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Dictionary entry “Vérselas y deseárselas”

In my dictionary there is an entry belonging to "ver": vérselas y deseárselas para conseguir algo which should mean something like "take a great effort to obtain sth.". I have seen a similar phrase ...
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¿De dónde viene la diferente ortografía para “concejo” y “consejo”?

Me llama la atención la diferente ortografía para concejo y consejo. Al parecer tienen la misma etimología latina en la palabra consilium. Si esto no fuese cierto, ¿la similitud es mera ...
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How should “The dangerous pelican film” be translated?

Translate.com gives me "La película pelícano peligroso" but then going the other direction with it gives me "The film pelican dangerous!" Should it be something like "La película de los pelícanos ...
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How do you say ‘What's it like living in Mexico?’ in Castilian Spanish?

How do you say ‘What's it like living in Mexico’ in Castilian Spanish? Que es vivir en Mexico?
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How do I say ‘I like to go out in such nice weather’ in Spanish?

How do I say ‘I like to go out in such nice weather’ in Spanish? Me gustaria salir en un tal buen tiempo.
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What's the meaning of “dar” in “dar por supuesto”?

In an exercise I came across the following sentence: Mis colegas dan por supuesto que yo termino el trabajo. I wonder about the expression dan por supuesto. I learned that dar is most frequently ...
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What are the origins of the demonym “pinolero”? / Orígenes del término «pinolero»

While researching a little bit about Nicaragua for my Spanish class presentation, I became curious as to why there is no good explanation for the origins of the word “pinolero” Nicaraguans sometimes ...
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Poetic translation for “I'll be your Manolete, if you'll be my Lupe”

I want to find a poetic translation for this phrase to use in some writing and can't get it right. I'll be your Manolete, if you'll be my Lupe.
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To set apart / it sets you apart / to set yourself apart

I literally have to use this phrase daily however I am never certain of my translation. All of the other sources on the internet are inconclusive and I would like to clear this doubt up once and for ...
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Pronunciation of Boca Juniors

As I noticed the name of Argentinian football club Boca Juniors is pronounced by Argentinians not as I would expect in Spanish but more close to English As far as I understand, the reason for that is ...
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Pronouncing a person's name according to our mood

I have heard that in spanish, when people usually call each other by their names, they change the names according to their mood. For example, a person named Carlos can be referred to as Carlitos or ...
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How is the placement of this prepositional phrase grammatical?

I'm re-reading La Vida Inútil de Pito Pérez, this time making extra effort to understand the all the words and grammar, and I'm stumped in the second paragraph already, which is describing his ...
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how to translate the software specific expression “how to” in Castellano?

There's something in software or websites that is called a "how-to" section, it is like a frequently asked questions (faq) section but with a content closer to be a tutorial of how to do something in ...
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Me gustaría / quisiera / querría

I usually use "me gustaría" when asking for something or expressing myself towards something I would like to do. How about "quisiera" and "querría" can both be used the same way and what are the ...
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Find all forms of a verb, given one form of the verb

Is there any software that I can use to find all forms of a Spanish verb, given one form of the verb? I know of an online tool called Whitaker's Words that does this for Latin verbs, but I haven't yet ...
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Does the phrase 'asegurarse de' (ensures that) need to be followed by a subjunctive?

Cuando se usa la combinación asegurarse de que, ¿debe ser seguida por un verbo en subjuntivo o en indicativo? Un oración de ejemplo para este caso podría ser (usando ambas posibilidades): La ...
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Sentences structure: garantizarse

Please advise which one of the following is correct for the English speaking "No one is guaranteed to have a tomorrow"? If all correct, which one is the best saying? Nadie se garantiza tener un ...
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Word usage: serme

I've come across the below sentence: Este año he decidido serme fiel a mi misma y no mentirme I checked the dictionary and couldn't find the word "serme". What does it mean?
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Translation of “to wind (a rope, hose, string, cord, etc.)”

The other questions about "wind" got me thinking about it's normal verb use. To "wind" something is to wrap it in circles, either around an object or simply making a coil. For this use, it looks like ...
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holy: santo vs. sagrado

What is the difference between santo and sagrado in translating the English religious word "holy." How are the two words used in religious contexts in Spanish-speaking countries?
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Response when you don't understand what's said before ¿…, verdad?

What are the possible responses to a sentence you don't hear or understand that ends in ¿verdad? For example: Mañana vas a ..., ¿verdad? In English you could say something like "Isn't what ...
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Translating “Me la paso pensándote”

In Wisin y Yandel's "Estoy Enamorado," the chorus contains the following line: Me la paso pensándote, nunca voy a soltarte What does "Me la paso pensándote" mean? Is "me" a reflexive or indirect ...
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Words and phrases with non-evident prejudice

Hace poco aprendí que el origen de la palabra algarabía es la pronunciación de árabe en la lengua árabe. Otro ejemplo notable es la palabra morisqueta. ¿Existen otras palabras o frases de común uso ...
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What are some terms of endearment for a girlfriend/wife? [closed]

What are some Spanish terms of enderment you could use for a girlfriend or a wife? In English I'm thinking things like sweetheart, sweetie, darling, cutie, babe, etc.. Any others that are unique to ...
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Equivalent of “doch” (German) or “jo” (Norwegian) in Spanish dialects

