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The difference between “simple” and “sencilla/o”

This words confuse me. When are simple and sencilla used? They both mean "simple" but are they used in certain contexts? Tengo un casa sencilla/simple junto al río. I wonder if i can use both in ...
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Concordancia entre sujeto y verbo en una frase subordinada

De estas dos frases, ¿cuál es la correcta? Una de las más grandes profecías contenida en la Biblia. Una de las más grandes profecías contenidas en la Biblia. Personalmente, ambas me ...
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Los dos usos de la palabra 'arrebatada'

Acabo de descubrir Les Luthiers, un grupo de comedia argentina. En el prologo de su composicion Perdonala (0:47s), dicen lo siguiente: Donde dice de inspiración arrebatada, como otros ...
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Oración condicional con que y con si - hay una diferencia semántica?

¿Hay diferencias semánticas entre las frases siguientes? Me sorprendería que mis padres dijeran que no. y Me sorprendería si mis padres dijeran que no. Espero que al menos ambas sean correctos.
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“Apertura” y “abertura”. Su uso y etimología

Abertura y apertura parecen venir del mismo vocablo latino apertura. Tienen significados diferentes. Imagino que el proceso fue más o menos como sigue: apertura se obtiene de la aceptación ...
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La noche cae sobre la ciudad de Naga

La noche cae sobre la ciudad de Naga - can I also say ' La noche envuelva en la ciudad de Naga' ? English translation : Darkness falls upon Naga City. Any alternatives?
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How do I say ' my cellphone is about to die' in Spanish?

How do I say ' my cellphone is about to die' in Spanish? Celular acaba de morir. Is acaba de the right expression? And is "die" translated literally or idiomatically in this context?
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The difference between “empezar” and “comenzar”

What is the difference between empezar and comenzar? Is one more formal than the other?
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How do I say 'It took me 4 hours to get to Hamburg' in Spanish? [closed]

How do I say 'It took me 4 hours to get to Hamburg' in Spanish? Tomó 4 horas volar a Hamburgo. Any alternatives?
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128 views

Usage of pushar and empujar

I would like to know if pushar is also used in Spain and is it only used by teenagers ?
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How do I say 'Silly me' in Spanish?

How do I say 'Silly me' in Spanish? Yo tonto! Olvide mi móvil !
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Difference and usage on “teléfono” and “telefónica”

Es "número de teléfono" pero "tarjeta telefónica". ¿Cómo puedo decidir qué forma es (más) correcta? It's "Número de teléfono", but "Tarjeta telefónica". How can I tell which word is more ...
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Dictionary entry “Vérselas y deseárselas”

In my dictionary there is an entry belonging to "ver": vérselas y deseárselas para conseguir algo which should mean something like "take a great effort to obtain sth.". I have seen a similar phrase ...
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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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Alternatives for '¡dame un respiro!'

Are there other alternatives for 'dame un respiro'? ¡Dame un respiro, acabo de llegar del trabajo! ¡Dame tres horas para descansar!
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¿Qué significa “dar el coñazo”?

Una señora española exclamó: ¡Ay, ya estoy dando el coñazo! Entiendo lo que significa la palabra coño, tanto literalmente como la interjección (y no creo que se refiera a la primera ...
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¿De dónde viene la diferente ortografía para “concejo” y “consejo”?

Me llama la atención la diferente ortografía para concejo y consejo. Al parecer tienen la misma etimología latina en la palabra consilium. Si esto no fuese cierto, ¿la similitud es mera ...
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Are Boomeranging Telescopic Phrase Mazes impossible to translate? [closed]

A Boomeranging Telescopic Phrase Maze is a "fluent" set of words (where one word or phrase leads to the next) that begin and end with the same word. A relatively simple example is: *I write this in ...
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When to use “lo” and “le”

When to use lo and le? Someone told me that le is used in Spain and lo is used in Latín America. Is there a rule on when to use them?
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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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El diciembre del año pasado

How do I say 'December of last year' in Spanish? El diciembre del año pasado fuimos a la playa a divertirnos. Are there any alternatives for this?
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Ni en tus sueños

Is there another alternative for 'get real'? I'd like to say it in this context: A: ¿Eres mi nena? B: ¡Ni en tus sueños!
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How come the subject is omitted in Spanish?

You can find hundreds of sources where they say that the subject can be dropped if it doesn't add any additional information. As "voy" is the 1st person singular conjugation of "ir", you know that the ...
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What does it mean when a girl says “te quiero” in this context?

I've been... seeing this girl for about half a year. We're not officially together, but we're pretty playful and there's a lot of flirting. We like each other.. She speaks fluent english but is a ...
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How should “The dangerous pelican film” be translated?

