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Why “la clase turista” and “primera clase” in Spanish?

I have encountered the following two sentences in Rosetta Stone Spanish course: Los pasajeros de la clase turista comen. Los pasajeros de primera clase comen. It seems that if you mention ...
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How to use “gustar”?

Today I presented to my teacher a sentence I wrote for my homework: Juan es el solo uno en nuestra clase a que gusta el helado. (John is the only one in our class who likes ice cream.) But my ...
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Polite way to say “I am fine” in spanish

When My boss asks "Como estas? I reply : "Estoy muy muy feliz" Does it make sense in spanish? Or What is a better/polite way to say "I am fine"?
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Sujeto de la oración “Está oscureciendo temprano”

Tengo una duda con esta tarea de mi hijo. La oración es muy simple: Está oscureciendo temprano. Pienso que puede ser una oración impersonal sin sujeto, como en "Llueve fuerte", pero ...
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What is the proper way to refer to an island?

Some friends of mine live on Rota (an island off Guam). I might tease them that "La Isla Rota" means "Broken Island." Pero, fuera de broma, what would be the proper (no pun intended) way to refer to ...
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What is the difference between “claro” and “claro que sí”?

Cual es la diferencia entre "claro" y "claro que sí"? Are they like "yeah" and "yes, indeed!" or "sure" and "you bet!"? - IOW, is the longer one more emphatic, or are they simply synonymous? Is any ...
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Using “cómo” with verbs after “saber”

I already anticipate that part of my problem is that I'm trying to literally translate, which I know I shouldn't (but...). I'm confused: Juan sabe nadar. I read that this means "Juan knows how ...
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Why are green beans called “green jews”?

Green beans are, in Spanish, "judías verdes" - why? What is the connection? Were Jewish people known for eating a lot of green beans, or what?
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What verb is used for the way that dogs walk?

What kind of verbs are used, for the different ways a dog walks? For instance, in the case of a horse, it could be trotar or galopar. What possibilities exist for a dog?
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Why does “every eight days” mean once a week?

Mi amigo Bert, who grew up in Mexico, told me last night that he's never understood why the expression "cada ocho dias" (every 8 days) means once a week. My theory is that if you "count both ends" ...
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pronunciation of final n as [ŋ]

I've heard the 'n' in "Me llaman Carlos" voiced as [ŋ] (the "ng" sound in English). Is it ever correct to voice it as "Me ʝaman kaɾlos"? Under what circumstances is 'n' voiced as [ŋ] versus [n]?
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Is this a bad example sentence for the reflexive casarse?

One of my concise dictionaries listed an intransitive form for the verb "casar" so I went to spanishcentral.com for some example sentences. I think it cleared up my question about the intransitive ...
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Shouldn't “tiago” be used to mean “James” instead of “Jaime?” [duplicate]

If "Jaime" means "James" in Spanish, why is "Santiago" used for "St. James" and "Tiago" is not listed as a word/name at all?
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Los Diablos Rojos del México — ¿por qué “del”?

Hay un equipo en la Liga Mexicana de Béisbol llamado Los Diablos Rojos del México. En su nombre, ¿por qué no se emplea "de" sino "del"?
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“Armar un lío”, es muy casual o apropriado para contenido formal?

Puedo decir que armar una lío es una expresión completamente informal o no? Por ejemplo, si voy a contestar un correo de manera formal, ¿es apropiado?
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Why are telephone numbers sometimes verbally expanded?

I was listening to a Spanish-language radio station on my commute this morning, and in giving a phone number, the "disc jockey" said "tres veintitres" for "323". Why? "tres dos tres" is shorter. Is it ...
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Use of future subjunctive

What is the difference between these three sentences? Si considerases que alguno es útil, podríamos comprarlo. Si considerases que alguno fuere útil, podríamos comprarlo. Si considerases que alguno ...
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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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¿Hay diferencia entre “caldo” y “sopa”?

Se me hace que refieren a la misma cosa, pero algunos me dicen que son distintas. Formalmente, ¿hay alguna diferencia? ¿O depende de la región?
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Why would a placename be changed in translation?

In "Tortilla Flat," Steinbeck writes of towns he was familiar with, including Monterey, Carmel, Salinas, and Watsonville. These are translated in the Spanish edition as Monterrey (two "R"s), Carmel, ...
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Use of comma between subject and verb

In William Strunk's Elements of Style, it is recommended that commas shouldn't be used after coordinating conjunctions that are followed by parenthetical elements: The Red Sox were leading the ...
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Use of units of measurement

Entre 50 y 60 ml or Entre 50 ml y 60 ml? I have seen the former more than the latter in written and spoken Spanish, but I wanted to be sure. Couldn't find anything on the Diccionario panhispánico ...
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Whose tea is it?

The most difficult part of my learning Spanish, is to get to grips with the various forms of pronouns, and now the posessive adjectives mi, tu, and su. I'm asking myself, how one would translate ...
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¿Por qué se usa el género femenino en estos casos?

En la frase "Nueva York," ¿por qué es el adjetivo "nuevo" declinado al género femenino? Pensaba que el masculino era el género predeterminado. Entonces por qué es el género femenino usado? ...
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Is “libras” really the correct translation for “pounds” (when meaning British currency)?

There is this passage in "Treasure Island": All was clear to probation. The CACHE had been found and rifled; the seven hundred thousand pounds were gone! It is translated thus in "La Isla del ...
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Can there be situations where both “saber” and “conocer” can be used?

Example1 Uds quieren saber mi país. If conocer is substituted for saber in this sentence, the meaning switch from knowing exactly what the country is to things about the country. Example2 ...
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Como decir “for a while”

Let's say I want to say "On a typical day I read for a while, and then I go to bed." Would the best way to see this be: "En un día típico, yo leo un rato y después me acuesto". More specifically, ...
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Como decir “have (o have not) heard from him” en español

Let's say I want to say "as of today, I have not heard from him". As of today would be "desde hoy", but how would i translate "heard from him". It's a bit of a "modismo" or idiomatic expression I feel ...
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Why is “of” sometimes “de” and sometimes “del” or “de la”?

Why is "House of Fruit" (or "Fruithouse") - a restaurant/business near Hollister, California - called "Casa de Fruta"? Why is it not "Casa de la Fruta"? Is there a rule of thumb so that one can know ...
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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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How would you translate “Quality time”

Por ejemplo si tu quieres tomar tiempo con tu enamorad@ o con tu familia. En inglés, nosotros lo llamamos "Quality time". Ustedes pueden describir cual es la mejor traducción (o algo diferente)? (En ...
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¿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 ...
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Trying to make a certificate for my Spanish teacher

I am making an end-of-year certificate for my Spanish teacher, and just need a quick confirmation that this is right. Una profesora increíble con mucho entusiasmo y tiene mucho amor por sus ...
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¿Puede alguien ayudarme a analizar sintacticamente esta oración, y explicarme rapidamente?

Necesito aprender como hacer un analisis sintactico de una oración, se hacerlo para frases cortas y sencillas, pero esta, está muy complicada para mi, podrian ayudarme por favor? No creo que ...
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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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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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'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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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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'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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Spanish texting slang of El Salvador

What is the meaning of !5! L when used as a texting abbreviation in Spanish from someone in El Salvador?
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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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Why is the 'b' and 'v' pronunciation inconsistent?

I've learnt that the v sound in Spanish is pronounced as a "b", however why are some words such as "por favor" and "Revolucion" pronounced as a "v"? Also, is this type of pronunciation Spanish (spoken ...
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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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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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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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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 ...

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