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Etymology of alipús

Alipús is the word for booze in Mexico but I don't understand where it comes from. To me it sounds like an Arabic loanword but that's just a wild guess. So far I haven't been able to find its ...
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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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¿Valdurán o baldurán?

Primero un poco de contexto. En mi región, León (España), tenemos la expresión familiar ser un baldurán. Un baldurán es una persona que no se preocupa de sus asuntos con la debida atención. Otra ...
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How to say “later”

I know there are different ways to translate "later," depending on context. más tarde después luego entonces en otra ocasión And perhaps others? How can I decide which translation of "later" to ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “se me olvidó” y “olvidé”?

¿Cuales son las diferencias semánticas entre "se me olvidó" y "olvidé"? Ejemplo: Se me olvido mi teléfono. Olvidé mi teléfono. Creo que cuando se usa el reflexivo indica menos ...
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Translation: más famoso del cine

I've come across the below sentence: todas han sucumbido a los encantos del espía con licencia para matar más famoso del cine. What does "los encantos" mean? What does "con licencia para ...
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Propogation of the subjunctive through clauses

Given the English sentence Call us when you leave so that we know that you're on your way. I understand that it would be translated as such: Llámanos cuando salgas para que sepamos que ...
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When should I attach the indirect and direct object pronoun to the end of a verb?

I was wondering if you should ever attach the indirect and direct object pronoun to a conjugated verb, and if so, when that would occur? For example, let's say I wanted to convert "La maestra da un ...
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Traducción para “herding cats”

"Herding cats" es una expresión idiomática que se usa para expresar lo difícil, caótico o frustrante de tratar de traer orden donde parece que las cosas no quieran tenerlo. "Herding Cats: a ...
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I learn Spanish by reading short stories

I want to say in Spanish : I learn Spanish by reading short stories. My attempt: Aprendo español leyendo cuentos. Is my translation correct? Thank you.
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Word usage : te pertenece [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is the indirect object pronoun required in sentences with an indirect object? Y solo te pertenece a ti. ¿Podemos quitar el "te"? Si no, ¿por qué?
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Verbos en pasado que tienen una “s” extra al final [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “s” final en tiempo pretérito: -aste(s), -iste(s) He visto que en algunos países, especialmente centroamericanos, terminan los verbos en segunda persona ...
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What is the rule for cualquier, cualquiera, and cualesquiera?

I remember learning the rule for when to use cualquier, cualquiera, and cualesquiera, but was always confused about the exact differences. When should each be used, and what role do number, gender, ...
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When should the subjunctive be used after 'cuando'?

I thought that any statement after 'cuando' should be in the subjunctive tense if it implied anything other than habitual events or was used in a question, but wasn't sure if this is actually the ...
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¿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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Translation of “Hoy hace mucho calor” in another way

Hoy hace mucho calor. I see that the translation for it is Today is very hot. But I think that sentence is very complex and difficult to language learners like me. So can we simply write ...
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Is “weón” used in Mexico and Chile and what does it mean?

What does "weón" mean? Someone told me that weon is used in Mexico and Chile, but he was not sre what it meant. Could anyone in these countries tell me what this word is? Or is it an offense calling ...
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How do you say “coming” in Spanish?

What word/phrase can one use to indicate to someone that you are en route to a meeting point/destination and will arrive within a few minutes? In english, I usually use coming For example: earlier ...
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Many meanings of “llamas”

Why and how has the word llama(s) 3 meanings? (you) call llama (the animal) flame
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If someone does something interesting I might say that it is “cool”. How does this translate to Spanish?

In English I'll say things like "that's cool" or "it would be cool to...". I've heard the phrase "qué padre" but is that only for Mexico? Is there something that is more general?
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What does “pa k kieres saber eso jaja saludos” mean?

I keep seeing the phrase "pa k kieres saber eso jaja saludos" on Twitter, and I know it's definitely slang/a meme but I can't figure out what it means. I'd appreciate any help, ¡gracias! Here are ...
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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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How would the word “landing” be translated?

I'm currently writing an essay on the film Che, and I mention how it begins with the landing of Che and other revolutionaries in Cuba. However, I cannot find a proper translation of "landing" with ...
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Hours and days of operation in Spanish?

I need to express hours of operation in Spanish. I have made the attempt but am not sure if this is correct, and can't find much online on how this should go in spoken rather than written Spanish. ...
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Is this translation saying the guy died?

In Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," one sentence says, "My woman's cousin was in McAlester an' they give him hell." The Spanish ("Las Uvas de le Ira") translation is: "El primo de mi mujer estuvo ...
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How do you say “muscle fever” in Spanish?

I've heard only "envaramiento", so people say in Spanish Estoy envarado por haber nadado ayer. Wikipedia says it's said agujetas, which I've never heard. Is there another non-medical term for ...
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When is “se” used before a verb?

