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How important are accents in written Spanish?

English I notice that native Spanish speakers often leave off accents in writing. Outside the context of edited material, it almost seems like accent pedantry is the sign of someone who has learned ...
2
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1answer
44 views

Any song or poem that plays with sounds and letters? [closed]

I love songs like Efectos Vocales, or poems like La gamba Calatrava, that play with sounds. In both examples, they only use a single vowel for the entire song/poem. Another example (though in english) ...
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1answer
79 views

¿Cuál es el origen de la expresión “liarse la manta a la cabeza”?

Hay una expresión en castellano que dice: Liarse / echarse la manta a la cabeza Para mí, se refiere a animarse a hacer algo de un modo algo irreflexivo, del tipo: Juan siempre quiso ver ...
6
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1answer
184 views

What is the difference between «pensar en» and just «pensar»?

I feel like I should know the answer to this by now, and/or that it should have been asked here, but I can't find it. I was recently looking at some example sentences (I think linked from another ...
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2answers
225 views

Gracia vs. Gracia why?

Tendría gracia que un payaso estuviera perdido en una iglesia. Danzó con la gracia de un cisne. Why does gracia have such opposing meanings? Is there a historical context? Maybe because of ...
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9answers
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Is there a difference between “español” and “castellano”?

English I always thought the two could be used interchangeably (meaning "the Spanish language"). But I recently got into an argument with someone where they insisted there was a difference (although ...
0
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4answers
80 views

'Se' in 'Se tardó el tren por el mal clima'

Question What is the function of 'se' in "Se tardó el tren por el mal clima"? The statement itself may be wrong, but if it is correct, which one is the function of 'se'? Passive (The tren was ...
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1answer
38 views

When to use indirect object pronoun in subjunctive mood?

I just cannot figure out when's the correct time to use IOP when writing sentences in subjunctive mood/tense. For example, I say my parents demand me to read three books a day.(sounds kinda weirdo, ...
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3answers
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'Hasta dentro de <tiempo>' is always in negative sentence?

Question I heard 'Hasta dentro' should always be in a negative context. Hence example 2 is incorrect. NOTE: This is to clarify why 'Negative' context is expected to come with 'haste dentro', not to ...
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1answer
286 views

“Tiempo” vs “clima”

Cuando estuve en Colombia, escuchaba mucho las frases como: Hoy hace buen clima en Bogotá. Hace buen clima para Caracas este viernes. ¿Es correcto usar la palabra clima para hablar acerca ...
3
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2answers
84 views

What would be the Spanish equivalent of noreply@emailaddress.com?

As a software developer, I've always wondered whether it was universal to use noreply@something.com for every language when sending emails to denote that an email reply would get no response, or ...
0
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4answers
102 views

How do you say “Braille” in Spanish?

Out of curiosity, I put the word "Braille" into Google Translate, and it said the Spanish version was... 'el braille'. But when I try to read that, the phonetics are incredibly awkward for a Spanish ...
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8answers
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Is «verga» a word I should avoid in polite company?

Wiktionary mentions that «verga» can be a vulgar term for an erect penis. It mentions this along with several other definitions. RAE mentions the vulgar term as the first definition, then lists half ...
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1answer
47 views

Is there any reason to translate coordinates?

The English "Treasure Island" contains this: In a few cases, to be sure, the name of a place would be added, as "Offe Caraccas," or a mere entry of latitude and longitude, as "62o 17' 20", 19o 2' ...
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2answers
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Implications of 'Hasta dentro'

Question What situation/context does it indicate 'Hasta dentro'? Example: La reunión no comienza hasta dentro de 3 horas. Is it the same with "La reunión no comienza por tres horas" and 'haste ...
2
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1answer
84 views

What should be the text in a “Go” button in a Spanish application?

I am translating an application from English to Spanish. One of the English buttons in the app is go, which sends the user from my app to Uber to call an Uber car. What is the common Spanish text for ...
0
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2answers
61 views

'ir' and 'vamos' in one sentance

I am studying Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method. It lists the following: We will go see it. / Vamos a ir a verlo. we will go / iremos We will go see it. / Iremos a verlo. For the first example, ...
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1answer
58 views

When did Rum change from “Rom” to “Ron” and why?

