4
votes
2answers
84 views

«Adónde» vs «Adonde»

Empezar con un fin en mente significa comenzar con una clara comprensión de su destino. Significa saber adónde se está yendo, de modo que se pueda comprender mejor dónde se está, y dar siempre los ...
0
votes
1answer
65 views

Are «una bandada de patos» and «ráfaga de viento» common phrases in Spain?

I'm trying to write some Spanish poems for a girl that I fell in love with. My Spanish is very basic and I have some doubts. Do Spaniards say: Una bandada de patos Ráfaga de viento
2
votes
3answers
852 views

Arriba, Abajo al Centro pa Dentro

"Arriba. abajo, al centro y adentro" o "pa dentro" Tengo mucha curiosidad sobre esa forma de brindar. En México se usa en contextos muy reducidos vinculados con exceso alcohol o en forma de juego; en ...
2
votes
4answers
126 views

«Por la mañana» frente a «en la mañana»

Mientras voy calificando algunos escritos de mis alumnos, he notado que a pesar de lo que les digo en clase, escriben cosas como «Me ducho en la mañana» o «salgo en la noche», frases en las cuales ...
1
vote
1answer
148 views

Letting someone know I don't speak Spanish well

I will be traveling to Mexico next month, and I want to be able to tell people that I do not speak Spanish very well. I do speak some spanish, but only what I've been able to teach myself in the last ...
9
votes
5answers
13k views

Are there any differences between “de nada” and “por nada”?

Most of the time in all the Spanish speaking countries I've been in I've heard de nada as the reply to gracias or the equivalent of English you're welcome etc. But after a while I became conscious ...
1
vote
2answers
87 views

A “no” is needed here, no es cierto?

In the book "Smart Spanish for Tontos Americanos" it gives this: I haven't been able to raise all the money for the project, but I'm not giving up ...as the translation for this: No he logrado ...
6
votes
5answers
4k views

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? I would guess it means okay?
2
votes
1answer
79 views

Does the word “inquisitivo” have a negative connotation?

RAE defines "inquisitivo" as: inquisitivo, va. (Del lat. inquisitīvus). adj. Perteneciente o relativo a la indagación o averiguación. adj. ant. Que inquiere y averigua con cuidado y ...
1
vote
1answer
111 views

“Tuvo” vs “tenía”

What is the difference between 'tuvo' and 'tenía'? Por ejemplo, "Mi mamá fue a la tienda porque tuvo que comprar leche." vs "Mi mamá fue a la tienda porque tenía que comprar leche." Which one is ...
2
votes
5answers
254 views

Telling a pet to get out of the way

English If I want to tell my cat to get out of the way, I can say “scram!” or “scoot!” In Spanish, how can I tell my cat to go away quickly? Merriam-Webster’s Spanish dictionary says that ...
3
votes
2answers
165 views

¿Cómo se llaman las primeras dos décadas del siglo?

Yo nací en los años setenta y me casé en los noventa. Mis hijos nacieron en... y ahora estamos en... Sé que no hay una respuesta única, pero ¿qué forma cómoda y correcta recomiendan para ...
2
votes
3answers
108 views

How to translate 'al' in “un delito de desobediencia al no acatar la orden”

Objective Clarify the grammar and the translation of 'al' in the sentence below. It is from RTVE article "El TSJ catalán ve indicios de desobediencia en Artur Mas por no acatar la suspensión del 9N" ...
1
vote
1answer
87 views

¿Qué significa la expresión “de nana con la pelota”?

En un artículo de El País (de España) sobre un partido de fútbol se lee la frase (completa para dar más contexto): "El Madrid ya estaba fulminado y el Atlético, como ya casi es costumbre en los ...
7
votes
2answers
4k views

When does sólo have an accent?

When does the word solo have an accent (tilde) on the first o (sólo)? When does it not?
1
vote
1answer
642 views

¿Es “palabra altisonante” tomado como sinónimo de 'mal gusto' en algún lugar?

