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71 views

(Why) are mariachis considered wimpy (or are they (not))?

"Ser [muy] mariachi" means, according to "Smart Spanish for Tontos Americanos", "To be a wimp." Why? Is Mariachi music considered like "elevator music" or what?
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126 views

What is a generic word to refer to “icing”?

Icing refers to a creamy, sugary topping used on cakes, cupcakes, to fill twinkies, etc. It's typically made from butter or shortening and sugar, and often food coloring. What is a word in Spanish ...
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¿Cuál es la puntuación más común para los números?

Hay dos formas más comunes de puntuación para los números. Como en inglés: 1,000.00 O como en muchas partes de europa: 1.000,00 Entiendo que las dos formas existen en español. Ya tengo ...
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92 views

Is there a Spanish equivalent for “a trickle or a torrent”?

Is there an equivalent Spanish idiom to the effect of something being "either a trickle or a torrent"? My (feeble) attempt to translate it to Spanish would be: Cuando hablo español con la gente en ...
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598 views

¿Qué significa “alta noche”?

Hoy he visto esta palabra en el libro de Borges, pero no estoy seguro qué significa. Alta noche es noche con luna llena o es medianoche o es una noche en la que no se puede ver nada?
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59 views

How would you translate “Como en su día fueron…” [closed]

Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed transportation system put forward by Elon Musk. A recent article begins with: Como en su día fueron los dirigibles o incluso los aviones, Hyperloop empieza a ...
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“Discriminant Coordinates” and “Latent Variables” — translations for a Peruvian audience

I need to verify my translation of 2 related statistical terms into Spanish, for presentation to an audience in Peru. Sadly, the largest list of "Mathematics and Statistics" Spanish-English ...
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214 views

A proper way to say “You are the love of my life” in spanish

I just sent the following whats app message to my girlfriend in Guatemala city : Mi amor! Te amo mucho. Tú eres el amor de mi vida. Does it make sense in Spanish? Or is this the proper way to ...
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335 views

¿Por qué “cirugía” y “quirúrgico”, teniendo la misma raíz, se pronuncian diferente?

Leo en la RAE el origen etimológico de las palabras quirúrgico y cirugía y veo que son el mismo: quirúrgico, ca. (Del lat. chirurgĭcus, y este del gr. χειρουργικός). cirugía. (Del ...
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85 views

Why are window shutters “persianas”?

Why are window shutters called "persianas" in Spanish? If window shutters originated in Persia/Iran, I can find no evidence of that.
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38 views

Does this sentence contain a redundant “la”? [closed]

It seems to me that this sentence: "[...] asalto con violencia y de usar un lenguaje soez e inmoral en presencia de la la señora." ...from the translation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" ("Matar a un ...
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74 views

Does this sentence contain a redundant “a”?

It seems to me that this sentence: "Este dinero se lo dio a a Dill, ...." ...from the translation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" ("Matar a un ruisenor") contains a redundant "a". If not, what is the ...
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153 views

How do you say I have been waiting for you forever in Spanish?

How would you say "I have been waiting for you forever" ? I'm having trouble translating "I have been"
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1answer
26 views

Exceptions of forming negative statements [closed]

Spanish is full of contradictions that it's hard to know which is really correct without being a native speaker and having spoken it for long. Just take negation for example. I know in Spanish ...
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1answer
48 views

Why “la clase turista” and “primera clase” in Spanish?

I have encountered the following two sentences in Rosetta Stone Spanish course: Los pasajeros de la clase turista comen. Los pasajeros de primera clase comen. It seems that if you mention ...
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56 views

How to use “gustar”?

