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How to use “A golpe de silbato”?

A golpe de silbato. literally means blow a whistle. However, it is used to describe fast actions and/or decisions. Could someone explain more about it and when/how to use it correctly? ...
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Alternatives to “ya me voy”

"Ya me voy" is sometimes heard often; for example at the end of the workday. What alternative phrases convey a similar meaning? "Me marcho" comes to mind, but it seems to connote walking in formation. ...
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Easy reading for someone with one year in Spanish language? [closed]

I have been studying Spanish once a week for two semesters now. We have covered two different past tenses plus future tense and I thought it might be a good time to start doing some reading on my own. ...
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What does “alma sucia” mean?

What does it mean? I've checked the literal meaning with Google: dirty soul I was looking for something more elegant, that shows its tone. Is it an idiom?
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En esta oración compleja ¿cuáles son las oraciones subordinadas y qué función desempeñan?

Oración compleja: ha sido en la última década cuando la importación de vocablos de ese idioma ha crecido, sobre todo entre los jóvenes. Estoy un poco inseguro de cuáles son las oraciones ...
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Palabras sobreesdrújulas: ¿cuándo se escriben con tilde?

Todas las palabras esdrújulas llevan tilde. Había oido que las sobreesdrújulas también lo llevan, pero encontré "exactamente" y otros adverbios escritos sin acento. ¿Cuál es exactamente la regla de ...
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Latinoamérica, Hispanoamérica, or Sudamérica?

Latinoamérica, Hispanoamérica, Sudamérica or other? For someone living in Venezuela or Chile, for example, what term would I be most likely to hear to describe countries south of the US? The terms ...
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What is the intended meaning of “maría” in this news article?

While reading an article in El País, I saw this in the last sentence in the 4th paragraph (emphasis mine): “La Religión, según esos acuerdos, no puede ser considerada una maría, y debe tener el ...
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How do you describe a pie pan in Spanish?

Even my Mexican friends don't know how to say "pie pan" or "pie tin" in Spanish. Google isn't much help, either. How can I effectively communicate about a pie pan? Examples: Disposable, single-use ...
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Why is “voy” used in “voy perdiendo” instead of “estoy”?

Apparently "Voy perdiendo" means "I'm losing." But I thought the present participle was formed using estar. I am confused!
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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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Translation of “audio signalling”

How do I translate "audio signalling of each detected particle" I was trying: Señalización de audio para cada particula detectada or Señalamiento con audio para cada particula detectada ...
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Is there a Spanish equivalent for the French word “voilà”?

A rough English translation for the French word "voilà" might be "there it is." One of my former Spanish teachers (an American, not a native speaker), would use the word "eso" in this context, in ...
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¿Hay alguna diferecia importante entre los dos subjuntivos? [duplicate]

Estoy encantado con estas dos formas del lenguaje, pero ninguno de los materiales disponibles ha clarificado la diferencia entre las dos formas: Si hubiese sabido que iba a llover, me habría ...
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How does it form a conditional event which will happen in the future?

Talking about a conditional event which will happen in the future. But here, future form isn't used. Which of the below sentences is grammatically correct? Whenever these bills have been paid, ...
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What is the difference between “por medio de” and “a través de”?

It seems like a través de and por medio de can often be used to mean the same thing. What is the difference between them, and in what contexts can you only use one or the other?
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¿Se escribe “satisfactibilidad” o "satisfacibilidad?

En teoría de computación se habla del Problema de satisfacibilidad booleana. En inglés se llama “satisfiability problem”, y se trata de determinar si una fórmula lógica se puede o no satisfacer. Sin ...
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¿Cuál es la etimología de “al fin y al cabo”?

La expresión fijada "al fin y al cabo" en Inglés sería algo como "at the end of the day, in the end, after all". Pero quería saber, ¿se conoce la etimología? En la entrada "al fin y al cabo" en ...
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¡Buenas! greeting in morning

Another question brings up the fact that in many countries, ¡Buenas! is used as a greeting (as an abbreviation of Buenas tardes or Buenas noches). In regions where this is the case, what should be ...
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¿Qué significa “pata de perro”?

Hoy una amiga me dijo "Soy pata de perro". Yo entiendo las palabras literalmente, pero ¿qué significa esa expresión?
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¿Qué significa “jalar” en México?

¿Cuál es el significado de "jalar" para cada uno de estos ejemplos? A pesar de que esta televisión la compré apenas el año pasado, ya no jala. Ya no estés de ocioso, ¡ponte a jalar! ...
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¿Qué significa “la tercera edad”?

Una amiga me dijo: Estoy a cargo de mamá que es una señora de la tercera edad. ¿Qué significa "la tercera edad"?
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Usage of “oso” to express embarrassment

I have heard the idiom ¡Que oso! ...used to express embarrassment by a former acquaintance from Colombia but have never met another Spanish speaker who uses this expression. My questions: ...
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¿Qué significa abatizar (visto en Nicaragua)?

He visto la palabra abatizar en periódicos de Nicaragua, pero no puedo encontrar la palabra ni en el diccionario de la RAE ni en WordReference.com. ¿Exactamente qué significa abatizar y en cuales ...
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¿Hay una diferencia entre “restaurante” y “restauran”?

