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How can I distinguish between “girlfriend,” “fiancée” and “bride”, which are all “novia”?

I am a native Portuguese speaker, where noiva means "bride" or "fiancée." So I was very confused when someone asked me if a girl was my novia, since she didn't have an engagement ring (thank goodness ...
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Does contener have a meaning I'm not familiar with? [closed]

Someone asked me, "que contiene el nombre Xxxx en ingles?". I thought "contener" was pretty much the same as "to contain" in English, and online dictionaries seem to agree. Is there some other ...
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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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Exactly what type of a word is “véase”?

I see the words véase and véanse somewhat frequently. I understand they are used like this: See page 5 Véase página 5 And See pages 5 and 6 Véanse páginas 5 y 6 ...
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How to say Thanks for confirming

The translation of "Thanks for confirming" is: Gracias por confirmar (futuro) Gracias por haber confirmado (pasado)? Thanks
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Why did the translator replace an actual name with a placeholder?

In "The Grapes of Wrath"/"Las Uvas de la Ira", the name Joan Crawford appears in the original (English) text. In the Spanish translation, that has been rendered as "fulana." My understanding is that: ...
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Can sino compare subjects?

Duolingo read me this sentence aloud and asked me to transcribe it: No veo hombres sino mujeres. I misunderstood what was said and typed: No beben hombres sino mujeres. I thought that that ...
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What does the slang “cerote” mean?

I know this is a slang expression from Central American people. I don't remember the context but it was something like: Eres un cerote! (from a pretty angry girl) I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean ...
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“Hable con ella”

I'm referring to Almodóvar's picture. And I've been wondering: 2nd person imperative of the verb hablar is habla. hable is the 3rd person imperative form. Why is he using a 3rd person here. As if ...
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What is the difference between Spanish and Ladino?

What are the main differences between Spanish and Ladino? I thought I would be able to hear the difference in Ladino podcasts, but I don't. Both languages sound the same.
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Why isn't sunrise “Entrada del Sol”?

"Salida del Sol" is sunrise - but doesn't that literally mean "Exit of the Sun"? Why isn't sunrise "Entrada del Sol" instead?
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¿Por qué es “lo vi” pero “le dije”?

No entiendo por qué: ¿Viste a Juan? Sí, lo vi. ¿Le dijiste a Juan? Sí, le dije. Creo que Juan es el receptor del verbo en ambas oraciones, entonces no entiendo por qué en una se utiliza "lo" de ...
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Arriba, Abajo al Centro pa Dentro

"Arriba. abajo, al centro y adentro" o "pa dentro" Tengo mucha curiosidad sobre esa forma de brindar. En México se usa en contextos muy reducidos vinculados con exceso alcohol o en forma de juego; en ...
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“Maria Llena Eres de Gracia” in English

That's the name of a well-known movie from Mexico and also happens to be one of my biggest favorites. But I have always struggled to understand how it translates to "Maria, Full of Grace" in English. ...
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¿Cómo se dice “más o menos” en inglés? [closed]

Siempre que pienso en decir "más o menos" sólo pienso en "more or less" pero no estoy seguro de que sea la traducción correcta. Entonces ¿Cómo se dice en inglés?
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library of old scanned manuscripts or handwritings in Spanish?

This is an example of such online libraries but in other languages : manuscripts in Persian or Arabic May you offer some places that i can find papers in Spanish ? Whether online(free) or for sale ...
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Spanish for “goat” [closed]

I have come across the following translations: chivo cabra cordero carnero oveja I am positive they cannot all be exactly the same thing. Can someone please help me ...
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¿Cómo pedir la opinión de alguien?

¿Cómo se pide la opinión de alguien sobre un tema o actividad? Por ejemplo, en ingles se dice: What do you think about __________?
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Is the Spanish word for “film” really the same word as for “movie”?

I'm simultaneously reading "The Grapes of Wrath" in English and Spanish ("Las Uvas de la Ira"). I came acorss this translation for "film of dust": "pelicula de polvo." Is this accurate? I know that ...
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Significado de “cita telúrica”

En "Los mares del Sur", de Manuel Vázquez Montalbán: Y otras veces, cuando se enamoraba de alguien concreto, de pronto tenía la sensación de que le estaba esperando en un punto exacto de la ...
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Pronunciation of “ll” in Mexico

There are several questions on this site that deal with the correct pronunciation of "ll" and "y" but despite sounding like a duplicate, this question addresses a slightly different issue. I have ...
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What Spanish term (or terms) work best to describe a glass jar as used for coffee, jam, etc?

A bit earlier in the chat room I mentioned that I needed to buy a new jar of coffee, but that I didn't know how to express that in Spanish. I want to know a good Spanish word for "jar" in the sense ...
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Is Pie an unknown dessert in Mexico/Spanish-speaking countries?

In "Las Uvas de la Ira" ("The Grapes of Wrath", the English "piece of pie" is translated as "trozo de pastel." My understanding is that "pastel" is cake, not pie. Is there really no Spanish word ...
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Can adjectives be placed before nouns in Spanish?

I found this sentence in "Las Uvas de la Ira" (Spanish translation of "The Grapes of Wrath"): "Los humoristicos y viejos ojos..." I would have expected "the old humorous old eyes" to have been ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre igual (adverbio) e igualmente?

Según la RAE, tanto igual como igualmente puede ser adverbio. ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre los dos (con ese significado)? ¿Son sinónimos exactos, o se usan de maneras distintas?
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Ceceo vs Seseo vs “fusion” - which school to follow?

