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Translation of “to talk behind someone's back”

What is the typical Spanish translation of the English idiom "to talk behind someone's back" (as in saying something bad about another person to others instead of to them directly)?
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Translating “break” (during work)

In the US, it is common for workers to take a half-hour or hour lunch break in the middle of the day, plus two ten or fifteen minute breaks in the morning and afternoon. Spanish has many words that ...
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Quotation mark usage in Spanish

In English, we have double quotation marks (") and single quotation marks ('). Spanish adds angular quotation marks (« »). What is the official rule for which type of mark should be used when in ...
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Formalidad de “Tu mujer”

So I saw this tweet on Twitter: Which for me raises the question of formality and dialect uses of "tu mujer" vs. "tu esposa". Is one more formal than the other? I ask because I know that "tu ...
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Algunas ejemplos de subjuntivo sin “que”

Entiendo cuándo usar el subjuntivo con frases como "espero que verbo subjuntivo…" y muchas frases similares. Sin embargo, estoy confuso con qué otras palabras y combinaciones lo utilizan. Por ...
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Posible origen de la frase “buen hombre”

Según tengo entendido antes se le decía despectivamente a la gente "buen hombre", como diciendo "pobre diablo", o "pobre tipo". Por ejemplo, En el libro del Quijote, cuando al hidalgo se le dice así, ...
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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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¿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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When to use indicative present and when to use subjunctive present when you order to someone?

I have encountered one problem in my Rosetta Stone program, which is expressed in the following image: Two images on the left use indicative present, while the two on the right both use subjunctive ...
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¿Por qué “tener cara” es malo? ¿Y por qué “descarado” significa lo mismo, siendo exactamente lo contrario?

Me he dado cuenta de un fenómeno curioso: tanto ser "descarado" como "tener cara", "tener cara dura", "ser un caradura" o "tener mucha cara" tiene mala connotación. ¿Acaso todo lo relacionado con la ...
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Translation of “Break” in the sentence “How was your winter break”

I always have trouble figuring out what break is in Spanish for the sentence "How was you winter break". I don't know if it break is vacaciones in this case. My guess is Como es tu invierno
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¿Cómo se llaman las primeras dos décadas del siglo?

Yo nací en los años setenta y me casé en los noventa. Mis hijos nacieron en... y ahora estamos en... Sé que no hay una respuesta única, pero ¿qué forma cómoda y correcta recomiendan para ...
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Should I use SER or ESTAR to talk about when an event takes place?

I'm trying to say that recurring events are on certain days. Since its an event, should it be a phrase with ser? Or since the events fall on certain days, do I use estar?
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Usage of porque, por qué, porqué, y por que [duplicate]

Trato de ayudarla +preposición+ no se deprima. Which form of "because" would you use to fill in the blank in the sentence to complete it?
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Why did the translator replace an actual name with a placeholder?

In "The Grapes of Wrath"/"Las Uvas de la Ira", the name Joan Crawford appears in the original (English) text. In the Spanish translation, that has been rendered as "fulana." My understanding is that: ...
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“la frase francesa” or “la frase en francés”?

In English, when referring to a sentence written in French, I could say "the French sentence" or "the sentence in French". English is not my first language, but I think those two variants can be used ...
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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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How to hispanizise (rather unknown) German toponyms with umlaut?

If one is interested in proper names in German, like München or Zürich, one easily knows the Spanish translation, and if not, one goes to Wikipedia and finds the translation. But what to do with ...
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What does “hace que” mean in this sentence?

¿Qué significa la frase hace que en la siguiente oración? Pienso que el escritor de esta oración quería decir que la profesora manda a sus estudiantes trabajar en grupos. Pero, me parece esta frase ...
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Is “colegiala” a type of flower?

A native speaker in Colombia showed me a flower and told me it was called a colegiala, but the only translation I can find is schoolgirl or female college student. Also, I haven't been able to find ...
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To “have been told”

English I am often unsure how to translate the phrase to have been told into Spanish. For example, "I have been told that...". I normally translate that phrase to "Se me ha dicho que...", but I am ...
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How can I recognize the conjugation of a verb from its infinitive?

According to this Wikipedia article, it is possible to recognize the conjugation of a Spanish verb from its infinitive. Is it possible to determine the conjugation of a verb (such as pedir, or tener, ...
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“no” + verb + “nada”

Español ¿Por qué "say nothing" en inglés se traduce como "no habla nada" en español? ¿Por qué hay una extra "no"? Otro ejemplo: "I know nothing" en inglés se traduce "Yo no sé nada" en español. ...
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¿Qué significa «En 2.° plano»?

Yo he restablecido mi iPhone hoy, y estoy restaurando la configuración. En el panel de configuración de Safari, hay una opción «Abrir enlaces» que tiene dos valores posibles: En página nueva En 2.° ...
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Comer y beber como animales

En todos los idiomas se producen comparaciones con animales para expresar que una persona come o bebe mucho. En inglés, conozco las expresiones to drink like a fish y to eat like a horse. En España ...
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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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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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Why “¿Cómo te llamas?” means “¿Cuál es tu nombre?”?

