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¿Qué es “inventar el hilo negro”?

Una expresión muy común en México es "inventar el hilo negro". ¿Qué significa? Ejemplo: No hay que inventar el hilo negro.
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What does “La hora de los loros” mean?

"La hora de los loros" is an idiom in Spanish. I've seen it writing and heard it in conversation. How would you say the equivalent in English? Not literally, but figuratively. Is there an ...
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Pronunciación de la letra ge

En un curso de Memrise.com hay extractos donde la ge en "amigo" y "lugar" se pronuncia como una leve jota, casi como una hache. ¿Es realmente la pronunciación castellana?
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¿Como se traduciría al español “crunch time”?

En ingles existe la palabra "crunch time": A critical period of time during which it is necessary to work hard and fast. Un periodo crítico de tiempo en el que es necesario trabajar duro y ...
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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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What's the translation of 'dates'?

When referring to the fruit! (no 'fechas' nor 'meeting') For those argentinians out there: are there dates in Argentina? It looks like some sort of 'higo' but that is 'fig', I even thought it is ...
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Acentos gráficos sobre las palabras de una sola silaba

Entiendo las reglas del acento tónico cuando está o no está sobre una sílaba... depende de la última sílaba. Pero me parece muy extraño cuando este acento gráfico está sobre palabras que tienen ...
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¿Qué significa “de pe a pa”?

¿Cúal es el significado de la siguiente expresión "de pe a pa"? Por ejemplo: Tienes que aprenderte esto de pe a pa.
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Translation of “bug” to Spanish

What is the best way to translate "bug", as in a misfeature of a computer program or device? Google translate offers a few options, none of which quite seem to fit, except the term itself: bug ...
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¿Se usa 'guácala' fuera de México?

En español mexicano, cuando uno siente algo repugnante es típico usar una palabra onomatopeica: 'guácala' (imita el sonido de vomitar). Es equivalente a decir 'yuck' en inglés. ¿Qué tan común es ...
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¿Hay otra palabra o frase para expresar 'muestreo aleatorio'?

Creo que escuché a alguien referise a un muestreo aleatorio con otra palabra, pero ya no me acuerdo cuál era... ¿Hay otra forma de expresar el mismo concepto matemático?
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¿Cuál es el origen de la frase “al pan, pan, y al vino, vino”?

Creo que la expresión quiere decir que algo fue dicho con claridad, pero ¿de donde viene la expresión? Es decir: ¿a qué se refiere originalmente? ¿Por qué pan y vino, precisamente?
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¿Es común omitir 'de' cuando se habla de funciones de un variable o de una expresión?

En inglés, cuando se ve 'sin(x)', es propio decir 'sine of x', pero también es comun decir 'sine x'. Es decir, omitir la palabra 'of' es común cuando se habla de funciones de un variable. También es ...
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To remark that / faire remarquer: “advertir”?

What about that word now? "Advertir" I always wondered how to translate "faire remarquer" from french or "to remark that" (sthg, to sb) from english, in spanish. Would "Advertir" do the job?
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What does “que lo que” means?

Whenever I talk to a friend (Dominican I believe) via chat like Gtalk, he always starts the conversation with: klk I did some research about that and found that, in fact, it comes from the ...
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añorar vs extrañar

I was wondering if there were any difference between these two verbs, especially in their usual respective contexts. Bonus point for pointing out differences between Argentina and Spain as well (if ...
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How translate Troubleshoot into this sentence?

¿Cómo puedo traducir la siguiente oración? Ya que no se que función cumple las sentencias all-in-one y troubleshooter. A technician computer functions like an all-in-one computer troubleshooter
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Difference between vegetales and verduras? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Vegetable”: verdura vs. vegetal My understanding is that they can both refer to "vegetables." But verduras also translates into "greens." So what's the ...
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Synonyms for big (grande), as in volume?

I'm trying to find a proper synonym for "grande", as in the quality of three dimensional objects of occupying space, to use with a regular object, such as a "big dog". I'll explain my specific ...
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“Something happened” while “something else was going on”

¿Cuál es correcto? No ví nada mientras estaba corriendo. o No ví nada mientras corrí. ¿Ambos son incorrectos? Lo siento por el título.
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Transliteration + translation of pangram

La cigüeña tocaba cada vez mejor el saxofón y el búho pedía kiwi y queso. How do you transliterate this into US ASCII characters? And what does the phrase mean?
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“no” + verb + “nada”

Español ¿Por qué "say nothing" en inglés se traduce como "no habla nada" en español? ¿Por qué hay una extra "no"? Otro ejemplo: "I know nothing" en inglés se traduce "Yo no sé nada" en español. ...
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Are there any free bilingual books in Spanish and English? [closed]

I guess bilingual books may speed up the learning process a little bit. Thanks!
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What is the difference between “ser cierto” and “ser verdad”?

The English "to be true" can be translated to Spanish as either ser cierto or ser verdad. What is the difference between the two? When would you use one instead of the other?
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What is the difference between “ser casado” and “estar casado”?

I have read that both ser and estar can be used with casado to give different connotations to the phrase "to be married." What exactly are the differences, and when would you use each verb?
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How do you use the “passive se” with a reflexive verb?

