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

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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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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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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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 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 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 ...