Why does "¿Cómo te llamas?" mean "¿Cuál es tu nombre?". After all, it literally means "How do you call yourself?". Yet, most of the time, you don't call yourself anything; rather, other people call ...
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What is the origin of word endings like -ducir, -vocar, -locar, -ludir, -mitir?

The word-endings -ducir, -locar, -vocar, -ludir, -mitir are quite common, each can take a lot of common prefixes to form real words, for example: conducir, producir, introducir, aducir, inducir, ...
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Board game vocabulary [closed]

What are the typical translations in Spanish for the following terms related to board games? board game board (playing) pieces deck of cards to roll the dice to move forward to move backwards to ...
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Airport baggage vocabulary

On a recent trip to a Spanish-speaking country, I realized I don't know most of the terms involved in the process of retrieving luggage at a destination airport. I thought it would make sense to ...
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Cannot use adverbs + possessives: “delante de ti” v/s “delante tuyo”

In Spanish there are some adverbs followed by de: Delante de, atrás de, en frente de, etc... When these adverbs are followed in a sentence by a declined pronoun, they are often "contracted" ...
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What suffixes are used to indicate jobs?

What suffixes are used to indicate jobs? Please provide examples.
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What does “sobadito” mean?

Here is one more food word I collected in Costa Rica: sobadito In my notes I have only written that it has some connection with food. It's from about five years ago so I don't recall anything ...
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How to translate “It's for the best”?

How does the phrase "to be for the best" translate into Spanish? My first thought was "es para lo mejor", but as this is fairly idiomatic in English I figured the translation might not be that ...
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Do “alborada”, “amanecer”, and “madrugada” refer to the same thing?

In English we have the two words "dawn" and "sunrise". But in Spanish there are three words, "alborada", "amanecer", and "madrugada". Do the three Spanish words refer to the same thing? Or is one ...
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Present subjunctive in vos form

What is the rule for conjugating verbs in the vos form in the present subjunctive? If it varies by region, what are the differences?
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Subjunctive phrase “Es difícil que”

I am currently further increasing my knowledge of subjunctive form. I recently encountered this statement" Es difícil que ella hable. I have attempted to interpret this sentence into a couple ...
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What does “se me nubló el semblante” mean in Spanish?

Google translate says: He clouded the face But I'm sure that's not the case. I think it's something someone feels when they feel pity(?) or kind of when someone stop having bad feelings for ...
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What is the meaning of “te echo”?

In episode 1 of extra en español, Lola is upset that Pablo is using her exercise bike. She yells at him: Si tocas mi bici... ¡Si tocas mi bici, te echo! ¡Te echo! ¿Me entiendes? What is the ...
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¿“Antes de nada” o “antes que nada”?

Estaba escribiendo una respuesta cuando me surgió la duda: ¿qué es más correcto, decir "antes de nada" o "antes que nada"? Fundéu menciona "antes de nada" en un artículo. Sin embargo, veo que la ...
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Why do we use señorito over señorcito, but amorcito over amorito?

I was just speaking with my Peruvian girlfriend, who told me that no one ever uses señorcito but rather señorito. But we use amorcito instead of amorito. Both words end with a stressed -or and have ...
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Subjuntivo imperfecto (use/usara)

¿Qué diferencia hay entre las siguientes expresiones? — para que lo use. — para que lo usara.
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¿Puede un punto y coma estar entre dos signos de admiración?

La respuesta parece ser positiva, pero me pregunto si hay una regla que lo justifique (o prohiba). Me refiero a oraciones del tipo: ¡primera parte; segunda parte! No sé si eso expresa la idea ...
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¿Por qué Buenos Aires se abrevia Bs. As. o B.A. y no BB.AA. como debería ser?

Las abreviación de palabras en plural se hace usando dos veces la misma letra, por ejemplo EE.UU. por Estados Unidos o II.BB. por Ingresos Brutos. ¿Por qué no se utiliza la misma regla para Buenos ...
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¿Es despectivo el uso de la palabra “individuo”?

Es despectivo decir "individuo". Por ejemplo: ¿Por qué estás hablando con ese individuo?
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Best ways to say “on short notice”?

I'm looking for idiomatic expressions (particularly from Mexico and other parts of Latin America) to say things like "Sorry for telling you about this at/on such short notice." ... that is, how do ...
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Significado de “cita telúrica”

En "Los mares del Sur", de Manuel Vázquez Montalbán: Y otras veces, cuando se enamoraba de alguien concreto, de pronto tenía la sensación de que le estaba esperando en un punto exacto de la ...
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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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¿Cuál es el gentilicio de las personas de Alaska?

¿Cuál es el gentilicio correcto para hacer referencia a las personas que viven en Alaska?

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