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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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How can I raise my Spanish listening skills from high school level to the level where you can understand everyday talks? [closed]

With reading and writing aside, listening and speaking a language is what I am now focusing on. People are suggesting me to keep listening to soundtracks and maybe download some music. But I think ...
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Validez del término “Inmessionante”

Background: El año pasado leí una noticia sobre la inclusión de una palabra al diccionario Santillana. Se trata del término "Inmessionante", el cual fue creado en un intento de definir la manera de ...
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Extensión y origen de “orto”

Últimamente he visto cada vez más extendido en Colombia el término orto para referirse a las partes traseras de una persona. Originalmente lo escuchaba sólo de argentinos. Siempre asumí que venía de ...
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¿Qué propósito tiene el acento en una pregunta? (dónde, qué, cuándo, etc.)

He aprendido palabras como donde, cuando, que y como que se escribe sin acento en algunos casos. Pero se escribe esas palabras (y otras más) con acento cuando están usadas en una pregunta y algunos ...
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Why is “Dawn” translated “Mediodía”?

Me parece que "mediodía" significa "noon" y "dawn" debe ser "amanecer," pero: In "The Outcasts of Poker Flat / Los Desterrados de Poker Flat" (por Bret Harte) the original English has this: "......
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Spanish for “sink”

I have come across at least 2 words: pila and fregadero. Do they really mean exactly the same thing or are there any subtle differences? Can they also be used for the washbowl that is not in the ...
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Etymological origin of “false friends” between Spanish and English

Is there an etymological origin that can be called the main one that has created the list of "false friends" between Spanish and English? I'm constantly stumbling upon a new "false friend" when ...
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Is “síguenos” a real Spanish word?

The word "síguenos" does not appear in most of the major online English-Spanish dictionaries that I use such as Spanishdict.com. I only found one entry about it in a texting dictionary. The word looks ...
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Is fiscalía related to fiscal?

Fiscalía in Spanish refers to a district attorney or public prosecutor. "Fiscal" (in English or Spanish) describes something related to finances. This always confused me because the words are very ...
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Translating “break” (during work)

In the US, it is common for workers to take a half-hour or hour lunch break in the middle of the day, plus two ten or fifteen minute breaks in the morning and afternoon. Spanish has many words that ...
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¿De dónde viene la expresión “me cago en la puta”?

Llevo toda mi vida escuchándolo y en estos últimos años, de cuando en vez me he preguntado el por qué de esta frase ya que, leída literalmente, al contrario que otras frases hechas, es imposible verle ...
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Is “colegiala” a type of flower?

A native speaker in Colombia showed me a flower and told me it was called a colegiala, but the only translation I can find is schoolgirl or female college student. Also, I haven't been able to find ...
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Board game vocabulary [closed]

What are the typical translations in Spanish for the following terms related to board games? board game board (playing) pieces deck of cards to roll the dice to move forward to move backwards to ...
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Airport baggage vocabulary

On a recent trip to a Spanish-speaking country, I realized I don't know most of the terms involved in the process of retrieving luggage at a destination airport. I thought it would make sense to ...
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Do “alborada”, “amanecer”, and “madrugada” refer to the same thing?

In English we have the two words "dawn" and "sunrise". But in Spanish there are three words, "alborada", "amanecer", and "madrugada". Do the three Spanish words refer to the same thing? Or is one ...
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How do you use “alguna que otra cosa” in context?

How do you use "alguna que otra cosa" in context? What does this phrase mean?
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¿Es posible que palabras iniciadas con “bi” o “pre” no tengan un prefijo?

Español: Palabras como premio no parecen ser un "mio" que "llega antes", como lo indicaría un prefijo como "pre". Lo mismo ocurre con biblioteca que no parece ser una "blioteca" "dos veces", como lo ...
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Backchannels (listener responses) in Spanish

In linguistics, the term backchannel is used to describe the short words or sounds a listener makes during a conversation to acknowledge what the speaker is saying and make known that he is still ...
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Algún to represent an indefinite quantity?

I'm using the textbook Fuentes: Conversación y gramática, and in it it states: "To talk about indefinite quantity in affirmitive sentences and questions, use the following adjectives and pronouns." ...
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Arco iris or arcoíris?

Is it one word or two? What would be most appropriate grammar-wise? If there's a regional variance, how is it in Mexico or the rest of latin America? I have seen rainbow translated as both, even in ...
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Good *extensible* dictionary software? [closed]

I am looking for a software that could help me create my own dictionary (extension). While there are excellent dictionaries for Spanish out there both freely available on the web as well as commercial ...
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Translating “young man” and “young woman”

In English, we use the phrases "young man" and "young woman" to refer to a person (usually an adolescent) who is older than a "boy" or "girl" but younger than an "adult." It generally indicates ...
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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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Preferred word for 'T-shirt'

Which word is more commonly used to refer to 't-shirt', remera or camiseta?
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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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Translating “Help!” (interjection)

In English, if there is any kind of emergency or urgent assistance needed, we use the interjection, "Help!" In Spanish I've seen several: ¡Socorro! ¡Auxilio! ¡Ayuda! or ¡Ayúdame! Which of these is ...
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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 estate"?...
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¿Cómo expresar “sympathy” o “condolence” en español?

