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How should I pronounce Spanish single 'r' and 'l'?

I have the same problem as most Asian Spanish learners with the Spanish single 'r' and 'l'. We usually mispronounce 'ala' as 'ara', and bra, bla. bre.ble .... etc are difficult for me to speak them ...
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What words are typically used to refer to vehicles and deliniate between types of vehicles in Latin America [closed]

In the US we typically refer to our vehicles as cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and sometimes wagons (station wagons). How are vehicles typical refereed to in Latin America in every day speech.
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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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1answer
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Which Spanish words are most commonly used to describe smells? [closed]

I would like to know how to name different smells in Spanish. In English, for example, we have adjectives like smelly, fishy, sweet, disgusting, stinky, rotten,etc (actually mainly for bad smells). ...
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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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Why is the sound of the alphabet “j” different in Spanish, English, German and French?

The alphabet "j" is pronounced differently in the following major European langauges: Spanish: justo(husto), English: just(just), German: junge(yunguh) and French: juste(zoost) How is the sound so ...
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57 views

How is “se” used in the context of passive voice?

How is "se" used in sentences with passive voice? For eg: The book is being read by me, Pizza is being delivered by her etc.
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When does one replace “le/les” with the pronoun “se”?

When are the objective pronouns le/les replaced with se?
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Should I eat my apple? Usage of the preposition “en”

English: I have seen the Spanish preposition en used in various ways in my studies. For example: Ella pone la ropa en la cama. (She puts the clothes on the bed) or Tengo gozo en mi corazon. (I ...
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How should I pronounce the Spanish consonant 'd'?

I was taught Spanish d has two pronounciations, when at the beginning of the word it is a hard d and when between vowels, it is pronounced /ð/ much like th in English the. Please look at this ...
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What is the correct order of object pronouns?

I know that there are (at least) three types of personal pronouns in Spanish (well, and English): direct, indirect, and reflexive. In cases where all three (or at least two) are present, what is the ...
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What does “parce” mean?

I'm not from Colombia but I have some Colombian colleges. I wonder, what does "parce" means? They use it quite like a word that can be substituted by "compadre", or in English, "dude", "man", ...
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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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¿Cuándo se usa “libertar”, y cuando “liberar”? ¿Qué diferencias hay entre las dos palabras?

¿Cuándo es mas apropiado usar "liberar" o "libertar"? ¿Qué diferencias hay entre las dos? Connotan algo distinto? Por ejemplo, Él los libertó de la esclavitud [o] Él los liberó de la esclavitud ...
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“echado” vs “echando”

Question 1: echado vs echando Observo al hombre echado en el suelo. I think this sentence translates into English as: He observed the person lying on the ground. Why does the Spanish ...
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Translating “to wind up (doing something)”

In informal English, we use the phrase "to wind up" to describe the final state of a situation, after all is said and done. For example: How did you wind up moving to Kansas after growing up in ...
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Translation of “I would be more than happy to (do something).”

What would be some natural ways to express being "more than happy" to do something in Spanish? For example: I am more than happy to help you with your homework whenever you need it. I would ...
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Origin of gender-neutral nouns such as “la/el artista”, “la/el testigo”, “la/el poeta”

English: This question is more out curiosity than anything else, but I was wondering if there is a reason that nouns like "artista", "testigo", and "poeta" are gender neutral, meaning the word ending ...
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Translation of “have (someone) do (something)”

What is the most common way in Spanish to express "have (someone) do (something)"? For example, a boss might say to his secretary: Have the marketing manager come see me ASAP!
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Having something “to myself”?

What would be the/a correct way to say "I have something to myself"? For example, I wanted to say "I have the house to myself this weekend". I said "Tengo la casa a mi mismo". That felt wrong, but ...
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Is “número” masculine or feminine?

English: Consider this sentence "Mi habitación es la número cinco." Why couldn't "número" be masculine as in "el número cinco"? Does it have something to do with the gender of "habitación"? I'm ...
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Why would “water” not be translated?

In "The Grapes of Wrath" there's a scene where they're talking about toilets. When the water in the toilet is discussed, in the translation ("Las Uvas de la Ira"), the word is not translated (to ...
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1answer
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Why SADAIC and not SADAYC?

Lo siento, yo no hablo español. The name of this organisation is Sociedad Argentina de Autores y Compositores de Música. So why the acronym SADAIC and not SADAYC ?? Thank you.
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usage of “su” (the pronoun)

English: I've always thought the Spanish pronoun "su" means "his/hers", as in su perro es grande. Recently though in my language studies, I've noticed "su" being used in the "your" context as in por ...
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Using embedded pronouns inside verbs [duplicate]

So, I'm in Spanish 1, and I've heard that pronouns (Yo, tu, el, etc.) are embedded in conjugated verbs. I've noticed the use of a separate pronoun along with a conjugated verb, and it seems a little ...
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Are there consistent rules for pronouncing “c” and “g”?

I want to write a software program that will "Americanize" the pronunciation of Spanish text (using Mexican pronunciation) so that it is easier for English speakers learning Spanish to be reminded of ...
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What is the difference between “al” and “a la”?

