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Is the Spanish word for “academy” pronounced the same as it is for “academia?”

I was recently making a recording that included the word "academy," and wanting to be certain of where the stress was placed in that word, I looked it up. The sources I used indicated that it is ...
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Origin and usage of “¿” and “¡”

English I was wondering what the reason is that the inverted exclamation mark ¡ and the inverted question mark ¿ were introduced into the Spanish language and not into most other languages. Any ...
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Is there a typo in this sentence? “No una las palabras de modo que se oscurezca su significado”

I read this in a textbook on public speaking: No una las palabras de modo que se oscurezca su significado. Me parece debe ser: No usa las palabras de modo que se oscurezca su significado ...
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¿Es »tronco« una groseria en Latinoamérica?

A: ¡Hola, tronco! ¿Cómo te va? B: Estoy bien, ¿y tú? A: ¡Guay! ¿Es "tronco" una groseria en Latinoamérica?. Y también ¿en qué parte de España se usa esa expresión?
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“ellos” or "los, which one is correct?

what is the difference between "ELLOS" and "LOS"? Can I say this? A la mañana siguiente ella despertó a decir que el jefe querían ellos por teléfono Or is it this the correct one? La ...
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Differentiable and Integrable calculus terms

Is there a standard way to say "Differentiable" and "Integrable" in Spanish? How would I say that a function is differentiable or integrable?
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Translation of “Break” in the sentence “How was your winter break”

I always have trouble figuring out what break is in Spanish for the sentence "How was you winter break". I don't know if it break is vacaciones in this case. My guess is Como es tu invierno
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What's the difference between “granjero” and “campesino”?

What's the difference in usage between granjero and campesino? They both mean farmer, don't they?
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What does “huele al lobo” mean?

In Roberto Bolano book 2666 there is a piece sus reservas, su discrecion rayana en una quimerica omerta de viejo nazi que huele al lobo. What does it mean? In Google I only found search reult ...
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The necessity of indirect object pronouns

For those unfamiliar with indirect object pronouns, but instead use them as native speakers, they are basically me, te, le, nos, les, each of which represent for me, for you, for him/her, for us, or ...
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Using Cruzar to indicate turning

My computer based spanish course just served up a lesson where they translated cruzar to mean to turn when giving directions (and did so on multiple occasions). This confused me as I understood ...
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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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Combining diminutive/augmentative suffixes

I've heard that a combination of two (or more) of the same suffixes is possible (chiquititita). Is it possible two combine two different suffixes with the same meaning? Is the word chiquitín produced ...
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Was the word “bomb” only used as slang in Chile and only in the '80s?

In the hit novel Mala honda by Chilean author Alberto Fuguet I remember the word "bomb" being used a lot. It's obviously a slang word. I think it was only used in dialogue. I got the impression it ...
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¿Por qué “tener frito” a alguien quiere decir que esa persona está cansada, tirando a harta?

Frito es un adjetivo que se usa en distintos contextos. Por ejemplo, decimos que alguien se ha quedado frito si se ha quedado dormido profundamente (igual que quedarse roque). La expresión que me ...
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¿Como se traduciría el término “edgy as fuck” al español?

He leído mucho este término en muchos foros de discusión en ingles, quisiera saber si saben que término en español podría ser un buen equivalente a este. Ojo, en los foros lo utilizar con su acepción ...
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Que es “una cana” en este caso?

En este "Dilbert" pregunta un tipo, "¿esto es una cana?" ¿Qué quiere decir? "Cane" no tiene aquí sentido alguno...
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What exactly is wrong with this translation? “El acantilado más alto que puede caer de confianza es”

I heard this proverb once in passing; both in English and Spanish. The highest cliff you can fall from is trust Using Google Translate, I tried to get the Spanish translation (below), but it ...
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Argentine slang 're'

In Argentina I often hear the word (or prefix?) 're' meaning 'very/real/really' Some examples are: La prueba fue re difícil La película era re chota Estoy re bien Is 're' an ...
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Why does “Se habla español” translate to “We speak Spanish”?

I see on stores that they have a sign that says Se habla español. From first glance I would think that it is saying "It speaks Spanish". How is it unambiguous that it is saying "We speak Spanish"? I ...
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Translating “to tell” as a verb of understanding

How would the following sentences be translated? I can tell you are sad (I understand that you are sad) Can you tell if the burner is hot? (Do you know if the burner is hot?)
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¿Qué diferencia hay entre “curro”, “trabajo” y “empleo”?

Yo acabo de llegar a casa del empleo. Yo acabo de llegar a casa del curro. Yo acabo de llegar a casa del trabajo. ¿Se usa curro también en Latinoamérica o es ya es obsoleto?
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Is there something deeper behind the “verb classes swapping” of the subjunctive endings?

In Spanish (and also in Latin, and most of Romance languages, too) the present subjunctive is formed by a kind of swapping the indicative endings between the verb declension classes: the 1st class ...
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“Maje” (or “mae”) in Nicaraguan Spanish

What does the word "maje" (pronounced "mae") mean in Nicaraguan Spanish? Could the word be considered offensive, and, if so, in what contexts is it appropriate to use?
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el énfasis: pluscuamperfecto en vez de imperfecto (caso particular)

¿Si digo había empezado a hablar en vez de empezaba a hablar (en el contexto siguiente), cómo cambia el énfasis/significado? Cuando vieron que el sordomudo empezaba a hablar, todos pensaron que ...
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Datos sobre el idioma español. Cantidad de palabras [closed]

En algun lugar leí que el diccionario de la academia española tiene alrededor de 95.000 entradas (palabras), y que una persona con una educación mediana maneja aproximadamente de 5.000 a 7.000 ...
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How to say “Play!”

