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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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Two verbs in a single sentence

We must turn off the faucet and save water. For the above construction, which of the below is more appropriate? Debemos cerrar el grifo y ahorrar el agua. Debemos cerrar el grifo y ahorramos el ...
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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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Which Spanish words are most commonly used to describe smells? [closed]

I would like to know how to name different smells in Spanish. In English, for example, we have adjectives like smelly, fishy, sweet, disgusting, stinky, rotten,etc (actually mainly for bad smells). ...
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Suffixes used to transform an adjective into a noun [closed]

Spanish has, to my knowledge, more possible suffixes than for example English or German. Many adjectives can be transformed into nouns by adding -ness, -ism, -ity in English, or -keit, -heit, -ismus ...
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Spanish for “link”

While listening to a podcast from SpanishPod recently, I came across this section where they were discussing the Spanish for various computer-related terms and one of the hosts gave liga as the ...
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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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Ser vs estar in this sentence

The sentence I want to translate is: The wine cellar should be dark and dry. Which of the following would be more appropriate and why? La bodega debe ser oscura y seca. La bodega debe estar oscura ...
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¿Se puede utilizar 'molesto' en el sentido de enfermedad?

Quiero decir: estoy molesto, me duele la cabeza. ¿Tiene sentido?
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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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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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Translation of “can”

I know can is poder in Spanish. But generally it would indicate the ability to do something rather than the permission. You cannot drink. No puedo beber. The above sentence could imply: 1) ...
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Ordinary, regular, run-of-the-mill, average, etc

In English, there are a lot of ways to express that someone or something is standard and not particularly special or extraordinary. For example: Ordinary people like you and me can sometimes ...
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How can I translate/describe a “rough idle” to the mechanic?

I need to take my vehicle to a mechanic to diagnose a problem with a rough idle. How do I translate this term, "rough idle" to Spanish?
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Watch TV Show with English or lower quality Spanish Subtitles

To help improve my Spanish, I plan on watching a TV show I know really well in English with Spanish audio. I have English subtitles that match the video really well and Spanish subtitles that have ...
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Insect bites vs. stings

In English, some insects bite you (like mosquitos), while other insects sting you (like bees). A bite generally involves an animal's mouth, while a sting involves another part of the animal (a bee's ...
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Ser vs estar in sentences about composition

Could someone please advise which is the verb of choice in sentences that talk about what things are made of or look like? See the following example: My bathroom is covered in tiles. For the above ...
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Estar harto/quemado/agotado de algo - differences (if any)

I would like to ask whether there are any differences in meaning between the following three phrases: estar harto de algo estar quemado de algo estar agotado de algo.
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“although” vs. “even though” vs. “though”

In English, there are three conjunctions that are very similar: although even though though Is aunque the only possible translation of these to Spanish, or are there similar synonyms in Spanish as ...
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Spanish for “to no end”

Consider the following translation: His laziness disgusts me. Me da asco su flojedad. What if I wanted to add "to no end" to the sentence? His laziness disgusts me to no end.
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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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How do you describe a slight right/left turn (bearing left or right)?

When giving directions in English, we typically say "turn" to mean a full 90 degree (more or less) turn, but a shallow turn can be a "slight left/right" and we might say something like "bear right at ...
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Words for mountain/hill [closed]

English describes landforms that rise above the surrounding land as "mountains" or "hills." What words in Spanish describe a mountain or a hill? What are the differences between them (i.e. what size ...
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Donde poner enfasis

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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Spanish for “burn”: “quemar” vs “prender”

The dictionary says both mean "to burn". Obviously there must be some difference, subtle or otherwise. What are they?
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“Que viene” vs “próximo”

I have seen the expression, “next year” translated as both “el año que viene” and “el año próximo.” Are there regional preferences? Which one is more natural and why? Which translation is particularly ...
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Duda sobre “escuálido” en el pronunciamiento de un Ministro

Viendo este pronunciamiento del Ministro de Educación de Venezuela http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKW8nloZAqQ en el 00:18 el dice estas palabras no es que vamos a sacar la gente de la pobreza, ...
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Myspell and different variants of Spanish

This is somewhat computer related as well. If one installs myspell package in Ubuntu, it would download files for Spanish Spanish, and files for e.g. Argentinian Spanish would be just symlinks to it. ...
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Castellano vs español - Which countries prefer which?

