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¿Cuál es el origen del modismo “es equis” para decir que algo no es malo ni bueno, sino “más o menos”?

Una amiga de Monterrey, México a veces dice "Ah, es equis" para decir que no le apasiona cierta cosa. Ejemplo: A: ¿Te gustan los tacos que se venden en la esquina? B: Meeh... son equis. ...
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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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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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Using “datos” to refer to specific points

Hay tres datos extremos (uno en 20mm y dos en 21mm) en la tabla The "datos" in the above sentence refers to are extreme data values. However, doesn't "datos" refer to a group of data points? If we ...
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Le estamos atendiendo

He oído muchas veces en las grabaciones que ponen al tenerte en espera en una llamada telefónica como a un Call Center que dicen "Por favor espere, le estamos atendiendo", creo que está equivocado ...
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Capitalization of 'LL'

When capitalizing, such as in a song title, which is the proper form of capitalization? I have seen both: LLueve en Mi Llueve en Mi
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Why is “missing” added to waiting in Spanish?

In Perú we say "me falta esperar 10 minutos", in United States we do not say "I am missing waiting 10 minutes". Why is "falta/missing" added in Peruvian Spanish? Or conversely, why in American English ...
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Is “performance” a common word in spanish IT terminology?

While reading a spanish-language article on some client-side topics, I was surprised to read following passage: La gente de Microsoft hizo un excelente artículo (con una gran demo incluida), donde ...
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In referring to a website's appearance, how would I say Skin or Theme?

What the title says, pretty much. This is for a website with a formal tone.
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When is “me encanta” romantic?

I have heard that me gusta usually has a romantic connotation when referring to people (as opposed to just saying that you get along well with someone). What about me encanta? Does it always have ...
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Translating “to wind up (doing something)”

In informal English, we use the phrase "to wind up" to describe the final state of a situation, after all is said and done. For example: How did you wind up moving to Kansas after growing up in ...
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Other spanish synonyms to “Banana”

I remember reading in high school that the word la banana is actually a different word in several different countries. Is this true? If so what are the other similar/equivalent Spanish words for la ...
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bastante: enough or too much?

I have seen bastante translated as enough, plenty, or even too much. What range of meanings does bastante have? How can you determine whether it means just enough or too much?
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Responding to an apology (no problem, don't worry about it, etc.)

What are the common ways of responding to an apology? In English, if someone says "Sorry I didn't/couldn't do (whatever)" (or simply bumps into you accidentally and says "sorry") we'd say things like: ...
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What is “surime”?

I've been trawling through my collection of interesting Spanish words and found one more wich is not in the DRAE, Wiktionary, Larousse Gran Diccionario, Wikipedia, or Google Translate. surime My ...
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Is “cosas que [infinitive]” a special construction?

English A friend asked me today if this phrase was a special construction or if it had a name: Tengo una misión que cumplir The construction being [noun] que [infinitive]. Now, I coudn't really ...
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What is the best translation for “Slice” as in “I ate two slices of cake.”

What is the best way to say "I ate two slices of cake."? What should be used for slice? Pedazo, trozo, rebanada, parte...
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Meaning of “en + infinitive” in “en explorar”

What is this phrase en explorar in the following sentence? Los primeros europeos en explorar la región del actual Illinois fueron misioneros franceses. I would have thought you would say que ...
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Taqueria La Michoacana — what's the significance?

What does this construction mean and what are it's limits? Why isn't it Taqueria de la Michoacana? Is this a common way of naming things?
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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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¿“Darse de alta a xxxx” o “Darse de alta en xxxxx”?

Cual es la forma correcta para decir las frases "darse de alta en Facebook", o "darse de alta al grupo de discusión". ¿Hay alguna regla de uso?
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How is the second person singular formed with rioplatense “vos”?

English I learned my Spanish in Spain, some years ago. Now I am visiting Uruguay and Argentina and coming across the usage of the pronoun vos, and its corresponding different formation of the second ...
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Scientific concept into spanish issue

I have the definition of a mathematical model in english and I have translated it, but I do not think is correct, I can not figure it out how to translate a littel part of it... can you please ...
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When do you not conjugate verbs?

One of my homework assignments asks the following questions, and I'm wondering why the verbs aren't conjugated. ¿Vivir en el desierto o vivir en el centro de una ciudad grande? ¿Tener una ...
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Ways used to refer to another person? [closed]

English Ways used to refer to another person besides the following: Huevon Chavon Chavo Loco Tio Chico Compadre Could somebody point where and how each word could be used ...
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Translation for the adjective “haunting” (as in “a haunting melody”)

What is the best Spanish translation for the English adjective "haunting" (as in "a haunting melody")? WordReference gives three options: evocador, inquietante and inolvidable. Do any of these really ...
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Translation of “thank goodness” or “whew!”

