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¿Por qué la gente se ríe cuando me presento como “Fénix, como el ave”?

Mi nombre es Fénix — muy raro aún en inglés. Cuando me presento a la gente en Suramérica, a menudo se malinterpreta mi nombre como "Felix". Entonces, me he acostumbrado presentarme así: "Soy Fénix, ...
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Magister Scientiarum en Ciencias

Acabo de leer un currículum vítae de un venezolano que indica el siguente título académico: "Magister Scientiarum en Ciencias". ¿Cuál es su equivalente en inglés? Presumo que sería equivalente a un ...
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“Se me ha pasado de volada” - ¿Mal dicho?

Una amiga en México siempre me decía que andaba tan ocupada que el tiempo «se le había pasado de volada». Entiendo el significado implicado pero al realizar una búsqueda en Google (Al Googlearlo ...
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2answers
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The use of present subjunctive

It is certain that you will find a secretary who can use a computer. The first part es cierto indicates that there is no use of subjunctive. The part I have problem with is the part that says ...
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How do I say “You're making me hungry?”

A friend was describing some food she's making. I wanted to say "You're making me hungry" or "That makes me hungry." What's the proper way to say this? My first thought was to say something like: ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “no te vayas” y “no te vayas a ir”?

Si hay alguna diferencia en sentido o situaciones cuando se aplica. He recibido "no te vayas a ir" de mi amiga (de Colombia) pero no estoy seguro como hay que interpretar esta frase.
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“Te tengo que decir adiós” o “tengo a decir adiós”

¡Buenas, amigos! Yo tengo una pregunta, yo escucho una canción, y algunas palabras son: "Te tengo que decir adios" ¿Cómo? Al decir "I have to say goodbye" en español, ¿por qué no dice "yo ...
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How prevalent is the phrase “qué padre”?

Here in Mexico, the slang phrase qué padre (or various forms such as muy padre, etc) are quite common, with the meaning "how cool". Is this just Mexican slang, or do other regions use the same ...
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El uso de «se» en «se llevó los niños a rezar»

¿Qué significa el se en esta frase? Siempre didáctico, hizo [Melquíades] una sabia exposición sobre las virtudes diabólicas del cinabrio. Úrsula no le hizo caso, sino que se llevó los niños a ...
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Spanish for “spoon” in Venezuela and Guatemala

I know spoon is cuchara in Spanish. But I have also read that cuchara is a vulgar slang term for vagina in countries like Venezuela, Guatemala, and El Salvador. My question is what's the word one ...
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Spanish for “brass”

What's the difference between latón and azófar? Both are given by Google as the Spanish for brass. Is there any regional variation in usage? What's the preferred word in daily speech if at all they ...
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Is there a difference between “claro” and “por supuesto”?

Both "claro" (or "claro que sí") and "por supuesto" appear to be used to say 'of course' in one way or another. Are there any differences in how they are used? Is one formal and the other informal? ...
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When to use indefinite article?

I learned from my teacher that indefinite articles (un, una) are used only before modified nouns, that is nouns followed by adjectives. Does this apply to definite articles (el, la)? Another ...
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Etymology of “receta”

Both receta and recipe descend from a common Latin source, receptus. And receptus is the past participle of recipiō, which means to take or receive. This Latin word also evolved into receipt of ...
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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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Origin of the name “Jesucristo”

The name Jesus translates simply as Jesús, and Christ as Christo. So why is Jesus Christ translated as Jesucristo rather than Jesús Cristo or Cristo Jesús? Google gives me a plethora of explanations ...
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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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Interpretaciòn de “I flatten out on my belly” [closed]

Estoy leyendo Los juegos del hambre en Inglés y en una parte del libro dice: I flatten out on my belly and slide under a two-foot stretch that’s been loose for years. Entiendo lo que quiere ...
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1answer
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Spanish for ceiling fan

Wordreference gives abano as the Spanish for a ceiling fan and ventilador for table fan. However, when I looked up abano in Google Image search (my favorite visual way of finding out the meanings of ...
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“Thankfully” in Spanish?

Would it be correct to say, Hoy es llueve, salvos afortunadamente, manana es hace sol. when trying to say Today is rainy, but thankfully tomorrow is sunny. If not, what would I say ...
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¿Qué significa “sacalepuntas” en México?

He oido esta expresión en México. Por ejemplo: Jorge anda muy sacalepuntas. ¿Cuál es su signficado? ¿Por qué?
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¿Cómo se dice “brass fastener” en español?

Tengo estos alfileres (más fotos): En inglés, lo llamamos un "brass fastener", "brad", o "split pin". ¿Cómo se llama en español?
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¿Existe “decrementar” en español?

Lo he escuchado y leído mucho, sobre todo en entornos informáticos, pero me da la sensación de que es una mala traducción de "decrease". ¿Alguien podría confirmarlo? Gracias
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“Today” and “Tomorrow” with the weather

I am trying to say Today is cold and raining, but thankfully tomorrow is sunny and a little bit cloudy. Would this be correct? Hoy es hace frio y llueve, pero por suerte mañana va a hace ...
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Are there any studies regarding the future viability of the inverted question mark (¿)?

I guess that Internet is a very powerful catalyst in the evolution of languages. This evolution, however, not always takes place to please everybody. For example, I estimated, analyzing some of my ...
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¿Cómo darme cuenta si alguien me esta albureando?