English There's a very useful word in German, Norwegian and other languages that's used to respond to negative questions in a way that the contrary of the question is expressed. Example: - Hast ...
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Análisis sentimental

Investigando un poco sobre el análisis automático de textos, me interesó mucho esta parte de "análisis sentimental" (sentimental analysis / opinion mining). Me gustaría profundizar algo más en el tema ...
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Recommendations for hard-copy dictionary for middle schoolers [closed]

I am looking for recommendations on dictionaries suitable for English language learners (immigrants) in middle school. English-Spanish and Spanish-English dictionaries will be needed.
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Estar vs Ser usage with muy bien

Está muy bien Why not say Es muy bien? In what context would you use está muy bien? What noun could you refer estar to? Could you refer estar to a person, place, or thing? Could you say él ...
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Translation of “It is important to do it” in Spanish

Could someone tell me the correct translation of the following sentence structure in Spanish, It is important to do it or It is necessary to do it and can I use all three of the following ...
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¿qué significa “desacomplejado”?

¿qué significa "desacomplejado" en este contexto en inglés:? Y emerge otro Canadá. Un país que mira menos a Europa y más a Asia. Un país donde la explosión del petróleo ha alterado los equilibrios ...
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Is “Luisa” in this sentence the indirect object or direct object?

Estaba allí Luisa y la observé sin que mi viera. I think Luisa is the indirect object. Why is she actually the direct object? I'm asking why she's the direct object because "la" signifies direct ...
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Preterite vs Imperfect

Su obra y su personalidad le situaron pronto a la cabeza del grupo. Why don't you use the imperfect tense for the verb situar?
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Uso de Ser vs Estar y objectos directos y indirectors

1.>Esta bolsa está rota. Por qué no puede usar "es" en vez de "estar" en esta frase?
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Download Spanish–English translations (esp. conjugations) as Open Data [closed]

I'm learning Spanish conjugations and using sites like Conjugemos. I like these time-intensive conjugation drills since they drive conjugations into procedural memory: after a while in the exercise, I ...
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Does denied reported speech take the subjunctive?

If I say (in Mexican Spanish) that I did not say X, where X is information (rather than a command), does X take the subjunctive? Regarding this question, Benjamin & Butt (5th ed.) seem to ...
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Mexican Equivalent of DELE

DELE is a Spanish language proficiency level certification offered by Spain. Is there any equivalent certification offered by Mexico? For example, in English there's the IELTS for British English and ...
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Conjugation of verb in sentence adverbial clause and subjunctive

Ellos lo hacen de manera que no (haber) errores. Why is this haya and not hay? The main clause is in the indicative.
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Ser and Estar differences in passive voice?

There are process (ser) and status (estar) passive forms. I do not quite catch the difference in meaning and translations: La casa es vendida La casa fue vendida el mes pasado La casa está vendida La ...
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All is Well - Todo esta bien

Which is correct? English - All is Well Espanol - Todo es bien / Todo está bien I am confused with es and está. still I don't get a clear view. I referred this too. Please help to understand. ...
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Not sure about this translation [closed]

Tengo problemas con esta frase: "Yo solo copio". Mis intentos son: I just copy I only copy I copy De la misma forma, con esta frase: "Yo nunca leo nada". I never read anything I never read I ...
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Conjugation and tenses

I am just trying to write a little piece about myself but sometimes struggle with conjugation, is the correct tense present, when describing myself? i.e. Creo que soy una persona muy independiente, ...
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“Basta” o “Basta con”

El título ya lo dice todo. ¿"Basta leerlo" o "Basta con leerlo"? ¿O cualquiera de las dos formas es correcta? En el caso de "alcanza" tengo la sensación de que cualquiera de las dos formas funciona, ...
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Nombre de los poemas cuyas palabras, en su totalidad, empiezan con la misma letra

¿Cómo se llaman los poemas en los cuales cada palabra empieza con la misma letra? He aquí un ejemplo de Francisco de Quevedo: Antes alegre andaba, agora apenas alcanzó alivio, ardiendo aprisionado; ...
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How do you say ‘he turns out to be…’ in Spanish?

How do I say ‘He turns out to be a good guy’ in Castilian Spanish? Resulté un buen hombre
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Phrase used for daily status meeting?

What phrase is used in Latin America for a daily status meeting among coworkers or team members in a business setting?
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To express nothing much (versus not much) can I say “nada mucho”?

I learned "no mucho" for not much, but when I went to Spain, I heard "nada mucho" in conversational Spanish. Specifically in Granada, where many would say "graNADA mucho" to "What's up" questions. I ...
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Qué sigifica la frase 'Dicen que solo se está de más'?

Lo he oído en una canción. No entiendo qué significa.
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me/te/nos hace falta / passive form

So after reading this question I came up with a really bad doubt. In the past I was using quite often "(no) se hace falta" to say for instance, that "it is (not) necessary to", but I've by then been ...
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Difference between “salvo” and “salvado” (religion)

For expressing the religious concept of being "saved," what is the difference between salvo and salvado? Is there any difference in connotation or formality of the two words? Are there any contexts ...
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Translation of “desafuero” to English

WordReference says that the Spanish word desafuero can be used to refer to the "withdrawal of parliamentary/ministerial privileges." I recently saw this word used in this sense in a newspaper article. ...

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