Today I presented to my teacher a sentence I wrote for my homework: Juan es el solo uno en nuestra clase a que gusta el helado. (John is the only one in our class who likes ice cream.) But my ...
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169 views

Polite way to say “I am fine” in spanish

When My boss asks "Como estas? I reply : "Estoy muy muy feliz" Does it make sense in spanish? Or What is a better/polite way to say "I am fine"?
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63 views

Sujeto de la oración “Está oscureciendo temprano”

Tengo una duda con esta tarea de mi hijo. La oración es muy simple: Está oscureciendo temprano. Pienso que puede ser una oración impersonal sin sujeto, como en "Llueve fuerte", pero ...
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1answer
64 views

What is the proper way to refer to an island?

Some friends of mine live on Rota (an island off Guam). I might tease them that "La Isla Rota" means "Broken Island." Pero, fuera de broma, what would be the proper (no pun intended) way to refer to ...
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What is the difference between “claro” and “claro que sí”?

Cual es la diferencia entre "claro" y "claro que sí"? Are they like "yeah" and "yes, indeed!" or "sure" and "you bet!"? - IOW, is the longer one more emphatic, or are they simply synonymous? Is any ...
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125 views

Using “cómo” with verbs after “saber”

I already anticipate that part of my problem is that I'm trying to literally translate, which I know I shouldn't (but...). I'm confused: Juan sabe nadar. I read that this means "Juan knows how ...
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843 views

Why are green beans called “green jews”?

Green beans are, in Spanish, "judías verdes" - why? What is the connection? Were Jewish people known for eating a lot of green beans, or what?
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What verb is used for the way that dogs walk?

What kind of verbs are used, for the different ways a dog walks? For instance, in the case of a horse, it could be trotar or galopar. What possibilities exist for a dog?
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132 views

Why does “every eight days” mean once a week?

Mi amigo Bert, who grew up in Mexico, told me last night that he's never understood why the expression "cada ocho dias" (every 8 days) means once a week. My theory is that if you "count both ends" ...
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1answer
63 views

pronunciation of final n as [ŋ]

I've heard the 'n' in "Me llaman Carlos" voiced as [ŋ] (the "ng" sound in English). Is it ever correct to voice it as "Me ʝaman kaɾlos"? Under what circumstances is 'n' voiced as [ŋ] versus [n]?
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Is this a bad example sentence for the reflexive casarse?

One of my concise dictionaries listed an intransitive form for the verb "casar" so I went to spanishcentral.com for some example sentences. I think it cleared up my question about the intransitive ...
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Shouldn't “tiago” be used to mean “James” instead of “Jaime?” [duplicate]

If "Jaime" means "James" in Spanish, why is "Santiago" used for "St. James" and "Tiago" is not listed as a word/name at all?
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93 views

Los Diablos Rojos del México — ¿por qué “del”?

Hay un equipo en la Liga Mexicana de Béisbol llamado Los Diablos Rojos del México. En su nombre, ¿por qué no se emplea "de" sino "del"?
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1answer
37 views

“Armar un lío”, es muy casual o apropriado para contenido formal?

Puedo decir que armar una lío es una expresión completamente informal o no? Por ejemplo, si voy a contestar un correo de manera formal, ¿es apropiado?
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4answers
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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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136 views

Use of future subjunctive

What is the difference between these three sentences? Si considerases que alguno es útil, podríamos comprarlo. Si considerases que alguno fuere útil, podríamos comprarlo. Si considerases que alguno ...
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1answer
364 views

What is “El Capitan” meaning in English? And how this word developed along the history?

Apple choose "El Capitan" as OS X 10.11 name, it's a spanish word, what does it mean? And something about its etymology might help too.
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397 views

¿Hay diferencia entre “caldo” y “sopa”?

Se me hace que refieren a la misma cosa, pero algunos me dicen que son distintas. Formalmente, ¿hay alguna diferencia? ¿O depende de la región?
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Why would a placename be changed in translation?