Ya sé que esta pregunta es un poco general, así que voy a tratar de especificar: Digamos que un pariente de un amigo murió. ¿Cuales son algunas palabras/frase que yo podría usar? ¿O que escribiría en ...
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Spanish for “file”

I have come across fichero and archivo although the latter seems more ubiquitous. Is there any difference in usage? Or is it just a matter of personal preference? Also, if archivo is file, what's the ...
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Translation of “slacks” (dress pants)

What is the typical way in Spanish to refer to "slacks" (or dress pants that you'd wear with a suit or other formal clothing)? Is there a universal way to distinguish them from less formal pants? ...
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Various translations of “ticket”

The English word ticket (that is, a slip of paper used to grant access to something) can be translated several different ways in Spanish: boleto pasaje billete ticket entrada resguardo What are ...
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What is a “case,” used in grocery stores, in Spanish?

In grocery stores in the US, the following things are known as "cases" of different kinds: Some are refrigerated but have no glass or doors, so that customers can select what they want directly: ...
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Does “Varones” only refer to men?

Does the Spanish word "Varones" only refer to men or can it include women in its definition as well? From my understanding it only means males/men. But I want to make sure about this. Thanks.
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¿Cómo se dice “kid's meal” en español?

I'm pretty new to Spanish, but I'm learning with Coffee Break Spanish/listening to TV/Radio/learning vocab via word of the day...pretty much anything I can get my hands on. Anyway, if I'm ordering a ...
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Spanish for “belly”

I have read three different words with seemingly no difference in meaning: panza, barriga, and vientre. Are there regional differences in usage? Or do they differ in degrees of formality? I am not ...
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What are the pet terms for mother/father in US Spanish?

In English, we have pet terms for mother and father. For example: Mom, Dad, Mummy, Daddy, Mamma, Papa In Spanish, they have madre/padre. But do they have any pet terms as well? Does it vary between ...
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¿Adjetivo para el invierno?

Así como he escuchado veraniego y primaveral, ¿existen similares para otoño e invierno? El último me resulta más importante. Muchas gracias de antelación.
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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 say “sharp objects” in Spanish?

I was watching Airport Security Colombia, and sharp objects were mentioned (I know that because of the subtitles). They said something like "cortopozantes", but I can't find anything like that on ...
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Awesome or Sweet

I'm looking for a Latin American (including US speakers from latin american backgrounds) Spanish translation of the phrase "awesome" or "sweet". For context, sweet is generally used upon encountering ...
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What is the proper way to get someone's attention?

Say I'm walking and I want the attention of someone. What do I say/shout? I'm especially looking for situations where the person is a stranger, but I would like to be polite. In English, you would use ...
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¡Hay moros en la costa!

I found this in Barron's Spanish-English dictionary and it piqued my interest: It seems like a sure way to get into trouble in the wrong crowd. Do Spanish speakers use the "¡(No) Hay moros en la ...
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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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challenge: desafío vs. reto

The English word "challenge" can be translated to Spanish as desafío (desafiar) or reto (retar). Is there any difference between these words, or are they exact synonyms? If there is a difference, when ...
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Translation of “bed bug” (chinche?)

In English, bed bugs are parasitic insects that can infest beds and the areas where people sleep. Wikipedia shows that the Spanish term for bed bug is chinche. However, my understanding is that ...
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“Gafas” vs “anteojos” vs “lentes” vs “espejuelos” in mexican Spanish

Four different words, same meaning. Both according to Wiktionary as well as Google Images. Which one's preferred in regular speech in Mexico? I don't want to know what official dictionaries or RAE say....
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Dónde poner énfasis

Buenos, amigos. Yo quiero comenzar a decir que mi Espanol es muy malo, pero estoy aprendiendo. Mi pregunta es, cuando hablas una palabra con dos piezas, como sabes donde poner el enfasis? Por ...
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Difference between “alentar” and “animar”

"Alentar" and "animar" can both be used to mean "encourage." Are there situations when one is more appropriate over the other? EDIT I've seen this question, but it does not explain satisfactorily the ...
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Translating “to wind up (doing something)”

In informal English, we use the phrase "to wind up" to describe the final state of a situation, after all is said and done. For example: How did you wind up moving to Kansas after growing up in ...