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

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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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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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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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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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Dormitorio vs recámara vs alcoba vs habitación

What are the differences among these words? The dictionary says they all mean "bedroom"; I suspect it's a regional/dialectical thing. What are these words used for in your country/region and which of ...
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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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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?
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Translation of “ahora”

Consider the following scenario: "How much is this MacBook?" He asked the store clerk. "Two thousand dollars, sir!" Said the store clerk with a smile. Now, two thousand bucks is no small ...
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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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Translate “I'm done” in Spanish

How would one say "I'm done" (in the sense of "I am finished with whatever I was doing until now" or "I'm free now") in Spanish?
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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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“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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“Ser” and “Estar”: Spanish vs. Portuguese

The English verb to be typically translates to either ser or estar in both Spanish and Portuguese. Is there any instance in which the ser /estar distinction is different between Spanish and ...
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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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What is Login in Spanish?

I need to make sure the login button on a website is correct. I am of the opinion the following would be correct. I only speak basic Spanish. Which would be correct? Any other suggestions? Inicio de ...
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Translating deploy and deployment

How would you translate deploy/deployment into Spanish? I guess that "poner en funcionamiento" or "será instalado" would be possible translations for deploy, but maybe there is a better term? ...
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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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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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How to translate “background” into Spanish?

The word "background" does not seem to have an equivalent in Spanish. What would be the translation of the following phrases: He has a background in computer science. She has a background as a ...
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Why doesn't “verde” become “verda” when paired with a feminine noun?

Why does "verde" remain the same whereas "blanco" becomes "blanca" and "rojo" becomes "roja" in this sentence? "La bandera italiana es verde, blanca y roja" Green ("verde") retains the same ...
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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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Spanish for “to no end”

Consider the following translation: His laziness disgusts me. Me da asco su flojedad. What if I wanted to add "to no end" to the sentence? His laziness disgusts me to no end.
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What would be a good translation of “becario”?

Let me explain myself, the official definition is "scholarship holder", but in some places it is a position in a company, sometimes is a pro bono position but most of the times is an entry level job.
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Translation of “bowl”

I have heard many different translations for bowl (the dish) in different Spanish-speaking countries. What words are normally used to translate "bowl"? Which is most universally understood? What ...
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Ways of saying “The count can not be smaller than..”

What is the proper way of saying "The count of "something" can not be smaller than.." "la cantidad de "something" no puede ser más pequeña que.." or is it " el recuento de "something" no puede ser ...
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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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How do you say “senior agent” in spanish?

As in more "experienced" customer service agent
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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 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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What is a good translation for the “overview” other than “síntesis”?

I am looking for a good translation that doesn't sound too technical. I read the definition of "síntesis" and found the word "compendio" which has a definition which seems to match "overview" well, ...
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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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Can I trust the Spanish Wikipedia?

Can I expect that the Spanish used on the Spanish-language Wikipedia, such as this article is standard Spanish, or are they just articles originally written in English that have been translated into ...
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What does “sujetador de corbata” mean?

I've been reading Spanish Dilbert comics here The sentences I don't understand, I've been typing and entering into translate.com. For the phrase: "¿Has visto el sujetador de corbata que me dieron ...
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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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What does “churir” mean?

I was watching a Mexican video once, and I heard it. A co-worker of mine claims to know it's meaning, translating it to "dent", but I'm not quite sure, and I can't find any reference online. The ...
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Sustantivo de “refrescar” as in “rafraichissement” in French

Cuando uno presiona la tecla F5 (o manzana + R en un MAC), el navegador refresca la página. Mi pregunta es si existe un sustantivo para este verbo? Existe "refresco" pero suena muy mal. En inglés no ...
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How do you say “hot chocolate” in spanish?

It is clear that a literal translation yields "chocolate caliente," but is this the correct translation for hot chocolate?
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When should one use “para” for the English word “to”?

This is an extension of the question What is the difference between using "de" and "que" for the English word "to"? Consider the sentence "You have one minute to ...
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What does “La hora de los loros” mean?

"La hora de los loros" is an idiom in Spanish. I've seen it writing and heard it in conversation. How would you say the equivalent in English? Not literally, but figuratively. Is there an ...
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Armpit: sobaco vs. axila

"Armpit" in English can be translated as either sobaco or axila in Spanish. Is each term used in different regions, or are they both used across the Spanish-speaking world? What is the difference, or ...
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How can I say “colmo” properly in English?

There is an expression in Spanish to denote something that is absurd or unexpected. Usually it can be the maximum expression of expertise and talent. I wondered about this mainly because in Spanish ...
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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 ...
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¿Cómo traducir “responsive” al español?

Hace poco oí un par de personas usar las palabras página responsable para referirse a lo que en inglés se conoce como "Responsive User Interface" -o responsive a secas-. A mi me parece que esta es ...
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What is the best way to find out if a book is available in Spanish?

There are many books I would like to read in spanish, such as George Jackson's "Soledad Brother" What is the most efficient way for finding out if a particular book is available in Spanish?
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What does “Le tengo” mean in “Le tengo miedo al fracaso”?

The sentence means "I am afraid of failure". Why do we use Le tengo instead of Yo tengo or Tengo? Moreover, why are we using al instead of de for of?
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“Lo peor ya ha pasado” - Why is “Lo” used?

The sentence translates to The worse has already passed. Why is lo used instead of el? When am I supposed to use one over the other?
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“Ella es nuestra madre” - Why is “nuestra” feminine?

Why is nuestra feminine if we do not know the gender of the people the speaker is referring?
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What does “si vienen palos” mean?

y es por eso que si vienen palos, yo seré el primero en dar This is from the lyrics of a song. I do understand the meaning of the words but a literal translation doesn't make any sense ("... ...