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Why is “Dawn” translated “Mediodía”?

Me parece que "mediodía" significa "noon" y "dawn" debe ser "amanecer," pero: In "The Outcasts of Poker Flat / Los Desterrados de Poker Flat" (por Bret Harte) the original English has this: ...
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How do you say “I got you!” in Spanish?

If I threw a snowball (or dodgeball) at someone and it hit them, how would I say : I got you! in Spanish?
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What does “You are sympa” mean?

Is "sympa" just an abbreviation of "sympatico"? Or is there another connotation to it? http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sympatico I have heard it addressed directly to me, but also ...
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How can I say “colmo” properly in English?

There is an expression in Spanish to denote something that is absurd or unexpected. Usually it can be the maximum expression of expertise and talent. I wondered about this mainly because in Spanish ...
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“¿Qué haciendo?” and “¿qué estás haciendo?”

What is the difference between "¿qué haciendo?" and "¿qué estás haciendo?" Do they mean 'How are you doing?' ¿Qué haciendo, loco? ¿Qué estás haciendo, loquillo?
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How do you translate the following phrase? [closed]

Mientras escuchaba la hermosa canción texas blues de Mance Lipscomb, me preguntaron, un amigo, como sería la traducción al español del siguiente fragmento de la canción: I ain't got no money, my ...
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What does “Bolobonchi” mean?

He estado escuchando una canción del género salsa titulada "Bolobonchi". La canción fue compuesta e interpretada por Joe Arroyo. Mi pregunta es: ¿Qué significa o qué es Bolobonchi? I have been ...
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Is there a difference between cilantro and culantro in Spanish?

I've seen the American English "cilantro" (British English "coriander") translated into Spanish as both cilantro and culantro. What is the difference? Are they synonyms used interchangeably, or is the ...
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Why are there two definite articles in “el primero al que…”?

I am struggling to understand the grammar behind the sentence "Sé el primero al que le gusta esto", and in particular that construction "el primero al que". I understand "que" to here mean "that" or ...
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Phrasing the future… In 5 years I think I will

I'm trying to say the phrase "In two years I think I will work in a lab". I've been playing around with my spanish book and I've come up with the phrase "En dos años creo voy a trabajo en ...
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How can you translate “blues for yesterday”?

Well, I'm trying to translate: I got the blues for yesterday My intuition tells me that the closest translation to Spanish would be: Tuve los Blues de ayer Is this correct? Or is there a ...
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Why is the 23rd translated as the 22nd day of the month?

In "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" by Bret Harte, it says: ...on the morning of the twenty-third of November, ... The Spanish translation ("Los Desterrados de Poker Flat") has it thus: ...en la mañana ...
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Use of verb-forming suffix “-ear”

"-Ear" is a suffix that productively forms verbs, as "tutear" from "tú" or "zapatear" from "zapato." My question is: when is this suffix used over just plain "-ar" and vice versa? For instance, ...
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Asking 'in exchange for what' vs. asking 'why'

One of the many meanings of por is in exchange for. Ex.: Compré una bufanda por diez dólares. I bought a scarf in exchange for ten dollars. In a Spanish question, por qué means why. ¿Por qué ...
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Are there native-born Spanish speakers that can't trill their R's?

ENGLISH It seems that one of the greatest difficulties some native-English speakers have is learning to trill their R's. Some, it seems, are completely incapable of performing this task. Is this ...
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Ser and estar for location

ENGLISH The edge-cases of ser and estar still seem to get me. My understanding is that when speaking of a location, I should use estar. La biblioteca está aquí. However, a student I am ...
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How to pronounce the consonants “y” and “ll”?

ENGLISH I have heard y/ll pronounced in two different ways: [j] (like 'y' in "yellow") [ʒ] (like 's' in "measure") Do native speakers use both interchangeably? Or is it pronounced [j] in some ...
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How should I ask someone to repeat something they've said?

ENGLISH When I learned Spanish in school, I was taught to never say ¿Qué? when I needed someone to repeat something they just said. Rather I was taught to say ¿Cómo? Later, my wife taught me to say ...
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Any difference between aquí and acá

ENGLISH I've been taught that aquí and acá are completely interchangable. From personal observation, acá seems to be used more often than aquí in the context of "I live down this road." Example: ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “el que,“ ”el cual“ y “que”?

¿Cuándo debo usar “el que” y "el cual" (y “la que,” "la cual," etcétera) y cuándo debo usar “que”? Por ejemplo, ¿debo decir: Él odia al hombre con que estaba yo hablando. o Él odia al ...
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Significado de “tener una paja para la vida”

En una página de Facebook, La gente anda diciendo, se divulgan frases divertidas o interesantes que se escuchan por la calle. Una de esas frases me capturó la atención: "Son dos polos opuestos. ...
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Por qué el español se pronuncia como se escribe?

Por qué el español, a diferencia de otros lenguajes como el inglés, se escribe como se pronuncia (o se pronuncia como se escribe)? En mis tiempos de estudiante, durante una clase de lengua salió esta ...
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Definición de “pistear”

Hoy alguien usó la palabra pistear conmigo, en el contexto de una fiesta, o bebiendo. No puedo encontrar una definición relevante. DRAE tiene dos definiciones regionales: tr. El Salv. Pagar ...
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Question words: “qué” versus “cuál”

English Often "qué" is translated to English as "what" and "cuál" is translated as "which." However, I know that this is not always the case. Here are some examples. (Please correct me if I am ...
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Confusión sobre ciertas palabras que no están en el DRAE

Estoy pensando en la palabra "ofidiofilia", que, de acuerdo a la definición de filia, es el amor o atracción por las serpientes. Al buscar esta palabra en el DRAE, me aparece que la palabra no existe. ...
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Is the dropped /s/ in Argentina a class marker?

