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Pronouncing a person's name according to our mood

I have heard that in spanish, when people usually call each other by their names, they change the names according to their mood. For example, a person named Carlos can be referred to as Carlitos or ...
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What is the history of the “personal a”?

What is the historical origin of the "personal a" in Spanish? Examples of the personal a: George sees Mary. -> Jorge ve a María. I see the waitress. -> Veo a la mesera. But with the exact ...
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Does the exclamation mark denote anger when used with a command?

I want to make it clear that I intend "Pasa la aspiradora en el dormitorio"" to mean "You, vacuum the bedroom" instead of "He vacuums the bedroom". Adding ¡! around the sentence would certainly turn ...
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Difference between “acaso” and “quizá”

I understand that both Quizá and Acaso are translated to "Perhaps" or "Maybe" in English. Is there any difference between these two words in Spanish, other than quizá being apparently more common? Or ...
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Translation of “to wind (a rope, hose, string, cord, etc.)”

The other questions about "wind" got me thinking about it's normal verb use. To "wind" something is to wrap it in circles, either around an object or simply making a coil. For this use, it looks like ...
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Preferred word for 'T-shirt'

Which word is more commonly used to refer to 't-shirt', remera or camiseta?
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When should we use articles before nouns and when are articles not required?

In Spanish sentences, I have seen that most times an article is used before the noun. But sometimes an article is not used. I am referring to articles such as el,la,los,las,un,una,unos,unas (those ...
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Usage of pero vs sino

I am new to Spanish and was wondering when I need to use 'pero' in a sentence vs 'sino'. I have seen both these words used in sentences and I am confused on when to use which.
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Watch TV Show with English or lower quality Spanish Subtitles

To help improve my Spanish, I plan on watching a TV show I know really well in English with Spanish audio. I have English subtitles that match the video really well and Spanish subtitles that have ...
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¿Cuándo se utiliza 'creía' en el mismo sentido como 'supongo'?

Mi amigo de España me escribió la siguiente frase: El código, con el que haces las prácticas, es tan fácil de leer que de escribir. Creía que despues de pasar el exámen para entrar en el trabajo ...
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¿Alguien me podría explicar qué rol tiene el ‘si’ en la conversación a continuación?

¿Alguien me podría explicar qué rol tiene el ‘si’ en la conversación a continuación? -Tengo un hambre que me comería una vaca -Pero, por favor, si acabamos de desayunar Además de contestar mi ...
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Meaning of “me suena mejor”

I've seen it in a few places now, most recently in this comment: a mi también me suena mejor, pero la RAE no tiene "acción de solicitar" como un significado de "solicitud" I googled suena and ...
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El significado de “nunca nadie”

La combinación "Nunca nadie" significa que nunca hay alguien, al menos así lo usa la gente... Pero el significado gramatical será lo contrario, ¿verdad? ¿O hay alguna regla gramatical que dice que los ...
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Definition of “burris”

What is the meaning of burris? RAE and Google are no help. It seems to be a very slang term, and from context it relates to humor or sarcasm. It may be a Mexican term.
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How do you conjugate the first-person imperative? [duplicate]

In English, you can command yourself for encouragement. For example, when you're lifting weights in the gym, you can yell at yourself, "Focus! Come on! Do it!". However, in Spanish, the first-person ...
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Word usage: “estar inquieto” y “estar preocupado”

Is there any difference between "estar inquieto" y "estar preocupado"? Are they referring to different degrees of worry? Update: (Could you please verify the differences in meaning between the ...
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What is the difference between “congestión del tráfico” and “congestión de tráfico”?

What is the difference between these? congestión del tráfico. congestión de tráfico. Thank you in advance!
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Exact meaning of “natural de” in a curriculum vitae?

In a Spanish-language curriculum vitae, I came across the item Natural de:, which I don't understand. It is in the "Personal Data" section (Datos personales).
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“a” personal en “Yo les presento a mi novio a mis padres”?

Estaba viendo la pregunta sobre el "a" personal y empecé a estudiar un poco el asunto. Me quedé con la duda, que pasa con la "a" personal en caso de que se agregue a un objeto indirecto. Pensé en ...
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¿Cómo se pronuncia RAE?

En el lenguaje hablado, ¿cómo se pronuncia las siglas RAE (Real Academia Española)? ¿Es con letras separadas, como si fuera una palabra unida, o algo más?
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En esta oración ¿cuáles son las funciones sintácticas?

No tienes derecho a afearles que hayan incumplido todas sus promesas electorales Identifico "tienes" como el núcleo del predicado (el verbo principal de la oración principal) y "derecho" como ...
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Can “desprenderse” be used to imply the English phrase “to give off”?

English: He "gives off" a strange vibe. Español: Él se "desprende" extraño.
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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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What's the meaning of “carne mechada”?

My friend and I were discussing 'carne mechada' - I've only ever heard the word in conversation and I thought it meant 'mixed' but according to our google searching it's a little more specific. Can ...
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Identifying masculine and feminine words

Are there any tips to quickly identify words in Spanish as 'male' or 'female'? I am a new learner and have trouble with this.
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When to use “tratar de” and when to use “intentar” for “to try to”?

