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

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What is the abbreviation for World War II?

¿Cómo se acorta la frase "II Guerra Mundial"? How do we shorten the phrase "World War II" in Spanish? We could say "II Guerra Mundial" or "IIGM". Is that standard? It came up since I was writing ...
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How to translate “surface contamination”

I want to translate a phrase: Evaluation of surface contamination by beta radionuclides. I have Evaluación de contaminación en superficies provocada por radio nucleótidos beta I do not ...
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How to say “later”

I know there are different ways to translate "later," depending on context. más tarde después luego entonces en otra ocasión And perhaps others? How can I decide which translation of "later" to ...
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“Decoded” Fashion ?

There is a computer programming event next week, "Decoded Fashion". I had write (in Spanish) that I was going to this event. I found two translations on Google translate: descodificar descifrar. ...
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Coming “down” or “up” (traveling from one place to another)

In English (at least US English), it is common to use "up" and "down" when giving directions. For example: When are you coming down to visit us? I went up to see him for the weekend. The "up" and ...
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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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Can Spanish distinguish between “lonely” and “alone”?

I learned that solo in Spanish means both "alone" (the simple fact of not having anyone else around) and "lonely" (feeling sad because of being alone). Is there any way of distinguishing between these ...
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How to write “if this happened, I would have done this”?

I'm quite new to subjuntive and the conditional tense. If I want to write: If I had been rich, I would have bought a car. Is this correct: Si yo hubiera sido rico, compraría un coche. Or should ...
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How to translate “quiver”? (mathematics)

In mathematics a quiver is a multidigraph. It is a directed graph that allows multiple arrows and loops. The non-mathematical Wikipedia article on the quiver, corresponds to the Spanish article on ...
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Noun and adjective word order and meaning of “atomic power engineering sites” in Spanish

I am reading a product description and I want to translate it: The dosimeter may be used at atomic power engineering sites, physics laboratories, health care organizations as an electronic ...
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¿Cómo se dice “Christmas caroling” en español?

Creo que la palabra mejor para "Christmas carol" es villancicos, pero ¿hay una forma como verbo? Por ejemplo, en inglés se puede decir: We are going Christmas Caroling tonight at 8. Pero en ...
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How do you say “I got you!” in spanish

If I threw a snowball (or dodgeball) at someone and it hit them, how would I say "I got you!" in spanish?
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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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Spanish words for couple, few, handful, several, etc

In English, there are various words to express a small quality of something: a couple (two of something) a few (a small number, maybe around 3-5) a handful (another vague expression for a small ...
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¿Cómo empezar una carta de manera formal/oficial?

Tengo que escribir una carta formal y quiero escribir de la misma manera y con el mismo respeto que en inglés (dear sir, dear madam), son dos personas que no son parientes pero quiero ser cortés con ...
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¿Qué significa “la tercera edad”?

Una amiga me dijo: Estoy a cargo de mamá que es una señora de la tercera edad. ¿Qué significa "la tercera edad"?
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How to express the concept “for each disctinct grouping of column value combinations” in spanish

ENGLISH I am translating a line of text "for each disctinct grouping of column value combinations" I came with "para cada grupo distinto de combinaciones de valores por columna" but I ...
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How to translate Extensibility mechanisms

I have a title in english SQL extensibility mechanisms Which would be a good spanish translation? Cual sería la mejor traducción para ese titulo?
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Translate something that is in a fashion way

English I have a line of text thats describes something that can be done in a fashion way, How would you translate it to Spanish? This allow the user to extend scalar data type system in an ...
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Scientific concept into spanish issue

I have the definition of a mathematical model in english and I have translated it, but I do not think is correct, I can not figure it out how to translate a littel part of it... can you please ...
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¿Es correcto decir “esto no tiene sentido”?

Es muy común la frase en inglés "this does not make any sense" para indicar que algo es ilógico o incoherente. La pregunta es, es correcto decir "esto no tiene sentido" para indicar lo mismo, o es un ...
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¿Hay una mejor traducción para up-vote y down-vote que voto positivo y voto negativo?

