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Is there a certain rule for s-aspiration

I noticed that my Spanish teacher sometimes does not pronunce the letter "s" in some syllables. For example, she says Ih-rael instead of Israel. Or she says "mah" instead of "mas". The thing is, she ...
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Learn basic vocabulary

I am learning Spanish (Castellano) and want to expand my vocabulary. There are many vocabulary trainers out there. But some do not come with predefined words and others contain them all. I want to ...
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435 views

What if I cannot hear a tiny difference between similar Spanish sounds?

What if I cannot hear a tiny difference between similar Spanish sounds? Can I still go on studying Spanish if I cannot distinguish tiny differences between similar Spanish words? For example: pino ...
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Multiple verbs with different agents

When a sentence contains two verbs with different agents must they be separated by a conjunction (e.g. que)? Or, can the second verb be in the infinitive? For example, in the following sentence the ...
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Is there a trick to remembering 'llevar' and 'traer'?

After years of living in a Spanish-speaking country, and speaking mostly only Spanish all day, I still struggle with 'llevar' and 'traer'. The rules are clear and all, but it is just very difficult to ...
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Do all Spanish sentences start with a capital letter?

I use Google to translate phrases in my iPad app; when I have a phrase that starts with a capital letter in English, Google translates the phrase but starts with a lower-case letter. Is this ...
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Sustantivo de “refrescar” as in “rafraichissement” in French

Cuando uno presiona la tecla F5 (o manzana + R en un MAC), el navegador refresca la página. Mi pregunta es si existe un sustantivo para este verbo? Existe "refresco" pero suena muy mal. En inglés no ...
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How do you say “hot chocolate” in spanish?

It is clear that a literal translation yields "chocolate caliente," but is this the correct translation for hot chocolate?
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¿“No existe nadie” o “no existe alguien”?

¿Es correcto decir "No existe nadie"? Por ejemplo: "No existe nadie que haya aprobado el examen". ¿Lo correcto sería "No existe alguien que haya aprobado el examen"?
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Reflexive “dejar”

I came across the below translation while browsing through a Spanish learning website today: Te has dejado el paraguas en el restaurante. You left your umbrella at the restaurant. I am confused ...
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Preterito v Imperfecto

Which of these sentences are correct when describing a period of time? Viví en España 3 años y durante ese tiempo fui a la escuela y comí con mis amigos en la terraza. Viví en España 3 años ...
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How acceptable is to use Cariño for non-relatives?

I usually greet my friends in many different ways, like Hola, guapa / bonita / amiga / etc. Sometimes with really close friends I would also use Hola, princesa! in a more perky way. But is it OK ...
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When should one use “para” for the English word “to”?

This is an extension of the question What is the difference between using "de" and "que" for the English word "to"? Consider the sentence "You have one minute to ...
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Was “rr” ever considered officially a letter of the Spanish alphabet?

Everybody agrees that the Spanish digraphs "ch" and "ll" used to be officially separate "letters" up to the time the RAE changed the rules of Spanish alphabetization in 1994. But when it comes to the ...
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What does “La hora de los loros” mean?

"La hora de los loros" is an idiom in Spanish. I've seen it writing and heard it in conversation. How would you say the equivalent in English? Not literally, but figuratively. Is there an ...
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“Saber” in the sense of “to taste:” how should it be conjugated in first person?

English Imagine you are a mouse in a cartoon, and you want to tell a cat "I don't taste good!" It's clear how to conjugate "saber" when used in the sense of "to taste" - in third or second person: ...
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327 views

How do native speakers speak the correct pairs of words when they speak fast? [duplicate]

As a Spanish learner who didn't grow up listening to the tiny difference between similar groups like ta te ti to tu y da de di do du,pa pe pi po pu and ba be bi bo bu. It is not easy for me to hear ...
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2answers
703 views

Pasado perfecto de subjuntivo o indicativo

I need to use "pasado perfecto de subjuntivo" or "pasado perfecto de indicativo". I have three sentences with possible choices. Choices: sido, tomado, pasado, cambiado, tratado, tenido, conocido, ...
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260 views

Pluralization of “todo”

Should “todo tipo” be pluralized when translating the phrase, “all types of”? Consider this sentence: I grow all types/kinds of vegetables. Which of the below would be the correct translation and ...
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gustar: “I like the cat” vs “The cat likes me”

I put this in the google translate page: the cat likes me i like the cat I get back the translation: el gato me gusta me gusta el gato which doesn't look right at all, and sure enough it gets ...
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2answers
225 views

Por and Para origins

How did por and para come to mean so differently in Spanish while they both come from the same source, i.e., Latin?
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Por vs. para vs. a vs. de

How do we translate the below sentence into Spanish? Meat is the only source of income for them. I have the following options: La carne es el único ingreso por ellos. La carne es el único ingreso ...
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442 views

Subjunctive with “asegurar”

Should the subjunctive be used after the verb "asegurar que"? The sentence I am trying to write is "La policía no se aseguraron que el niño tuviera un arma autentico o que él fuera una amenaza." ...
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1answer
80 views

Ambiguity with “por”

Let’s consider the following sentence: Esta carta fue escrita por Juan. I know it translates into English as, “This letter was written by Juan.” But won’t it also translate as, “This letter was ...
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129 views