I'm confused about when "se" should be used. I thought it would always go before a like here: Ella se mejora a su coche but I see here that it is not being used. Él observa a su hija My ...
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Origin of 'r' in 'rencontrar'

The Spanish equivalent of the English word "encounter" is "rencontrar." Why does the Spanish version have the beginning "r" when the English one doesn't? The source is the Spanish version of "Tea ...
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Translating “each other's” in Spanish

I know there are several approximate ways to convey the sense of "each other" in Spanish, some of them being entre ellos, uno al otro, and even mutuamente. However, I am struggling to turn this ...
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Lo & Me: When to hook at the end of verb and when to keep separate

I am learning Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method. I am a bit confused with when to put 'lo' at the start of a phrase and when to hook it on to the verb. For example: why can't you do it that way? ...
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Question about “bottle of water”

I'm trying to figure out how to say "a bottle of water" and I've found that it is botella de agua. But occasionally the dictionaries also have the word la cantimplora. So is that just a canteen or ...
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Usage of pero vs sino

I am new to Spanish and was wondering when I need to use 'pero' in a sentence vs 'sino'. I have seen both these words used in sentences and I am confused on when to use which.
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Greetings for presents and cards

What phrases and greetings can you use for christmas presents / cards? Are there "general purpose" phrases which can be used for presents which are used the whole year, like an iPod? For example: ...
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How to translate “background” into Spanish?

The word "background" does not seem to have an equivalent in Spanish. What would be the translation of the following phrases: He has a background in computer science. She has a background as a ...
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¿Cómo debería llamar a un “waiter”?

Español es mi tercer idioma (lo he estudiado durante cuatro años), y voy a España este verano. No sé cómo llamar la atención de un camarero. Por ejemplo, la gente piensa que puede llamar a un ...
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¿Cómo traducir “current events” al español?

En la escuela tuvimos una clase que llamábamos "current events". Me preguntaba ¿cuál sería el nombre de aquella clase en una escuela latina? He pensado en "eventos de actualidad" y "eventos ...
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Uso de “Cada” sin nada detrás

Visto en Facebook: Cada que compartes esta imagen... ¿Es correcto este uso de la palabra "Cada", sin la palabra "vez" a continuación?
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Cómo traducir “rendering”

En el contexto del diseño gráfico, es común encontrar la palabra render, e inclusive, en la wikipedia en español existe una página que trata el tema. Aún así, no existe una palabra oficial para ...
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Why is the plural third person preterite indicative used here?

In Cien anos de soledad, there is this line: Sentaron una gitana en un extremo de la aldea e instalaron el catalejo a la entrada de la carpa. which as far as I understand, means that a single ...
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“Le lee un diario a ella” - Is the person who reads male or female?

The translator says the sentence is this in English: Le lee un diario a ella = He reads her a book. I thought it was "You read her a book" because it's unclear from the wording the gender of ...
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voiceless vs voiced consonants / consonantes sordas vs sonoras

About unaspirated voiceless consonant and voiced consonants. For example, in pa .pe.pi.po.pu and ba.be.bi.bo.bu, ta.te.ti.to.tu and da.de.di.do.du, ca.co.cu and ga.go.gu, their pronunciation are too ...
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What is the correct verb for temporary/transient color?

Color, generally, is ascribed with ser. In the mental model I'm assembling as I learn Spanish, this seems to be because it is, generally, a durable characteristic. El cielo es azul - the sky is blue. ...
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How to say “I am not a spam bot” for a captcha

I'm creating a checkbox captcha; in English the text is "I am not a spam bot" What is the proper way to say this for the Spanish language translation? I should add I'm not necessarily looking ...
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Is the country México or Méjico?

Is the name of the country south of the United States spelled México or Méjico? Which is the official name of the country in English and Spanish? When is each version used?
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video vs. grabación

What is the difference between video and grabación? In other words, what types of "videos" does each describe? Which of the two would best describe a video recorded using a home video recorder or ...
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Translating “Thanks in advance”

In letters or emails, I often end by saying "Thanks in advance," thanking the recipient in advance for whatever I am requesting. Is there an equivalent phrase in Spanish that is used in the same way?
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Translating “preferences” and “settings”

What is the standard way in Spanish to translate "preferences" (a menu option in computer programs where you can adjust program settings)? What is the standard way to translate "settings" (an ...
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What is the meaning of “perdóname la vida”?

In García Márquez's "Memories of My Melancholy Whores", in some point Rosa Cabarcas, while talking to the Maestro, says " Ay, maestro, perdóname la vida". The English translation by Edith Grossman ...
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traducir “facility” (eufemismo para “cárcel”)

Necesito un eufemismo para cárcel. En inglés se usa facility. Creo que se prefiere usar un eufemismo para no ofender.
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¿Cómo se dice “flyer” en castellano?

Si vas por la calle de una gran ciudad, normalmente de noche, siempre encuentras a algún joven que te da unas cartulinas pequeñas con información de discotecas, bares, etc. donde pasar un rato. A ...

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