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How should i pronounce the spanish consonant?

I was taught Spanish 'd' has two pronounciations, when at the beginning of the word it is a hard 'd' and when between vowels, it is pronounced much like 'th' in English 'the'. Please look at this ...
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Are there consistent rules for pronouncing “c” and “g”?

I want to write a software program that will "Americanize" the pronunciation of Spanish text (using Mexican pronunciation) so that it is easier for English speakers learning Spanish to be reminded of ...
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Spanish Accent Character Substitutions?

Can Spanish accent marks be dropped in a context where they cannot be displayed? I'm developing a computer program that generates labels for a display that only supports the English alphabet. Are ...
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De donde se origina la expresion “echar aguas”?

En programas de television, y recientemente al interactuar con la gente en mi viaje a Mexico, vi que la expresión de "echar aguas" es muy popular, al parecer solo en la cultura mexicana. De donde se ...
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¿Es el español de Perú y/o Ecuador realmente más cercano al europeo?

Recientemente estuve con una persona que estudia español, siendo este idioma una lengua extranjera para ella. Me dijo con toda seguridad: "El español de Perú y Ecuador, por ejemplo, se conservaron ...
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“la frase francesa” or “la frase en francés”?

In English, when referring to a sentence written in French, I could say "the French sentence" or "the sentence in French". English is not my first language, but I think those two variants can be used ...
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Was referring to Jesus in this way considered blasphemy?

In comparing "The Grapes of Wrath" and its translation "Las Uvas de la Ira," I came across this interesting loose translation (talking about traveling through the desert): "I'm going to take her at ...
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“echado” vs “echando”

Question 1: echado vs echando Observo al hombre echado en el suelo. I think this sentence translates into English as: He observed the person lying on the ground. Why does the Spanish ...
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What does the Spanish word “you” mean in English?

I'm taking an online class on "scientific thought" which has a transcription of the spoken video text, and the Spanish word "you" occurs in almost every lecture, even in one lecture four times (see ...
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Vegetables in Spanish

What is the difference between these words for vegetables in Spanish? legumbre, vegetal, verdura, hortaliza. My understanding is this: Hortaliza= all vegetables. Verdura= salad vegetables. ...
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Traduccion de nombres propios

Cuando era niño me parecía muy divertido leer material escrito en España sobre personajes famosos (históricos o de ficción). Asi, George Washington y Luke Skywalker se convertian en Jorge Washington y ...
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What is the correct order of object pronouns?

I know that there are (at least) three types of personal pronouns in Spanish (well, and English): direct, indirect, and reflexive. In cases where all three (or at least two) are present, what is the ...
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Why is Oscar a common Spanish name?

I have a very good friend (of Mexican heritage*) named Oscar. Once in a while you come across a "white" Oscar (and there are many "Oskars" in Germany, I think), but it seems most common among ...
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How to ask for a repair shop to fix a car tire?

I recently went to Panama and we had 4 flat tires within 2 weeks. I'm still confused how to properly ask for a repair shop which fixes tires. Can you clarify? I would prefer answers not only for ...
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El chiste implicito en “Pareces fria, sujeta”

Vi una composición de Les Luthiers en la obra Hacen Muchas Gracias de Nada que se llama El Rey Enamorado (ve al segmento que comienza en el minuto 4:30). En el mintuto 9:20 comienza una canción muy ...
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Meaning of “en + infinitive” in “en explorar”

What is this phrase en explorar in the following sentence? Los primeros europeos en explorar la región del actual Illinois fueron misioneros franceses. I would have thought you would say que ...
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¿“Septiembre” or “setiembre”?

Setiembre is only used in Peru, AFAIK, but I wonder if there are any other countries where setiembre, as opposed to septiembre, is also valid. RAE links the definition of setiembre to the definition ...
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Can anyone tell me the differences between spanish , italian and portugese in consonat? [closed]

I always feel that these three languages are similar enough becaude they are all belong to romantic group. But after having talked with people from Italy and Portugal I find there are sitll ...
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¿Por qué la diferencia entre s y z/c solo se da en España?

La pronunciacion en el centro y el norte de España, como sabemos, proncuncia la "ce" y la "zeta" en forma difrente a la "ese" que es el unico sonido que se utliza para estas tres letras en ...
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Where did using “un servidor” to address yourself come from? / De donde se origina la costumbre de llamerse a sí mismo “un servidor”?

I've heard from many Spanish-speakers now that when they talk about themselves, they use the phrase "un servidor" instead of "yo" or "mi." I have always thought of the English equivalent of the phrase ...
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Words with common roots English and Spanish [closed]

I am looking for words in Spanish that have common roots as that of English. Words like Father-Padre Mother-Madre etc. Is there any good resource on that topic.
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“para cuando” vs “cuando”

Para cuando me di cuenta, ya era demasiado tarde. Cuando me di cuenta, ya era demasiado tarde. ¿Existe alguna diferencia en el signficado de estas oraciones? ¿Es correcto el uso de "para ...
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74 views

Are there no gophers in Spain?

In The Grapes of Wrath/Las Uvas de la Ira the English text mentions a gopher hole; the Spanish translation says, "la madriguera de una ardilla." But isn't an ardilla a squirrel? Why no specific word ...
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174 views

Fireworks en español

Me interesa saber en que forma puedo traducir esta palabra porque sé que está "Cohete" muy formal además de "Pirotecnia" y "Fuegos artificiales" que son demasiado técnicas. Estoy interesado en saber ...
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1answer
58 views

diferente vs. otro/otra

I'm a bit confused about the differences in use of diferente and otro/otra. For example, I want to say "I'm a programmer like Javier, but I work for a different company." Would that be Soy un ...
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51 views

A “butterfly of the light” is a “lamp bug”?

