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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 ("... ...
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How would you translate the word “badass” to Spanish?

I was thinking maybe of "cabrón" or "chingon" ; however I think those two sound too Mexican specific. Does anybody know a better and less region specific equivalent?
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How do you say “muscle fever” in Spanish?

I've heard only "envaramiento", so people say in Spanish Estoy envarado por haber nadado ayer. Wikipedia says it's said agujetas, which I've never heard. Is there another non-medical term for ...
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What does “huele al lobo” mean?

In Roberto Bolano book 2666 there is a piece sus reservas, su discrecion rayana en una quimerica omerta de viejo nazi que huele al lobo. What does it mean? In Google I only found search reult ...
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“Le lee un diario a ella” - Is the person who reads male or female?

The translator says the sentence is this in English: Le lee un diario a ella = He reads her a book. I thought it was "You read her a book" because it's unclear from the wording the gender of ...
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What is the difference between using “de” and “que” for the English word “to”?

Here are two examples where de and que are meant to translate to to in English: ¿Dónde tengo que dejar los documentos? = Where do I have to leave the documents? Es imposible de saber = It is ...
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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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What is the difference between “No puedo comer” and “No puedo como”?

I thought that you were supposed to use the conjugated version of comer when referring to the subject, but I see sentences formed like the first example. So what is the difference between both ...
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Translating “Most Games Played” Accurately?

What's the best translation for Most Games Played in terms of video games?
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What musical instrument is “bateria”?

The direct translation I found for "bateria" is "battery" (makes sense), but in a list of musical instruments, what does it signify? Is it drums? Percussion?
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What is “Amaury”?

I see a book by Alexandre Dumas named "Amaury" in Spanish? What is the English equivalent? Or is it simply the same (I'd never heard of it, if so). It is available here: ...
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When is “se” used before a verb?

I'm confused about when "se" should be used. I thought it would always go before a like here: Ella se mejora a su coche but I see here that it is not being used. Él observa a su hija My ...
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¿Como se entiende “go into real estate” en español?

Estuve leyendo un artículo en inglés y me encontré con esta frase. Según he buscado, real estate significa bienes raíces, pero traduciendo esta frase de manera literal a irse a bienes raíces no le ...
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How to translate “speak one's piece”?

The title says it all, how do you say "speak one's piece"[1] in Spanish? [1] Speak your piece means "state your opinion or view".
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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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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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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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How to translate 'to become?' (hacerse, ponerse, convertirse en, etc.)

I've heard several different words used for 'to become' in Spanish. Obviously sometimes there are specific verbs to use, like 'enfadarse' means to become angry, but often you need to use a verb that ...
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How do I use two objects?

A veces quiero decir algo como la siguinte oración en español Do you want me to invite you? No sé cómo traducirlo. He tratado: Me quieres invitarte? Pero no me parece bien. También he ...
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Analogous-sounding spanish words from english to avoid using? [closed]

There was once an incident as a kid where I was acting foolish somehow at the dinner table talking with my brother, who maybe didn't care that much anyways as to what I was doing. My grandfather, ...
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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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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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Translation: I was pushed into getting past simple pleasures of life in order to catch up with the standards of maturity [closed]

tiene dificultades con traducción, pero no soy una inglaterra y por eso la frase en inglés puede ser mal también: I was pushed into getting past simple pleasures of life in order to catch up with the ...
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La única manera de

Are there other alternatives to say The only way to learn spanish is by speaking with native speakers? La única manera de aprender castellano es hablar con hispanohablantes.
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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 ...
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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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Cuál sería la traducción de Nice, Great y Good Question?

Esto es referido a los Badges de StackOverflow. Tengo: Nice Question => ????????????? | Question score of 10 or more Good Question => Buena pregunta | Question score of 25 or more Great Question ...
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Cómo se traduce apropiadamente “Bump a thread”?

Cuando se habla de "Bump" en el contexto de foros, por ejemplo, se asocia al hecho de hacer que una conversación pase a estar como recientemente modificada, y por ende, primera en el listado. Que ...
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Existe un análogo de “as of (yesterday)” en español?

En inglés, la construcción "as of" es más o menos equivalente a "desde" o "a partir de", pero los usos no coinciden exactamente. En particular, frases como The website was down as of last Monday ...
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Alternatives for '¡dame un respiro!'

Are there other alternatives for 'dame un respiro'? ¡Dame un respiro, acabo de llegar del trabajo! ¡Dame tres horas para descansar!
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Are the phrases “jarabe para la tos” or “antibióticos” colloquially used to mean other types of medicine?

My spanish textbook says that if you have a fever, you should take "jarabe para la tos". It also recommends "antibióticos" as a remedy for "la gripe". The glossary translates these phrases as "cough ...
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Bauwagen en español: Como es la palabra para un tipo de remolque o trailer de vivienda temporal

En varios idiomas hay una palabra especifica para un remolque o trailer de vivienda temporal para los trabajadores, cerca de construcción que muchas veces tambien se usan como caravana (en sitios que ...
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Translation of “gesture driven” in mobile app context

So far only thing I can think of is "Impulsado por gestos", but that doesn't feel quite right. Any other suggestions, maybe a different approach that would give the same meaning?
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post discharge from hospital call [closed]

How would I say: I'm calling to follow up with you, to see how you are doing since your discharge home. My supervisor likes to reward our employees for a job well done, is there anyone in your ...
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How do I say 'I end up' in Spanish?

How do I say 'I end up' in Spanish? I'd like to say it in this context : I wanted to get a cheaper hotel, but I ended up getting an expensive one.
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Translation of “What's wrong?”

What is the most natural translation of the English phrase, "What's wrong?" (i.e. what you would ask a person who appears sad or hurt or withdrawn)? ¿Qué te pasó? would be one option, but that seems ...
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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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El uso de “ algunas cosas”

Tu has dejado algunas de tus discos compactos de los Prisoneros en tu coche. You left some of your Los Prisoneros CDs in your car. Yo solía tener muchos Cds de los Doors, pero algunos de ...
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Ni en tus sueños

Is there another alternative for 'get real'? I'd like to say it in this context: A: ¿Eres mi nena? B: ¡Ni en tus sueños!
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La noche cae sobre la ciudad de Naga

La noche cae sobre la ciudad de Naga - can I also say ' La noche envuelva en la ciudad de Naga' ? English translation : Darkness falls upon Naga City. Any alternatives?
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“I shout into the heavens and weep” in Spanish

How do I say "I shout into the heavens and weep" in Spanish? He shouts into the heavens above and put a spell on my girlfriend. My attempt : Él grita en los cielos arribas y pone un hechizo ...
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What make guns dangerous [closed]

Lo que hacen las armas muy peligrosas es cuando se los niños utilizan por placer. What make guns very dangerous is when kids use them for fun.
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Translation of “bug” to Spanish

What is the best way to translate "bug", as in a misfeature of a computer program or device? Google translate offers a few options, none of which quite seem to fit, except the term itself: bug ...
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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 ' my cellphone is about to die' in Spanish?

How do I say ' my cellphone is about to die' in Spanish? 1.* Celular acaba de morir* Any alternatives?
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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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“I am too picky when it comes to food” in Spanish? [closed]

How do I say 'I am too picky when it comes to food' in Spanish?
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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?