada” used as a response to “Gracias”?

De means "of", and nada means "nothing", so why, when put together are they used in response to "Gracias"?
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Why does “Se habla español” translate to “We speak Spanish”?

I see on stores that they have a sign that says Se habla español. From first glance I would think that it is saying "It speaks Spanish". How is it unambiguous that it is saying "We speak Spanish"? I ...
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Transform your site?

¿Cómo se dice "Transform your site" en Español? Pienso es Convertirse su sito pero no se si es correcto
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It is what it is

How would you say "it is what it is?" I have heard "eso es" and "eso si que es." I assume the first one is an abbreviation of the second. However, is it an acceptable abbreviation, or is it not ...
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What is a polite way of requesting something in Spanish? [closed]

I'm mainly concerned about grammar. The text between parenthesis gives you some context. I mainly want to know how to say a expression like that to ask (a person). I asked for a (polite request for ...
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Translate “Rating” as in a rating on a site like on yelp or amazon

I'm not sure how I would translate "rating" in reference to a product or service. What I mean by this is a "rating" that would appear on a site like Amazon or Yelp that aggregated review scores.
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¿Existe alguna traducción adecuada para “Habemos” en inglés? [closed]

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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Spanish translation of the idiom “Reaching out to you”

I'm attempting to translate the idiom "Reaching out to you" to Spanish. It's informal, but still used in a business sense such as "I'm reaching out to you again about the message I sent you." Is ...
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“I'd like to find a time to meet” en Español

I'd like to say that "I'd like to find a time to meet" in spanish to a spanish coworker, but I'm unsure how I would translate this concept. I think it would be something like: quería to find some ...
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¿Cómo se dice en español «back-channel responses» del inglés?

La oración original es Using more back-channel responses. He buscado en varios diccionarios pero no encuentro ninguna respuesta. Here's the complete text: Research indicates that we can help ...
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¿Cómo decir bootstrap en castellano?

En el mundo de la informática se utiliza mucho el término bootstrap (últimamente para referirse a Twitter bootstrap). Veo que la traducción más directa es el de "lengüeta de zapatos", es decir, la ...
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Cómo decir “college dropout”?

Aparentemente no hay una traducción exacta del frase inglés "college dropout" ... la mejor que podria encontrar es "estudiante que abandona la universidad antes de graduarse", cual me parece ...
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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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Understanding ya vs. todavía vs. aún

English speakers learning Spanish have a hard time understanding the similarities and differences between ya, todavía, and aún (or aun). They don't perfectly match up with the similar English words ...
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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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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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How do you differentiate between walnuts and pecans in Spanish?

It recently occurred to me that the Spanish nuez can be translated to English as both "walnut" and "pecan." Is the same word really used for both types of nuts? How would you specify which nut you're ...