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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?

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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Personal “a” expressed in object pronoun

Something I learn in my highschool course: whenever a verb proceeds a person immediately, we have to separate them with a "a". One day, I went ask my teacher which object pronoun do I replace "a ...
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Significados de Fama

Acabo de ver en Twitter a una persona utilizando la palabra Fama como sinónimo de Carnicería (donde uno compra la carne). En Colombia está bien decir: Voy a la fama a comprar churrasco. Pero ...
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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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What is the longest word in Spanish?

What is the longest word in Spanish accepted by the Real Academia Española? What about words not officially accepted by the RAE? ¿Cuál es la palabra en español más larga aceptada por la Real ...
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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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Difference between de, desde, and a partir de (prepositions)

I'm really new to the Spanish language and I'm trying to get a good understanding of these prepositions. I was taught that: De = of,from Desde = since,from But then i found out that: a partir de = ...
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How formal is cuán? What are the informal alternatives?

How formal is the Spanish word cuán? When is it appropriate to use, and when does it seem out of place? How are sentences using cuán normally expressed in informal speech?
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Cómo se dice en español “Women's Network”? [on hold]

Cómo se dice en español "Women's Network"? Yo he traducido Grupo de Mujeres, Red de Grupo de Mujeres, pero no suena bien?
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Are there any words that have opposite regional meanings?

Following in the footsteps of EL&U, are there any words that have opposite meanings in different Spanish-speaking regions? We are looking for words that are the same, but have different meanings ...
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“Cómo se dice” vs “cómo te llamas”

Why does the first sentence use "se" and the second sentence use "te"? I know that cómo roughly translates to "how" and "se"/"te" roughly mean you, so the first is roughly "how you say" and the ...
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“significado” vs. “significación”

When would one use significado and when significación? What are the nuances of meaning of these two?
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¿Cuándo se usa “plano” y cuándo “mapa”?

Leo en el diccionario de la RAE: Mapa m. Representación geográfica de la Tierra o parte de ella en una superficie plana. Plano m. Representación esquemática, en dos dimensiones y a ...
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What exactly is reflexive verb?

One of the definition I know of any reflexive is to do to oneself. I am not sure if this is only limited to passive voice: Se frotan las manos por Jóse. (The hands are rubbed by George) Ok, ...
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Are there other words that can't be written? (like sal-le)

Recently, I learned that there is at least one Spanish word that can be pronounced but not written. It is the imperative form of 'salirle'. It is prononunced as 'sal-le' and the written form should ...
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¿Se debe decir jefe o jefa al referirse a una persona de sexo femenino?

Mi jefe en el trabajo es una mujer. ¿Cómo es la forma correcta de referirse a un jefe que es mujer? ¿jefe o jefa? Algunos compañeros de trabajo le dicen jefa, yo le digo por su nombre sin embargo ...
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Como utilizar mejor “se debe/se debería”

Utilizo "se debe" y "se debería" de forma cotidiana pero sigo sin entender la diferencia entre ellos. Por ejemplo: Se debe realizar los siguientes cambios ... Se debería realizar los siguientes ...
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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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Accentuation of monosyllabic words [duplicate]

So AFAIK monosyllabic words do not come with accentuation, except for they are used to distiguish them (que/qué). I came across some verses from the scriptures, that amazed me. In in the 1960 edition ...
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“abnegado” vs “desinteresado” vs “altruista”

What is the difference between the adjectives abnegado desinteresado y altruista The latter obviously is connected to altruism, the first to deny and the seconds ha interesting in it. But how are ...
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How do you say “He is really good at playing soccer”?

How do you say "He is really good at playing soccer"? Is it: El es jugar el fútbol muy bien.
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Why does saber mean both “to know” and “to taste”?

Español Cuando estudiaba español, estaba muy confundido cuando aprendí que saber significa "to know" y "to taste". Los dos verbos en inglés me parecen muy diferentes. ¿Cómo puede ser esto? ¿Cuál es ...
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What are some exceptions for identifying masculine and feminine nouns?

I don't like reading and I got a lot of questions like this. I did search "definite article" but have yet found a article that address this. Let me give an example so those confused by my wording ...
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Omitting “queda”

I find it easiest to learn spanish through literal translations from Spanish to English, even though it doesn't always produce the greatest structure. El restaurante no queda muy lejos de aquí. ...
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¿Como puedo traducir la siguiente oración ya que no entiendo como se esta utilizando el without?

Formally, machine learning can be defined as the study of systems that can learn from data without being explicitly programmed
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Redundant attachment of indirect object pronouns to infinitives

edit: It seems I wrote my examples wrong. I wanted to write: Quiero comermelo (I want to eat it) Quiero comerlo (I want to eat it) I sometimes see that indirect object pronouns are ...
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What is the article for Avestruz?

