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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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¿Cómo se dice “to youtube” en castellano?

Voy a youtubear a ver una película filipina. ¿Cómo se dice to youtube en castellano?
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Formalidad de “Tu mujer”

So I saw this tweet on Twitter: Which for me raises the question of formality and dialect uses of "tu mujer" vs. "tu esposa". Is one more formal than the other? I ask because I know that "tu ...
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Tener “cuentas pendientes”

Otra vez estaba escribiendo y me interesa saber cómo expresar en inglés el hecho de que algo es una "cuenta pendiente" (que es bien distinto de que dos personas tengan "cuentas pendientes" o que no ...
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What's the meaning of “Kari” in Spanish?

I am living in Málaga, Andalucia. There's a guy friend always calls me "Kari" when he starts conversations with me. He told me this use to call some kind of best friend, and it's only used in ...
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Is there a rule of thumb to guess if the word is spelled -ll- / -y-, -g- / -j- / -x-?

Is there any hint to guess, when I hear an unknown word, if is is spelled with ll / y ? Is there any hint to guess, when I hear an unknown word, if is is spelled with g / j / x ? I mean any kind of ...
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¿Tenemos algún equivalente a “six pack” en castellano?

Hace un tiempo leí en The Workplace este comentario Very good answer. (...) My teacher, instead of being pissed and angry at him, went to see him with a six-pack and suggested they talk to ...
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“Te presento a mi amigo” - who is being presented to who? [duplicate]

Te presento a mi amigo Can this sentence distinguish between the following two meanings? I introduce you to my friend I introduce my friend to you
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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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¿Por qué Pepe es equivalente a José?

El nombre José puede tener distintos diminutivos: Jose (¿sin tilde?)... y Pepe. Leí en alguna ocasión que Pepe es un hipocorístico (apelativos cariñosos, familiares o eufemísticos usados para ...
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What is the meaning of Peru's motto “Firme y feliz por la unión”?

What is the meaning of Peru's national motto? Firme y feliz por la unión My literal translation is "Firm and happy for the union" but that seems too literal. What is "la unión" and can "Firme y ...
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¿Por qué llamamos “tirillas” a alguien que es “poca cosa”?

Me gusta mucho la palabra tirillas: tirillas Tb. tirilla. Del dim. de tira. m. y f. coloq. Persona delgada y endeble. U. t. c. adj. Se usa en España (no sé si en otros ...
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What's the difference between “vamos” and “vámonos”?

Español Cuando estaba estudiando Español, aprendí que let's go es vamos, pero cuando fui a México, lo único que oí era vámonos. Le pregunté a una persona bilingüe allá, pero no supo la diferencia. ...
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Are there other words that can't be written? (like sal-le)

Recently, I learned that there is at least one Spanish word that can be pronounced but not written. It is the imperative form of 'salirle'. It is prononunced as 'sal-le' and the written form should ...
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Adjective placement - Does order matter?

In English, generally we say or write adjective + noun, like the full moon or brown dog. Does order matter in Spanish, for instance Hablo un poco español vs. Hablo español un poco?
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¿Uso de presente en vez de subjuntivo?

En Duolingo acaba de salir el curso de catalán y empecé a hacerlo, todo normal hasta que llegué a estas oraciones: No como, aunque cocinas conejo con verdura. No menjo malgrat cuines conill ...
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¿Es la palabra “parcero/a” un insulto en Colombia?

A: ¡Hola! ¿Qué más? B: ¡Que bacán, parcero, gracielas! Alguien me dijo que llamar a alguien parcero/a es un insulto. ¿Por qué es así?
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What's the meaning of the Mexican expression “se te va el avión”?

Example: Te lo dije tres veces y de todos modos no lo hiciste. A ti ya se te va el avión. ¿No te acordaste de tu cumpleaños? La verdad es que a ti ya se te va el avión. What does it mean? ...
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“Pay your respects” in Spanish

I am looking for a good translation to the phrase "Pay your respects" in Spanish. I haven't been able to figure out one that really conveys the meaning. These are the ones I currently came up with: ...
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Extensión y origen de “orto”

Últimamente he visto cada vez más extendido en Colombia el término orto para referirse a las partes traseras de una persona. Originalmente lo escuchaba sólo de argentinos. Siempre asumí que venía de ...
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Confused over “vacilar”

While browsing a few Spanish language forums today, I came across this: Un amigo y yo estábamos comentando sobre una foto de nosotros en facebook - de hace tiempo... Otro amigo pensaba que ...
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Perdón, disculpa or lo siento?

According to an online dictionary (spanishdict.com), one can say "i'm sorry" in three ways: "perdón" to apologize (Perdón por...) "lo siento" in more formal occasions (Lo siento mucho por su ...
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“los dos de usted” or “los dos de ustedes”: Which one is correct?

How can I translate "The two of you"? Los dos de usted Los dos de ustedes According to Google Translate (GT), either of these can be used. However, I do not completely trust GT. "Los dos ...
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¿Cuál es el origen de estos significados de «juego»?

Juego, además de su significado más sencillo, se puede entender como cosas que guardan relación entre sí: Un juego de cartas. El traje hace juego con el maletín. Pero ¿cuál es el origen de ...
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Translation of “Welcome back!”

In English, if someone has been gone for a while and has recently returned, it's common to greet them by saying, "Welcome back!" (or "Welcome back from your trip!", etc). What is the most natural way ...
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translate the phrase “What should I eat to stay healthy?”