In the context of a video game menu, which has a selection/button labeled "PLAY!" which when pressed will take the user from the menu into a new game, what would be the correct Spanish translation? ...
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Concordancia de género en el plural con adjetivos disyunctivos

Si tenemos dos cosas que comparten un sustantivo y solo se diferencian por un adjetivo, es posible escribir el sustantivo en plural y los adjetivos en singular (ejemplos del DPD): Las razas negra y ...
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Can someone give me an easy (or at least grokkable) rule of thumb for how to tell the difference between “this” and “that” and “these” and “those”?

I had to take the duoLingo "Determiners/1" test about 42 times to get it right; there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it. Some examples of where I stubbed my toe: 0)"¿Quién bebe de esta taza?" I ...
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How do I “stock groceries” in Spanish?

I'm looking for a Spanish word for the English stocker and to stock, in the sense of putting grocery items on a shelf so that they can be sold. That is: Yo soy un [sustantivo] de abarrotes. Cada ...
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Why do we say “la cena está preparada” and not “está preparado”?

I'm new to Spanish and can't get a handle on this... The dinner is prepared. is translated to: La cena esta preparada. Why isn't this the Spanish equivalent? La cena esta preparado.
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Usage of “mueco” vs. “mellado” for “toothless”

The RAE does not have an entry for mueco or mueca, a term commonly used in Colombia to describe a toothless person. However, the expression hacer muecas is understood in the traditional sense as a ...
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Subjunctive with antes

I recently heard a native speaker say "Te hubieras ido antes." I was confused because it seems to be describing an event that occurred in the past, so it would be a completed action, so I ...
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Subjunctive phrase “Es difícil que”

I am currently further increasing my knowledge of subjunctive form. I recently encountered this statement" Es difícil que ella hable. I have attempted to interpret this sentence into a couple ...
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¿Parte del complemento obligatorio o adjunto?

¿Son parte del complemento obligatorio del verbo o son adjuntos las construcciones resaltadas en las siguientes oraciones? Quisiera una taza de chocolate con una barrita de Águila adentro ...
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How does one say “It's not nothing.”

In English, we can express the idea that something is not negative, such as: A: What's in the box? B: Oh, nothing. A: It's not nothing! In English, the double negative (not and nothing) ...
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Accent Help: Esdrújula and Sobre Esdrújula are not consistent

In spanish class, I have been learning rules that show when and where to put an accent on a word in Spanish. So far, the main rules are: Esdrújula- a four syllable word in which an accent would ...
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Meaning of “mi cabo”

It's used while speaking indians (mexicans?) in a book of M. V. Llosa. I am interested about origin and meaning of this phrase. Contextual it should mean something like "my friend", but it's only my ...
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“Bueno” as hello or greeting?

In the US State I live in, I sometimes hear Spanish speakers greet one another by simply staying "Bueno". I didn't hear this when I was recently in Mexico, although I realize I may just have not ...
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meanings of “estar a la que salta”

I came across the phrase "estar a la que salta" in this video. And I found some information here also. From what I could gather from the video it suggests the meaning is to be unstable or very ...
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Gramática de la frase «¡Apresúrense que vamos tarde!»

En un libro de frases y traducciones entre español e inglés encontré esta frase: ¡Apresúrense que vamos tarde! Y dice que significa: Hurry, we're late! Ayúdame a entender por qué. ...
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Circumflex or Acute over O and proper translation

I am reproducing 2 concealed handgun posters and they have Spanish language translations. One of them has this: DE ACUERDO CON LA SECCIÓN 30.07, CÓDIGO PENAL (English: PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.07, ...
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Translating “ok”

From what I have heard "es bien" could replace "it's ok" in Spanish. Is this right, or is there another word or phrase used as an "ok" after someone tells another person something Manuel, quiero ...
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Nombre de los acentos y otras marcas ortográficas

En otra pregunta hice una mala traducción al inglés. Quise referirme al acento gráfico (´) como tilde, pero la traducción correcta es diacritic. Esto me confundió un poco. Quiero entonces consultar ...
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What's the difference between `tiene pelo azul` and `tiene el pelo azul`?

I have faced two different sentences in my Rosetta Stone Spanish program. The sentences below seem to have the same meaning, but why does one use a definite article while the other doesn't? El hombre ...
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Use of “Por” for location of time of the day?

I had a question if this was the best way to describe the English sentence Rosquillas and Coffee in the morning is delicious. In Spanish would I use por for the description of the time of day? ...
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“Por” vs. “para” in time expressions (duration)

Consider this sentence: My cousin lent me his camera for two days. Which of the following constructs would be more natural and why: 1. Mi primo me prestó su cámara por dos días. 2. Mi ...
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What is the difference between “me gusta” and “a mí me gusta?”

My Spanish teacher from last year told me that "me gusta" and "a mí me gusta" mean the same thing: I like. However, "me gusta" is a more simple way to say it. As an example, she told us that "I'm" is ...
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Equal Comparisons Order of Sentence Troubles

I am currently learning comparisons in which each item being compared is equal. When using a sentence with tan/tanto/a/os/as, I am having trouble knowing the correct order of each sentence: A text ...
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What does the idiom “venir de maleta” mean?

While in Chile I heard the idiom venir de maleta. I was told that it means something along the lines of "to be angry," but I'm not seeing any evidence of this online. It's theoretically possible ...

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