Do you say Los avestruces or Las avestruces? I think I've seen both. Maybe both are accepted? In singular it is easier, and maybe it just extrapolates to the plural. In singular it's El avestruz, in ...
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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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¿Qué quiere decir “comer la oreja” a alguien?

En conversaciones coloquiales se oye con frecuencia la expresión "comer la oreja" a alguien. ¿Cuál es su significado exacto? Yo la entiendo en el castellano de España como "intentar seducir a ...
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Translation of “What goes around comes around”

What is the best Spanish translation of the English idiom, What goes around comes around?
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Subjunctive Mood in Questions

Perhaps I am overlooking the obvious, but I cannot find an answer to this question: if the subjunctive is used to express uncertainty, why is every question in Spanish not in the subjunctive, as the ...
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Difference between por and para [duplicate]

I am wanting to progress in spanish, but when I speak I always get these confused. I don't know if it wasn't explained to me clearly or if it just hasn't stuck.
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Meaning of “andar de vago(a)”

I have heard this phrase, and several similar around the word "vago", but I don't really understand what it means. The word "vago" seems to translate directly to "vague"... But what does this sort of ...
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What is the symbol “&” called in Spanish?

The symbol & is a representation of the Latin word et (see DPD, Appendix 4). Wikipedia claims that the symbol itself is called et; however, the DRAE's entry for et doesn't list the symbol as a ...
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What is the difference between frijoles and habichuelas?

My understanding is that they both refer to "beans." But there are several types of beans. For instance, there are round, "starchy" kidney type beans. And there are long, stringy "green" beans. Could ...
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Translating “insurance deductible”?

What is best or correct way to translate insurance deductible? deducible de seguro tiene de deducible thanks
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Is a Wrist a Toy (muñeca)?

Both wrist and toy are "muñeca" in Spanish. Is there a connection, or just a coincidence that they are both the same?
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How can we say “I'm sorry” apart from “lo siento”?

So far the only way I know to say "I'm sorry" is "lo siento." However, this gets repetitive rather quickly, and sometimes I'm looking for a stronger form of an apology. What other ways are there to ...
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What Does “MAE” Mean And Is It Only Specific To Costa Rica?

I've seen MAE in Costa Rica used a bit and I was wondering if it is exclusive only to Costa Rica and also it's general meaning? Context is my girlfriend's brother told me this MAE QUE BUEN ...
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Use of “saber” in this context

This is usually figured out by reading, but I don't really much in Spanish. Saber means to know a fact: sé las noticias de mis abuelos. Conocer mainly means to be familiar with. Here is an ...
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How do I translate “Swipe your badge to sign in” [duplicate]

What is the Spanish Translation for "Swipe your badge to sign in" This is what I have got, Deslice su tarjeta de identificación para iniciar sesión Is the above correct ? Much appreciate the ...
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“go” vs “be” in past tense

I can't seem to get when to use one vs another. Here are two similar sentences: The trip was interesting - el viaje fue muy interesante The questions were interesting - las preguntas eran ...
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How to say “I have been running for 3 years.”

I have always learned that it is best to use the construction: Hace tres años que corro. or Corro desde hace tres años. or EDIT (lentic catachresis) Llevo tres años corriendo. Vengo ...
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Translation of “That will never work”

I'm not sure about the best way to translate "that will never work" and similar phrases with a vague "that" as the subject (like "that's not a good idea" or "that's the third time he said it"). Should ...
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What does the suffix -ida mean?

what does the suffix "-ida" mean? Academia real gives this definition suf. Forma sustantivos derivados de verbos de la segunda y tercera conjugación, que generalmente significan 'acción y efecto'. ...
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¿Qué significa “a poco”?

¿Qué significa la expresión "a poco" usada en México? Por ejemplo: ¿A poco? ¿A poco sí?/¿A poco no? ¿A poco no has hecho la tarea?
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When is “se” used before a verb?

I'm confused about when "se" should be used. I thought it would always go before a like here: Ella se mejora a su coche but I see here that it is not being used. Él observa a su hija My ...
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¿Qué quiere decir “estar de rodríguez"?

Colquialmente se dice "estar de rodríguez" al hecho de que un hombre se quede en casa solo mientras su mujer [e hijos] están en otro lugar, normalmente de vacaciones. ¿Es totalmente válida esta ...
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Why does “Se habla español” translate to “We speak Spanish”?

I see on stores that they have a sign that says Se habla español. From first glance I would think that it is saying "It speaks Spanish". How is it unambiguous that it is saying "We speak Spanish"? I ...
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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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