Consider the following sentence: Vamos a entender a la maestra. (We are going to understand the teacher) I remember seeing in a similar sentence the word al being used instead of a la. So are ...
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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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1answer
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Origen y significado de “la calavera no chilla”

Viendo varios videos de Les Luthiers, he notado que la frase "la calavera no chilla" aparece varias veces en sus bromas. ¿Puede que sea una expresión argentina? ¿Qué significa y cuál es el origen ...
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755 views

Why “camarada” means friend?

It is common in Mexico to use the word camarada as a way to call informally a friend. For example: Tengo un camarada que es piloto. Ayer fuimos a la fiesta un camarada y yo. RAE defines camarada ...
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Help me pronounce single “r”

I've recently started studying Spanish (Latin American) with Rosetta Stone. I think I'm doing trilled r's right but I'm not sure if I'm doing single r's right. Are they supposed to have a single ...
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De donde se origina la expresion “echar aguas”?

En programas de television, y recientemente al interactuar con la gente en mi viaje a Mexico, vi que la expresión de "echar aguas" es muy popular, al parecer solo en la cultura mexicana. De donde se ...
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157 views

Spanish Accent Character Substitutions?

Can Spanish accent marks be dropped in a context where they cannot be displayed? I'm developing a computer program that generates labels for a display that only supports the English alphabet. Are ...
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182 views

¿Es el español de Perú y/o Ecuador realmente más cercano al europeo?

Recientemente estuve con una persona que estudia español, siendo este idioma una lengua extranjera para ella. Me dijo con toda seguridad: "El español de Perú y Ecuador, por ejemplo, se conservaron ...
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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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Was referring to Jesus in this way considered blasphemy?

In comparing "The Grapes of Wrath" and its translation "Las Uvas de la Ira," I came across this interesting loose translation (talking about traveling through the desert): "I'm going to take her at ...
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1answer
141 views

What does the Spanish word “you” mean in English?

I'm taking an online class on "scientific thought" which has a transcription of the spoken video text, and the Spanish word "you" occurs in almost every lecture, even in one lecture four times (see ...
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3answers
158 views

Vegetables in Spanish

What is the difference between these words for vegetables in Spanish? legumbre, vegetal, verdura, hortaliza. My understanding is this: Hortaliza= all vegetables. Verdura= salad vegetables. ...
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5answers
582 views

Traduccion de nombres propios

Cuando era niño me parecía muy divertido leer material escrito en España sobre personajes famosos (históricos o de ficción). Asi, George Washington y Luke Skywalker se convertian en Jorge Washington y ...
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Why is Oscar a common Spanish name? [closed]

I have a very good friend (of Mexican heritage*) named Oscar. Once in a while you come across a "white" Oscar (and there are many "Oskars" in Germany, I think), but it seems most common among ...
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6answers
190 views

How to ask for a repair shop to fix a car tire?

I recently went to Panama and we had 4 flat tires within 2 weeks. I'm still confused how to properly ask for a repair shop which fixes tires. Can you clarify? I would prefer answers not only for ...
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2answers
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El chiste implicito en “Pareces fria, sujeta”

Vi una composición de Les Luthiers en la obra Hacen Muchas Gracias de Nada que se llama El Rey Enamorado (ve al segmento que comienza en el minuto 4:30). En el mintuto 9:20 comienza una canción muy ...
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2answers
128 views

Meaning of “en + infinitive” in “en explorar”

What is this phrase en explorar in the following sentence? Los primeros europeos en explorar la región del actual Illinois fueron misioneros franceses. I would have thought you would say que ...
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5answers
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¿“Septiembre” or “setiembre”?

Setiembre is only used in Peru, AFAIK, but I wonder if there are any other countries where setiembre, as opposed to septiembre, is also valid. RAE links the definition of setiembre to the definition ...
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3answers
3k views

¿Por qué la diferencia entre s y z/c solo se da en España?

La pronunciacion en el centro y el norte de España, como sabemos, proncuncia la "ce" y la "zeta" en forma difrente a la "ese" que es el unico sonido que se utliza para estas tres letras en ...
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2answers
90 views
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Words with common roots English and Spanish [closed]

I am looking for words in Spanish that have common roots as that of English. Words like Father-Padre Mother-Madre etc. Is there any good resource on that topic.
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2answers
419 views

“para cuando” vs “cuando”

Para cuando me di cuenta, ya era demasiado tarde. Cuando me di cuenta, ya era demasiado tarde. ¿Existe alguna diferencia en el signficado de estas oraciones? ¿Es correcto el uso de "para ...
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vote
1answer
89 views

Are there no gophers in Spain?

In The Grapes of Wrath/Las Uvas de la Ira the English text mentions a gopher hole; the Spanish translation says, "la madriguera de una ardilla." But isn't an ardilla a squirrel? Why no specific word ...
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7answers
196 views

Fireworks en español

Me interesa saber en que forma puedo traducir esta palabra porque sé que está "Cohete" muy formal además de "Pirotecnia" y "Fuegos artificiales" que son demasiado técnicas. Estoy interesado en saber ...

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