Run in Spanish is now, I believe, "Ron"; however, in older publications (such as "Treasure Island") the English word "Rum" is translated as "Rom" Did "Rom" change to "Ron" because "Rom" was too ...
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4answers
70 views

Is there a non-PITA way to type accented Spanish characters with an English keyboard?

I know one can use a utility to copy special symbols (such as Windows' Character Map to find and copy "ñ"), and one can also use the numeric keypad and enter "Alt+0241" etc., but is there a non-PITA ...
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4answers
300 views

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 ...
0
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1answer
57 views

Why would a translation add specifics to an original left purposely vague?

In "Treasure Island" there is this original (English) text: Mr. Dance stood there, as he said, "like a fish out of water," and all he could do was to dispatch a man to B---- to warn the cutter. "And ...
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2answers
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¿“Más bueno” es incorrecto, correcto bajo ciertas circunstancias o totalmente correcto pero poco usado?

En portugués brasileño mais grande (más grande) es aparentemente un error garrafal, solo bajo ciertas circunstancias no lo es, pero nadie me da una respuesta del porque. Hasta ahora mi conclusión es ...
2
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4answers
123 views

Uso del pronombre “se” en “Se viene la Copa América”

Desde hace algunos años se ha vuelto muy frecuente en Chile la expresión "se viene...", con el significado de "ya viene" o "se acerca", sobre todo en publicidad y en el periodismo deportivo. Por ...
2
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1answer
83 views

What is the absolute superlative of “delicioso?”

I'm thinking it is "deliciosísimo/a," but when I check it on online translators, it comes up as nothing. I would just like confirmation that this is wrong (or right), and what the correct absolute ...
6
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5answers
561 views

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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1answer
35 views

1977 better lyrics [closed]

The translations I looked up in google are incomplete or make no sense. Anyone care to provide a better translation for this awesome song? Additional : I guess it refers to Pinochet when it says ...
0
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3answers
104 views

Son/Eres/Es? I am very confused in this

We use 'eres' for 'are' with you in Spanish. We use 'es' with usted for 'are'. If we have to use 'are' with boys, what would we use, son, eres or es? What would be the appropriate tense for "The ...
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4answers
68 views

Pasar a ser / Convertirse en

Objective Clarify the difference (if any) and usages of "Pasar a ser" and "Convertirse en". Question To say "X turned into Y" or "X is transformed into Y", such as "Chucky becomes a murderous ...
3
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2answers
61 views

¿Qué opción es correcta: “y e-mail” o “e e-mail”?

Estaba escribiendo la frase "nombre, apellido e e-mail" cuando me surgió la duda: ¿debo escribir "e e-mail" o "y e-mail"? La "e" de "e-mail" suena como "i" (i meil), pero se escribe con "e". ¿A cuál ...
2
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4answers
71 views

Placement of Subject with Imperatives

When I'm using the imperative mood, does the subject come before of after the verb? I ask because in "Viva Las Vegas" the subject comes after- if this is indeed the common form of imperatives, why is ...
0
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2answers
40 views

¿Cómo se realiza una pregunta con una conjunción disyuntiva?

Digamos que quiero preguntarle a alguien si fui yo quién lo despertó o si ya estaba despierto, ¿cuál es la manera correcta de hacerlo?, se me ocurren las siguientes posibilidades: ¿Estabas ...
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2answers
100 views

¿Qué quiere decir “peinarse con la raya a la derecha”?

En un artículo sobre el ciclista español, Alberto Contador, en el Giro de Italia, El País utilizó la frase: Alberto Contador ha empezado a peinarse con la raya a la derecha. Buscando un poco en ...
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4answers
28k views

¿Qué significa en Argentina “al pedo”?

