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

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How do I say “it made the hair on my neck stand up” in Spanish?

How do I say It made the hair on my neck stand up in Spanish? I'd like to say it in this context: The horror film was so scary that it made hair in my neck stand up.
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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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When to use “a un”

Here's a silly example: To translate I hear a cat and a horse this is what I was told was correct Oigo a un gato y a un caballo But if "a cat" or " a dog" translates to "un gato" or "un ...
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What is “vuestramerced” or into what component words should it be separated?

In formatting the Spanish version of Don Quixote, I find that many of the words in the copy I have "run together" (two or even three words without a space). Usually I can figure out where I should ...
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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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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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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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Is this Duolingo answer correct?

Duolingo asks me to translate "Yo presento a los estudiantes" I entered: "I present to the students" It says I'm wrong, and that it should be: "I present the students" or "I introduce the students" ...
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How do I say ‘Watching him eat makes me hungry’?

How do I say ‘Watching him eat makes me hungry’ in Spanish? Lo veo comer me tiene hambre.
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What is the best way to refer to those of Spanish descent or language?

In English there are several ways to refer to people who speak Spanish or are from a Spanish-speaking country: Hispanic, Latin, Latino, Chicano, Spanish-speaking, etc. What equivalent terms exist in ...
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caja vs. cajón vs. estuche

"Box" in English can be translated into Spanish as caja, cajón, or estuche. What exactly is the difference between these three words? What types of boxes are translated as each? Which would best ...
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Words for “grave”: tumba vs. sepultura

English has several words for burial places, many of which have specific, distinct meanings: grave tomb vault crypt mausoleum sepulcher As far as I know, Spanish has at least two words for ...
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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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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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Is “conseguido cambiar la información de usuario” correct transaltion?

"Conseguido cambiar la información de usuario" correct translation for "succesfully changed users information"?
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Significado y traduccion de “Dolor de pecho”, o “duele el pecho”

Que significa en español la expresion "(le) duele el pecho"? Ejemplo: "Al devoto le duele el pecho cuando su corazon sale a acariciar el infinito". Como se traduce al ingles esta expresion, sin ...
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El diciembre del año pasado

How do I say 'December of last year' in Spanish? El diciembre del año pasado fuimos a la playa a divertirnos. Are there any alternatives for this?
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“I need to work on…” for a general sentence

This is for a handout to parents of a special education class. They speak no English, and the teacher speaks no Spanish. Thus general partial stock phrases are provided on the sheet and she ...
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Words for boat, ship, and other seafaring vessels

In English, we have many words to describe the different types of vessels that travel on water: boat ship yacht dinghy canoe kayak raft watercraft vessel sailboat barge catamaran lifeboat/liferaft ...
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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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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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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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What is the literal meaning of Valparaíso?

I've heard people pronounce the Chilean city "Val puh RI zo", but now that I'm learning Spanish I realize that can't be right; it must be something like: "bval par uh EE so" no? The "paraiso" means ...
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Is the Spanish in Don Quixote too archaic to be useful for those learning Spanish? [closed]

I am considering creating an edition of Don Quixte that would alternate the original (Spanish) with English, paragraph-by-paragraph (a paragraph of Spanish, followed by its English translation). I ...
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How do I say ' It took me 4 hours to get to Hamburg' in Spanish?

How do I say ' It took me 4 hours to get to Hamburg' in Spanish? Tomó 4 horas volar a Amburgo. Any alternatives?
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How do you translate “cuando llegue mañana, hoy ya se habrá ido para siempre”?

Cuando llegue mañana, hoy ya se habrá ido para siempre. About this sentence cuando + subjuntivo, habrá (future): How can you translate this and when do you use this kind of structure? If you ...
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Translating a Bad Sentence in Spanish

I need some opinions on this sentence from a document I am translating to English and I am flagging any awkward sentences and phrases. Esto nos da evidencia convincente de un efecto ...
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Translation of “a simple vista”

What is the most idiomatic English translation of the Spanish phrase a simple vista? Does it mean "at first glance," or does another expression fit better?
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Interpretation of quotes or famous sayings [closed]

