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

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How do you say “hot chocolate” in spanish?

It is clear that a literal translation yields "chocolate caliente," but is this the correct translation for hot chocolate?
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How do you translate the idiom “sound off” in Spanish?

How do you translate the idiom "sound off" 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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Differences between “razón de,” “razón por la que,” and “razón para”

I think I've heard three ways of translating "the reason [something happened]" or "the reason [for something]": la razón para la razón de la razón por la que What is the difference between these ...
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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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Translation of cord, cable, string, line, thread, rope, etc

In English there are many words describing different kinds of long, skinny, flexible objects: cord line (as in fishing line, clothesline) cable strand lace (as in shoe lace) thread rope string wire ...
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Translation of the idiom: “To wind (somebody) up”

My question is similar to that of jrdioko's "to wind up (doing something)" However the expression I'm looking for is: "To wind (somebody) up" I know this is an idiomatic expression so there may or ...
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“Reclamo” vs. “Reclamación”

Whenever I go to a restaurant I see a Libro de Reclamaciones which I believe it's something like a Book of Complaints. I thought the direct translation of complaint was in fact reclamo or queja. In ...
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Translation of “in a pickle” and related phrases

In English there are several idioms or phrases that describe being in the midst of a very difficult situation: in a pickle in a quandary in a predicament in between a rock and a hard place How ...
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justicia: justice and righteousness?

In the Spanish Bible, I believe the English "justice" and "righteousness" are both translated as justicia. Is justicia the only word that can translate both of these terms? Is there any way to know ...
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Translating “to open up” and “closed” (revealing feelings to another)

In English, "to open (oneself) up to someone" describes someone who shares their feelings and emotions with another person as opposed to someone who is "closed" and keeps their feelings to themselves? ...
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Translating “wait until” or “wait for”

How do you translate phrases involving wait until or wait for: Wait until I call you before you leave for the restaurant. Wait for me to come home before you buy the tickets. You should ...
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Literal and metaphorical translation of “duende”

I have read that duende can mean both a mythical creature or, metaphorically, a kind of magical sensation to something. What exactly does duende refer to in both senses? How would both of these senses ...
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Equivalent of “To whom it may concern:”

When writing formal letters in English where there is no named recipient (for example, a job application sent to a Human Resources department, or a letter sent to an organization in general as opposed ...
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What does “Le tengo” mean in “Le tengo miedo al fracaso”?

The sentence means "I am afraid of failure". Why do we use Le tengo instead of Yo tengo or Tengo? Moreover, why are we using al instead of de for of?
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Traducción de “meta” referido a los sitios meta de Stack Exachange network

¿Cual sería una traducción de la palabra "Meta" con referencia a los sitios meta de la red de Stack Exchange? Yo puedo inferir por el mismo link que ponen ellos en su pagina de about us que es ...
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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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Translation of “audio signalling”

How do I translate "audio signalling of each detected particle" I was trying: Señalización de audio para cada particula detectada or Señalamiento con audio para cada particula detectada ...
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Different words for “servant”

According to Wiktionary, the English "servant" has two meanings: One who serves another, providing help in some manner. (e.g. She is quite the humble servant, the poor in this city owe much to her ...
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What is the difference between “por si” and “por si acaso”?

I learned that "just in case" should be translated por si acaso, but I have also heard por si used by itself without the acaso. I believe I've even heard si acaso without the por. What is the ...
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Does pelón/pelona mean bald or hairy?

I have heard pelón (or the feminine pelona) used to both refer to someone who has no hair and someone who has a lot of hair. Is there any way of distinguishing whether pelón means bald or hairy, or is ...
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7up in Spanish speaking countries

When I first went to Argentina a long time ago I spent 5 minutes trying to ask the person at the bar in a club for a glass of "Siete up" until they eventually understood that I wanted a glass of ...
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Translation of “range” (as in age range)

Is there a simple translation of the English "range" as in the phrase "age range"? If not, how would "age range" best be translated?
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Difference between usage of “por favor” and “please”

I heard that Spanish puts much less value on "por favor" than English does on "please". If this is true, could someone elaborate? Are there any situations where in English 'please' is expected, but in ...
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Does a list of which books gutenberg has in both english and spanish exist? [closed]

I am learning Spanish primarily by having a Spanish and English copy of the same book, and reading them simultaneously (literally (no pun intended) with one in each hand). http://www.gutenberg.org ...
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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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Are there any words in Spanish that are very difficult to translate to English? [closed]

There seem to be many words (especially technical ones) in English that don't directly translate to a single word in Spanish. What about in the other direction: are there any words in Spanish that are ...
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Translation of “Great!”

In English, the interjection "Great!" can be used to respond to almost any statement. In Spanish, I've heard a few similar interjections: ¡Qué bien! ¡Qué bueno! ¡Está bien! ¡Está bueno! I've ...
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Best English translation of “conmoción”

I was told the Spanish word conmoción refers to a strong feeling of shock or emotion shared by a group of people rather than an individual. It seems like English doesn't have a single word or phrase ...
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Magister Scientiarum en Ciencias

Acabo de leer un currículum vítae de un venezolano que indica el siguente título académico: "Magister Scientiarum en Ciencias". ¿Cuál es su equivalente en inglés? Presumo que sería equivalente a un ...
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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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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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Translation of “to be fluent (in a language)”

The literal translation of "to speak a language fluently" would be hablar un idioma con fluidez, but I have heard that means that you speak the language fluidly and smoothly rather than that you have ...
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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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Translating “paying one's (final) respects”

In English, if someone visits a grave or goes to a funeral of someone who has died, we can say he is going "to pay his respects" or "to pay his last respects." While it's hard to explain what this ...
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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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“It was great to see you”

What is the most natural translation of the English phrase "It was great to see you" (as in what you would say after seeing a friend you hadn't seen for a long time)?
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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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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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Translating “wise” (not referring to a person, e.g. “wise decision”)

As I understand it, wise is normally translated as sabio when referring to a person. What about when not referring to a person? For example: I don't think that would be a very wise decision. ...
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wallet: cartera vs. billetera

The English word "wallet" (as in something you carry in your pocket to hold money, credit cards, etc.) can be translated into Spanish as cartera or billetera. Are the words synonyms that can be used ...
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Translation of “Are you ok?” or “Are you alright?”

What is the best Spanish translation of the English phrase "Are you ok?" or "Are you alright?" (said out of concern for someone who has just gotten hurt, for example after tripping and falling or ...
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“¿De qué color es la camisa?” - What is “De” for?

It looks like this sentence can be formed without the "De" so what is it for?
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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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How do I say ‘what happens if…’ in Spanish?

How do I say What happens if... in Spanish? Que pasa, si vaya a la playa sin mis padres?
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Translating “They don't call me … for nothing.”

In English, there is a phrase "They don't call me ... for nothing." (showing that some nickname someone has has been confirmed by something they just did or are about to do). Is there any equivalent ...
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plan: plano vs. plan

The English "plan" can be translated into Spanish as plan or plano. What is the difference between plan and plano, and when would each one be used?
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Translation of “too good to be true”

In English, we say something is "too good to be true" to express that apparently amazing deals or benefits generally aren't real. Is there an equivalent phrase in Spanish?
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Efficient: eficiente vs. eficaz

The English "efficient" can be translated as either eficiente or eficaz in Spanish. What is the difference between these two translations? In what situations can each be used?
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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 ...