Normalmente entiendo palabras altisonantes como su significado irónico, es decir, significando groserías. Pues altisonante significa precisamente lo contrario Altisonante. Se dice, por lo ...
2
votes
1answer
79 views

Significado de «Pase revista»

Estoy leyendo un libro con la siguiente frase: Pase revista a la situación en el contexto de su círculo de influencia. Creo que entiendo el sentido general de la frase: Que me pide que considere ...
2
votes
2answers
95 views

Is the past tense -ste suffix (e.g., “bebiste”) related to the pronoun “te”?

Not literally, but etymologically/historically. This might sound like a stupid question but the thought popped into my head and I was wondering if it had any merit. Preterite verb forms for tú end ...
12
votes
9answers
2k views

Use of “Veni”? Is it a real word?

I was teaching a high school Spanish class, and a student (who was raised in Texas, but has Mexican relatives) told me that he has heard "veni" instead of "viene". I'd like to know if this is ...
4
votes
1answer
346 views

Es correcto usar la palabra “Apóstola” para referirse a una mujer que es “Apóstol”?

Quisiera saber si es correcto aplicar el genero femenino a un sustantivo como "apóstol" dejando la palabra como "apóstola" que se entendería es una mujer que actúa como "apóstol". Es similar al caso ...
1
vote
3answers
149 views

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 ...
1
vote
5answers
106 views

¿Cómo se dice “we couldn't resist opening them until the first star”?

Estoy escribiendo mi trabajo de casa en que tengo que describir mis costumbres de la Navidad cuando era pequeña y tengo un problema con esta frase. He escrito: En un día de la Nochebuena los ...
1
vote
1answer
67 views

Suffixes interchangeability

Looks like "-(c)ito, -(c)ita" and "-(c)illo, -(c)illa" are quite interchangeable (though the last ones are less common). What are the differences between them? What about other suffixes whithing the ...
2
votes
4answers
547 views

The word ending “-ita/-ito” and its usage

English: From what I've seen, the -ita/-ito ending is used for describing little things, or as a better way of describing time periods, especially in businesses (like a waitress saying La comida va a ...
1
vote
2answers
109 views

Translating “How (much)” in non-numeric situations

How do you translate "How (much)" when asking about non-numeric properties? For example: "How bright is that light?" "How hard was the exam?"
0
votes
1answer
96 views

A list of situations where there is no need to specify the person with his, her or their and etc

I know already several of these situations but I start seeing more in my textbook, so I think there is a chance there is a lot more. can someone please give a fullest list possible of these ...
1
vote
1answer
75 views

What is the meaning of “Las bastardillas” in this context?

I came across a quote that had a word italicized, followed by the parenthetical explanation that "the italics are ours" (the italics are mine there). This is common. But it said (in Spanish), "Los ...
4
votes
3answers
96 views

How are subscripts and superscripts read in Spanish?

How should I pronounce subscripts and superscripts when read in Spanish mathematics? For example, how should I say A1 and A1?
2
votes
2answers
126 views

Diferencia entre «entretuviesen» y «entretenieran»

Estoy experimentando con unos flashcards de Anki, y encontré esa frase: Si los niños se entretuviesen por unos minutos podría tomar una siesta. Es la primera vez que he visto una conjugación ...
-1
votes
1answer
72 views

Can sb explain me the uses of se in Spanish

I know that there are many form of se in Español but can somebody give me the summary of that?
1
vote
2answers
150 views

How to properly write “deplano”?

There's a popular (and probably exclusively) guatemalan expression: deplano or de plano; meaning probably or surely, analogue to seguramente. Example (provided for completion purposes): -¿Dónde ...
1
vote
3answers
313 views

“Con yo” instead of conmigo?

I know that conmigo is standard grammar, as prescribed by RAE. However, on a couple of occasions I've also seen people using con yo. If that helps, I saw that in a Spanish language chatroom where a ...
1
vote
2answers
125 views

"On screen” in Spanish

How does one translate the phrase, “on screen” into Spanish? Is the below sentence an appropriate attempt? Por pudor nunca besaría en la pantalla. Out of modesty, she would never kiss on screen. ...
6
votes
5answers
2k views

¿Qué significa “tuanis”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la palabra tuanis? ¿Se escribe tuani o tuanis? ¿En cuáles regiones se usa? Y, ¿es una palabra muy informal, o se puede usarla en otros contextos también?
1
vote
1answer
190 views

What do you call Pork Butt used to make Carnitas?

