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Enumeración: Mil millón vs. Billón

En inglés, se dice "one billion" para la cantidad 10^9 (1,000,000,000). Pero en español, he oído la cantidad "mil millones" para la misma cantidad (hasta en los periódicos). Casi nunca he oído la ...
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¿Cómo formar la palabra “glossophile” en Español?

En inglés, hay una palabra muy poco usada, que refiere a una persona que ama los idiomas: Glossophile, o el amor de los idiomas es Glossophilia. Español también tiene los sufijos "-filo" y "-filia". ...
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Why does “bomba” mean so many different things?

The word bomba can translate to English as any of the following, depending on the region: bomb pump spray major piece of news bubble fire truck fire station gas station plus a few more... That ...
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Preposition and direct objects which are persons

I made several mistakes regarding prepositions in a Spanish text, and my teacher wrote this at the end: Un caso específico de preposiciones que faltan es cuando se trata de un objeto directo que ...
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Is the grammar for this verse correct? [on hold]

Is the grammar in the following verse correct? For example is Niña de Amerilla how you'd say "girl in yellow", as in yellow clothing. I'm especially concerned about the second line, starting with ...
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El origen de la expresión “10 puntos”

En el modismo mexicano se dice "5 estrellas", pero en argentino es " 10 puntos". A: ¡Hola, che! ¿Cómo estas? B: ¡Joya, che, re bien! ¿Y vos? A: ¡10 puntos, chamigo, gracias totales! Me gustaría ...
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El origen de la expresión “5 estrellas”

A: ¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás, compa? B: Todo de perlas y tú? A: ¡5 estrellas, gracias! Me gustaría saber de donde viene la expresión " 5 estrellas " ? Y se usa mucho en el Norte o el Sur del país? ...
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Is “haber” always a helping verb?

In this sentence: Lamento que no haya más galletas. there is only a "helping" verb, but none other. I thought there should be another verb, also. Help me understand this, please.
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What does “ese” mean?

I keep hearing this word "ese" (also spelled "esé" or "ése") on TV used when parodying Spanish speakers. It's often used in a very funny way to indicate friend or homie but I can't tell what it means. ...
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Is it valid to use a degree symbol (°) in place of “¿” or “¡”? (e.g. °Cuidado!)

°Qué es la banda ancha? °Cuidado! I've come across quite a few cases of the degree symbol (°) being used in cases where I would have expected inverted question and exclamation marks. Is this a ...
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Gracia vs. Gracia why?

Tendría gracia que un payaso estuviera perdido en una iglesia. Danzó con la gracia de un cisne. Why does gracia have such opposing meanings? Is there a historical context? Maybe because of ...
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Differing connotations of prepositions meaning “at” (en, de, a, etc…)

Say you have the question "Why are you at my house?" I'm not sure which preposition is appropriate here, as many of them translate to "at". "¿Por qué estás tú en/a/de/... mi casa?" (On an unrelated ...
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Why is “De nada” used as a response to “Gracias”?

De means "of", and nada means "nothing", so why, when put together are they used in response to "Gracias"?
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Meaning of “Cueros de rana.”

Most of the Spanish I learn is of the Mexican slang variety but I'm not sure I quite understand this one. Can anyone explain the meaning/origin or contextual usage of "Cueros de rana?" I am told ...
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When are 'me', 'te', 'os' and 'vos' used?

Yo necesito un poco de ayuda. I have just begun learning Spanish, our professor was explaining about 'me' & 'te'. I am totally confused about when you use 'me', 'te', 'os' and 'vos'. Is there ...
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Is there an equivalent idiom for “Slow and steady wins the race”?

English has an idiom: "Slow and steady wins the race." It is used to describe situations where slow, steady progress towards a goal is better than a rushed attempt to achieve things all at once (and I ...
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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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Why is “Santiago” the equivalent of “James”?

Most Spanish names are quite similar to the equivalent in English, such as: Juan = John Pedro = Peter Maria = Mary etc. But what's up with: Santiago = James ? What's the connection? How do the ...
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Graphic usage of 'el' and 'la' for television

I work for a production department where we create promo spots for movies in Spanish. My question is, if we are graphically showing phrases, such as "Bravery Lives Here" would it have to show as "La ...
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how do you pronounce “los” when conjugated?

How do you pronounce "los" when conjugated? For example, in Verlos (e.g. see them). Is it like "Los" in "lost"? Or Louhse? I know there will probably be variation, but I am trying to avoid the wrong ...
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Use of 'tú' when giving examples

In English we use the 'you' form when explaining things and giving examples e.g. 'There are lots of things to see in London for example, YOU could visit the houses of parliament...etc' In Spanish is ...
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Comerla not found in conjugation tables

I can't find comerla in the conjugation tables. Can a sympathetic person please shed some light on this for me? What's going on? I found these sentences on 123teachme: Por favor, póngame una piña ...
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Difference between “sétimo” and “séptimo”

When or where one uses sétimo and when/where séptimo? Is it a geographical difference somehow? Is one of them colloquial?
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Son/Eres/Es? I am very confused in this

We use 'eres' for 'are' with you in Spanish. We use 'es' with usted for 'are'. If we have to use 'are' with boys, what would we use, son, eres or es? What would be the appropriate tense for "The ...
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Why use subjunctive form of a verb in this context?

