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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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Has Spanish really a timelike fashion to express distances? Like “A está a cinco horas de B”

While talking with somebody about traveling, he commented: "But you Spanish speakers are used to express distances in hours, right?" An Italian unknown. I was unaware of that. Let me formalize ...
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Equivalent for “a nod's as good as a wink”

Does Spanish have a saying that basically means To a person who is ready to understand or undertake something, any subtle signalling of it is sufficient. (Taken from phrase finder) The phrase ...
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Geographical distribution and use of “Enhorabuena”

I consider myself a near-fluent Spanish speaker, having learned it primarly in Mexico. I have never heard the term "Enhorabuena" used there; of course, I realize that this doesn't mean that it isn't ...
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How to translate “News Junkie” to Spanish?

Does anyone know what would be the right translation of the term "news junkie" to Spanish? Or a term which better fits as most used translation for it?
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¿Se escribe Gobierno español o gobierno español?

¿Se escribe Gobierno español o gobierno español? La verdad, que si es Gobierno de España, estoy seguro que todo debe de escribirse con inicial mayúsculas. Pero cuando uso el gentilicio no sé si ...
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Differences between “preocupado” and “molesto?”

They can both mean troubled or worried, based on my reading of Google Translate. But are there subtle differences in usage or context between them?
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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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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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Translation of “church planting” vocabulary

In Protestant circles, the process of starting a new church is often referred to as "planting." I haven't found a translation for this in dictionaries I've looked in, and haven't really heard a ...
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Las palabras definidas como genero ambiguo como “internet” ¿se deben utilizar con artículo femenino o masculino?

Para el caso de la palabra "internet", tenía un profesor en preparatoria que comentaba que debería ser "la internet" puesto que "internet" es "la red de redes". Sin embargo aquí en México cuando ...
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Translation of “Who are you writing to”

I've seen the question Who are you writing to? translated in two ways: ¿A quién escribes? and ¿Quién le escribes? The first sentence seems to translate more as To whom do you write?, ...
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What is the difference between parece and pareciera?

What is the difference between parece que and pareciera que? How are both normally translated? What tenses can be used after pareciera que, and in general how is pareciera used?
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Why do definitions use 'que' rather than 'lo que'

For example: lector - que lee Why not: lector - lo que lee
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esperar: wait vs. hope vs. expect

The verb esperar (e.g. Estoy esperándolo.) can be used in at least three senses: to wait for to hope to expect In English, these all mean very different things: I'm waiting for you to ...
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“antes que” vs. “antes de que”

What is the difference between the phrases antes que and antes de que? When should each be used? Are there contexts where one is correct and one is incorrect, or are they completely synonymous?
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Board game vocabulary

What are the typical translations in Spanish for the following terms related to board games? board game board (playing) pieces deck of cards to roll the dice to move forward to move backwards to ...
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Jumping between pronunciations of “y” in Spanish songs

I've heard a few songs (off the top of my head, A Dios Le Pido) where they pronounce "y" both with a y-sound and an English j-sound at times. In some songs, the different pronunciations occur when ...
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Is there a connection between “cuchillo” and “cuchara”?

Do these two words have any common root? I looked up in the RAE, and didn't find there any connection between these words. According to the RAE, cuchillo comes from Latin "cultellus", and cuchara ...
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Why does Latin America not lisp consonants, having learned from Spain?

I am referring to the sounds of "z" and the soft "c". Latin America learned Spanish from Spain. So why do they not lisp consonants, having learned from Spanish people? Did Latin America somehow ...
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Simple preterit and imperfect preterit connotations of “saber”

I need some refreshing on the differences between preterit and imperfect preterit tenses of the verb saber. I understand the following connotations: saber -- To know (or to taste) sé, sabes, sabe ...
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¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical de “¿Cómo me le va?”?

Vivo en Colombia y con cierta frecuencia escucho la pregunta "¿Cómo me le va?" pero nadie me puede explicar por qué usa "me" en este caso. ¿Esta frase tiene aluna explicación gramatical? ¿Por qué no ...
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Usage of “marcharse” and “irse”

What is the difference between marcharse and irse? Do they both mean ' to go' ? Yo me voy a la escuela. Yo me marcho a la escuela.
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Cerca vs. acerca vs. cercano

What is the exact difference between these words? If I were to translate, for instance, “I am near the bank”, which one of the following would be the best way to go and why: Estoy cerca del banco. ...
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Incrementos numéricos

En inglés, a veces se dicen incrementos específicos como hundreds, thousands. ¿Se puede hacer lo mismo en español? ¿Es la siguiente oración correcta? Noté que las cifras de la población estan en ...
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Comparing two opposing things

Due to a question on another stackexchange site, I learned an interesting fact about the Spanish language. The statement is that if you compare two things like "A is better than B" then both A and B ...
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What does “tu lk” mean?

tu lk I received this text in Nicaraguan texting, can anyone tell me what it means? I checked with several online sources however could not find any definition for this texting.
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How do you differenciate “remember” and “remind”?

