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

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Traducir “oro en paño”

¿Cómo se traduciría la frase "guardar como oro en paño" a inglés? No quiero una traducción literal sino una expresión que captura las sensaciones de la frase original. Los hilos de WordReference dan ...
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Translating “a sí mismo, por sí mismo”

The phrase is: un escritor hecho a sí mismo, por sí mismo Searching around, both a sí mismo and por sí mismo were translated as "for himself, by himself". I figure in this context it means: ...
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Colloquial translation of 'make it up' (to someone)

I've been trying to translate the english idea of 'making it up to someone'. When you couldn't go to a birthday party or you broke a vase in your friends mums house and you say to them: No, I'm ...
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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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Como se dice 'elevator pitch' en espanol?

¿Hay algún termino en contextos de negocios en español para lo que se refiere en inglés como un 'elevator pitch'?
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Distinguishing between realistic and wishful expectations

Since "hope" and "expect" both translate as esperar, how would you say something like "It was better than I expected, but not as good as I had hoped" in Spanish?
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Most accurate translation of “possum”

What is the most universal Spanish word to describe a possum? What regional variations exist? Does the translation refer specifically to the same animal as the English word, or does it cover a larger ...
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What's the best way to inform a pedestrian or fellow cyclist that I'm about to pass them?

It is common courtesy in the U.S. for runners, joggers, and cyclists to announce their presence to others, especially when approaching from behind, by shouting: Right! or Left! This ...
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Find the Mistakes in This Sentence

Tengo la siguiente oración de un texto que estoy traduciendo: Él,como pudo, midío en diferentes días y a diferentes horas ¿Cuales son los problemas de esta oración? ¿Cómo puedo rehacerla? I ...
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Regional usage and literal meaning of “¡No manches!”

The phrase ¡No manches! is quite common here in Mexico, and it's easy to tell from context when it ought to be used (similar to "No way!" in English), but what does it literally mean? And where is ...
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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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“Leading him/her on” in Spanish?

In English, the phrase "leading him/her on" indicates suggesting, by word or deed, a romantic (or sexual) interest that isn't really there. Examples: I thought she liked me, but she was just ...
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What's the correct Spanish word to mean “as” in this context

Words like "as" have many definitions, so I'm having difficulty finding the Spanish word that would make sense in this sense: "Where are you going?" John asked as Mary grabbed her keys. I first ...
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How to translate “have a crush on somebody”?

Which would be the translation to Spanish of I have a crush on your sister. When speaking Spanish, everybody uses the English word and I'd like to know the translation.
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Remind me to give it to you

Which, if either, of these are correct for "Remind me to give it to you". Recuérdeme dártelo. Recuérdeme que te lo dé.
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Translation of “llevar a cabo”

What does the Spanish phrase llevar a cabo mean in English? What are the most common translations of the phrase into English?
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How to say “To tend to”

How do I say "to tend to" as in: I tend to rant a little bit when I'm tired. She tends to forget what she came into the room for. etc. Maybe I should just use 'a veces', 'siempre', etc.?
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Marmot vs Groundhog

In English, the groundhog and the marmot are not the same thing, the groundhog being a subcategory of marmot or distinct altogether, but in spanish there is but one word for the both: "marmota". How ...
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Translation of “I have a feeling…”

What's the best way to translate "I have a feeling..." This is not feeling as in feeling happy/sad etc, but instead more of an instinct/idea/guess. Eg. I have a feeling that someone here knows ...
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I have had a great night with you

I'd like to know how to say: I have had a great night with you in Spanish.
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Agilizar el tema

Frecuentemente me toca escribir correos pidiendo a la gente que me haga algo más rápido. Estoy seguro que el verbo que debo usar es 'agilizar'. Pero es un verbo que me cuesta utilizar. Alguien me ...
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How do you say “carpet” in Mexican Spanish?

The carpet I am referring to is a large cloth that spans the entire room. It is not an area rug. I have a Mexican contractor that is renovating my house. When referring to carpet, I always say to ...
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hover/survoler/sobrevolar? cuál sería la mejor traducción?

Otra vez en el contexto IT, cuando uno pasa el cursor del ratón sobre un elemento de una página web por ejemplo, en inglés se dice "hover" y en francés "survoler". Existe el verbo "sobrevolar" en ...
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How do you differenciate “remember” and “remind”?

I used Google to translate "remember" and "remind". Both came out to be recordar. Why is there no distinction made? You can only remember something by youself, but you have to remind someone else of ...
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¿What is the proper translation for the linguistic term “WORD FORMS” into Spanish?