Today when I was reading an article written in Spanish, I encountered the following sentense (source: ESPN.com in Argentina, titled Cerca un cambio por Josh Hamilton): Los Angelinos le debe a ...
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Origen de la conjunción copulativa “y”

Mi lengua materna es el español, hablo también francés y hace unos días estuve en Italia. Me he dado cuenta de que tanto en francés como en italiano, la principal conjunción copulativa (lease la ...
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estuve vs estaba

when do I use imperfect versus preterite for estar? I heard there are special rules here. Cuando estuve en Nueva York yo vi la Estatua de la Libertad Cuando estaba en Nueva York yo tomaba el metro ...
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Conditional or Future for Tener

I had this Spanish translation question: If you don't finish your homework you won't have dessert. This was the answer provided: Si no terminas tu tarea no tendrás postre. I interpret ...
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Verbs in parallel construction or misunderstood verb meaning?

Here is an excerpt from some text I was reading: Por un error garrafal la llamamos piña. Su verdadero nombre lo olvidamos hace más de cinco siglos en la salvaje confusión que fue las conquista de ...
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El uso de “contra” y “al” con “clamar”/The use of “contra” and “al” with “clamar”

Español Perdón for mis errors. Esto a principiante. Leí el sitio web "elpair.com," cuándo vi este titular "El exilio armenio clama contra Obama al recordar el genocidio". Pienso que él significa ...
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How can you translate the word “whatsoever” to spanish?

I've been struggling to find an accurate expression that translates to Spanish the word "whatsoever".
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Más solo que la mano izquierda

Reading Vivir para contarla de Gabriel García Márquez, I have stumbled upon a strange expression: Me he quedado más solo que la mano izquierda en la ciudad desocupada. My question is: what is ...
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Translation of a “Hoy hace mucho calor” in another way

Hoy hace mucho calor. I see that the translation for it is Today is very hot. But I think that sentence is very complex and difficult to language learners like me. So can we simply write ...
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¿Cómo se dice “bootstrap” en castellano?

En el mundo de la informática se utiliza mucho el término bootstrap (últimamente para referirse a Twitter bootstrap). Veo que la traducción más directa es el de "lengüeta de zapatos", es decir, la ...
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Origin and usage of “¿” and “¡”

English I was wondering what the reason is that the inverted exclamation mark ¡ and the inverted question mark ¿ were introduced into the Spanish language and not into most other languages. Any ...
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When to use indicative present and when to use subjunctive present when you order to someone?

I have encountered one problem in my Rosetta Stone program, which is expressed in the following image: Two images on the left use indicative present, while the two on the right both use subjunctive ...
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How do you say tabloid and broadsheet journalism in Spanish?

What are some examples of tabloid and broadsheet newspapers in Spain? And also does 'la prensa del corazón' refer to tabloid journalism or other forms of journalism?
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How is the letter 's' (or the /s/ sound) pronounced in Spain?

I've heard varying things regarding the pronunciation of the 's' sound in Spain. However, no one was willing/able to explain this to me. How is the 's' sound pronounced in Spain compared to its ...
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Is “me gustas” ever right?

We have been taught that gustar is an unusual verb and that you only ever use gusta or gustan depending on whether you like singular or plural things. Would you use "me gustas" to say "I like you"?
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origin of the velar “rr” sound in Puerto Rico

I have always wondered the existence, alone in Puerto Rico of all Spanish language countries, of the VELAR "rr" sound, similar to a common pronunciation seen in French (as in the word "Paris"). ...
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What would be the direct translation of “aunque” in this sentence

El escorpión de Corteza de Arizona vive en los desiertos porque sus capas de grasa lo mantienen hidratado aunque se esconde debajo de cobijos como rocas o hojarasca en pleno día. Is the direct ...
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Use of ¿? in the Following Sentence

En la siguiente oración, ¿debe tener "¿?" para la última parte? Para empezar la lección, la profesora levanta una gran bolsa de corazones de caramelo y le pregunta a los niños, en su experiencia ...
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The use of “está” in the given sentence

The rice lacks salt. To my understanding I translated the above sentence into El arroz escaso de sal. However, it turned out to be incorrect as I was practicing the spanish grammar. The ...
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When to use the article “el” with infinitives in Spanish?

What is the difference between, for example, "el comer" and just "comer" when used as a noun? The case I'm thinking of would use a gerund in English. For example, El comer chuches antes de cenar ...
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Pretéritos fuertes desusados

¿Cuáles son los verbos que en el período medieval o áurico tenía formas fuertes (pretérito irregular al que corresponden las terminaciones -e, -iste, -o, -imos, -isteis, -(i)eron en la modernidad)? ...
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How to translate “I practice swimming”?

In English, we say "I swim" and "I practice swimming" or "I am swimming". I want to know how to say "I practice swimming" in Spanish. ...
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¿Por qué “tener cara” es malo? ¿Y por qué “descarado” significa lo mismo, siendo exactamente lo contrario?

Me he dado cuenta de un fenómeno curioso: tanto ser "descarado" como "tener cara", "tener cara dura", "ser un caradura" o "tener mucha cara" tiene mala connotación. ¿Acaso todo lo relacionado con la ...
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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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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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Otras formas de decir “mesh”

He oido la palabra "reticulado" en ambientes de ingeniería y matemáticas refiriéndose a elementos finitos. Una vez escuché una investigación en donde utilizaron otra palabra, pero ya no me acuerdo ...

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