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¿Qué significa “tuanis”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la palabra tuanis? ¿Se escribe tuani o tuanis? ¿En cuáles regiones se usa? Y, ¿es una palabra muy informal, o se puede usarla en otros contextos también?
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How to say 2 phrases in Spanish

How do you say "Is that it?" in Spanish? Is ¿Es que él? right? Also, how do you say "Come here" to two people in the informal tense? I only know of ustedes, but that's formal tense.
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Is there Spanish verb equivalent of the phrase “was like” in place of “said”?

In colloquial English, the verb "like" is often paired with the past forms of be, "was" or "were", to describe mainly words said or actions done in the past. Examples: When we drove past, she was ...
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1answer
88 views

How do I say Taylor Swift's “Loving you is red” in Spanish?

What I have is Amoroso tú es rojo, but when I type this into Google Translate it isn't what I expect and I've learnt to not really trust it. So, is my translation correct?
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Present progressive of ser or estar

In English, if someone was treating me badly, I might say "he is being mean to me," or "he is being an as*****." I tried translating it to Spanish in multiple ways; Él está siendo un cabrón. ...
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San Diego es en California, or San Diego está en California?

This came up in my Spanish I class. My understanding is that ser is used for descriptions of permanent characteristics, while estar is used for temporary conditions. For people, location is the ...
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No llores por mi Argentina. Help with lyrics

Are there any Argentineans (or thoughts from anyone really) that might have some historical insight into the life and times of Eva Peron that would help with the translation of these lyrics from "No ...
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84 views

Exact translation of “'round midnight”

How is the exact translation to Spanish of the phrase 'round midnight? Is it por la madrugrada?
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¿Cúal de los siguientes términos para la nevera es el más común?

Mi diccionario de español da los siguientes términos como sinónimos. la nevera el refrigerador el frigorífico ¿Cuál de estos términos es el más común en España?
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136 views

When is it appropriate to use 'ser' versus 'estar'?

Below are Spanish-to-English translations from a lesson on Memrise.com: este está más barato (this one is cheaper) este es más nuevo (this one is newer) Why is estar used when describing ...
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Why I always bite my tongue when speaking spanish 'd' in the sentence

I could correctly pronounce 'da' 'de' pairs of letters, as many native speakers told me: just put the tip of your tongue between the upper and lower teeth and against the back of front teeth. ...
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3answers
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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I'm editing a flashcard deck by adding sentences as examples. For la acción I wanted to use the translation of "Actions speak louder than words". Just for fun I looked it up on iTranslate. It gave me ...
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1answer
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Traducción de “hacer(le) caso”

Yo he vivido en El Salvador por unos años y frecuentemente he escuchado la expresión hacer(le) caso. No estoy seguro si es una expresión local o si otros lugares la usan también. Ejemplos: Le ...
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Why “preocupa” doesn't use “estoy”?

In Michel Thomas Spanish Masterclass, it says the following: Estoy enfadado/enfadada – I’m angry / annoyed Estoy furioso / furiosa – I’m furious Me preocupa mucho – I’m very worried (much) Why ...
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2answers
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Why is it “el arte moderno” and “las artes finas”?

(I'm a native Spanish speaker.) Why the apparent change of gender?
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77 views

When to use or not use “a” after a verb? E.g. “voy a comer” and “quiero comer”

In English we think of the infinitive as being "to" + action. E.g. "to eat". There are cases where we use a verb followed directly by the infinitive. E.g. "quiero comer" quiero = I want comer = to ...
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Translation of the phrase “I'm happy.”

In the phrase: "I'm happy" Which verb is grammatically correct to translate the phrase, ser or estar? Is it "soy feliz" or ''Estoy feliz"
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2answers
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Presenting people versus presenting to them

I'm an avid user of Duolingo Spanish and I recently came across this phrase: Ellas presentan a sus familias. I translated it as They present to their families but then remembered that the ...
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7answers
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Most accurate translation of “possum”

What is the most universal Spanish word to describe a possum? What regional variations exist? Does the translation refer specifically to the same animal as the English word, or does it cover a larger ...
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6answers
6k views

Difference between “empezar” and “comenzar”

What is the difference between empezar and comenzar? Is one more formal than the other?
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44 views

What are proper translations of “What does your friend love to do?”

Memrise.com has a lesson containing the following translation: ¿Qué le encanta hacer a tu amigo? What does your friend love to do? My brain is telling me that the above Spanish translates ...
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1answer
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What role has skin on translation for “Contact with the skin of the patient”

Being in a medical device context and reading a component it says "Contact with the skin of the patient (hand)" How would be the best way to translate it, and also How would you use skin here? En ...
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3answers
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¿Cómo se interpreta un “yo creo que tampoco”?

Estaba escribiéndome con un amigo cuando él dijo Yo creo que Juan no se irá de casa A lo que yo respondí: Yo creo que tampoco Tras escribir mi frase me quedé pensativo porque no me sonó ...
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1answer
107 views

¿De dónde viene la expresión “ni fu ni fa”?

En España se usa con frecuencia la expresión "ni fu ni fa" para indicar indiferencia cuando algo no provoca mayor emoción. ¿Qué te pareció esa película? Ni fu ni fa [He visto mejores pero ...
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1answer
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“No quieres” como “Es que no quieres”

Dada una pregunta de la forma ¿No quieres una bebida? ¿Puede interpretarse como ¿Es que no quieres una bebida? en algún caso? ¿Se interpreta solamente como ¿Quieres una bebida??
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4answers
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Describing the common cold or flu in Spanish

In English, when talking about common viruses people often get, there are generally two categories: a cold is generally more mild and can come with runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, etc. ...
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2answers
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¿Juan y María se ayudan el uno al otro, el uno a la otra o la una al otro?

