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What are some tips on translating Spanish when reading

I read my Spanish/English Bible daily. I have found that it is very difficult to attempt literal English translations of Spanish. An example of the types of sentences I do not have trouble with would ...
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“Tener tiempo” vs “Llevar tiempo”

Yo aprendí (en México) decir "Tener tiempo." Ejemplos: Tengo mucho tiempo sin ir al cine. ¿Cuanto tiempo tienes sin ir al cine? (a menudo abreviado: ¿Cuanto tienes sin ir al cine?) ...
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Words with common roots English and Spanish [closed]

I am looking for words in Spanish that have common roots as that of English. Words like Father-Padre Mother-Madre etc. Is there any good resource on that topic.
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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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Singular and Plural “You”

What is the most accurate "you all" translation? There are two "yous". Singular and plural you. The latter is sometimes called "you all", "y'all", or "youse guys" in American English. What is the ...
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Translating “if I had to” in Spanish

Consider this translation: I would have jumped the rope. Hubiese saltado a la cuerda. Now, how would we translate the same sentence if I added "if I had to" to it? I would have jumped ...
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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 it “Tú juegas como el” or “Tú juegas como él”? [closed]

The sentence says "You play as him" but all of the choices have the last word as el instead of él. I believe "Tú juegas como él" to be the right choice, is that correct?
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“Los otros días” o “El otro día”

Tengo un debate con mi novia. Yo dije "Los otros días, yo fui a una corrida de toros en La Arena Mexico.". No sabiendo qué dia fue. Ella dice que lo correcto es decir "El otro día, yo fui a una ...
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¿Es ofensivo para los creyentes mencionar “hostia” como interjección?

Según la RAE hostia tiene una connotación religiosa: f. Hoja redonda y delgada de pan ácimo, que se consagra en la misa y con la que se comulga. Pregunta: ¿Es ofensivo mencionar, ...
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How do you translate “cuando llegue mañana, hoy ya se habrá ido para siempre”?

Cuando llegue mañana, hoy ya se habrá ido para siempre. About this sentence cuando + subjuntivo, habrá (future): How can you translate this and when do you use this kind of structure? If you can ...
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“a mí” and “yo” differences?

I'm not very great at Spanish, and I was wondering this simple question: "What is the difference between 'a mí' and 'yo'"? I know they are sometimes used differently ("a mí me gusta ..." rather than "...
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Is the phrasing of “Su cama es menos larga que mi cama, pero, su armario es más largo que mi armario” OK? [closed]

Is this phrase grammatically correct? I'm not sure if I have the masculine/feminine articles correct. Can I say it like this? Su cama es menos larga que mi cama, pero, su armario es más largo que ...
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Why are “raisins” translated as “grapes” in Treasure Island?

I am reading the dual-language (English/Spanish) version of Treasure Island / La Isla del Tesoro There is a scene in Treasure Island where, in the English version, the principals of the ship are ...
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»Ojalá« + subjuntivo

Estuve pensando en esta construcción para interpretar sus significados. Por ejemplo: Ojalá digas eso. Ojalá dijeras eso. Ojalá hubieses dicho eso. En las tres formas tenemos el ...
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Orden del complemento circunstancial

¿Es una de las formas preferible o es indiferente? Ser el primer gran grupo mediático que muestre ante los pingüinos verdadera profesionalidad y comprensión Ser el primer gran grupo mediático que ...
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¿Cómo se dice “I don´t know any alegrías falsetas” en español?

¿Yo debería usar "no sé" o "no conozco" u otra palabra? ¿Puedo decir "No conozco ningunas falsetas alegrías"?
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What is the meaning of “Jamás podréis ambicionar / Mentiras dijeron de mí” in the song from “No llores por mi Argentina”?

Are there any Argentineans (or thoughts from anyone really) that might have some historical insight into the life and times of Eva Peron that would help with the translation of these lyrics from "No ...
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Frases en español que usan palabras que empiezan todas sucesivamente por a, b, c, d, … hasta la z

Estoy buscando frases en español que usan palabras que empiezan todas sucesivamente por a, b, c, d... hasta la z. Un ejemplo es este, sin contar la ñ ni la w : Antes, bienintencionadamente, ...
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¿Cuándo se usa “hacer estragos”?

Leo lo siguiente en un artículo de Josep Ramoneda: Durante las dos décadas anteriores a la crisis de 2008, la creencia en que no había límites, en que todo era posible, hizo estragos y coronó ...
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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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How do you say “He is really good at playing soccer”? [closed]

How do you say "He is really good at playing soccer"? Is it: El es jugar el fútbol muy bien.
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Probability: Future Perfect v. Conditional Perfect

What's the difference between using the future perfect to describe probability in the past and using the conditional perfect to describe probability in the past? Ex. Yo habré comido mucho. v. Yo ...
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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 against the back of front teeth. ...
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El diciembre del año pasado

How do I say 'December of last year' in Spanish? El diciembre del año pasado fuimos a la playa a divertirnos. Are there any alternatives for this?
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The Elements of the Periodic Table in Spanish [closed]

I would like to know the elements of the periodic table in Spanish, because my parents do not know much about them. I want to be able to describe them a bit about the elements, but I have no ...
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Exact meaning of “natural de” in a curriculum vitae?

