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

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Words for on purpose, accidentally, intentionally, unintentionally, etc

English has several words or phrases to express that something was done with or without the person meaning to do it: purposefully (or on purpose) accidentally (or on accident) intentionally ...
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Throughput in Spanish?

I just wanted to know the best (preferably a single-word) translation of the English word throughput. Would you opt for capacidad, rendimiento or función de transferencia? Thanks Artur
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Words for “to encourage”: alentar, animar, fomentar

In English, "to encourage" seems to have at least two uses: to suggest that someone should do something (e.g. "He encouraged me to find a new guitar teacher.") to give confidence or hope to someone ...
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How to form statements like “It was during that time that…”

"It was" is translated as era or estaba. I know for statements like "It was happy with you" (contigo estaba feliz) that works. But what about constructions where the "it" is nothing in specific? ...
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shy: tímido vs. reservado vs. vergonzoso vs. penoso

In many parts of the Spanish-speaking world, describing a person who is "shy" can be done with at least four different words: tímido reservado vergonzoso penoso What is the difference between ...
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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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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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“performance car” en español

Cuál es el término correcto para "performance car" en español? Esos autos que modifican o que construyen especialmente para carreras.
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Translation of “personal statement”

What phrase in Spanish is used to describe a "personal statement" (i.e. a short essay composed for a college application, for example)?
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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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What does “tracatera” mean?

I've been collecting unusual Spanish words for years. I've been going through them to find any that are not in my dictionaries and found this one: tracatera f It's not in the DRAE, it's not in ...
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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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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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Traducción de “polity”

¿Es "gobierno de la denominación" una traducción correcta para "denominational polity"? "Polity" se refiere a la estructura de gobierno eclesiástico.
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Greetings for presents and cards

What phrases and greetings can you use for christmas presents / cards? Are there "general purpose" phrases which can be used for presents which are used the whole year, like an iPod? For example: ...
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Is this translation saying the guy died?

In Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," one sentence says, "My woman's cousin was in McAlester an' they give him hell." The Spanish ("Las Uvas de le Ira") translation is: "El primo de mi mujer estuvo ...
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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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“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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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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video vs. grabación

What is the difference between video and grabación? In other words, what types of "videos" does each describe? Which of the two would best describe a video recorded using a home video recorder or ...
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How would the word “landing” be translated?

I'm currently writing an essay on the film Che, and I mention how it begins with the landing of Che and other revolutionaries in Cuba. However, I cannot find a proper translation of "landing" with ...
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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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Translating “Thanks in advance”

In letters or emails, I often end by saying "Thanks in advance," thanking the recipient in advance for whatever I am requesting. Is there an equivalent phrase in Spanish that is used in the same way?
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Translating “preferences” and “settings”

What is the standard way in Spanish to translate "preferences" (a menu option in computer programs where you can adjust program settings)? What is the standard way to translate "settings" (an ...
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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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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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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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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 goes around comes around”

What is the best Spanish translation of the English idiom, What goes around comes around?
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Translating “I'm sorry for your loss”

What is the most natural way in Spanish to say "I'm sorry for your loss," as in what you would say to someone grieving over a departed relative or friend (or even the loss of a job)?
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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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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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¿Cuál sería una equivalente de -just hear me out- en castellano?

Quiero saber una frase para responder cuando alguien te interrumpa, y solo quieres decir lo que quieres decir. Un amigo mío de Colombia sugirió la frase -solo escúchame- Me gustaría saber otras ...
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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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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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Ways to express “to get ready” or “to get dressed”

What verbs in Spanish are used to express the concept of "getting ready" or "getting dressed" (for example, before leaving the house to go out to dinner)? I've seen alistarse, arreglarse, prepararse, ...
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Translation of “CD” and “DVD”

What are the possibilities for translating "CD" (Compact Disc) and "DVD" (Digital Video/Versatile Disc) into Spanish?
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Proper translation of a Cole Porter song title?

I've seen the Cole Porter song title, "Begin the Beguine," translated into Spanish as "Volver a Empezar." http://lyrics.wikia.com/Julio_Iglesias:Volver_A_Empezar "Beguine," in English is a dance. ...
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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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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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Translation of “I rest my case”

In English, the phrase "I rest my case" can be used in a conversation by one person whose point has just been proven by the other person. In a legal sense, it would mean that a lawyer has concluded ...
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Software environments (development, testing, staging, production)

In software engineering, there are often multiple "environments" the codebase exists in: development testing or qa staging production What is the Spanish term used for "environment," and how are ...
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Vocabulary related to the nose

What are the most common ways of saying: to blow one's nose to pick one's nose stuffy nose runny nose nasal congestion
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Why is “por” prefered to “para” in the example within?

From Shakira's Suerte: Yo puedo escalar los Andes solo Por ir a contar tus lunares Why is por preferable to para in this case. If one translation of para is roughly "for the purpose of", ...
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Why are both translations considered correct?

To translate "I was followed" into Spanish, Duolingo considers both of these correct: Fui seguida. Fui seguido. Why are both correct? To my newby (or is it "newbie"?) eyes, the first doesn't seem ...
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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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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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Translation of “first time doing something”

What is the most natural way in Spanish to talk about someone's first time doing something? For example: This is my first time eating sushi. That was the first time she's ever gone camping. Was that ...
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What is the difference between “de corto plazo” and “a corto plazo”?

What is the difference between de corto plazo and a corto plazo (or de largo plazo and a largo plazo), meaning short-term and long-term? In what contexts can each be used?
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Translation of “ASAP”

What is the most common translation of ASAP (As Soon As Possible) in Spanish? I have seen: cuanto antes cuanto antes posible lo más pronto posible cuanto antes, mejor Are these all common and ...