I'm watching La pelea de mi vida, an Argentinean film, and in it the characters are dropping their esses all over the place. E'ta, e'tuve, even stuff like E' muy e'traño and E'to tene' The film is ...
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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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Significado de “lapsus cálami”

Mientras leía una obra, que me abstendré de mencionar, se menciona la siguiente frase al hacer referencia a otras frases de otras obras. Tenía la mano fría como la de una serpiente Se dice que ...
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¿Cómo se le llama al afijo “oji-” en, por ejemplo, “ojiabierto”?

¿Cómo se le llama al a transformación de ojo a oji- en, por ejemplo, ojiabierto? O a ali- en aliabierto.
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Significado de la palabra “ora” [duplicate]

Cuando leo, a veces, encuentro la palabra "ora". No es difícil inferir que esta palabra se usa como "ahora". ¿Por qué se usa esta palabra? O, mejor dicho, ¿cuándo es apropiado o no usar esta palabra? ...
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What is the role of the “le” in the sentence “Miguel le dio a su novia un anillo.”?

The sentence "Miguel le dio a su novia un anillo." translates into Miguel gave a ring to his girlfriend. I would think that there would be no need for the "le", since the direct object (his ...
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What is a more sensible way to translate “The Kid”?

In "The Luck of Roaring Camp" by Bret Harte, the translator translated "The Kid" (one of the things the miners called a baby, in addition to "Stumpy's Boy" and "d---d little cuss") as "el corderito." ...
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What do you call a martial arts belt 'stripe' in Spanish?

I'm trying to find the right word to use for a stripe in Jiu Jitsu; as you go up the levels you receive 4 stripes per belt colour. Would I use 'rayas'...?
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What is the difference between “al” and “a la”?

Consider the following sentence: Vamos a entender a la maestra. (We are going to understand the teacher) I remember seeing in a similar sentence the word al being used instead of a la. So are ...
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Is “me gustas” ever right?

We have been taught that gustar is an unusual verb and that you only ever use gusta or gustan depending on whether you like singular or plural things. Would you use "me gustas" to say "I like you"?
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What is the meaning if the idiom “yo voy a ti”

I have seen the phrase ir a uno used in a number of contexts. I found on Twitter this image below. I am not sure what the expression means. Puerto Rico, yo voy a tí! Literally I go to you ...
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Why is “agua” masculine in singular form and feminine in plural? “El agua” / “Las aguas”

English Is there any rule that says that feminine nouns that start with "A" are converted to masculine or is it just done for phonetic (ie beauty) reasons? Does this happen in all Spanish speaking ...
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Is “síguenos” a real Spanish word?

The word "síguenos" does not appear in most of the major online English-Spanish dictionaries that I use such as Spanishdict.com. I only found one entry about it in a texting dictionary. The word looks ...
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Preterit Passive vs. Estar + Past Participle

English 1 El ratón se mató. (Preterit passive) 2 El ratón estuvo matado. (Estar + past participle) The two sentences above translate to the same in English: The mouse was killed. ...
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How to understand the following translation?

I have been reading "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner, and it happens that I also have a Spanish translation of this novel. The title in Spanish is "El ruido y la furia." Here is a ...
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How to use the word “Otro” in spanish?

I am watching a You tube video of La Factoria . Title of the video song is : Hey Otro en mi vida I know meaning of the title in english is : There is another person in my life. One thing ...
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¿Cuál es el proceso por el que una palabra debe pasar para que su uso sea aceptado?

Para explicar mejor mi pregunta, en el lenguaje oral y escrito existen ciertas palabras, como por ejemplo "haiga", que no son aceptadas por ser vulgares, en este caso, la palabra que doy como ejemplo, ...
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“Que tan?” slang for “How are you?”

I'm english and I'm starting to learn Spanish on my own. My boss is fluent in Spanish and she sometimes says to me in the morning, Buenas días, que tan? Or something similar along those lines. She ...
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How to Quickly Determine if a Text is in Castilian or Latin-American Spanish

I am learning Spanish for use in Mexico, and not Castilian (European Spanish). I frequently run into Spanish instruction books and other texts that I would like to purchase. My question is, what are ...
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¿Cuándo decir ''[verbo] a [complemento]''?

Sé que tengo que añadir a veces una a entre el verbo y el complemento. ¿Cuándo tengo que añadir la a? Ejemplo: Ella llama a Juan. Nota: Español no es mi idioma nativo.
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Difference between “adiós” and “chau”?

What is the diffrence between adiós and chau? Do they both mean "GoodBye"? I am going now, see you tomorrow, ¡Adios! I am going now, see you tomorrow, ¡Chau!
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Ciertas conjugaciones verbales no convencionales

Yo he escuchado algunas veces a personas conjugar los siguientes verbos de la siguiente manera: (en paréntesis la forma correcta) Volver ---> volvido (vuelto) Resolver ---> resolvido (resuelto) ...
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“off topic” en castellano

"Off topic" es un término que se usa regularmente hoy en día, preferentemente en temas informáticos pero cada vez más en temas más generales. Sin embargo, no deja de ser un anglicismo al que creo que ...
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Doubt over conjugation of verbs

A veces cuando leo textos(Usualmente traducciones de novelas de otros idiomas) encuentro la siguiente conjugación de verbos. Tomemos como ejemplo los verbos esparcir y parecer y la conjugación que no ...
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1answer
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Usos de la coma y el paréntesis

A veces cuando queremos agregar una frase en el medio de una oración, ya sea para aclarar algo o para introducir algo, como estoy haciendo ahora mismo con esta oración, se usa la coma o el paréntesis. ...

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