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Anybody Use Multiple Editions of Assimil in Parallel? [closed]

I find myself in possession of two editions of Assimil's Spanish course with a third edition on it's way. Namely I have the 1957 edition of Spanish Without Toil, and the 1987 edition (actually recent ...
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¿Qué significa “superajustada”?

According to http://www.translate.com/, the translation of "superajustada" in to English is "superajustada" - that's helpful! (not!) It gives for "ajustada" adjusted, so...superadjusted? What does ...
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Posición de la palabra nunca en una frase

Ayer estaba viendo el informativo y dijeron esta frase: Hollande es el presidente más impopular que nunca ha tenido Francia. Quizá es que yo no lo uso de esa manera, pero la palabra nunca en esa ...
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Plátano and banana, geographical differences?

I don't really speak Spanish, but I do know a few words and phrases here and there, and enjoy furthering what little knowledge I have. So, today I saw, in a Swedish newspaper, a reference to plantains ...
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What is the literal meaning of Valparaíso?

I've heard people pronounce the Chilean city "Val puh RI zo", but now that I'm learning Spanish I realize that can't be right; it must be something like: "bval par uh EE so" no? The "paraiso" means ...
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Conjugation and tenses

I am just trying to write a little piece about myself but sometimes struggle with conjugation, is the correct tense present, when describing myself? i.e. Creo que soy una persona muy independiente, ...
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Enumeración: Mil millón vs. Billón

En inglés, se dice "one billion" para la cantidad 10^9 (1,000,000,000). Pero en español, he oído la cantidad "mil millones" para la misma cantidad (hasta en los periódicos). Casi nunca he oído la ...
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Is it true that old Spanish native speakers tend to pronounce “d” instead of “t”? [duplicate]

I've heard from some people that once lived in Spanish-speaking countries that old people in those countries usually speak a "d" sound instead of clearly speaking "t" sound when they get old, and they ...
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Why do we say “Qué hora es” instead of “Qué hora está”?

I was taught that está is used in certain contexts meaning a temporary state (like emotion). Isn't "today" always temporary in that it is constantly changing to the next? If so, why don't we use está ...
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What is a good translation for the “overview” other than “síntesis”?

I am looking for a good translation that doesn't sound too technical. I read the definition of "síntesis" and found the word "compendio" which has a definition which seems to match "overview" well, ...
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Word order of questions

After reading: ¿Qué hace tu padre? ¿Cuándo trabaja tu hermana? I would think: ¿Por qué es vendedora tu madre? is the appropriate word order but it turns out to be ¿Por qué es tu madre ...
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What does “sujetador de corbata” mean?

I've been reading Spanish Dilbert comics here The sentences I don't understand, I've been typing and entering into translate.com. For the phrase: "¿Has visto el sujetador de corbata que me dieron ...
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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)"Quien bebe de esta taza?" I ...
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el bar / la barra

De Mi mundo adorado por Sonia Sotomayor: En esencia, era un bar para estudiantes graduados en el que se vendían los tragos más baratos de New Haven. Como vicepresidenta de operacíones, él me ...
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Is this Duolingo answer correct?

Duolingo asks me to translate "Yo presento a los estudiantes" I entered: "I present to the students" It says I'm wrong, and that it should be: "I present the students" or "I introduce the students" ...
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Is the resemblance between the words “churir” and “churros” more than coincidence?

In a previous question, it was established that the word "churir" means "to wrinkle." "Churros," refers to a certain "wrinkled" pastry. Given their resemblance, is the one word essentially a ...
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Mixing tenses in subjunctive?

I was presented with the following sentence and am wondering if this is formed correctly. I had learned that you should not mix tenses but in this case it is using past (albeit preterite and ...
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“TANTO o más importante” vs “TAN o más importante”

Estaba haciendo ejercicios para el examen DELE C1 y había una pregunta de hueco: Pues bien, resulta que contemplar el mundo en tres dimensiones espaciales resulta que es ______ o más importante. ...
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What does “churir” mean?

I was watching a Mexican video once, and I heard it. A co-worker of mine claims to know it's meaning, translating it to "dent", but I'm not quite sure, and I can't find any reference online. The ...
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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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What does “a la orden” mean?

A friend of mine from Argentina keeps saying to me "a la orden" and I asked her what it meant and she couldn't explain it. What does it mean? My guess it means okay?
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¡Hay moros en la costa!

I found this in Barron's Spanish-English dictionary and it piqued my interest: It seems like a sure way to get into trouble in the wrong crowd. Do Spanish speakers use this expression?
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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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How do you say “coming” in Spanish?

What word/phrase can one use to indicate to someone that you are en route to a meeting point/destination and will arrive within a few minutes? In english, I usually use coming For example: earlier ...
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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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División en sílabas de palabras con -tl- (atlas, atleta etc.)

¿Cómo se separan en sílabas las palabras que tienen la secuencia de consonantes tl entre vocales? Por ejemplo: atlas: ¿at-las o a-tlas? atleta: ¿at-le-ta o a-tle-ta? decatlón: ¿de-cat-lón o ...
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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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Can I trust the Spanish Wikipedia?

Can I expect that the Spanish used on the Spanish-language Wikipedia, such as this article is standard Spanish, or are they just articles originally written in English that have been translated into ...
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why i always bite my tongue when speaking spanish 'd' in the sentence

I could correctly pronounce 'da' 'de' pairs of letters,as many native speakers told me.just put the tip of your tongue between the upper and lower teeth and aginst the back of front teeth. after ...
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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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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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Pretérito Perfecto vs. Pretérito Indefinido - which one is correct

If I want to say that my neighbor broke his leg this summer and couldn't walk for 3 months which tense should I use: preterito perfecto or preterito indefinido? So far I've come up with (indefinido ...
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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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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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Why does Latin America not lisp consonants, having learned from Spain?

I am referring to the sounds of "z" and the soft "c". Latin America learned Spanish from Spain. So why do they not lisp consonants, having learned from Spanish people? Did Latin America somehow ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“I was sick" in Spanish

I know it will take estar and in the present tense it’s easy to just say, “Estoy enfermo.” But how do I say it in the past tense? Which one of the below would be correct? estuve enfermo. estaba ...
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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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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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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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“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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Two verbs in a single sentence

We must turn off the faucet and save water. For the above construction, which of the below is more appropriate? Debemos cerrar el grifo y ahorrar el agua. Debemos cerrar el grifo y ahorramos el ...

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