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

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Spanish words for cake, pie, pastry, etc

English has several specific words for different types of sweet, baked products: cake pie pastry tart torte cobbler Does Spanish have the same level of detail for describing these sweets? What ...
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Translating “shrewd” (as in “a shrewd businessman”)

The English word "shrewd" (as in "a shrewd businessman") describes someone who is sharp, clever, crafty, or cunning. For example, a shrewd businessman might come up with a coupon offer that seems ...
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waste: desperdiciar vs. malgastar

I learned that "waste" in English can be translated as desperdiciar or malgastar in Spanish. What is the difference between these two words? Are there any cases where one is correct and the other is ...
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Translation of “take your time”

In English, when making a polite request, it's common to say "take your time" (to tell the other person there's no need to rush). What is the most natural translation of this into Spanish? Is this ...
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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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¿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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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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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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Un doble-sentido en “Radio Tertulia”

En la obra Radio Tertulia de Les Luthiers, los conductores de un programa de radio maltraducen el inglés al español con consequencias graciosas. En una parte (3:02), dicen lo siguiente: Jorge ...
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How should “The dangerous pelican film” be translated?

Translate.com gives me "La película pelícano peligroso" but then going the other direction with it gives me "The film pelican dangerous!" Should it be something like "La película de los pelícanos ...
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How do you say ‘What's it like living in Mexico?’ in Castilian Spanish?

How do you say ‘What's it like living in Mexico’ in Castilian Spanish? Que es vivir en Mexico?
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How do I say ‘I like to go out in such nice weather’ in Spanish?

How do I say ‘I like to go out in such nice weather’ in Spanish? Me gustaria salir en un tal buen tiempo.
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Poetic translation for “I'll be your Manolete, if you'll be my Lupe”

I want to find a poetic translation for this phrase to use in some writing and can't get it right. I'll be your Manolete, if you'll be my Lupe.
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To set apart / it sets you apart / to set yourself apart

I literally have to use this phrase daily however I am never certain of my translation. All of the other sources on the internet are inconclusive and I would like to clear this doubt up once and for ...
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how to translate the software specific expression “how to” in Castellano?

There's something in software or websites that is called a "how-to" section, it is like a frequently asked questions (faq) section but with a content closer to be a tutorial of how to do something in ...
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Translation of “to wind (a rope, hose, string, cord, etc.)”

The other questions about "wind" got me thinking about it's normal verb use. To "wind" something is to wrap it in circles, either around an object or simply making a coil. For this use, it looks like ...
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holy: santo vs. sagrado

What is the difference between santo and sagrado in translating the English religious word "holy." How are the two words used in religious contexts in Spanish-speaking countries?
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Translating “Me la paso pensándote”

In Wisin y Yandel's "Estoy Enamorado," the chorus contains the following line: Me la paso pensándote, nunca voy a soltarte What does "Me la paso pensándote" mean? Is "me" a reflexive or indirect ...
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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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Not sure about this translation [closed]

Tengo problemas con esta frase: "Yo solo copio". Mis intentos son: I just copy I only copy I copy De la misma forma, con esta frase: "Yo nunca leo nada". I never read anything I never read I ...
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How do you say ‘he turns out to be…’ in Spanish?

How do I say ‘He turns out to be a good guy’ in Castilian Spanish? Resulté un buen hombre
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Translation of “desafuero” to English

WordReference says that the Spanish word desafuero can be used to refer to the "withdrawal of parliamentary/ministerial privileges." I recently saw this word used in this sense in a newspaper article. ...
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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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Are Boomeranging Telescopic Phrase Mazes impossible to translate? [closed]

A Boomeranging Telescopic Phrase Maze is a "fluent" set of words (where one word or phrase leads to the next) that begin and end with the same word. A relatively simple example is: *I write this in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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How do i say ' i feel pain in my back'

Siento un dolor en mi espalda. Is there any alternatives?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?