Spanish has three words that can translate to English to try. Probar is easy to remember because it's used for sample or taste, like: Have you ever tried tacos el pastor? But I never know when ...
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Use of “Veni”? Is it a real word?

I was teaching a high school Spanish class, and a student (who was raised in Texas, but has Mexican relatives) told me that he has heard "veni" instead of "viene". I'd like to know if this is ...
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Historical pronunciation of letters “b” and “v”

In another question, a Wikipedia article was quoted saying: The letters ⟨b⟩ and ⟨v⟩ were originally simply known as be and ve. However, there is no longer any distinction between the sounds of ...
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Word usage: difference between “bailar” and “danzar”

Is there any difference between "bailar" and "danzar"?
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Gramatica: if the sentence is correctly written [closed]

Could you please advise if the following sentence is correctly written? La señal advierte al público que las fuertes lluvias probablemente trajeron consigo seria inundación de carretera y ...
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How to translate “if any”?

I'm translating a text and have a doubt. It says: Please add a copy of [some specific papers] (if any). I could mix up the sentence and say: "Si existen [...], añade una copia, por favor." But ...
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What is the ingredient “royal”?

I bought a cake like snack in Costa Rica called Gato Guayaba. I was trying to figure out what was in it, so I read the following ingredients list: Ingredientes: Margarina, huevos, royal, azùcar, ...
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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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What is the meaning of “palabra” in this context?

I came across this sentence while reading, and the use of 'palabra' doesn't make sense to me: Y no es que quiera irme; palabra. Although it brings up connotations of the very slang usage of word ...
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How is the placement of this prepositional phrase grammatical?

I'm re-reading La Vida Inútil de Pito Pérez, this time making extra effort to understand the all the words and grammar, and I'm stumped in the second paragraph already, which is describing his ...
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Speakers' location in determining venir vs. ir

In English, we use the word "come" very loosely (at least in day-to-day spoken English): Want to come over to my place later? Can I come over to your house for New Years'? Can you come meet me at ...
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Paisaje de siempre

I read a line the other day in Almudi.org that said Mi paisaje de siempre visto desde otra perspectiva the latter part means 'seen from another perspective'. I can't quite figure out what could ...
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Duda entre “sino” y “si no”

Hace poco he leído un libro donde se empleaba el sino. Al principio pensaba que era un error de ortografía, pero me resulta un poco extraño que se equivocaron en poner sino y no separado si no. ...
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How to translate “I can't wait…”

A literal translation always falls flat, and confuses people (I've learned this the hard way). I can't wait [to see the movie] => No puedo esperar [a ver la pelicula] This always leaves the ...
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Palabra correcta para describir la “acción de solicitar”

¿Cuál es la palabra correcta para describir la "acción de solicitar", según la RAE? ¿"Solicitación"?
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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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The letter “k” in Spanish

The letter "k" is rarely seen in Spanish. What is the origin of Spanish words containing a k? Are most recent loanwords from modern languages, influences from older languages (Latin or Greek), or of ...
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Why does saber mean both “to know” and “to taste”?

Español Cuando aprendía español, estaba muy confundido cuando aprendí que saber significa "to know" y "to taste". Los dos verbos en inglés me parecen muy diferentes. ¿Cómo puede ser esto? ¿Cuál es la ...
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Does indirect speech in Spanish require changes in tense, mood, etc?

In German you have to use different moods, in English different tenses for verbs to mark indirect speech (speech where you are saying what was said or expressed): He said that he had painted the ...
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American style TV shows in Spanish [closed]

Are there American style TV shows that could be used to practice listening Spanish. By American style I mean Each episode around 30 minutes in length Although it helps to watch them in sequence, ...
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What is a good, original Spanish childrens novel to help learn grammar and vocab? [closed]

I want to find a Spanish book that I can read to help practice my grammar and vocabulary. I've only done about a year of evening classes for adults, but I can read sites like BBC Mundo and have a ...
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“Quick brown fox…” equivalent in Spanish?

In typing classes in English, it is common to learn to type the sentence: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Because it contains every letter of the alphabet at least once. Is there ...
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¿Es redundante la expresión “suele ser frecuente”?

Español He oído a menudo la expresión “suele ser frecuente”. ¿Es redundante? ¿Suena bien a pesar de la redundancia? ¿O bien suena mal y sería mejor decir solo “es frecuente”? Por ejemplo: Suele ...
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¿Es correcto abreviar “visto bueno ” como “VoBo.”?

Muchas veces he visto que lo abrevian así por ejemplo dentro de la compañía donde trabajo, sin embargo no sé si realmente es correcto. Actualización: Lo que me parece extraño de la abreviación es ...
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Names of letters “b” and “v”

The letters b and v have several possible names in Spanish. Is there an official, language academy-sponsored name for these letters? If not, what are the most common and standard names?

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