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“Vegetable”: verdura vs. vegetal

What is the difference between verduras and vegetales? In what situations can one be used as a translation for "vegetables" and the other cannot?
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What does ¡palabra! mean as an interjection?

In Huevos Verdes Con Jamón, there is a line that reads Juan Ramón - "¿Podrías comerlos con una cabra?" Unnamed Protagonist - "No podría, ¡Palabra! comerlos con una cabra." I understand that ...
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How might you say a child is “cute” in Spanish?

Suppose you see a mother with a laughing little 2-year-old. In English, we might exclaim, "how cute!" I've had trouble saying this in Spanish. The word "cute" means something like "beautiful", but it ...
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Determining gender of words ending in “e”

When learning Spanish, there are basic rules taught about word gender: words ending in o are usually masculine, words ending in a are usually feminine. What about words ending in e? Are there any ...
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Plátano and banana, geographical differences?

I don't really speak Spanish, but I do know a few words and phrases here and there, and enjoy furthering what little knowledge I have. So, today I saw, in a Swedish newspaper, a reference to plantains ...
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Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?

I've noticed that there aren't any words in Spanish that start with sp. Latin words are altered to include an e in front of the sp. Even loan words are often modified to esp...: spaghetti => ...
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When would I use “¿Qué te gustan?”

I recently came across the following in my Spanish notes. ¿Qué te gusta(n)? What do you like? I understand the usage of ¿Qué te gusta?, but when would I use ¿Qué te gustan? A plural form of ...
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San Diego es en California, or San Diego está en California?

This came up in my Spanish I class. My understanding is that ser is used for descriptions of permanent characteristics, while estar is used for temporary conditions. For people, location is the ...
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¿Cúal de los siguientes términos para la nevera es el más común?

Mi diccionario de español da los siguientes términos como sinónimos. la nevera el refrigerador el frigorífico ¿Cuál de estos términos es el más común en España?
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Most accurate translation of “possum”

What is the most universal Spanish word to describe a possum? What regional variations exist? Does the translation refer specifically to the same animal as the English word, or does it cover a larger ...
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What is “El Capitan” meaning in English? And how this word developed along the history?

Apple choose "El Capitan" as OS X 10.11 name, it's a spanish word, what does it mean? And something about its etymology might help too.
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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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Confused over “vacilar”

While browsing a few Spanish language forums today, I came across this: Un amigo y yo estábamos comentando sobre una foto de nosotros en facebook - de hace tiempo... Otro amigo pensaba que ...
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An interesting correction by a native Spanish speaker

Yesterday I was eating in a Spanish restaurant. I had finished drinking my glass of water and I wanted to get more so I said, "Ya tomé mi agua" to the waiter. He corrected me by saying "Ya posó mi ...
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Translating “each other's” in Spanish

I know there are several approximate ways to convey the sense of "each other" in Spanish, some of them being entre ellos, uno al otro, and even mutuamente. However, I am struggling to turn this ...
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Is “tobogán” an acceptable word for “slide” throughout the Spanish speaking world?

English I'm trying to learn words to talk to my baby at the playground in Spanish. WordReference.com gives the following as part of its definition for "slide." slide 2 sustantivo 1. (in ...
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Uso de “heme aquí”

Lo he visto en alguna ocasión en literatura o alguna interpretación de español antiguo, pero no es muy común, supongo que de alguna forma su uso está obsoleto. Ahora las dudas: ¿Cual verbo es el ...
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«Faz» y «haz» para decir «cara»

Para referirse a la cara o superficie de algo, hay dos términos sinónimos que se puede usar: faz y haz. En realidad, trátase de un vocablo con dos variantes, una que ha sufrido más cambios fonéticos ...
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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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Diferencias en palabras de género entre humanos y animales

En inglés tenemos ciertas palabras que se usa más a referirse al género de los humanos: man/woman boy/girl Y no usamos esas palabras para referirse a animales. Para animales usaríamos más male y ...
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Correct terminology for male/female animals

How do I speak about my pet rats in Spanish? Firstly, do I understand correctly that "rata" means "rat" and "ratón" means "mouse"? I also realize that "rato" means "a short while," so does that mean ...
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“Pasto” vs. “césped” vs. “prado”

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre "pasto", "césped" y "prado"? ¿Cuál palabra se usa para hablar acerca de las partes verdes en una ciudad?
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Single-Syllable Words, a Comprehensive List [closed]

I am learning Spanish as a fluent American English speaker. I thought it would help to memorize all single-syllable Spanish words so I can build a quick foundation and help to catch those words when ...
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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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Translation of idiomatic “so” expressions in Spanish

How would one translate the "so" in the following expressions: I am so loving it. You are so screwed. This is so not good. I know "so" translates as tan but will this literal ...
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¿Cuál es la palabra para algo de que no se sabe como decir?

