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Best translation of “accountability”

In conversations about the hardest words or phrases to translate well from Spanish to English, the word "accountability" has repeatedly come up. I have seen the phrase "financial accountability" ...
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¿En qué situaciones se usa “antes de que” y “después de que”?

Me gustaría saber si es correcto lo que tengo entendido: Antes de que expresa posterioridad Después de que expresa anterioridad ¿Verdad? Por ejemplo: Acabábamos con esta batalla antes ...
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Syntax of the sentence ''Me voy''

"Me voy" means "I'm leaving". The subject of the verb "voy" is "yo" and it is omitted. Is the reflexive pronoun "me" the object of the verb? And if so, why is it essential to use "me" when the ...
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¿Hay alguna expresión en castellano para “rule of thumb”?

En inglés se utiliza con frecuencia la expresión "rule of thumb" para definir un principio o criterio de amplia aplicación que no es necesariamente preciso ni fiable en toda situación (Wikipedia dixit)...
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¿Puede “hopefully” traducirse como “ojalá”?

Buscando la traducción de "hopefully" en WordReference veo que se menciona con suerte con optimismo Sin embargo, me pregunto: ¿podría también traducirse como "ojalá"? Según la RAE, esta es su ...
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How can I raise my Spanish listening skills from high school level to the level where you can understand everyday talks? [closed]

With reading and writing aside, listening and speaking a language is what I am now focusing on. People are suggesting me to keep listening to soundtracks and maybe download some music. But I think ...
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¿Por qué “había” lleva tilde? ¿Acaso no se pronunciaría de la misma forma si no la tuviese?

Según lo que he leído "había" lleva tilde para romper el diptongo pero en caso de que la palabra no tuviese tilde, no se sobreentiende que si no lleva tilde en la "a" se prenunciara igual a que si ...
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Validez del término “Inmessionante”

Background: El año pasado leí una noticia sobre la inclusión de una palabra al diccionario Santillana. Se trata del término "Inmessionante", el cual fue creado en un intento de definir la manera de ...
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Is capitalisation of 'Yo' not important?

In English, it is necessary to capitalize 'I' no matter where it lies in the sentence. I am curious to know if this rule applies to Yo in Spanish.
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How do you use the “passive se” with a reflexive verb?

What is the rule for using the "passive se" (e.g. "¿Cómo se dice?") with a reflexive verb that involves another se pronoun? For example, how would you translate "One takes a shower (ducharse) ...
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¿Cuándo se le pone tilde a más? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between “mas” and “más” The question is quite simple. When does mas have an accent? Mas can mean more but it has other meanings as well. Can someone ...
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Translation of 'verbose'

I'm a software developer and I've seen thousands of times the word "verbose" in different tutorials, frameworks, etc. I wonder, which would be the correct translation of the word "verbose" in Spanish?...
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Translation of “Take ___ for granted”

I have heard this phrase a lot of times before in forms like: Take (anything) for granted. Don't take (anything) for granted. I'm not sure about how to translate it: Dar (algo) por ...
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Names of children's games

There are many children's games that are played throughout many parts of the world. Do the following games exist in Spanish-speaking countries, and, if so, what are they called? (I found many of these ...
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Translating “How long does it take to get from <here> to <there>?”

What is the most natural and common way to ask how much time it takes to get from one location to another? For example: How long does it take to get from Guadalajara to Mexico City? How long does it ...
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Interjection for “Can you believe this?”

I'm trying to find a fitting Spanish interjection to use for "Can you believe this?", e.g. in the following sentence: Can you believe this? They left without paying! It seems that "¡Vaya!" ("¡...
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Placement of adjectives in Spanish [duplicate]

I know that in Spanish adjectives go after the nouns which they describe, as opposed to English where adjectives go before. So it is correct to say "la casa roja" in Spanish as "the red house" in ...
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How would a US-teenage boy address his mom?

I'm writing a novel. One of the characters is a U. S. born teenage boy (living in Texas) whose mother is Mexican. Which of the following words would be more suitable for the boy to address his mom ...
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Best translation of “binoculars”: gemelos, binoculares, or prismáticos

Wiktionary lists three possible translations for "binoculars": gemelos binoculares prismáticos Google translate prefers binoculares, but also offers prismáticos as an alternative. Which is the ...
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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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¿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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“significado” vs. “significación”

When would one use significado and when significación? What are the nuances of meaning of these two?
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How are subscripts and superscripts read in Spanish?

How should I pronounce subscripts and superscripts when read in Spanish mathematics? For example, how should I say "A1" and "A1"?
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Do I use “pelo” or “pelos”?

In German you say "sich die Haare schneiden". You use the plural of hair in this case, on the other hand in English you say "to cut hair", you use the singular. How is it handled in Spanish? "cortar ...
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What's the most appropriate way to stop someone on the street and ask if they speak English?

