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How would you translate “Dashboard” from a web application point of view?

I'm developing a few web applications at the moment, and they have a global database of translations behind them, so that they can be used well across various languages My Spanish is still fairly ...
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Uso del artículo en los titulares de los periódicos

Leyendo los titulares de periódicos de distintos países de habla hispana, observo que en algunos se utilizan los artículos, mientras que en otros no: El Diario - España Los nuevos gobiernos de ...
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Why do I have to put “que” in the sentence “es que yo sin ti.”?

I can't seem to figure out the grammar for this sentence. I've tried looking online at learning resources but still can't figure it out. Here is the rest of the verse, it's from a song. Es que ...
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Using the word “hot” as “beautiful/attractive”?

How can I use the word "Hot" as "Beautiful/attractive" in spanish? She is a hot girl Ella esta una bonita chica Ella es tan Caliente Do the above sentences make sense in spanish?
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Translation of “tomate perita”

I was reading this recipe for Guiso Argentino and came across the following line in the list of ingredients: Tomate perita 1 lata Google translate gives me "adept" or "proficient" for "perita" ...
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lords and ladies

I am trying to learn spanish by watching "Juego de Tronos" ("Game of Thrones"). Frequently, people say what sounds like "mi lord" or "mi lady", but the subtitles usually show "señor(a)". To a native ...
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Which bag is preferred in which situations?

"The bag" can be either "el bolso" or "la bolsa" - is one preferred, or more common, than the other? Is it that one is used in some circumstances, and the other in others?
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¿Cuándo se usa “hacer estragos”?

Leo lo siguiente en un artículo de Josep Ramoneda: Durante las dos décadas anteriores a la crisis de 2008, la creencia en que no había límites, en que todo era posible, hizo estragos y coronó ...
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How would you say “The question asks”?

Along the same vein as this question, how would you say "The question asks...?" For example, "What does the question ask?" or "The question asks that you divide X by Y"
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¡Vete a freír espárragos!

¿Cuál es el origen de la siguiente expresión? ¡Vete a freír espárragos! Sé que es una versión suavizada de ¡vete al diablo! pero su origen no lo conozco.
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¿De dónde proviene la palabra “chiripa”?

La definición que da la RAE la relaciona con el juego del billar, y coloquialmente la define como "carambola". 1. f. En el juego de billar, suerte favorable que se gana por casualidad. 2. f. ...
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What does “malditas ganas” mean?

There is a popular song now entitled "Malditas Ganas" According to google translate, this is "damn win" That can't be quite right. What is the singer really trying to convey with that?
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What does “de la fila” mean in this context?

Listening to a Spanish radio station this morning, they were counting up the top 10 songs. With at least several of them, they would say, "de la fila" such as: "...Numero cinco, de la fila" Google ...
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¿Como difieren “ir _ando” y “estar _ando”?

Hay una forma del verbo que termina en -ndo, como caminando o durmiendo. Yo pienso que esta forma se llama el "participio progresivo". Entiendo como se usa estar con el progresivo, por ejemplo: ...
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What does “alimentarse del viento” mean?

If someone puts the phrase "Alimentarse del viento" as their status on a social site, what does it mean?
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Why do several commercials/announcements put accents on their verbs?

I grew up in Costa Rica, so I can understand Spanish just fine. And yet, there is something I never quite got about the language. Here is an example of such thing in action: Si abandonás este ...
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¿Cuál es el origen de la expresión “salir de cuentas”?

Cuando una mujer está embarazada se dice que "sale de cuentas" en una fecha determinada para referirse a la fecha en que se calcula que nacerá el bebé. Me pregunto: ¿de dónde sale esta expresión? ¿Es ...
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¿Puede escindirse el castellano en el futuro? [closed]

En la evolución de los idiomas a veces uno se escinde en dos o en más. Históricamente vemos el latín que evolucionó hasta los actuales castellano, portugués, italiano... También observamos que en ...
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How widespread is the use of “hais” instead of the correct “habeis”

After living in Andalucia, Spain, for a number of years I realised my use of "hais" for the second person informal plural (vosotros) of haber instead of "habeis" is incorrect. I don't know where I ...
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What is “Los Plebes”?

I'm enamored with a musical group called Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho. My take on the name was that "Los Plebes del Rancho" was literally "the plebians of the ranch" and thus they were ...
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using 'yo' instead of 'estoy'

I have just started learning Spanish and in my reference book I saw a conversation that went like this: Yo un poco cansado ¿y ustedes? Yo muy bien. I would think that you had to say: ...
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Banking terminology: “cuentas” vs “cuentas claras”

What is the difference in banking terms between "cuentas" and "cuentas claras"? The latter seems to be a service for which the bank charges a fee.
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How should “Advertencia” be translated as a section appearing at the start of a book?

I am reading "Los Indios" by Antonio Batres Jáuregui; the book begins with a section marked "ADVERTENCIA" A translation of this word appears to be "Warning" or "Caveat", but I reckon there's probably ...
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Sobre el uso de la coma opcional [duplicate]

Es frecuente encontrar oraciones de este tipo: al final del día( ) Juan se despide de su mamá con un beso ( ) en la mejilla. En el primer paréntesis, usualmente no se usa la coma, pero es obvio que ...
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Por qué la palabra “español” no tiene acento/tilde sobre la o? [duplicate]

He observado que cuando la énfasis de una palabra no se encuentra en la sílaba antes de la ultima, se pone un tilde. En la palabra "español" no debería ser "españól"? Un amigo mío opina que hay una ...
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Should I use subjuntive after 'aunque'?

What is the correct way? Aunque dicen que... Aunque digan que... If the second option - please explain why. My question is based on lyrics from http://www.musica.com/letras.asp?letra=835102 I ...
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¿Cuál es la mejor traducción para “Goddamn”?

Ayer leía un cómic de Batman, escrito y dibujado por Snyder y Capullo y me encontré con que en una de las viñetas decía: "... It's the g-censored!-n Batman" Con el "censored!" ya añadido por el ...
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1answer
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Are “hot dogs” (the food) really “perritos calientes” in Spanish?

In Cristina Henriquez' novel "El Libro de Los Americanos Desconocidos", the American food item known as "hot dogs" is translated as "perritos calientes" (literally "hot dogs" or "dogs hot"). Is this ...
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Is this a stutter?

In Cristina Henriquez' novel "El Libro de Los Americanos Desconocidos" (very interesting so far, by the way) there is this: "¿Que qué tal ha ido?" Is this double "que" redundant? Is it simply ...
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“To suggest/To propose” something in Spanish

I'm writing an email where I'd like to say: "I suggest we meet at the same time and place, only change the day to Friday." The verb offered by translation software is sugerir. In the definition ...
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Cómo empezar una “web” en ingles como esta? [closed]

Dentro de un año, quizas te hubiera gustado comenzar hoy. Cómo traducir?
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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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 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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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¿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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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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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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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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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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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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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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