Suppose we are agreed that for most purposes, "castellano" and "español" refer to pretty much the same language (though perhaps some may disagree---see this other SE question). From reading that ...
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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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holy: santo vs. sagrado

What is the difference between santo and sagrado in translating the English religious word "holy." How are the two words used in religious contexts in Spanish-speaking countries?
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Words and phrases with non-evident prejudice

Hace poco aprendí que el origen de la palabra algarabía es la pronunciación de árabe en la lengua árabe. Otro ejemplo notable es la palabra morisqueta. ¿Existen otras palabras o frases de común uso ...
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What are some terms of endearment for a girlfriend/wife? [closed]

What are some Spanish terms of enderment you could use for a girlfriend or a wife? In English I'm thinking things like sweetheart, sweetie, darling, cutie, babe, etc.. Any others that are unique to ...
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¿Qué significan achichuca y achichay en colombia?

Recientemente escuché estas dos palabras del español de Colombia y quisiera saber que significan. Agradecería si también me pueden decir el origen de estas palabras que no parecieran provenir del ...
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the eye of the needle in Spanish

Consider this sentence: Por fin, metí el hilo por el ojo de la aguja. Finally, I threaded the needle. I understand that el ojo de la aguja is the Spanish for the eye (the little hole/loop ...
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What is the best way to refer to those of Spanish descent or language?

In English there are several ways to refer to people who speak Spanish or are from a Spanish-speaking country: Hispanic, Latin, Latino, Chicano, Spanish-speaking, etc. What equivalent terms exist in ...
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Question about bottle of water

Okay, I'm trying to figure out how to say "a bottle of water" and I've found that it is botella de agua. But occasionally the dictionaries also have the word la cantimplora. So is that just a canteen ...
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“A menudo” vs “frecuentemente”

Dictionary says both mean often. Which one is a better way to say often in Spanish in day to day conversations? If there are regional variations, I would like to know what Mexicans prefer.
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caja vs. cajón vs. estuche

"Box" in English can be translated into Spanish as caja, cajón, or estuche. What exactly is the difference between these three words? What types of boxes are translated as each? Which would best ...
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Words for “grave”: tumba vs. sepultura

English has several words for burial places, many of which have specific, distinct meanings: grave tomb vault crypt mausoleum sepulcher As far as I know, Spanish has at least two words for ...
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Words for boat, ship, and other seafaring vessels

In English, we have many words to describe the different types of vessels that travel on water: boat ship yacht dinghy canoe kayak raft watercraft vessel sailboat barge catamaran lifeboat/liferaft ...
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“Pali” or “Bali”

I keep hearing something like "pali" or "bali" in a speech which might mean "Ok", "All right" as I understand from the context. I didn't find that word in a dictionary. What can it be?
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'de' in Yo me alegro de no estudiar

Yo me alegro de no estudiar: la mejor escuela es el teatro. (Literally?!:) I am glad to not study: the best school is the theater. Why is de used in this example? Is que (that) a reasonable ...
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Is there a term for a “dual-language” book?

I have found dual language books very helpful in studying foreign languages, including Spanish. I've often wondered if the genre is also commonly found in the Spanish-language publishing world. Does ...
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Spanish for “goat” [closed]

I have come across the following translations: chivo cabra cordero carnero oveja I am positive they cannot all be exactly the same thing. Can someone please help me ...
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Learning Spanish [closed]

Can you give me some tips how I can start learning Spanish ? A way where I don't have to drill vocabularies and grammar. When I learned languages at school I was always able to read and write, but ...
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Usage of “a” with debido

The sentence I was trying to translate is: We had to cut short our vacation due to the storm. A Spanish learning site gave the translation as: Tuvimos que acortar las vacaciones debido a la ...
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"On screen” in Spanish

How does one translate the phrase, “on screen” into Spanish? Is the below sentence an appropriate attempt? Por pudor nunca besaría en la pantalla. Out of modesty, she would never kiss on screen.
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“Something big” in Spanish

I want to say, “Something big is happening today.” Is the following translation the most appropriate? Algo grande va a pasar hoy. In the same vein, is the following the correct translation for, ...
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Too big for him

While translating the phrase, “too big for him,” should we use "por" or "para"? In other words, which one of the below would be correct Spanish: Esa broca es demasiada pequeña por esta pared. ...