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When are 'me', 'te', 'os' and 'vos' used?

Yo necesito un poco de ayuda. I have just begun learning Spanish, our professor was explaining about 'me' & 'te'. I am totally confused about when you use 'me', 'te', 'os' and 'vos'. Is there ...
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Is there an equivalent idiom for “Slow and steady wins the race”?

English has an idiom: "Slow and steady wins the race." It is used to describe situations where slow, steady progress towards a goal is better than a rushed attempt to achieve things all at once (and I ...
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What is the best way to say 'value for money'?

What is the best and most frequently used way to say 'value for money' in Spanish?
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Why is “Santiago” the equivalent of “James”?

Most Spanish names are quite similar to the equivalent in English, such as: Juan = John Pedro = Peter Maria = Mary etc. But what's up with: Santiago = James ? What's the connection? How do the ...
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Graphic usage of 'el' and 'la' for television

I work for a production department where we create promo spots for movies in Spanish. My question is, if we are graphically showing phrases, such as "Bravery Lives Here" would it have to show as "La ...
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how do you pronounce “los” when conjugated?

How do you pronounce "los" when conjugated? For example, in Verlos (e.g. see them). Is it like "Los" in "lost"? Or Louhse? I know there will probably be variation, but I am trying to avoid the wrong ...
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Use of 'tú' when giving examples

In English we use the 'you' form when explaining things and giving examples e.g. 'There are lots of things to see in London for example, YOU could visit the houses of parliament...etc' In Spanish is ...
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Why use subjunctive form of a verb in this context?

Today when I was reading an article written in Spanish, I encountered the following sentense (source: ESPN.com in Argentina, titled Cerca un cambio por Josh Hamilton): Los Angelinos le debe a ...
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Origen de la conjunción copulativa “y”

Mi lengua materna es el español, hablo también francés y hace unos días estuve en Italia. Me he dado cuenta de que tanto en francés como en italiano, la principal conjunción copulativa (lease la ...
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estuve vs estaba

when do I use imperfect versus preterite for estar? I heard there are special rules here. Cuando estuve en Nueva York yo vi la Estatua de la Libertad Cuando estaba en Nueva York yo tomaba el metro ...
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Conditional or Future for Tener

I had this Spanish translation question: If you don't finish your homework you won't have dessert. This was the answer provided: Si no terminas tu tarea no tendrás postre. I interpret ...
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Verbs in parallel construction or misunderstood verb meaning?

Here is an excerpt from some text I was reading: Por un error garrafal la llamamos piña. Su verdadero nombre lo olvidamos hace más de cinco siglos en la salvaje confusión que fue las conquista de ...
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El uso de “contra” y “al” con “clamar”/The use of “contra” and “al” with “clamar”

Español Perdón for mis errors. Esto a principiante. Leí el sitio web "elpair.com," cuándo vi este titular "El exilio armenio clama contra Obama al recordar el genocidio". Pienso que él significa ...
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Más solo que la mano izquierda

Reading Vivir para contarla de Gabriel García Márquez, I have stumbled upon a strange expression: Me he quedado más solo que la mano izquierda en la ciudad desocupada. My question is: what is ...
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¿Cómo se dice “bootstrap” en castellano?

En el mundo de la informática se utiliza mucho el término bootstrap (últimamente para referirse a Twitter bootstrap). Veo que la traducción más directa es el de "lengüeta de zapatos", es decir, la ...
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Origin and usage of “¿” and “¡”

English I was wondering what the reason is that the inverted exclamation mark ¡ and the inverted question mark ¿ were introduced into the Spanish language and not into most other languages. Any ...
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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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How do you say tabloid and broadsheet journalism in Spanish?

What are some examples of tabloid and broadsheet newspapers in Spain? And also does 'la prensa del corazón' refer to tabloid journalism or other forms of journalism?
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How is the letter 's' (or the /s/ sound) pronounced in Spain?

I've heard varying things regarding the pronunciation of the 's' sound in Spain. However, no one was willing/able to explain this to me. How is the 's' sound pronounced in Spain compared to its ...
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Is “me gustas” ever right?

We have been taught that gustar is an unusual verb and that you only ever use gusta or gustan depending on whether you like singular or plural things. Would you use "me gustas" to say "I like you"?
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origin of the velar “rr” sound in Puerto Rico

I have always wondered the existence, alone in Puerto Rico of all Spanish language countries, of the VELAR "rr" sound, similar to a common pronunciation seen in French (as in the word "Paris"). ...
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What would be the direct translation of “aunque” in this sentence

El escorpión de Corteza de Arizona vive en los desiertos porque sus capas de grasa lo mantienen hidratado aunque se esconde debajo de cobijos como rocas o hojarasca en pleno día. Is the direct ...
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Use of ¿? in the Following Sentence

En la siguiente oración, ¿debe tener "¿?" para la última parte? Para empezar la lección, la profesora levanta una gran bolsa de corazones de caramelo y le pregunta a los niños, en su experiencia ...
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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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When to use the article “el” with infinitives in Spanish?