I used Google to translate "remember" and "remind". Both came out to be recordar. Why is there no distinction made? You can only remember something by youself, but you have to remind someone else of ...
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Como mejor utilizar “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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Word usage: “estar inquieto” y “estar preocupado”

Is there any difference between "estar inquieto" y "estar preocupado"? Are they referring to different degrees of worry? Update: (Could you please verify the differences in meaning between the ...
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Paisaje de siempre

I read a line the other day in Almudi.org that said Mi paisaje de siempre visto desde otra perspectiva the latter part means 'seen from another perspective'. I can't quite figure out what could ...
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What does “alma sucia” mean?

What does it mean? I've checked the literal meaning with Google: dirty soul I was looking for something more elegant, that shows its tone. Is it an idiom?
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¿Cómo se usa el antepretérito?

En clase hemos estado repasando el tiempo pluscuamperfecto. En todos los ejemplos que vimos, usaron el imperfecto del verbo haber. Cuando pregunté a mi profesor sobre el pretérito de haber, nos dijo ...
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¿Qué origen tiene la expresión “ya te cargó el payaso”?

Entiendo que "ya te cargó el payaso" expresa fracaso total, problemas que no pueden ser resueltos, etc. ¿Qué orígen tiene esta expresión? ¿Es lenguaje no ofensivo?
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¿Cual es la diferencia entre un tiempo gramatical perfecto contra uno imperfecto?

Mi pregunta va al por que de los nombres de los tiempos gramaticales. ¿Qué es lo que determina la perfección de un tiempo gramatical?
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¿Es correcto decir “El (infinitivo del verbo) …”?

Encontre el siguiente artículo y la siguiente frase dicha por un pólitico de aquí de Monterrey: “El eliminar al 100 por ciento la tenencia nos va a afectar en todas estas áreas de inversión; yo ...
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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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Repartiera meaning (or what is subjunctive preterite imperfect?)

I'm to the point in my Spanish study that I'm reading books. I often come across words that I might know (such as repartir - to distribute) but the specific form is confusing. I'm hopeful that ...
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Difference between “está” and “esta” or “esté” and “este”?

How do I know if I have to use the one with accent and not the one without accent? Could you provide examples?
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Throughput in Spanish?

I just wanted to know the best (preferably a single-word) translation of the English word throughput. Would you opt for capacidad, rendimiento or función de transferencia? Thanks Artur
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Words for “to encourage”: alentar, animar, fomentar

In English, "to encourage" seems to have at least two uses: to suggest that someone should do something (e.g. "He encouraged me to find a new guitar teacher.") to give confidence or hope to someone ...
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Translating “to wind up (doing something)”

In informal English, we use the phrase "to wind up" to describe the final state of a situation, after all is said and done. For example: How did you wind up moving to Kansas after growing up in ...
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How outdated is the Spanish of the Reina-Valera Bible?

I've been told by native Spanish speakers that the Reina-Valera Bible (even the 1960 edition) sounds old fashioned and stuffy. It's one of the reasons our pastor uses other translations. But when ...
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How to form statements like “It was during that time that…”

"It was" is translated as era or estaba. I know for statements like "It was happy with you" (contigo estaba feliz) that works. But what about constructions where the "it" is nothing in specific? ...
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lo ayudo vs. le ayudo (direct vs. indirect object)

When describing someone helping someone else, does ayudar take a direct or indirect object pronoun? In other words, is it: ¿Lo puedo ayudar? or ¿La puedo ayudar? or ¿Le puedo ayudar? If ...
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shy: tímido vs. reservado vs. vergonzoso vs. penoso

In many parts of the Spanish-speaking world, describing a person who is "shy" can be done with at least four different words: tímido reservado vergonzoso penoso What is the difference between ...
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Difference between 'podría estar' and 'estaría'

This question could apply to a number of verbs I guess, including: podría ser OR sería podría hablar OR hablaría podría comer OR comería Which could be generalised as 'conditional ...
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Is there a name for the inner part of the elbow?

Is there a name in Spanish for the inner part of the elbow (on the opposite side of the part we call "elbow")? If not, how would it best be described?
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se pronoun in “no fault constructions”

One page I recently ran across discusses the concept of "no fault constructions" or verbs that use se in such a way to describe an action as taking place apart from the person who caused the action. ...
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What exactly are the “passive se” and “impersonal se”?

Many materials for learning Spanish, discuss the "impersonal se" (e.g. ¿Se puede tocar esto?) and "passive se" (e.g. Se habla español.). What exactly are these forms grammatically? Is the se in both ...

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