In English, if a bad situation seems imminent but is finally avoided, we might reply with an interjection like "Thank goodness!" or "Whew!". I know "Thank goodness!" has several possible translations ...
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Translation of “be nice” (said to children)

In English, if children are misbehaving, someone might correct them by saying, "Be nice!" How is this normally said in Spanish?
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Translation of “ni modo”

The phrase ni modo is used in many varieties of Spanish to mean many different things. What are its possible meanings? Which meaning is most common (i.e. which meaning would you assume if ni modo was ...
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Are nonsensical lyrics common in Spanish lyrics?

Based on the answer given to my other question, I'd like to know if it's common to have completely nonsensical lyrics in Spanish music. I know English music has some ridiculous lyrics, but generally ...
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Jumping between pronunciations of “y” in Spanish songs

I've heard a few songs (off the top of my head, A Dios Le Pido) where they pronounce "y" both with a y-sound and an English j-sound at times. In some songs, the different pronunciations occur when ...
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“Dale pues” in Nicaraguan Spanish

In Nicaragua, the phrase "dale pues" is very frequently used. What does the phrase mean, and in what contexts can it be used?
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Translating “have been doing something” into everyday Spanish

Consider the following construction: I have been learning German for two years. I have learned the following ways to translate this sentence and they seem to all mean the same thing despite ...
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Antiquated uses of haber

Today, someone told me that haber can be used to indicate possession, apparently because in early Spanish haber was used to mean tener. They gave the specific example of: Hemos un bocadillo (We have ...
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Nombre del símbolo # en varios países

Varias veces, en publicidad radial o televisiva en Colombia, escucho que llaman a ese símbolo como hashtag. Yo lo conozco como numeral, pero estoy seguro que así no se le llama en otros países. ¿Qué ...
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What's the position of the tongue when speaking 'l' at the end of a word?

I want to know where I should put my tongue at last when speak words like 'fidel', 'mundial','al'' international'. the position of tip of my tongue should be on the upper teeth, or gum ridge or ...
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What does “chupa de boda” mean?

What does chupa de boda mean in context of Rafael Pombo El renacuajo paseador poem? El hijo de rana, Rinrín renacuajo Salió esta mañana muy tieso y muy majo Con pantalón corto, corbata a la ...
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División en sílabas de palabras con -tl- (atlas, atleta etc.)

¿Cómo se separan en sílabas las palabras que tienen la secuencia de consonantes tl entre vocales? Por ejemplo: atlas: ¿at-las o a-tlas? atleta: ¿at-le-ta o a-tle-ta? decatlón: ¿de-cat-lón o ...
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Is there an expression for “turn of phrase” in Spanish?

Something with a little more of the poetic flavor of "turn of phrase" than, say, "forma de hablar" (manner of speaking / figure of speech) or "expresión", that is. To clarify, I'm thinking of this ...
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Simple preterit and imperfect preterit connotations of “saber”

I need some refreshing on the differences between preterit and imperfect preterit tenses of the verb saber. I understand the following connotations: saber -- To know (or to taste) sé, sabes, sabe ...
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What's the difference between “guardar” and “mantener”?

What's the difference between "guardar" and "mantener"? The English I want to translate is "Help us to keep a good sense of humor." The verb to translate is "keep".
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¿Cómo se forma el plural de números escritos con dígitos?

¿Cuál es la forma correcta de pluralizar los números escritos con dígitos? Ejemplo: Me pagan los (días) 15 y 30 (de cada mes). Quisiera saber cómo pluralizar los números, para poder omitir las ...
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¿Es una grosería decir “chíngalo”?

¿Quieres ver la televisión? ¡Chíngalo! Vamos al cine. ¿Sería una ofensa decir "chíngalo" en donde se hable español?
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Cómo se traduce apropiadamente “Bump a thread”?

Cuando se habla de "Bump" en el contexto de foros, por ejemplo, se asocia al hecho de hacer que una conversación pase a estar como recientemente modificada, y por ende, primera en el listado. Que ...
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How do you use “alguna que otra cosa” in context?

How do you use "alguna que otra cosa" in context? What does this phrase mean?
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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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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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Geographical distribution and use of “Enhorabuena”

I consider myself a near-fluent Spanish speaker, having learned it primarly in Mexico. I have never heard the term "Enhorabuena" used there; of course, I realize that this doesn't mean that it isn't ...
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Venir vs. Venirse

I have noticed that the word venirse sometimes get used wrongly, so I was wonder what are some correct ways to use this word? I have listed a few example below which may or may not be correct. "I ...
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How do you translate the idiom “sound off” in Spanish?

How do you translate the idiom "sound off" in Spanish?

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