What is the rule for using the "passive se" (e.g. "¿Cómo se dice?") with a reflexive verb that involves another se pronoun? For example, how would you translate "One takes a shower (ducharse) ...
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1answer
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Translation: más famoso del cine

I've come across the below sentence: todas han sucumbido a los encantos del espía con licencia para matar más famoso del cine. What does "los encantos" mean? What does "con licencia para ...
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Using pronoun after similarly conjugated verb?

Español Me encontré esta frase que me confundió en una canción : "hoy me muero yo". ¿Cuál es el significado de añadir el pronombre después de haber conjugado el verbo? Inglés I came across a ...
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¿Es correcto abreviar “visto bueno ” como “VoBo.”?

Muchas veces he visto que lo abrevian así por ejemplo dentro de la compañía donde trabajo, sin embargo no sé si realmente es correcto. Actualización: Lo que me parece extraño de la abreviación es ...
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5answers
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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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¿Es correcto usar 'amarizar' o 'amartizar' para aterrizar en Marte?

En español, existe un verbo para describir la acción de aterrizar en la Luna: 'alunizar'. Siguiendo esa misma idea, ¿se puede decir 'amarizar' o 'amartizar' para una nave que aterriza en Marte?
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A good free book to get started [closed]

I am a fluent English speaker and I wanted a good FREE PDF to get started with. Primarily, I wish to see if my interests in learning spanish will sustain before I buy an expensive book. I have picked ...
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Spanish translation for “also”?

My understanding is the también, and asimismo can both be translated from Spanish as also. Yet there appear to be some subtle differences. What are they? For instance, does asimismo also mean ...
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How do I say “You're making me hungry?”

A friend was describing some food she's making. I wanted to say "You're making me hungry" or "That makes me hungry." What's the proper way to say this? My first thought was to say something like: ...
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341 views

Why is búho written with an acute accent?

Spanish ¿Hay alguna razón porque la que la palabra "búho" lleve acento agudo? ¿Hay alguna regla ortográfica que lo determine? Estoy acostumbrado a los acentos sobre la e, pero me sorprendió bastante ...
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What am I doing when I use the subjunctive?

If we limit our view to the present tense, how can I fill in the blanks succinctly? When I use the indicative mood, I am indicating that something happens. When I use the subjunctive mood, ...
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Periférico de sonido en inglés?

English I was working on a neighbor's computer the other day and, they thought that the speakers weren't working. But, it was actually the "periférico de sonido" that wasn't working. At least that's ...
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Equivalent of Joe in spanish? [closed]

I want to remember what a friend's name was I just met. It's on the tip of my tongue, and I keep wanting to say Yohio or Yojo. It was not Jose. I don't remember. He went by Joe as well. I remember it ...
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409 views

How did “asistir” and “atender” become opposite of their cognates in english?

"Atender" is translated as to assist in spanish, while "asistir" is translated as "to attend". These words seem to be cognates of each other, but have opposite meanings when translated. How did this ...
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1answer
1k views

“cursive” and “printed” writing

In English, we describe writing as either cursive/longhand (joined letters) or printed (block letters). What Spanish words are there to describe these concepts? And how common is the use of cursive in ...
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3answers
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How to say something is “annoying” in Spanish?

I have been wondering how to say annoying, adjective and verb, in Spanish (ES). I come from the Northwest of the US and we use this word very often. I have seen examples using molestar but none of ...
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2answers
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Are contracted pronunciations of mathematical functions common in spanish?

In mathematics, we have what are called hyperbolic trigonometric functions. For example, hyperbolic sine, hyperbolic tangent, hyperbolic cosine, etc... We generally write these functions with ...
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2answers
404 views

How can I say “to take the derivative” (mathematics) in spanish?

In english, we generally use phrases like "take the derivative", "find the derivative", "evaluate the derivative", but we also use verbs such as "derivate", "derive", "differentiate", etc. What are ...
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238 views

How to say “the payment cleared”?

I want to tell a friend that his credit card payment for an airline ticket went through (or was approved). How do I say that? (In case your wondering why he doesn't call and ask himself, it's a ...
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1answer
169 views

¿Cómo escribo el subjuntivo presente de 'adelgazar'?

Según del sitio conjugation.org, el subjuntivo presente del verbo adelgazar es: yo adelgaze tú adelgazes él/usted adelgaze nosotros adelgazemos vosotros adelgazéis ellos/ustedes ...
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2answers
608 views

When do you not conjugate verbs?

One of my homework assignments asks the following questions, and I'm wondering why the verbs aren't conjugated. ¿Vivir en el desierto o vivir en el centro de una ciudad grande? ¿Tener una ...
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Gramática: “tengo miedo que” y “tengo miedo y creer que”

Se dice que: tengo miedo de que + verbo subjuntivo e.g. Pero tuve miedo que no pudiera o pudiese dormir bien... tengo miedo y pensar/creer que + verbo conditional e.g. Pero tuve miedo y ...
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Género de derecha/o e izquierda

¿Por qué las palabras derecha e izquierda (en oraciones como "doblar a la derecha") tienen el género femenino y no el masculino? Y ¿por qué derecho (en masculino) significa "recto," pero derecha (en ...
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1answer
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Words for on purpose, accidentally, intentionally, unintentionally, etc

English has several words or phrases to express that something was done with or without the person meaning to do it: purposefully (or on purpose) accidentally (or on accident) intentionally ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre honor y honra?

Hace poco me di cuenta de que existen dos palabras en español que equivalen a la palabra "honor" en inglés: honor y honra. ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre estas dos palabras? ¿Cuál es más común?

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