Tengo una idea de lo que es el albur, pero aún batallo mucho con saber si alguien me esta albureando. ¿Cómo puedo darme cuenta si una persona me esta albureando? ¿Cuáles son las maneras más comunes ...
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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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Si quiero mantener un juicio neutro, ¿debo usar “los que somos hábiles” o “los que son hábiles”?

Esta duda surge de la conjugación diferente de la primera y tercera personas del plural en español, la cual no está presente algunos idiomas. Supóngase que estoy hablando con una persona de confianza ...
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¿Qué significan “agora” y “aplico arenas” en este soneto de Quevedo?

En una pregunta reciente apareció el siguiente tautograma: Antes alegre andaba, agora apenas alcanzó alivio, ardiendo aprisionado; armas a Antandra aumento acobardado; aire abrazo, agua ...
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¿Cuál es la relación entre el vino de manzanilla y la infusión de manzanilla?

Siempre me he preguntado por la razón por la que estos dos términos parecen coincidir, hasta el punto de que "Me he tomado un vaso de manzanilla" resulta completamente ambiguo.
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I want to buy a medicine

Today (during a spanish lesson I was doing on my computer) I was presented with: Quiero comprar una medicina And its translation as I want to buy a medicine The english translation is ...
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Question about “bottle of water”

I'm trying to figure out how to say "a bottle of water" and I've found that it is botella de agua. But occasionally the dictionaries also have the word la cantimplora. So is that just a canteen or ...
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¿Cuál es la etimología de “sin embargo”?

La frase "sin embargo" se traduce como "however" en inglés, pero no la entiendo. La palabra "sin" significa "without", y la palabra "embargo" significa "ban" o lo mismo que la palabra inglesa ...
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Veinte y * vs. Veinti*

Which is more commonly used to say twenty-two? veinte y dos or veintidós I know for numbers above 30 that the first example is always the case. I am also wondering about 16-19.
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How do you describe a slight right/left turn (bearing left or right)?

When giving directions in English, we typically say "turn" to mean a full 90 degree (more or less) turn, but a shallow turn can be a "slight left/right" and we might say something like "bear right at ...
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Why does Latin America not lisp consonants, having learned from Spain?

I am referring to the sounds of "z" and the soft "c". Latin America learned Spanish from Spain. So why do they not lisp consonants, having learned from Spanish people? Did Latin America somehow ...
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What is the implied subject in these weather statements?

This question got me thinking about phrases such as: Hace frio. Está lloviendo. In English, these are phrased as "It is cold" or "It is raining"--"It" is the subject. In Spanish the ...
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Equivalent of “doch” (German) or “jo” (Norwegian) in Spanish dialects

English There's a very useful word in German, Norwegian and other languages that's used to respond to negative questions in a way that the contrary of the question is expressed. Example: - Hast ...
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¿Como se contestan preguntas que llevan un “no” al inicio?

El español es mi idioma nativo, pero siempre he tenido esta duda, por ejemplo, si yo le pregunto a alguien: ¿Tienes frío? Esta persona podría contestar Sí. No. Sí, si tengo frío. No, no tengo ...
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How come “chulada” in Spain is almost an antonym from it's meaning in Guatemala and Mexico?

I just find utterly curious that chulada has almost opposite meanings depending on the country. chulada. (De chulo). f. Acción indecorosa, propia de gente de mala educación o ruin ...
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¿Cuál es la traducción de “semantic range” a español?

Estoy cambiando muchos tags de inglés a español, pero encontré uno (semantic-range) que no sé, y Wikipedia no tiene la respuesta. Google Translate dice alcance semántico Pero no tengo confianza ...
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Análisis sentimental

Investigando un poco sobre el análisis automático de textos, me interesó mucho esta parte de "análisis sentimental" (sentimental analysis / opinion mining). Me gustaría profundizar algo más en el tema ...
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Traducir “oro en paño” [closed]

¿Cómo se traduciría la frase "guardar como oro en paño" a inglés? No quiero una traducción literal sino una expresión que captura las sensaciones de la frase original. Los hilos de WordReference dan ...
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'vos' vs 'tú' usage by country

I lived for a while in Bolivia, and I noticed some people used "vos" instead of "tú" as the second person familiar singular pronoun. Which countries use "vos" instead of "tú", and are there any that ...
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Where did “pico de gallo” get its name?

Does pico de gallo (the type of salsa) literally translate as "rooster's beak"? If so, where did it get that name, and how does that describe the salsa?
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“Chinga” - common slang? Origin?

I've heard the Spanish slang word "chinga" used in several popular movies/tv shows, as well as by other Spanish speakers, as the English word "f*ck". My friend denies the notion, saying "chinga" is ...
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The meaning of “¿Cuántos meses tienes tu bebé?”

The questions comes from a Duolingo discussion. The sentence in that discussion is "¿Cuántos meses tiene tu bebé?" and the accepted answer is "How many months old is your baby?" or "How old is your ...
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Translating “by the time”

Consider the following translation: Hasta que tomé la píldora no se me quitó el dolor. Until I took the pill, the pain did not go away. Now, this Wikipedia article on Mexican Spanish says ...
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Género para “The TARDIS”

En una pregunta ya contestada anteriormente, Why do Spanish words have gender?, se decía que es muy subjetivo asignar un género a una palabra extranjera que se integra al español. Si en la lengua ...
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Bonita, linda, hermosa, bella, and guapa: what's the difference?

I've seen all of these used to mean 'pretty', although 'hermosa' seems to mean beautiful and 'guapa' seems to mean handsome. Are there any subtle differences them? For instance, in English being ...

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