En StackOverflow y la red StackExchange, existe el concepto de upvote y downvote, que todos usamos diariamente para calificar las preguntas y respuestas que encontramos en los sitios de la red. No ...
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“Unsanded Grout” in Spanish

I read about unsanded grout in a DIY blog and want to buy it. But I don't know how to translate that to spanish. What is it called in Spanish or Castellano?
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“a propósito” vs “de paso” to say “by the way”

How do you say "by the way" in Spanish, as in: By the way, what's your name? By the way, where do you live now? By the way, I met Javier the other day ... Google Translate shows a ...
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Better translation of the word 'estafa" in reference to a female

I heard a women described as "una estafa" in Spanish (from Spain) and my translation is roughly "a fraud". So, beyond being a fraud, does the speaker mean anything else in regards to her ...
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Translation of “checking in” and “following up” (on/with someone)

In English, there are two related phrases that I haven't found an idiomatic Spanish translation for: "to check in (on someone)" and "to follow up (with someone)." Some examples of what I mean: I ...
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Translation of “guilt trip”

How can I translate the concept of a "guilt trip" into Spanish? The Free Dictionary provides this definition: guilt trip n. Informal A usually prolonged feeling of guilt or culpability. ...
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Coffee with legs / The cafe with legs

So there's an infamous coffee shop in Santiago which goes by the name Café con piernas. Everywhere I've seen, including the Wikipedia article linked above, it's translated as "coffee with legs". ...
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¿Existe un equivalente en español para “foo”, “bar”, “baz”?

En programación es usual encontrar los términos foobar, foo, bar, baz y qux como variables metasintácticas (placeholders, en inglés) que sirven para referirse a variables, funciones o a comandos cuyo ...
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Spanish words for “loop”

I was recently reading a review of a Spanish-English dictionary that picked "loop" as a good example of a word with many possible translations into Spanish. I looked around and found several ...
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¿Qué es una “máquina de coser para costura over”?

A friend is asking me to check the price for a maquina de coser para costura over in the U.S., to see if it's worth bringing with me to Mexico when I visit soon. I don't know what that is. She ...
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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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Translation of “Welcome back!”

In English, if someone has been gone for a while and has recently returned, it's common to greet them by saying, "Welcome back!" (or "Welcome back from your trip!", etc). What is the most natural way ...
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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 for “Tail value at risk”

I'm stuck with this translation. I know that Value at risk (VaR) is Valor en riesgo. But how do you translate Tail Value at Risk? Some definitions taken from Loss Models (Klugman S., et al.): ...
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¿Qué significa la frase “Estoy más puesta que un calcetín”?

Una amiga mexicana me dijo la frase "Estoy más puesta que un calcetín." ¿Qué significa eso? El contexto es que ella me ofrece una lección de baile. Ella: Yo te doy unas clasesitas de baile. ...
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How would you properly say this sentence in Spanish?

"I could not decide what to wear for Halloween last year." I was told "No podía decidir qué ponerse para Halloween el año pasado..." but I think this sentence can be contracted down some. Help?
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Why does “bomba” mean so many different things?

The word bomba can translate to English as any of the following, depending on the region: bomb pump spray major piece of news bubble fire truck fire station gas station plus a few more... That ...
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Understanding ya vs. todavía vs. aún

English speakers learning Spanish have a hard time understanding the similarities and differences between ya, todavía, and aún (or aun). They don't perfectly match up with the similar English words ...
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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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What's the translation of 'dates'?

When referring to the fruit! (no 'fechas' nor 'meeting') For those argentinians out there: are there dates in Argentina? It looks like some sort of 'higo' but that is 'fig', I even thought it is ...
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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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To remark that / faire remarquer: “advertir”?

What about that word now? "Advertir" I always wondered how to translate "faire remarquer" from french or "to remark that" (sthg, to sb) from english, in spanish. Would "Advertir" do the job?
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How translate Troubleshoot into this sentence?

¿Cómo puedo traducir la siguiente oración? Ya que no se que función cumple las sentencias all-in-one y troubleshooter. A technician computer functions like an all-in-one computer troubleshooter
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Transliteration + translation of pangram

La cigüeña tocaba cada vez mejor el saxofón y el búho pedía kiwi y queso. How do you transliterate this into US ASCII characters? And what does the phrase mean?
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What is the difference between “ser cierto” and “ser verdad”?

The English "to be true" can be translated to Spanish as either ser cierto or ser verdad. What is the difference between the two? When would you use one instead of the other?
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Translation: más famoso del cine

I've come across the below sentence: todas han sucumbido a los encantos del espía con licencia para matar más famoso del cine. What does "los encantos" mean? What does "con licencia para ...
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Why is “De nada” used as a response to “Gracias”?

De means "of", and nada means "nothing", so why, when put together are they used in response to "Gracias"?
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How do I say “You're making me hungry?”

A friend was describing some food she's making. I wanted to say "You're making me hungry" or "That makes me hungry." What's the proper way to say this? My first thought was to say something like: ...
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“cursive” and “printed” writing

In English, we describe writing as either cursive/longhand (joined letters) or printed (block letters). What Spanish words are there to describe these concepts? And how common is the use of cursive in ...