¿Cuál es la diferencia, si la hay, entre "restaurante" y "restauran"? He escuchado la palabra "restauran" algunas veces, pero recientemente la vi en una señal también: ¿Son sinónimos?
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What is the abbreviation for World War II?

¿Cómo se acorta la frase "II Guerra Mundial"? How do we shorten the phrase "World War II" in Spanish? We could say "II Guerra Mundial" or "IIGM". Is that standard? It came up since I was writing ...
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Spanish words for cake, pie, pastry, etc [closed]

English has several specific words for different types of sweet, baked products: cake pie pastry tart torte cobbler Does Spanish have the same level of detail for describing these sweets? What ...
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How to translate “surface contamination”

I want to translate a phrase: Evaluation of surface contamination by beta radionuclides. I have Evaluación de contaminación en superficies provocada por radio nucleótidos beta I do not ...
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Myspell and different variants of Spanish

This is somewhat computer related as well. If one installs myspell package in Ubuntu, it would download files for Spanish Spanish, and files for e.g. Argentinian Spanish would be just symlinks to it. ...
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Recurso literario para convertir “Me explico” en “Mesplico”

Me sale naturalmente juntar ambas palabras. ¿Existe algun recurso literario que valide esta forma de expresion? "Me explico" -> "Mesplico"
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Early childhood Spanish language immersion accent exposure

Is it important for young children (4 or 5 years old) in a Spanish language immersion program to be exposed to more than one type of Spanish language accent? If the child only hears one accent for the ...
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Appropriate expressions of jealousy

A friend of mine in Mexico invited my roommate, LaPorte, and I to an event. I am unable to attend, but my roommate is. In my response, expressing how I wish I could come, I want to say something ...
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Definition of escuela and colegio

Spanish has two generic words for school: escuela and colegio. I have heard different explanations for what phases of schooling each word refers to. For example, I've been told that colegio refers ...
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¿Qué significa “siempre sí” y “siempre no”?

Este fin de semana estaba en un hotel con una amiga esperando a otros amigos para salir juntos. Mi amiga dijo a la recepcionista: -"Estamos esperando unos amigos. ¿Usted puede avisarnos cuando ...
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Is it acceptable to say Brasilero instead of Brasileño?

On the wikipedia article in spanish about Brazil, both terms, Brasileño and Brasilero, are used as gentilic for people born in Brazil, it also mentions that Brasilero is used only on certain regions ...
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Is there a translation for “cougar”?

I mean cougar as in a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man. I know the term asaltacunas, but this applies to both men and women, so I would like to know if there is a ...
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Origen de la expresión “tener más moral que el Alcoyano”

Cuando alguien no se da por vencido y sigue insistiendo a veces en España se dice tienes más moral que el Alcoyano. Alcoyano es el gentilicio de Alcoy (provincia de Alicante), pero ¿cúal es el origen ...
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Difference between “volver” and “regresar”

I understand that both "volver" and "regresar" can mean "to return" as in: Tengo que regresar mañana... Tengo que volver mañana... Is there any difference between these two words? If so, ...
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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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Origen y uso de la frase “Para más inri”

Acabo de leer en un diario español la frase "para más inri", y según el diccionario on-line que ofrecen, significa "por si fuera poco". Yo nunca había leído ni escuchado tal frase. Mi pregunta ...
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Grammar of “¡A comer!”

I was recently staying with a Mexican family, and during lunch, the children (ages 8 and 5) were being rather unruly. The grandmother would command them: ¡A comer! I have never heard a command in ...
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How can I recognize the conjugation of a verb from its infinitive?

According to this Wikipedia article, it is possible to recognize the conjugation of a Spanish verb from its infinitive. Is it possible to determine the conjugation of a verb (such as pedir, or tener, ...
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How should I translate “table” (as in a data table)?

What should be the correct word in Spanish to translate "table" (as in an arrangement of text or data in rows and columns)? Somewhere I've read that "cuadro" should be preferred to "tabla", but which ...
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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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¿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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“Decoded” Fashion ?

There is a computer programming event next week, "Decoded Fashion". I had write (in Spanish) that I was going to this event. I found two translations on Google translate: descodificar descifrar. ...
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Spanish for “snowflake” and “snowman” in various regions?

I found myself needing a word for "snowflake" and "snowman" while talking to family. My nephew was holding a toy snowflake and snowman. Most spanish-speaking countries live rather close to the ...
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Coming “down” or “up” (traveling from one place to another)

In English (at least US English), it is common to use "up" and "down" when giving directions. For example: When are you coming down to visit us? I went up to see him for the weekend. The "up" and ...
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How to translate “quiver”? (mathematics)

In mathematics a quiver is a multidigraph. It is a directed graph that allows multiple arrows and loops. The non-mathematical Wikipedia article on the quiver, corresponds to the Spanish article on ...
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Difference between “un poco de” and “un poco”

What is the difference between the use of "un poco de" and "un poco"? Why can't we say "Es un poco de moreno"(He has a little dark skin.) but "Es un poco moreno."?? Could you please provide some ...

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