In a Spanish-language curriculum vitae, I came across the item Natural de:, which I don't understand. It is in the "Personal Data" section (Datos personales).
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Spanish word list for statistical analysis [closed]

I need a Spanish word list, as simple as that. The more complete it is, the better, it should contain as many words as to be a statistically relevant sample. It can be in any format, xml, excel, txt, ...
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How do you convey the sentiment “not safe for work” in Spanish? [closed]

How do you convey the sentiment "not safe for work" in Spanish, and is there an acronym for the phrase (like 'nsfw')? I'm looking for a word, phrase or acronym that communicates any of the spirit of ...
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Questions in the song “Por fin te encontré”

In the song "Por fin Te Encontré", they sing: Si tu supieras lo que te he esperado (If you knew that I've been waiting for you) Why do they say "lo que" instead of "que" there? Doesn't it ...
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How do middle names and last names work in Mexico culture? [closed]

I just met someone who lives in Mexico, and he said "I am Rafael Hernandez or Rafael Hernandez Rivera, but not Rafael Rivera." How do middle / last names work in Mexican culture?
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What is this song title and band name?

In listening to Spanish radio lately, I really love some of the music played, such as "El Amor de su Vida" (easy enough to understand), and "Te Metiste" But what does the title mean? And the name of ...
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¿En qué parte de México se usa expresión “a wi wi”?

A: ¡Hola, amiwoo! Kiuvas? B: ¡De perlas! ¿Qué haciendo? B: Viendo una peli y ¿tú? A: ¡A wi wi! Escuchando a Maná. Me gustaría saber en que parte de México se usa la expresión a wi wi ...
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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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What rule governs this usage of the apostrophe in this case?

I was reading the other day and came across this passage: En mi carrera me he planteado metas que siempre he alcanzado y ahora'gozo de un éxito profesional extraordinario... I have never seen a ...
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'de' in Yo me alegro de no estudiar

Yo me alegro de no estudiar: la mejor escuela es el teatro. (Literally?!:) I am glad to not study: the best school is the theater. Why is de used in this example? Is que (that) a reasonable ...
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Translating a prayer [closed]

I want to translate the following prayer from English: "Dear Lord, I pray that the Holy Spirit be with all of us, guide us in our studies and give us perseverance, help us to have patience with ...
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How do I say these phrases in Spanish? [closed]

I don't know Spanish beyond maybe a half a dozen common words. How do I say these in a casual, unfamiliar tone: Did I get a package from UPS? Sorry, that's all the Spanish I know. ...
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What is the general rule to use accusatival pronouns to refer to nouns repeatedly?

I'm just a beginner of Spanish. An exercise of my Spanish text book asks the readers to ask questions about the bold part in the sentence: Todo lo hacen muy rápido. My answer is: ¿Cómo todo lo ...
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Short form for “Indicaciones sobre la protección de datos”

As the title says, I need a short form for the phrase: "Indicaciones sobre la protección de datos" It shouldn't be longer than 3-4 words. Does anybody have an idea?
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Interpretation of quotes or famous sayings [closed]

I know you can't translate everything directly, sometimes it doesn't make sense, specially when it comes from quotes. What would be the best intepretation of the following quotes?: What goes ...
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How do you abbreviate “fecha de nacimiento” in Spanish?

How do you abbreviate "fecha de nacimiento" in Spanish?
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How to differentiate between a resident of southern California and a resident of southern Baja California?

In "Smart Spanish for Tontos Americanos", it says that a person from Northern Baja California is called a "bajacaliforniano(a)" whereas someone from Southern Baja California is called a "...
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What is asking me with “Marque la sílaba tónica”?

Can anyone help me understand what it wants me to write for the question on "Marque la sílaba tónica?" Also, what's the difference between ah, ha, a, and hay?
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Why “regreso” and not “regrieso”?

To return is regresar. I have heard that when there is a stress on e, it caves in and it turns into ie. For instance querer become quiero because at present tense the penultimate syllable is stressed ...
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¿Es correcta esta frase?: “Los ejércitos lucharon en son durante tres meses”

¿Es correcta la siguiente frase? Los ejércitos lucharon en son durante tres meses. ¿Qué significa en son?
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¿Qué forma verbal usamos cuando imaginamos situaciones ante personas a las que hablamos de usted?

Imaginad la situación siguiente: estás hablando con una persona mayor y quieres hacer una frase impersonal del tipo hipotético. Por ejemplo: Es como si comes un plato de lentejas y luego te pones ...
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How to state it was long time since you used something

For example, I wish to state that it's been a long time since I used or studied Spanish, would that be? Hace muchos años que lo usé
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How can I order food in Spanish, without the waiter switching to English?

One suggestion I heard for practicing Spanish was to go to a restaurant where Spanish is spoken (there are a few Mexican restaurants in my area where the waiters are bilingual) and order in Spanish. ...
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Article + Possessive/Demonstrative + Noun Phrase: Acceptable in Spanish?

I've come across Spanish sentences where the article is followed by a possessive adjective or demonstrative adjective, followed by a noun. Normally, it is either the article or the adjective + noun, ...

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