Pork Butt is a cut of meat from the upper part of the shoulder. It is also known (in the US) as Boston Butt, or (in the UK) Pork Shoulder on the bone. It is the cut of meat traditionally used to ...
2
votes
3answers
244 views

How do you say “swipe” in spanish?

I've been looking for the word for a while. Teaching my spanish speaking father to use his smartphone, so I want to tell him what things are called in his language. When looking at dictionaries I ...
6
votes
2answers
334 views

¿Cómo se usa la forma femenina de tema?

He leído que la palabra tema se puede usar en la forma femenina: la tema. ¿Qué significa la tema, y cómo se usa? ¿Es común? ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre el tema y la tema?
4
votes
8answers
331 views

How do I say ' my cellphone is about to die' in Spanish?

How do I say ' my cellphone is about to die' in Spanish? Celular acaba de morir. Is acaba de the right expression? And is "die" translated literally or idiomatically in this context?
1
vote
2answers
134 views

What is Salsa? Which Salsa is which?

I was just eating some tortilla chips and salsa when I asked myself, "What is the difference between this salsa and something like salsa de espagueti?" So far, I have yet to hear or read an emphasis ...
10
votes
3answers
7k views

Cuándo usar “usar” o “utilizar”

Español Ambos términos tienen un significado muy parecido. Según la RAE, el único uso de 'utilizar' es "Aprovecharse de algo" y el significado que me interesa de 'usar' es "Hacer servir una cosa para ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

¿Le quedan entradas?

In the question: ¿Le quedan entradas? The "pronombre" le is it used to express a formal way to ask somebody "do you have tickets left"? For example the following question is the equivalent ...
6
votes
3answers
8k views

“Chinga” - common slang? Origin?

I've heard the Spanish slang word "chinga" used in several popular movies/tv shows, as well as by other Spanish speakers, as the English word "f*ck". My friend denies the notion, saying "chinga" is ...
14
votes
5answers
1k views

How to translate the idiom: “missing the point”?

What would be the correct way to translate into Spanish the idiom: "to miss the point"? I'm often tempted to write "perder el punto", but it doesn't sound quite right. For example: "To bring ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

¿Cuándo quitaron los acentos de las palabras como “fué”?

He leído que hace años la RAE cambiaron las reglas para quitar las tildes de las palabras como fué, dió, etc. ¿Cuándo pasó eso? ¿Por qué hizo este cambio la RAE? ¿Cuáles fueron las palabras afectadas? ...
2
votes
2answers
168 views

Meaning of verb form 'es algo que *inhiere* en ellas'

In the following sentence: advertimos que la forma accidental que configura al bronce como estatua o a la madera como silla es algo que inhiere en ellas, que se encuentra en esa materia como en ...
9
votes
2answers
17k views

What does “que lo que” mean?

Whenever I talk to a friend (Dominican I believe) via chat like Gtalk, he always starts the conversation with: klk I did some research about that and found that, in fact, it comes from the ...
2
votes
4answers
537 views

Origen y uso de “buen provecho” en Puerto Rico - Local Use and Meaning

At a restaurant, it is customary for the waiter or waitress to say buen provecho to wish us good eating. I considered it roughly the same as bon apetit in French or English. However, I started ...
3
votes
4answers
25k views

Translation of “ni modo”

The phrase ni modo is used in many varieties of Spanish to mean many different things. What are its possible meanings? Which meaning is most common (i.e. which meaning would you assume if ni modo was ...
1
vote
2answers
190 views

Is “la” actually incorrect here?

I'm doing Duolingo Spanish. The other day, I had the sentence We are not doing it To which I gave the answer No la hacemos This was marked wrong, with the correct solution of No lo ...
0
votes
2answers
84 views

Train of thought

¿Está bien traducir Train of thought como Corriente de pensamiento? Veo que mucha gente usa Tren de pensamiento o Línea de pensamiento pero siento que la primera es incorrecta porque tren normalmente ...

15 30 50 per page