In "Tortilla Flat," Steinbeck writes of towns he was familiar with, including Monterey, Carmel, Salinas, and Watsonville. These are translated in the Spanish edition as Monterrey (two "R"s), Carmel, ...
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1answer
61 views

Use of comma between subject and verb

In William Strunk's Elements of Style, it is recommended that commas shouldn't be used after coordinating conjunctions that are followed by parenthetical elements: The Red Sox were leading the ...
3
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1answer
59 views

Use of units of measurement

Entre 50 y 60 ml or Entre 50 ml y 60 ml? I have seen the former more than the latter in written and spoken Spanish, but I wanted to be sure. Couldn't find anything on the Diccionario panhispánico ...
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439 views

Whose tea is it?

The most difficult part of my learning Spanish, is to get to grips with the various forms of pronouns, and now the posessive adjectives mi, tu, and su. I'm asking myself, how one would translate ...
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¿Por qué se usa el género femenino en estos casos?

En la frase "Nueva York," ¿por qué es el adjetivo "nuevo" declinado al género femenino? Pensaba que el masculino era el género predeterminado. Entonces por qué es el género femenino usado? ...
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77 views

Is “libras” really the correct translation for “pounds” (when meaning British currency)?

There is this passage in "Treasure Island": All was clear to probation. The CACHE had been found and rifled; the seven hundred thousand pounds were gone! It is translated thus in "La Isla del ...
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109 views

Can there be situations where both “saber” and “conocer” can be used?

Example1 Uds quieren saber mi país. If conocer is substituted for saber in this sentence, the meaning switch from knowing exactly what the country is to things about the country. Example2 ...
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Como decir “for a while”

Let's say I want to say "On a typical day I read for a while, and then I go to bed." Would the best way to see this be: "En un día típico, yo leo un rato y después me acuesto". More specifically, ...
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56 views

Como decir “have (o have not) heard from him” en español

Let's say I want to say "as of today, I have not heard from him". As of today would be "desde hoy", but how would i translate "heard from him". It's a bit of a "modismo" or idiomatic expression I feel ...
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2answers
83 views

Why is “of” sometimes “de” and sometimes “del” or “de la”?

Why is "House of Fruit" (or "Fruithouse") - a restaurant/business near Hollister, California - called "Casa de Fruta"? Why is it not "Casa de la Fruta"? Is there a rule of thumb so that one can know ...
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1answer
50 views

Any song or poem that plays with sounds and letters? [closed]

I love songs like Efectos Vocales, or poems like La gamba Calatrava, that play with sounds. In both examples, they only use a single vowel for the entire song/poem. Another example (though in english) ...
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4answers
169 views

How would you translate “Quality time”

Por ejemplo si tu quieres tomar tiempo con tu enamorad@ o con tu familia. En inglés, nosotros lo llamamos "Quality time". Ustedes pueden describir cual es la mejor traducción (o algo diferente)? (En ...
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1answer
113 views

¿Cuál es el origen de la expresión “liarse la manta a la cabeza”?

Hay una expresión en castellano que dice: Liarse / echarse la manta a la cabeza Para mí, se refiere a animarse a hacer algo de un modo algo irreflexivo, del tipo: Juan siempre quiso ver ...
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2answers
107 views

Trying to make a certificate for my Spanish teacher

I am making an end-of-year certificate for my Spanish teacher, and just need a quick confirmation that this is right. Una profesora increíble con mucho entusiasmo y tiene mucho amor por sus ...
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1answer
127 views

¿Puede alguien ayudarme a analizar sintacticamente esta oración, y explicarme rapidamente?

Necesito aprender como hacer un analisis sintactico de una oración, se hacerlo para frases cortas y sencillas, pero esta, está muy complicada para mi, podrian ayudarme por favor? No creo que ...
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1answer
41 views

When to use indirect object pronoun in subjunctive mood?

I just cannot figure out when's the correct time to use IOP when writing sentences in subjunctive mood/tense. For example, I say my parents demand me to read three books a day.(sounds kinda weirdo, ...
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1answer
302 views

“Tiempo” vs “clima”

Cuando estuve en Colombia, escuchaba mucho las frases como: Hoy hace buen clima en Bogotá. Hace buen clima para Caracas este viernes. ¿Es correcto usar la palabra clima para hablar acerca ...

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