I know you can't translate everything directly, sometimes it doesn't make sense, specially when it comes from quotes. What would be the best intepretation of the following quotes?: What goes ...
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How to say “Preparation H” in Spanish

i.e. the hemorrhoid cream lol. I'm trying to say: "Has anyone seen my Preparation H?" and so far I have: "Alguien ha visto a mi Preparation H?" . Would that make sense to someone in spanish?
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How do I say these phrases in Spanish? [closed]

I don't know Spanish beyond maybe a half a dozen common words. How do I say these in a casual, unfamiliar tone: Did I get a package from UPS? Sorry, that's all the Spanish I know. Google ...
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Clarficiation needed on “su”

If I can say Su madre busca a su hermana. to mean Your mother is looking for your sister. And "su" can also be used to mean "their", then what if I want to say "Your mother is looking ...
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How do I say ‘It looks to me’ in Spanish? [closed]

How do I say ‘It looks to me’ in Spanish? I'd like to say it in this context: “It looks to me that I am going to Spain again.”
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¿Me pueden ayudar a deconstruir las siguientes oraciones? Can you help me deconstruct these sentences? [closed]

Un artículo publicado en The Four Hour Work Week blog by Tim Ferriss llamado How to Learn (But Not Master) any Language in 1 Hour sugiere que la deconstrucción de un idioma es una de las cosas más ...
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What are the lyrics at the end of Ojos De Brujo's Piedras Contra Tanques

There are some lyrics at the end of the live version of Ojos De Brujo's Piedras Contra Tanques on Spotify That I'm having trouble translating. It is during the Salsa jam at the end. It's something ...
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Translation of “What have you been up to lately?”

In English, when meeting someone you haven't seen for a while, you might ask, "What have you been up to lately?" What is the equivalent question in Spanish?
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Translating “for the rest of the day”

What is the best way to translate the phrase "for the rest of the day" into Spanish, as in the following examples: I'm tired, I think I want to stay home for the rest of the day. Do you think it ...
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Packing material vocabulary

In English, there are quite a few words to describe materials used to pad and insulate packages that are being shipped from one place to another: packing peanuts or foam peanuts are individual ...
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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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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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“Verja” vs “cancela”

Dictionary says both mean "gate". I want to know if there is any finer difference between the two, especially regional ones. What's the word you use for gate in your regions? More specifically I would ...
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“Middle Class”en Español

Como se llama la clase socioeconómica "Middle Class" en español? Yo sé que se puede decir "clase media" pero quiero saber si hay otra expresión que tiene el mismo significado.
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What is the difference between “es” and “está”?

Can any one please explain to me when should I use está in place of es? As far as my understanding goes es translates to is and está translates to this. But sometimes I see that está is translating ...
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Traducir “overview” al español

En las tiendas virtuales frecuentemente se muestran listados de productos con información resumida. Luego pinchando en cierto producto se dirige a la pagina de la ficha del producto, donde se detalla ...
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“Went right past” in Spanish

He went past the red light I know the above sentence can be translated into Spanish as: Pasó la luz roja. Is there a better translation to this, one that the locals use? Also, how would ...
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“For today” in Spanish

How do we translate these phrases into Spanish: for the day, for the weekend, etc.? Here's the context: The bank has already closed for the day. The schools will shortly be closing for the weekend. ...
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What is “él” for in “Estoy aquí porque me ha enviado él”?

I found this sentence which makes sense except for the last word él: Estoy aquí porque me ha enviado él. I am here because he has sent me. What is the él doing here? At first when I read it I ...
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Is this a proper (non-awkward) translation? [closed]

Translate.com gives me this: "Mis libros son el agua, los de los grandes genios es el vino. Todo el mundo bebe agua." ...for this: “My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. ...
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When to use “una” and when to omit it

I recently came across this sentence: No tenemos fecha. which means "We do not have a date." The context of this may be when making an appointment with the dentist and you are saying you do not ...
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Why is “Roano” translated “Sorrel” in Lynch's story?

Benito Lynch's story "El Potrillo Roano" is, in English, "The Sorrel Colt" Why? Shouldn't it be "The Roan Colt"? Roan and Sorrel are not the same, so...??? Is "Roan" a "false friend" between ...