He escuchado y leído a argentinos decir "al pedo", por ejemplo, "estoy al pedo". Es evidente que NO se refiere a "estar pedo", que significa "estar borracho" en algunos sitios. ¿Qué significa "estar ...
2
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2answers
71 views

¿Qué quiere decir “alivio de luto”?

Leí hace poco la expresión "alivio de luto" en un libro. La lógica me indica que se trata de un luto aligerado tras la primera época posterior a la muerte de un ser querido. ¿Estoy en lo cierto? ...
2
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3answers
79 views

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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1answer
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Grammar of tengo and tienes

I am having trouble understanding how to use tienes/tengo and other related "have" words. For example, in my current lesson in Rosetta Stone, the following examples are used: Tengo anteojos de ...
0
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4answers
40 views

“Vídeo tutorial” or “videotutorial”

What is the correct form of "Vídeo tutorial" or "videotutorial"? It refers to a video to teach other people about something.
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4answers
51 views

Cheeky smile in Spanish

Estoy buscando una manera de decir "cheeky smile". En mi clase he usado la frase "sonrisa descarada" pero no se si hay alguna manera mejor de decirlo. En termino de dialectos, vivo en los estados ...
2
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6answers
115 views

Additional meaning of the verb “rotar” in Latin America?

I heard the verb rotar and rotarlo in contexts where neither rotate nor turn nor roll seems to make sense. return possibly, but I do not understand spanish well enough. I believe they where talking ...
3
votes
3answers
367 views

Awesome or Sweet

I'm looking for a Latin American (including US speakers from latin american backgrounds) Spanish translation of the phrase "awesome" or "sweet". For context, sweet is generally used upon encountering ...
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3answers
36k views

Difference between “mas” and “más”

What's the difference between mas and más? What rules should I follow to know which one to use? Could you provide examples showing their uses?
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2answers
189 views

Why would “breakfast” be translated as “lunch”?

In the English (original) of "Treasure Island" (1883) this passage appears: At last in strode the captain, slammed the door behind him, without looking to the right or left, and marched straight ...
3
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2answers
82 views

Is this a mistranslation due to misunderstanding the British accent and English contractions?

In "Treasure Island" this: "I have a son of my own," said he, "as like you as two blocks, and he's all the pride of my 'art. ...is translated as: Yo tengo un hijo de tu edad, añadió, que se te ...
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2answers
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When is ponerse valid to use as the equivalent of the English word “to become”?

I know ponerse can sometimes be used as the equivalent for the English phrase to become in the sense of I became angry --> me puse enojado but can it be used in the sense of I want to to become a ...
3
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3answers
340 views

How can I translate “un ámbito cerrado” into English?

Here's a poem by Borges that I tried to translate into English: A Un Gato No son más silenciosos los espejos ni más furtiva el alba aventurera; eres, bajo la luna, esa pantera que nos es ...
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3answers
58 views

Subjunctive with antes

I recently heard a native speaker say "Te hubieras ido antes." I was confused because it seems to be describing an event that occurred in the past, so it would be a completed action, so I ...
2
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6answers
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¿Cuáles son sinónimos de “ni fu ni fa”?

Mis diccionarios me dan unas variantes: 1. así así 2. regular 3. sin pena ni gloria 4. medianamente 5. así no más 6. tal cual (tal por cual) 7. de por ahí 8. de tres al cuatro 9. como el tiempo malo ...
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3answers
70 views

Which style of hat represents the Spanish language the best? [closed]

Spanish, as most know (and probably all who are reading this), is spoken in many countries, but the cultures of the speakers differ widely, especially between Spain and Latin America. What I want to ...
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2answers
85 views

Algunas manzanas / Unas manzanas

Objective Confirm the difference between 'Algunas' and 'unas' which both mean "some". Question Please confirm if my understanding is correct. "Algunas manzanas" is about the apples known to the ...
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2answers
74 views

Would 'quién' be used here or 'quien'?

No tengo a nadie con quien practicar. Would quién be used here or quien? Guides online that explain the difference are a little hard for me to understand. Which is grammatical?

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