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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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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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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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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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Spanish for “brass”

What's the difference between latón and azófar? Both are given by Google as the Spanish for brass. Is there any regional variation in usage? What's the preferred word in daily speech if at all they ...
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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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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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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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“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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Significado de “tener una paja para la vida”

En una página de Facebook, La gente anda diciendo, se divulgan frases divertidas o interesantes que se escuchan por la calle. Una de esas frases me capturó la atención: "Son dos polos opuestos. ...
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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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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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Difference between “regüeldo” and “eructo”

Both translate as burp or belch. Although each might have other connotations as well, I am only interested in the Spanish for a burp. What's the difference and if it's just dialectical, which one of ...
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Difference between “chiste” and “chanza”

Online dictionaries translate both as jokes but I am sure they've got to have some differences in either meaning or usage. Can anyone help? Also, although the difference between broma and chiste has ...
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Cempasúchitl vs maravilla

I was reading about the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico and learned that the yellow marigold flower is a central theme in its celebrations. And I also read that it's traditionally called by its ...
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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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After much struggle

The sentence I am trying to translate is: The young man found work after much (a lot of) struggle. Is one of these the most appropriate way (somehow it doesn’t seem so to me, that’s why I ask)? El ...
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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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How to say “away from”?

How would I say away from as in: There was a movement away from this trend I used "de" but it sounds like a movement of the trend rather than away from it.
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Translation of Sulfur Hexafluoride in spanish?

Sulfur Hexafluoride is a gas mixture. I'm using Sulfur Hexafluoride at work and I need to translate some documents into Spanish. Can anyone help me? How do you say Sulfur Hexafluoride in Spanish? ...
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Zipper: “cierre” vs “cremallera”

Both mean zipper but which one is prevalent in regular speech? Is there any subtle difference between the words as in the type of zipper they refer to? I am particularly interested in Mexican usage.
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Spanish for ceiling fan

Wordreference gives abano as the Spanish for a ceiling fan and ventilador for table fan. However, when I looked up abano in Google Image search (my favorite visual way of finding out the meanings of ...
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Hay que vs tener que vs deber

I understand that all three of them are the Spanish equivalent of “ought to” or “must” or “should". But I really need to know if there are any subtle differences in the sense they convey. Also, are ...
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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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Is “chándal” a commonly used term in Mexico and the rest of Latin America?

I was looking for ways to translate "tracksuit" or "windbreaker" and came across cortaviento and chándal. Which one of the two is preferred in Mexican or Latin American spanish?
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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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“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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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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What is the best way to say 'value for money'?

What is the best and most frequently used way to say 'value for money' in Spanish?
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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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Prenda vs. ropa

Both mean clothing. Although prenda also means jewelry in Venezuela but in general contexts, it seems to be synonymous to ropa. Or is it?
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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 ...