Aparentemente algunos gramáticos aceptan las dos primeras posibilidades: (a) Juan y María se ayudan el uno al otro. (b) Juan y María se ayudan el uno a la otra. ¿Entonces también la ...
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1answer
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Whats the meaning of mexican expresions [closed]

Whats the meaning of these Mexican expresions? te me vas !!! nadie me va a agarrar de su puerquito ! I heared it in a spanish telenovela but i did not understand what they mean.
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48 views

Best Translation for a packing checklist and some info

There is a manual which title says "PACKING CHECKLIST" the direct translation is "LISTA DE VERIFICACIÓN DEL EMPAQUE", Is this correct?, well I think so. Inside it says: License Sheets Declaration of ...
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258 views

¿Cómo se abrevia Distrito Federal al mencionar México?

Estaba leyendo la respuesta de Jose Maria a ¿Cuál es la historia de la palabra “chilango”? cuando me fijé en la parte de: Yo añadiría que ser chilango no es solamente nacer en el D.F., sino que ...
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1answer
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“Ya le he pasado a él el documento” o “Ya le he pasado a el él documento”

¿Cuál es la frase correcta? a) Ya le he pasado a él el documento b) Ya le he pasado a el él documento
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1answer
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“La que” and “que”

In the book The Martian by Andy Weir, the main character states: It was a ridiculous sequence of events that led to me almost dying, and an even more ridiculous sequence that led to me surviving. ...
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1answer
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Translation of a simple sentence

I need someone to translate the following sentence: ¿Qué te tal te van tus vacaciones? I need to know how this is translated so that I can get a better understanding of how pronouns work. I need to ...
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2answers
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Pretérito perfecto compuesto y Pretérito Perfecto sin expresión temporal

¿Notan diferencias entre lo siguiente? No puedo salir porque me rompí el brazo. No puedo salir porque me he roto el brazo. Nótese que ambas expresiones carecen de expresión temporal, pero, ¿es ...
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1answer
2k views

What is “El Capitan” meaning in English? And how this word developed along the history?

Apple choose "El Capitan" as OS X 10.11 name, it's a spanish word, what does it mean? And something about its etymology might help too.
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Can Spanish distinguish between “lonely” and “alone”?

I learned that solo in Spanish means both "alone" (the simple fact of not having anyone else around) and "lonely" (feeling sad because of being alone). Is there any way of distinguishing between these ...
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10answers
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Can I learn to roll my R's?

Whenever I try to say words like perro or arroyo, I sound like I'm telling a pirate joke. I can identify the sound I'm supposed to make and I've been told how my tongue is supposed to move, but I ...
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6answers
388 views

¿Cuál de esas frases es correcta? (“en que” vs. “donde”)

Which of these forms is correct, better? Vivo en lo mismo lugar en que vivía hace un año vs Vivo en lo mismo lugar donde vivía hace un año Or maybe both are fine?
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6answers
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What does “a la orden” mean?

A friend of mine from Argentina keeps saying to me "a la orden" and I asked her what it meant and she couldn't explain it. What does it mean? I would guess it means okay?
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1answer
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Traducción de branding

¿Como traduciríais la palabra branding al español? Tengo un límite de 16 caracteres e «imagen corporativa» o «imagen de marca» se pasan de longitud.
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Placement of adjectives in Spanish [duplicate]

I know that in Spanish adjectives go after the nouns which they describe, as opposed to English where adjectives go before. So it is correct to say "la casa roja" in Spanish as "the red house" in ...
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1answer
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Conjunciones “tan pronto como” y “en cuanto”

¿Me podéis aclarar una duda por favor? Se trata de las conjunciones tan pronto como y en cuanto. En algunos libros leo que son conjunciones que expresan posterioridad inmediata y en otros que ...
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0answers
77 views

Vocal epentética en el infinitivo del español colombiano

Hoy un colombiano que conozco estaba leyendo una carta en voz alta. Mantenía una pronunciación (o bien, característica lingüística) curiosa que no asociaba con su país natal, que es la existencia de ...
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1answer
83 views

How do you parse a sentence like this?

Yo te las pienso buscar cuando tenga suficiente tiempo. I'm having trouble replacing the direct object pronoun (las) and indirect object pronoun (te) with their corresponding nouns. It's also ...
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10answers
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Why is “De nada” used as a response to “Gracias”?

English De means "of", and nada means "nothing", so why, when put together are they used in response to "Gracias"? Español De significa "of" y nada significa "nothing", entonces, ¿por qué se ...
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5answers
454 views

What is the difference between 'me agrada' and 'me gusta'?

Is saying me agrada for 'I like' the same as saying me gusta? What is the difference in colloquial speech?
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1answer
60 views

Is it common for “contar con” to mean “to have”?

Google.Translate.com translated the following: It has several YouTube videos. Cuenta con varios vídeos de YouTube. This caught me off guard, as I was anticipating for Google to translate ...
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1answer
66 views

Using “andar” for “to function”

I recently came across the usage is andar to mean to function. I attempted to use this in a Mexican context where I didn't want to eat, and attempted to say "My mouth isn't working right now" as "Ya ...
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1answer
42 views

Is the phrase “un poco de” an example of partitive?

Following the discussion related to the question Use of the preposition ''de'', I want to ask a separate (but strongly related) explicit question: Is the phrase un poco de an example ...
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How would you translate “redactar” into English?

The dictionaries I've checked all translate it as "to write" but my Mexican girlfriend assures me that this fails to capture the whole meaning. What's the closest word or phrase in English?

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