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¿Es la palabra “parcero/a” un insulto en Colombia?

A: ¡Hola! ¿Qué más? B: ¡Que bacán, parcero, gracielas! Alguien me dijo que llamar a alguien parcero/a es un insulto. ¿Por qué es así?
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¿Tiene el adjetivo “petiso” una connotación negativa?

Hace poco en una serie argentina en YouTube escuché la palabra petiso referida a una persona de baja estatura. En un principio pensé que sería una palabra de argot, pero por curiosidad lo encontré en ...
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Past vs “Was/Were” for verbs in Spanish

I am studying Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method. It says the following: To express the past, a Verb will end in either -ado or -ido. Before you use the past verb, you will use the appropriate ...
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Problem with pretérito indefinido vs pretérito imperfecto and 'ser'

I have been learning Spanish for about 4 months now and came across the first hurdle which I really can't overcome by myself. In my book (Gramática de uso del español, Luis Aragonés), one of the ...
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Equivalent of the idiom “feel free (to do something)”

For instance, If I wanted to say: Feel free to contact me Could I say the following? Por favor, contáctame cuando quieras Does this capture the essence of the idiom, or do any preferable ...
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El significado de la palabra “flaca”

Sé que hay muchos significados para la palabra en cada pais hispanohablante. ¿Qué significa la palabra flaca en este contexto? : Flaca no me claves tus puñales por la espalda tan profundo ...
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Pronouns direct and indirect

¿El director les quiere dar el guión a los actores? Sí, quiere dárselos or Sí, quiere dárselo. Which one is correct?
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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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¿Qué aparatos tecnológicos usas? [closed]

¿Qué aparatos tecnológicos usas? This is a question I must answer for my work. I am only a secondary student, so low vocabulary is fine.
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El significado de la palabra “picnic”

Tengo aquí la letra de la canción, Picnic en el 4b, que fue compuesta por el mismo grupo Soda Stereo. La letra de la rola va así: Picnic en el 4ºB Es una cuestión de voltaje Picnic en el ...
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How to say “[someone] as [someone]” in movie credits?

I'm doing a credits scene in a Spanish video, and I want to say "[someone] as [someone]." For example, Harrison Ford as Han Solo except in Spanish. Any help?
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El significado de la expresión “fuera de foco”

Tengo aquí una canción, Persiana Americana, que fue cantada por uno de los grupos más importantes de la música latina Soda Stereo. Aquí está la letra de la rola : Yo te prefiero fuera de foco ...
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Two forms of verb for same time (Pretérito Subjuntivo) [duplicate]

Why are the two forms of a verb for certain times and how to use them? For instance taking the word echar, for Pretérito Imperfecto Subjuntivo Activo my dicctionary gives Pretérito Imperfecto ...
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Origin and meaning of a name: “Baute”

I am German, my family name is Baute. This is a very uncommon name in Germany -- I am directly related to most of the "hits" on that map -- and for quite some time I have been trying to find out where ...
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¿Cómo traducir la frase “There is a first for everything”?

La frase "There is a first for everything" expresa un elemento de sorpresa, que algo ha pasado por primera vez y es un poco raro que haya pasado. Intenté expresar este concepto el otro día y solamente ...
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Sign an email with “team MyCompany” in Spanish: equipo?

If in English I would write: Kind regards, team RocketNutsCorp Is this a proper translation in español: Saludos cordiales, equipo RocketNutsCorp Or should I use something with "el ...
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Why “ni” instead of “no” in the sentence “Ni siquiera puedo dormir”? [duplicate]

Ni siquiera puedo dormir Which is the translation for I cannot even sleep. So I was wondering why cannot it be No siquiera puedo dormir. How does 'No' became 'Ni' in the above ...
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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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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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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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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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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1answer
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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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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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¿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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