What is a "lamp bug"? What is a "butterfly of the light"? In Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," a "lamp bug" is mentioned. In the Spanish translation ("Las Uvas de la Ira") it is called "Una ...
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92 views

Why is a wrench called an English Key (llave inglesa)?

Why is "wrench" translated as "English key" ("llave inglesa") in Spanish? What is English about it? I get the "key" part, because one can "open" things with it, but why English?
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¿En qué países se coloca el pronombre personal justo después de la “palabra qu-” en preguntas?

Me parece algo particularmente cubano, pero no estoy seguro, primero, si eso es cierto; segundo, si sólo en Cuba se dice el pronombre personal justo después de la palabra interrogativa. Esta pregunta ...
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170 views

How to hispanizise (rather unknown) German toponyms with umlaut?

If one is interested in proper names in German, like München or Zürich, one easily knows the Spanish translation, and if not, one goes to Wikipedia and finds the translation. But what to do with ...
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Many meanings of “llamas”

Why and how has the word llama(s) 3 meanings? (you) call llama (the animal) flame
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106 views

Is the “low number estimate-to-high number estimate” colloquialism/phraseology unknown in Spanish?

In "The Grapes of Wrath," the estimate "fifty-sixty" is translated into Spanish (in "Las Uvas de la Ira") as "cincuenta y seis" (56). Apparently the translator thought "fifty-sixty" was a typo (that ...
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Taqueria La Michoacana — what's the significance?

What does his construction mean and what are it's limits? Why isn't it Taqueria de la Michoacana? Is this a common way of naming things.
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Exception to the Phonetic Rule

As we all know that Spanish is a Phonetic Language, i.e. the way it's written is the way it's pronounced. I am just curious to know if there are any exceptions to this phonetic rule. I mean, when we ...
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How can I distinguish between “girlfriend,” “fiancée” and “bride”, which are all “novia”?

I am a native Portuguese speaker, where noiva means "bride" or "fiancée." So I was very confused when someone asked me if a girl was my novia, since she didn't have an engagement ring (thank goodness ...
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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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Does contener have a meaning I'm not familiar with? [closed]

Someone asked me, "que contiene el nombre Xxxx en ingles?". I thought "contener" was pretty much the same as "to contain" in English, and online dictionaries seem to agree. Is there some other ...
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Is this translation saying the guy died?

In Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," one sentence says, "My woman's cousin was in McAlester an' they give him hell." The Spanish ("Las Uvas de le Ira") translation is: "El primo de mi mujer estuvo ...
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3answers
76 views

Exactly what type of a word is “véase”?

I see the words véase and véanse somewhat frequently. I understand they are used like this: See page 5 Véase página 5 And See pages 5 and 6 Véanse páginas 5 y 6 ...
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How to say Thanks for confirming

The translation of "Thanks for confirming" is: Gracias por confirmar (futuro) Gracias por haber confirmado (pasado)? Thanks
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93 views

Why did the translator replace an actual name with a placeholder?

In "The Grapes of Wrath"/"Las Uvas de la Ira", the name Joan Crawford appears in the original (English) text. In the Spanish translation, that has been rendered as "fulana." My understanding is that: ...
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97 views

Can sino compare subjects?

Duolingo read me this sentence aloud and asked me to transcribe it: No veo hombres sino mujeres. I misunderstood what was said and typed: No beben hombres sino mujeres. I thought that that ...
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What does the slang “cerote” mean?

I know this is a slang expression from Central American people. I don't remember the context but it was something like: Eres un cerote! (from a pretty angry girl) I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean ...
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2answers
186 views

“Hable con ella”

I'm referring to Almodóvar's picture. And I've been wondering: 2nd person imperative of the verb hablar is habla. hable is the 3rd person imperative form. Why is he using a 3rd person here. As if ...
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151 views

What is the difference between Spanish and Ladino?

What are the main differences between Spanish and Ladino? I thought I would be able to hear the difference in Ladino podcasts, but I don't. Both languages sound the same.
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Why isn't sunrise “Entrada del Sol”?

"Salida del Sol" is sunrise - but doesn't that literally mean "Exit of the Sun"? Why isn't sunrise "Entrada del Sol" instead?
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¿Por qué es “lo vi” pero “le dije”?

No entiendo por qué: ¿Viste a Juan? Sí, lo vi. ¿Le dijiste a Juan? Sí, le dije. Creo que Juan es el receptor del verbo en ambas oraciones, entonces no entiendo por qué en una se utiliza "lo" de ...
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90 views

Arriba, Abajo al Centro pa Dentro

"Arriba. abajo, al centro y adentro" o "pa dentro" Tengo mucha curiosidad sobre esa forma de brindar. En México se usa en contextos muy reducidos vinculados con exceso alcohol o en forma de juego; en ...
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100 views

“Maria Llena Eres de Gracia” in English

That's the name of a well-known movie from Mexico and also happens to be one of my biggest favorites. But I have always struggled to understand how it translates to "Maria, Full of Grace" in English. ...
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4answers
154 views

¿Cómo se dice “más o menos” en inglés? [closed]

Siempre que pienso en decir "más o menos" sólo pienso en "more or less" pero no estoy seguro de que sea la traducción correcta. Entonces ¿Cómo se dice en inglés?

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