I learned I can do it in following ways: ¿Disculpe, hablas tú inglés? ¿Disculpe, tú hablas inglés? ¿Disculpe, habla usted inglés? ¿Disculpe, usted habla inglés? ¿Disculpe, hablas inglés? ¿...
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What do Chingón and Chinga mean?

What is the difference between Chingón and Chinga? Are they both bad words in Mexico?
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Extensión y origen de “orto”

Últimamente he visto cada vez más extendido en Colombia el término orto para referirse a las partes traseras de una persona. Originalmente lo escuchaba sólo de argentinos. Siempre asumí que venía de ...
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La diferencia entre “He” y “Hay”

What is the difference between He and Hay? I always hear the phrase Hay mucha información but I just saw the phrase He aquí algunos gráficos.... ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre he y hay? Por ejemplo, ...
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“Leading him/her on” in Spanish?

In English, the phrase "leading him/her on" indicates suggesting, by word or deed, a romantic (or sexual) interest that isn't really there. Examples: I thought she liked me, but she was just ...
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¿Es verdad que la palabra 'alrededor' tiene el origen árabe?

Me interesa si ¿la palabra 'alrededor' (o 'al rededor') tiene el origen árabe? ¿Sabeis otras palabras con el mismo origen?
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The act of getting a manicure?

I know that the person who does your nails is a "manicurista" but I don't know the conjugation for getting a manicure. For example, if I was offering to pay for my wife's manicure, I would say, "would ...
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¿Por qué “Y” en el verbo “ir” para “YENDO”?

¿Por qué el Gerundio del verbo ir, es el único que se escribe con Y? e.g. ir iré iba ido ¿yendo?
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why does my book say “Los tacos son ricos”?

I came across the usage "los tacos son ricos"? Does that mean that they are rich instead of tasting good? Is this correct? I thought that one had to use estar in this context.
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Why does spanish have three different command forms (positive/negative tú, usted)

Unlike english, Spanish seems to have have commands whose form depends on both the type (affirmative/negative) and also the person (tú, usted, ustedes). While the construction of the affirmative tú ...
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¿Qué propósito tiene el acento en una pregunta? (dónde, qué, cuándo, etc.)

He aprendido palabras como donde, cuando, que y como que se escribe sin acento en algunos casos. Pero se escribe esas palabras (y otras más) con acento cuando están usadas en una pregunta y algunos ...
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Triste y alegre a la vez

¿Tenemos en español alguna palabra que exprese un estado de tristeza y alegría simultáneas? Por ejemplo: un padre en la boda de su hija siente tristeza porque su hija se va, pero también alegría por ...
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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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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 respond to “saludos a todos”

What is the correct response when someone says to you Saludos a todos
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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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The use of “está” in the given sentence

The rice lacks salt. To my understanding I translated the above sentence into El arroz escaso de sal. However, it turned out to be incorrect as I was practicing the spanish grammar. The ...
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¿Qué quiere decir “comer la oreja” a alguien?

En conversaciones coloquiales se oye con frecuencia la expresión "comer la oreja" a alguien. ¿Cuál es su significado exacto? Yo la entiendo en el castellano de España como "intentar seducir a alguien"...
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Verbs ending in “-ed”

What kind of conjugation is it when a verb ends in: "-ed", such as "tened," "ved," or "coged" What does it make the word mean/how is it used (in what context)? (Just for the record, I've seen ...
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«Adónde» vs «Adonde»

Empezar con un fin en mente significa comenzar con una clara comprensión de su destino. Significa saber adónde se está yendo, de modo que se pueda comprender mejor dónde se está, y dar siempre los ...
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Es correcto usar la palabra “Apóstola” para referirse a una mujer que es “Apóstol”?

Quisiera saber si es correcto aplicar el genero femenino a un sustantivo como "apóstol" dejando la palabra como "apóstola" que se entendería es una mujer que actúa como "apóstol". Es similar al caso ...
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Posición de la palabra nunca en una frase

Ayer estaba viendo el informativo y dijeron esta frase: Hollande es el presidente más impopular que nunca ha tenido Francia. Quizá es que yo no lo uso de esa manera, pero la palabra nunca en esa ...
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Spanish for “sink”

I have come across at least 2 words: pila and fregadero. Do they really mean exactly the same thing or are there any subtle differences? Can they also be used for the washbowl that is not in the ...
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Bauwagen en español: Como es la palabra para un tipo de remolque o trailer de vivienda temporal

En varios idiomas hay una palabra especifica para un remolque o trailer de vivienda temporal para los trabajadores, cerca de construcción que muchas veces tambien se usan como caravana (en sitios que ...
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Periférico de sonido en inglés?

English I was working on a neighbor's computer the other day and, they thought that the speakers weren't working. But, it was actually the "periférico de sonido" that wasn't working. At least that's ...
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Querer vs Amar & Adorar

The words amar and querer according to RAE are synonyms; however, in Colombia, at least, amar is considered a stronger feeling, a highest level of love, if you can say that. For example, I can tell a ...

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