I am confused to what verb I should conjugate in this sentence. Should I translate this sentence to ¿Qué debo comer a mantenerse sano? since "should" appears before "eat", or should I translate ...
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An interesting correction by a native Spanish speaker

Yesterday I was eating in a Spanish restaurant. I had finished drinking my glass of water and I wanted to get more so I said, "Ya tomé mi agua" to the waiter. He corrected me by saying "Ya posó mi ...
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What is the meaning of “te echo”?

In episode 1 of extra en español, Lola is upset that Pablo is using her exercise bike. She yells at him: Si tocas mi bici... ¡Si tocas mi bici, te echo! ¡Te echo! ¿Me entiendes? What is the ...
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What is wrong with following answers? Possible error in exercise?

I have been doing my homework on a online platform which our university provided and I came at sort of impasse. I am supposed to form sentences from several words provided in the exercise. When ...
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Etymology of “trastero”

("trastero" means storage room) DRAE, Wiktionary, and etimologias.dechile.net didn't provide any etymologies. I know that there's "tras" (over/beyond), "traste" (cooking utensil), "trasto" (useless ...
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Algunas ejemplos de subjuntivo sin “que”

Entiendo cuándo usar el subjuntivo con frases como "espero que verbo subjuntivo…" y muchas frases similares. Sin embargo, estoy confuso con qué otras palabras y combinaciones lo utilizan. Por ...
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Syntax of the sentence ''Me voy''

"Me voy" means "I'm leaving". The subject of the verb "voy" is "yo" and it is omitted. Is the reflexive pronoun "me" the object of the verb? And if so, why is it essential to use "me" when the ...
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May someone give an example on how to use “puesto” as an adjective?

A lesson on Memrise.com has the word "puesto" defined as an adjective meaning "placed, set". I've not found any examples that use "puesto" according to this definition. May someone give an example ...
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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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Correct way to say United states of America in Spanish?

After googling for half an hour, finally I found the meaning of Estados Unidos. It means United States. Then, I added the preposition de to make it: United States of America -> Estados Unidos de ...
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Why is “Santiago” the equivalent of “James”?

Most Spanish names are quite similar to the equivalent in English, such as: Juan → John Pedro → Peter Maria → Mary But what's up with this one? Santiago → James What's the connection? How do ...
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Meaning of the expression “Anda la juez”

Years ago when I was in college, I had a teacher who used the phrase "Anda la juez." Sometimes she said "Ande la juez", so I'm assuming the verb is being used as a command, since it's in the familiar ...
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Why is sport in Spanish 'deporte' and not 'esporte'?

One would expect that the Spanish word for 'sport' would be esporte (as in special => especial, spaghetti => espagueti, Spain => España, etc.). But it's actually deporte. Why does it begin with de- ...
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What books explain Spanish's difficulties? [closed]

I use explicate (the cognate of explicar) to mean 'conjecture or explain possible reasons or origins', rather than books like Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish and 1001 Pitfalls in Spanish which ...
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How to translate the idiomatic expressions “I wish!” and “You wish!”

What's the best way to say "I wish!" as in... A: I hear you're a good dancer. B: Ha! I wish! Or... A: Will you help me move this piano? B: Ha! You wish! What is the best way to ...
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Are “borroso” and “empañado” synonymous?

My Spanish course book says "borroso" and "empañado" are synonymous but I'm not sure about that. I searched these two words on google images and I got steamed up glass for "empañado" and blurry ...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre tú, usted y vos?

He oído las palabras "tú", "usted", y "vos", pero la traducción de todas esas palabras al inglés es la misma: "you". ¿Cuándo es mejor usar "tú" o "vos" en vez de "usted", o viceversa?
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¿Cuándo usar “coste” y cuándo “costo”?

Ambas tienen un significado parecido, ¿cuándo se debe usar una o la otra? coste 2 . m. Gasto realizado para la obtención o adquisición de una cosa o de un servicio. costo 1 . m. ...
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Translating “each other's” in Spanish

I know there are several approximate ways to convey the sense of "each other" in Spanish, some of them being entre ellos, uno al otro, and even mutuamente. However, I am struggling to turn this ...
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¿Cuál es el origen de la frase “media naranja”?

Español He oído la frase "media naranja" unas veces, y puedo entender el contexto, que significa una pareja o novia, por ejemplo. Pero quiero saber el origen de esa frase. English I have heard the ...
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What is the meaning of “poner a huevo” in Mexican Spanish?

So a Mexican friend of mine told me that "a huevo" means something like "of course" in English, but is a vulgar way of saying it -- I guess because "huevo" means "testicles". I'm just wondering how ...
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Uso de “estuve” y “estaba” [closed]

Can somebody please tell me how these sentences change meaning when using preterite vs. imperfect? And maybe give some example sentences that illustrate the difference?? It is very hard, this ...
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¿El primer uso de artículo indefinido en esta frase es correcto?

¿Les parece gramaticalmente correcta esta oración? Un ordenador es una herramienta muy útil En particular, el uso del primer artículo indefinido. Ahora bien, si les parece correcta ...
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Native-speaking Spanish radio station or podcast for learning? [closed]

Scouring TunedIn and Google search results, I've been unable to find a good talk radio station in Spanish. This is not a technical question, but rather a question about where to find the tools I need ...
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