Word order in Spanish

The sentence I need to translate is this: Your threats are never going to frighten me. However, I am still not sure of the most appropriate word-order in Spanish and have ended up with the below ...
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101 views

Article usage in Spanish

Ahorremos agua / Ahorremos el agua Manzanas son frutas / La manzana es una fruta / Manzana es una fruta Which of the above sets would be more appropriate? Spanish articles have always baffled me. To ...
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“Something big” in Spanish

I want to say, “Something big is happening today.” Is the following translation the most appropriate? Algo grande va a pasar hoy. In the same vein, is the following the correct translation for, ...
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“Que viene” vs “próximo”

I have seen the expression, “next year” translated as both “el año que viene” and “el año próximo.” Are there regional preferences? Which one is more natural and why? Which translation is particularly ...
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Differences in usage between “dejar” and “permitir”?

My understanding is that dejar means "to let" and permitir means "to permit." Either of them can carry the meaning of "to allow," which is to say that they can be used interchangeably as follows: ...
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Ser vs estar in this sentence

The sentence I want to translate is: The wine cellar should be dark and dry. Which of the following would be more appropriate and why? La bodega debe ser oscura y seca. La bodega debe estar oscura ...
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1answer
378 views

Hay que vs tener que vs deber

I understand that all three of them are the Spanish equivalent of “ought to” or “must” or “should". But I really need to know if there are any subtle differences in the sense they convey. Also, are ...
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2answers
193 views

Sé creativo! Why is “estar” not used for this imperative?

I got the following dialogue: -- "Yo no se que hacer." -- "¡Sé creativo y conseguirás lo que quieres!" Why do I use "sé" in this case? What is the rule to apply? To me, the usage of ...
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1answer
213 views

Turning a certain age in Spanish

I know tener is the verb used when talking about one’s age. So the following translation makes perfect sense: Tengo treinta años. I am 30 years old. But what if I want to translate the following ...
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Ser vs estar in sentences about composition

Could someone please advise which is the verb of choice in sentences that talk about what things are made of or look like? See the following example: My bathroom is covered in tiles. For the above ...
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2answers
126 views

Por vs para when discussing number of times

Which one would be the preposition of choice when discussing the number of times something happened? Examples: I saw her for the third time. She is visiting me for the first time.
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175 views

Too big for him

While translating the phrase, “too big for him,” should we use "por" or "para"? In other words, which one of the below would be correct Spanish: Esa broca es demasiada pequeña por esta pared. ...
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1answer
101 views

What is the best way to find out if a book is available in Spanish?

There are many books I would like to read in spanish, such as George Jackson's "Soledad Brother" What is the most efficient way for finding out if a particular book is available in Spanish?
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Is there an expression for “turn of phrase” in Spanish?

Something with a little more of the poetic flavor of "turn of phrase" than, say, "forma de hablar" (manner of speaking / figure of speech) or "expresión", that is. To clarify, I'm thinking of this ...
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1answer
489 views

What does “Le tengo” mean in “Le tengo miedo al fracaso”?

The sentence means "I am afraid of failure". Why do we use Le tengo instead of Yo tengo or Tengo? Moreover, why are we using al instead of de for of?
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202 views

Nos hace sentirnos o Nos hace sentir

¿Qué forma es correcta? y ¿qué regla se aplica en estos casos? Nos hace sentirnos. o Nos hace sentir. Me hace sentirme. o Me hace sentir. Te hace sentirte. o Te ...
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3answers
458 views

Simple preterit and imperfect preterit connotations of “saber”

I need some refreshing on the differences between preterit and imperfect preterit tenses of the verb saber. I understand the following connotations: saber -- To know (or to taste) sé, sabes, sabe ...
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273 views

“Lo peor ya ha pasado” - Why is “Lo” used?

The sentence translates to The worse has already passed. Why is lo used instead of el? When am I supposed to use one over the other?
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1answer
209 views

Creating new spanish words by adding dimunitives

Please help me out, I am not sure about this. Can you add diminutives to Spanish words where this is not traditionally done and create new words that most people would understand? e.g. take a random ...
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1answer
111 views

Punctuating quoted sentences

I've found lots of information online about proper punctuation (after the quotation marks) when a dialogue tag is used. However, I cannot find any reference regarding if the quotation or dialogue line ...
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1answer
358 views

“Ella es nuestra madre” - Why is “nuestra” feminine?

Why is nuestra feminine if we do not know the gender of the people the speaker is referring?
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1answer
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What rule governs this usage of the apostrophe in this case?

I was reading the other day and came across this passage: En mi carrera me he planteado metas que siempre he alcanzado y ahora'gozo de un éxito profesional extraordinario... I have never seen a ...
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Castellano vs español - Which countries prefer which?

Suppose we are agreed that for most purposes, "castellano" and "español" refer to pretty much the same language (though perhaps some may disagree---see this other SE question). From reading that ...
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1answer
197 views

What does “si vienen palos” mean?

y es por eso que si vienen palos, yo seré el primero en dar This is from the lyrics of a song. I do understand the meaning of the words but a literal translation doesn't make any sense ("... ...
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4answers
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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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Learning programming in a Spanish speaking country

This question is for anyone who has learned programming in a Spanish speaking country. Seeing as though the key words for programming languages like Java, C, Python etc are all in English I have a ...

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