Translate.com gives me "La película pelícano peligroso" but then going the other direction with it gives me "The film pelican dangerous!" Should it be something like "La película de los pelícanos ...
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How to say “I am not a spam bot” for a captcha

I'm creating a checkbox captcha; in English the text is "I am not a spam bot" What is the proper way to say this for the Spanish language translation? I should add I'm not necessarily looking ...
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La única manera de

Are there other alternatives to say The only way to learn spanish is by speaking with native speakers? La única manera de aprender castellano es hablar con hispanohablantes.
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¿Qué significa “nariz de bola”?

Hoy en chat, una amiga me saludó con: Hola hola nariz de bola! La pregunté que quería decir, y solo me dijo que es un saludo agredable. Pero todavía quiero saber que significa. ¿Es una frase ...
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Does a list of which books gutenberg has in both english and spanish exist? [closed]

I am learning Spanish primarily by having a Spanish and English copy of the same book, and reading them simultaneously (literally (no pun intended) with one in each hand). http://www.gutenberg.org ...
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¿Cuál es la concordancia de género apropiada?

En la oficina tenemos un jefe, y a una compañera le he dicho: "Él va a seguir siendo jefe tuyo" Ante lo que me ha surgido la duda, al ser "jefe de ti" ¿debería decirse "jefe tuya"?, ya que "ti" en ...
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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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“¿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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Usage of Ándale, vamos and anda

When are Ándale, anda and vamos used? Both mean ' Come on' but in what context are they used? Anda, dime dinero para comprar un computador. Ándale, vamos a conducir a la playa mañana! Vamos, veamos ...
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How do I say 'I end up' in Spanish?

How do I say 'I end up' in Spanish? I'd like to say it in this context : I wanted to get a cheaper hotel, but I ended up getting an expensive one.
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Diferencia entre “por eso” y “por ello”

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre "por eso" y "por ello"? ¿Existen casos en el que se puede usar uno y no el otro? Ejemplo: Estaba lloviendo por eso / por ello no pude ir.
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Is there a term for a “dual-language” book?

I have found dual language books very helpful in studying foreign languages, including Spanish. I've often wondered if the genre is also commonly found in the Spanish-language publishing world. Does ...
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Is the spanish 'YA' synonymous of 'already' and 'yet' without exceptions? [closed]

'Ya estas alli' means 'you are already there' But: 'Ya estas alli?' means 'Are you there yet? Another example: It would be wrong to say 'Ya no' when trying to mean 'Not yet; The translation of ...
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How do I say “it made the hair on my neck stand up” in Spanish?

How do I say It made the hair on my neck stand up in Spanish? I'd like to say it in this context: The horror film was so scary that it made hair in my neck stand up.
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Indio can mean Indian, Indigene, and Hindu also?

Indio in Spanish is used to mean Indian, Indigene, and Hindu. Are all 3 meanings correct?
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When to use 'a' and when to use 'para'?

Es correcto decir 'Voy a Chicago' y 'Voy para Chicago' (I'm going to Chicago)? If so , how and when 'a' and 'para' are different?
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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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How do I say ‘It looks to me’ in Spanish? [closed]

How do I say ‘It looks to me’ in Spanish? I'd like to say it in this context: “It looks to me that I am going to Spain again.”
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How do I say 'It feels like' in Spanish?

How do I say 'It feels like' in Spanish? I'd like to say it in this context: It's 4 in the afternoon over here, but it feels like 9 in the evening.
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Usage of “desde” and “de”

When are desde and de used? Desde and de both mean "from", but in what context are they used? Estoy corriendo desde la puerta al cuarto de mi nieto Paulo. De Barcelona le escribe una carta a su ...
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4answers
671 views

How do I say ‘what happens if…’ in Spanish?

How do I say What happens if... in Spanish? Que pasa, si vaya a la playa sin mis padres?
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Usage of “ocurrir” and “suceder”

What is the difference between ocurrir and suceder? Both mean "to happen", but are they used in certain contexts? La fiesta ocurrió en la ciudad de Población. La fiesta sucedió en la ciudad de ...
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How do I say 'On second thought' in Spanish?

How do I say "On second thought" in Spanish? Pensándolo bien, ¡no vamos al cine! Are there any alternative for this?
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Origin of “Te echo de menos.”

I learned Spanish in Mexico, where "I miss you" is "Te extraño." However, I've recently been traveling around Europe, and I learned the Spanish phrase for the same is Te echo de menos. What is ...
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Mejico or Mexico? [duplicate]

Is it oldfashioned to write Mejico instead of Mexico? Estoy viviendo en el estado de California, pero soy de Mexico. Estoy viviendo en el estado de California, pero soy de Mejico.
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How do you say ‘What's it like living in Mexico?’ in Castilian Spanish?

How do you say ‘What's it like living in Mexico’ in Castilian Spanish? Que es vivir en Mexico?

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