OK, I know about the differences and I know a little bit about the situation in the spanish-speaking world. The thing though is that I'm moving to Spain in a few months (do not know the exact ...
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What are ways to say “blue” in Spanish?

The "standard" word I was taught is azul. But the nearest English equivalent is azure, which means light (sky) blue. In English, a reference to "dark" blue might be "navy blue." I believe that there ...
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Does “parientes” ever mean “parents,” or is it always “relatives”?

I have two friends who speak Spanish; in the case of one, he grew up in Mexico; in the case of the other, his parents spoke Spanish at home when he was young. They both say that "parientes" means ...
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303 views

What is the best way to refer to those of Spanish descent or language?

In English there are several ways to refer to people who speak Spanish or are from a Spanish-speaking country: Hispanic, Latin, Latino, Chicano, Spanish-speaking, etc. What equivalent terms exist in ...
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What is the difference between frijoles and habichuelas?

My understanding is that they both refer to "beans." But there are several types of beans. For instance, there are round, "starchy" kidney type beans. And there are long, stringy "green" beans. Could ...
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What's the difference between “fideos” and “tallarines”?

I know that they both refer to noodles, but would they be different kinds of noodles? For instance, one might be long and thin, while the other might be flat and wide?
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La diferencia entre “He” y “Hay”

What is the difference between He and Hay? I always hear the phrase Hay mucha información but I just saw the phrase He aquí algunos gráficos.... ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre he y hay? Por ejemplo, ...
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3answers
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Inglés vs Británico

¿Da igual referirse a una persona de Reino Unido como inglés o británico? Sé que Gran Bretaña es la mayor de las islas del archipiélago británico, e Inglaterra es una de las tres regiones de Gran ...
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Translation of “checking in” and “following up” (on/with someone)

In English, there are two related phrases that I haven't found an idiomatic Spanish translation for: "to check in (on someone)" and "to follow up (with someone)." Some examples of what I mean: I ...
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Why does Spanish use the preposition “a” for culinary styles?

I've looked in the Real Academia Española dictionary and I can't find any information regarding why Spanish uses the preposition a for cooking styles, and I've noticed French and Italian do it too. I ...
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Etimología de la frase popular “Hoy Canta Gardel”

En Chile, es muy frecuente oír el dicho popular "Hoy canta Gardel", aludiendo al singular artista argentino Carlos Gardel. Particularmente se utiliza como forma de mencionar el día de pago o bien ...
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Palabras del animal: puerco, cochi, cerdo

Hay varias palabras que he encontrado para referirse a un animal, pero no entiendo cuando se use cual. ¿Cómo se distinguen los significados de: puerco, cochi y cerdo? Pido respuestas que pertanezan ...
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How to refer to an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in speech?/¿Cómo referirme a una Embajadora Plenipotenciaria al hablarle?

I live in Mexico and yesterday I phoned Romania's Embassy asking for information on whether they can sell me books in Romanian (exceedingly rare here!) and how to study the university over there (I'm ...
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How do you say a “shot” referring to alcohol?

What are some common ways of saying a shot of liquor? This can be referring to a small, usually 1 to 2 ounce drink taken all at once or can be a measure of liquor. For example: I ordered a round of ...
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“It was too late” in Spanish

Is the following translation correct? Era demasiado tarde. What If I want to say the following in Spanish? It was getting late. Will the following translation hold? Se hacía tarde.
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Has “fud” made it into mainstream Spanish as a word for “food?”

Twenty years ago, I learned the use of "fud" as a word for "food" in Mexican Spanish. In that context, it referred to a certain type of canned "fud" or perhaps in Spanish, "fud de latas." Is "fud" ...
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Do Spanish verbs have principal parts?

When I was studying Latin, I would learn the conjugation of each verb by memorizing its principal parts (for example, "amo, amare, amavi, amatus"). In Spanish, are there any principal parts of a verb ...
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130 views

What's the function of 'a' in the following sentences?

"Mientras Pepe jugaba a el baloncesto": el baloncesto has no life nor related to human beings, why put "a" in the sentence, why not say like "mientras Pepe jUgaba el baloncesto". "Fue primero a la ...
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3answers
166 views

Jumping between pronunciations of “y” in Spanish songs

I've heard a few songs (off the top of my head, A Dios Le Pido) where they pronounce "y" both with a y-sound and an English j-sound at times. In some songs, the different pronunciations occur when ...
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2answers
123 views

How do I write “when scheduled” for a future appointment?

At my job, I sometimes have to make a list of requirements for Spanish-speaking clients. This list entails certain appointments. For the "employment assessment" I also write the phrase "when ...
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3answers
163 views

“No matter what” in Spanish

How does one say "no matter what" in Spanish? In English it would be akin to saying "at any cost" or "come what may". I saw pase lo que pase somewhere. Is it accurate? Or is there a better way to say ...
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3answers
136 views

Sci vs Si, is the Pronunciation Different?

I know hardly any Spanish, however I was wondering if there was any difference between sci and si, as in si versus piscina. I know that they could just be artifacts from Latin, but I feel as if there ...
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114 views

Preterito imperfecto and condicional in reported speech

What is the difference in using those tempos in reported speech apart from representing the future in the past? Dijo que compraba el perro Dijo que compraría el perro
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110 views

What does “descunchifle” mean?

What does the word descunchifle mean?
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131 views

Usage of the word acullá

WordReference translates acullá as "yonder." Is this a word that was only used in the past, or is it still used in modern Spanish today? If so, what regions does it appear in and how is it used?

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