The translations for the linguistic term "WORD FORMS" in Google Translate and PONS.EU into Spanish are more or less the same "Formas de Palabras", but this translation doesn't seem to have the same ...
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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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Meaning of “me suena mejor”

I've seen it in a few places now, most recently in this comment: a mi también me suena mejor, pero la RAE no tiene "acción de solicitar" como un significado de "solicitud" I googled suena and ...
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Translation of “cheesy”

What is the best Spanish translation of the English word "cheesy" (something inauthentic, trying too hard to be funny, cheap, shabby, etc.)?
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How to translate “if any”?

I'm translating a text and have a doubt. It says: Please add a copy of [some specific papers] (if any). I could mix up the sentence and say: "Si existen [...], añade una copia, por favor." But ...
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To “have been told”

English I am often unsure how to translate the phrase to have been told into Spanish. For example, "I have been told that...". I normally translate that phrase to "Se me ha dicho que...", but I am ...
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What is the meaning of “palabra” in this context?

I came across this sentence while reading, and the use of 'palabra' doesn't make sense to me: Y no es que quiera irme; palabra. Although it brings up connotations of the very slang usage of word ...
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How to translate “I can't wait…”

A literal translation always falls flat, and confuses people (I've learned this the hard way). I can't wait [to see the movie] => No puedo esperar [a ver la pelicula] This always leaves the ...
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Is “Esas cestas son hechas de mano” correct?

I want to say "These baskets are made by hand". Is it correct to say: Esas cestas son hechas de mano.
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List it or List this

Me gustaría saber cómo podría traducirse Lístalo. He pensando en List it y en List this pero no estoy seguro de cuál es la correcta (si acaso alguna lo es). Gracias.
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Ending a formal letter / Terminar una carta formal

English When writing a formal letter in English, I would normally end with something along the lines of I look forward to hearing from you [soon|as soon as possible|at your earliest convenience]. ...
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¿Qué significa «En 2.° plano»?

Yo he restablecido mi iPhone hoy, y estoy restaurando la configuración. En el panel de configuración de Safari, hay una opción «Abrir enlaces» que tiene dos valores posibles: En página nueva En 2.° ...
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congratulations: felicidades vs. felicitaciones

English I have heard both ¡Felicidades! and ¡Felicitaciones! as translations of the interjection, "Congratulations!" What is the difference between the two, and when is each used? Español He ...
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Proper way to express the time of a flight

I need to say "My flight is at 10". I can imagine several translations: Mi vuelo esta a las 10. Mi vuelo es a las 10. Mi vuelo sale a las 10. Yo vuelo a las 10. Are any of these ...
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Best Spanish translation for “Visit Google Maps for [address]”

What’s the best Spanish translation for “Visit Google Maps for [address]” or “Look up [address] on Google Maps”? (Of course, [address] is supposed to be replaced by any street address.) If it helps, ...
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On the fly / sobre la marcha

Still with software science translations.. Now I'm coming to you with this expression that have always bothered me: "on the fly" How the hood would you translate that elegantly to spanish? It feels ...
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How to translate “News Junkie” to Spanish?

Does anyone know what would be the right translation of the term "news junkie" to Spanish? Or a term which better fits as most used translation for it?
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¿Existe la palabra “modularizar” en español?

En ciencias computacionales es común utilizar el término "modularizar", para denotar algo que se divide en módulos (herencia del inglés "modularize"). Sin embargo, mi procesador de textos (Word) no ...
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Meaning of “andar de vago(a)”

I have heard this phrase, and several similar around the word "vago", but I don't really understand what it means. The word "vago" seems to translate directly to "vague"... But what does this sort of ...
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Translation of “twang”

In English (at least American English), "twang" is an onomatopoeia describing the sound of a plucked or vibrating string. It also describes a characteristic of that sound (more common in, say, country ...
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How to avoid the lexical redundancy in the literal Spanish translation of “to ask a question”?

In English we have different words for the verb to ask and the noun question. But in Spanish to ask is preguntar and question is pregunta. This always causes me to stumble when speaking Spanish and ...
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“xq” in Internet slang/abbreviations

In informal chat conversations online, I have seen Spanish speakers write the abbreviation "xq." What does this stand for, and why?
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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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Different words for “stop”

In English, we have a fairly generic verb "to stop" that can be used in many different contexts. For example: Stop talking to me! The driver saw the red light and stopped his car. You really need to ...
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Translation of “real estate”

I have read that "real estate" can be translated as: bienes raíces bienes inmuebles inmuebles What is the difference between these terms, and which is the most generic translation of "real ...