En inglés para referirse a algo que no tiene nombre o que no se sabe como decirlo, tenemos varias palabras: thing --> What is that thing on the wall? thingy --> How does this thingy work? ...
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Spanish equivalent of “anglicanizar”

How do you say in Spanish "to make a foreign word sound Spanish". The equivalent of "to anglicize" but for Spanish.
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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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traducir “facility” (eufemismo para “cárcel”)

Necesito un eufemismo para cárcel. En inglés se usa facility. Creo que se prefiere usar un eufemismo para no ofender.
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How to say “today we will work wherever we want to, with our tasks” in Spanish?

How to say the following question in Spanish? Today we will work wherever we want to, with our tasks I think it can be something like this: Trabajamos donde queramos con nuestras tareas Is ...
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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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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)? ...
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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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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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¿Hay frases en español que usen todas las letras de una vez?

Hay frases en español que tengan todas las letras del alfabeto a la vez. En inglés el término es pangram y el ejemplo es The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dogs Esta frase tiene todas las ...
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How do you describe the directional parts of an object?

I'm working with a Mexican contractor to remodel my house, so it is quite common that I need to describe the sides of objects. I would like to speak with informal street-style Mexican with him because ...
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El Tigre - slang meaning?

When I was in the Dominican, I heard men referred to as 'tigres'... I took it to mean that they were flirts, but I never really got a good definition. Can anyone explain how calling a man a tigre ...
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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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Armpit: sobaco vs. axila

"Armpit" in English can be translated as either sobaco or axila in Spanish. Is each term used in different regions, or are they both used across the Spanish-speaking world? What is the difference, or ...
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“la corbata” vs “la gorbata”

On Memrise.com, there is a course titled Spanish Nouns for Young Kids. Level 1 of the course lists the following word/definition pairs: la corbata (tie) la gorbata (the tie) Why does one ...
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Question words: “qué” versus “cuál”

English Often "qué" is translated to English as "what" and "cuál" is translated as "which." However, I know that this is not always the case. Here are some examples. (Please correct me if I am ...
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How do you differentiate between walnuts and pecans in Spanish?

It recently occurred to me that the Spanish nuez can be translated to English as both "walnut" and "pecan." Is the same word really used for both types of nuts? How would you specify which nut you're ...
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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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Lenguaje apropiado para un taller informático

Tengo la necesidad de preparar un instructivo para un taller informático, más conocido como workshop y quiero saber qué tiempo y modo verbal utilizar para trasmitir las ideas a fines al taller. En un ...
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What is the difference between “personas” and “gente”?

I was translating a sentence for school en Español and I came across the word "people." I looked it up on Google Translate and it gave me "personas" and also "gente." What is the difference between ...
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Bonita, linda, hermosa, bella, and guapa: what's the difference?

I've seen all of these used to mean 'pretty', although 'hermosa' seems to mean beautiful and 'guapa' seems to mean handsome. Are there any subtle differences them? For instance, in English being ...
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Usage of the word acullá

WordReference translates acullá as "yonder." Is this a word that was only used in the past, or is it still used in modern Spanish today? If so, what regions does it appear in and how is it used?
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How to translate 'to become?' (hacerse, ponerse, convertirse en, etc.)

I've heard several different words used for 'to become' in Spanish. Obviously sometimes there are specific verbs to use, like 'enfadarse' means to become angry, but often you need to use a verb that ...
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Si británico se refiere a lo natural del Reino Unido, ¿cuál es el gentilicio para lo estrictamente de Gran Bretaña?

Dice la RAE.es: británico, ca. (Del lat. Britannĭcus). adj. Perteneciente o relativo a la antigua Britania, sur de la Gran Bretaña. adj. Natural del Reino Unido de Gran Bretaña e Irlanda ...
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How do I say these phrases in Spanish? [closed]

I don't know Spanish beyond maybe a half a dozen common words. How do I say these in a casual, unfamiliar tone: Did I get a package from UPS? Sorry, that's all the Spanish I know. ...