What is the difference between, for example, "el comer" and just "comer" when used as a noun? The case I'm thinking of would use a gerund in English. For example, El comer chuches antes de cenar ...
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Pretéritos fuertes desusados

¿Cuáles son los verbos que en el período medieval o áurico tenía formas fuertes (pretérito irregular al que corresponden las terminaciones -e, -iste, -o, -imos, -isteis, -(i)eron en la modernidad)? ...
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How to translate “I practice swimming”?

In English, we say "I swim" and "I practice swimming" or "I am swimming". I want to know how to say "I practice swimming" in Spanish. ...
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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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El Tigre - slang meaning?

When I was in the Dominican, I heard men referred to as 'tigres'... I took it to mean that they were flirts, but I never really got a good definition. Can anyone explain how calling a man a tigre ...
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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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Otras formas de decir “mesh”

He oido la palabra "reticulado" en ambientes de ingeniería y matemáticas refiriéndose a elementos finitos. Una vez escuché una investigación en donde utilizaron otra palabra, pero ya no me acuerdo ...
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¿Cuándo se usa “plano” y cuándo “mapa”?

Leo en el diccionario de la RAE: Mapa m. Representación geográfica de la Tierra o parte de ella en una superficie plana. Plano m. Representación esquemática, en dos dimensiones y a ...
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Personal “a” expressed in object pronoun

Something I learn in my highschool course: whenever a verb proceeds a person immediately, we have to separate them with a "a". One day, I went ask my teacher which object pronoun do I replace "a ...
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Significados de Fama

Acabo de ver en Twitter a una persona utilizando la palabra Fama como sinónimo de Carnicería (donde uno compra la carne). En Colombia está bien decir: Voy a la fama a comprar churrasco. Pero ...
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What is the longest word in Spanish?

What is the longest word in Spanish accepted by the Real Academia Española? What about words not officially accepted by the RAE? ¿Cuál es la palabra en español más larga aceptada por la Real ...
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Difference between de, desde, and a partir de (prepositions)

I'm really new to the Spanish language and I'm trying to get a good understanding of these prepositions. I was taught that: De = of,from Desde = since,from But then i found out that: a partir de = ...
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How formal is cuán? What are the informal alternatives?

How formal is the Spanish word cuán? When is it appropriate to use, and when does it seem out of place? How are sentences using cuán normally expressed in informal speech?
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Cómo se dice en español “Women's Network”? [closed]

Cómo se dice en español "Women's Network"? Yo he traducido Grupo de Mujeres, Red de Grupo de Mujeres, pero no suena bien?
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Are there any words that have opposite regional meanings?

Following in the footsteps of EL&U, are there any words that have opposite meanings in different Spanish-speaking regions? We are looking for words that are the same, but have different meanings ...
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“Cómo se dice” vs “cómo te llamas”

Why does the first sentence use "se" and the second sentence use "te"? I know that cómo roughly translates to "how" and "se"/"te" roughly mean you, so the first is roughly "how you say" and the ...
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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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What exactly is reflexive verb?

One of the definition I know of any reflexive is to do to oneself. I am not sure if this is only limited to passive voice: Se frotan las manos por Jóse. (The hands are rubbed by George) Ok, ...
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Are there other words that can't be written? (like sal-le)

Recently, I learned that there is at least one Spanish word that can be pronounced but not written. It is the imperative form of 'salirle'. It is prononunced as 'sal-le' and the written form should ...
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¿Se debe decir jefe o jefa al referirse a una persona de sexo femenino?

Mi jefe en el trabajo es una mujer. ¿Cómo es la forma correcta de referirse a un jefe que es mujer? ¿jefe o jefa? Algunos compañeros de trabajo le dicen jefa, yo le digo por su nombre sin embargo ...
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Como utilizar mejor “se debe/se debería”

Utilizo "se debe" y "se debería" de forma cotidiana pero sigo sin entender la diferencia entre ellos. Por ejemplo: Se debe realizar los siguientes cambios ... Se debería realizar los siguientes ...
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¿Cómo se dice “Christmas caroling” en español?

Creo que la palabra mejor para "Christmas carol" es villancicos, pero ¿hay una forma como verbo? Por ejemplo, en inglés se puede decir: We are going Christmas Caroling tonight at 8. Pero en ...
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Accentuation of monosyllabic words [duplicate]

So AFAIK monosyllabic words do not come with accentuation, except for they are used to distiguish them (que/qué). I came across some verses from the scriptures, that amazed me. In in the 1960 edition ...
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“abnegado” vs “desinteresado” vs “altruista”

What is the difference between the adjectives abnegado desinteresado y altruista The latter obviously is connected to altruism, the first to deny and the seconds ha interesting in it. But how are ...
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How do you say “He is really good at playing soccer”? [closed]

How do you say "He is really good at playing soccer"? Is it: El es jugar el fútbol muy bien.
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Why does saber mean both “to know” and “to taste”?

Español Cuando estudiaba 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 ...

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