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3answers
109 views

Does saying “Hola Hola” imply impatience?

On the radio this morning, where free legal advice was being given to callers, a caller was perhaps being viewed as overly polite by saying hi and good morning to the host and co-hosts, and the host ...
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137 views

Use of future subjunctive

What is the difference between these three sentences? Si considerases que alguno es útil, podríamos comprarlo. Si considerases que alguno fuere útil, podríamos comprarlo. Si considerases que alguno ...
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11answers
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Traducción de “Deal with it”

¿Cuáles serían las traducciones para la expresión Deal with it? También pregunto traducciones que sean coloquiales, propias de cada país.
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¿Cuál es la puntuación más común para los números?

Hay dos formas más comunes de puntuación para los números. Como en inglés: 1,000.00 O como en muchas partes de europa: 1.000,00 Entiendo que las dos formas existen en español. Ya tengo ...
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179 views

Polite way to say “I am fine” in spanish

When My boss asks "Como estas? I reply : "Estoy muy muy feliz" Does it make sense in spanish? Or What is a better/polite way to say "I am fine"?
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Why is “Usted” grammatically a third person?

In English polite form of address is "You" which is second person singular and plural. In Russian it is "Вы" which is plural second person. In Spanish (and probably French and Italian) polite address ...
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2answers
56 views

Using past tenses with specific verbs

I would like to know how to use past tenses with verbs like 'ser', 'estar', 'tener' 'vivir'. Specifically, I can say 'Pensaba en ti' and 'Pense en ti'. They're equivalent of english 'I was thinking ...
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2answers
111 views

Listing mixed male and female nouns. Muchos or muchas?

If I'm listing four things, three of which are female, would I say muchas or muchos? Tiene muchos playas, montañas, tiendas y restaurantes If restaurantes is male then do I start the sentence ...
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1answer
71 views

(Why) are mariachis considered wimpy (or are they (not))?

"Ser [muy] mariachi" means, according to "Smart Spanish for Tontos Americanos", "To be a wimp." Why? Is Mariachi music considered like "elevator music" or what?
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1answer
34 views

Verb tense for an event that will happen, and happens every year

I'm not sure which tense to use for this. The event happens in August. But it happens every August, not just in the coming August. [En Agosto] hay baile en los calles y escenifican la batalla ...
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1answer
53 views

estar + gerundio vs imperfecto

What're the differences between those both constructions? If yesterday I had lost my dog and was looking him should I say Ayer estaba buscando mi perro. or Ayer buscaba mi perro. And ...
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Perfect or Perfect subjunctive for comprar?

I'm totally confused between where to use the perfect and the perfect subjunctive when talking about the past. E.g they bought in the past... So would this be habían comprado Spanish Dict ...
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2answers
74 views

Un tesoro es un tesoro?

According to my Spanish/English dictionary, "tesoro" is both the word for "treasure" (I knew that) and "thesaurus" (I didn't know that). So how would you say, "A thesaurus is a treasure"? If you said ...
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1answer
50 views

Difference between Mexican Spanish and Spanish? [closed]

What are the main difference between South American Spanish and Spanish ?
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3answers
599 views

¿Qué significa “alta noche”?

Hoy he visto esta palabra en el libro de Borges, pero no estoy seguro qué significa. Alta noche es noche con luna llena o es medianoche o es una noche en la que no se puede ver nada?
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2answers
127 views

What is a generic word to refer to “icing”?

Icing refers to a creamy, sugary topping used on cakes, cupcakes, to fill twinkies, etc. It's typically made from butter or shortening and sugar, and often food coloring. What is a word in Spanish ...
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2answers
107 views

Trying to make a certificate for my Spanish teacher

I am making an end-of-year certificate for my Spanish teacher, and just need a quick confirmation that this is right. Una profesora increíble con mucho entusiasmo y tiene mucho amor por sus ...
6
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1answer
1k views

Significados de Fama

Acabo de ver en Twitter a una persona utilizando la palabra Fama como sinónimo de Carnicería (donde uno compra la carne). En Colombia está bien decir: Voy a la fama a comprar churrasco. Pero ...
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1answer
59 views

How would you translate “Como en su día fueron…” [closed]

Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed transportation system put forward by Elon Musk. A recent article begins with: Como en su día fueron los dirigibles o incluso los aviones, Hyperloop empieza a ...
3
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3answers
218 views

A proper way to say “You are the love of my life” in spanish

I just sent the following whats app message to my girlfriend in Guatemala city : Mi amor! Te amo mucho. Tú eres el amor de mi vida. Does it make sense in Spanish? Or is this the proper way to ...
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1answer
38 views

Does this sentence contain a redundant “la”? [closed]

It seems to me that this sentence: "[...] asalto con violencia y de usar un lenguaje soez e inmoral en presencia de la la señora." ...from the translation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" ("Matar a un ...
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1answer
74 views

Does this sentence contain a redundant “a”?

It seems to me that this sentence: "Este dinero se lo dio a a Dill, ...." ...from the translation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" ("Matar a un ruisenor") contains a redundant "a". If not, what is the ...
2
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2answers
248 views

Subject-Verb Agreement “Estudiar y trabajar resulta…”

In English: Studying and working at the same time always result in a big challenge. In Spanish: Estudiar y trabajar al mismo tiempo siempre resulta un gran desafío. Why is the singular form of ...
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2answers
57 views

How to use “gustar”?

Today I presented to my teacher a sentence I wrote for my homework: Juan es el solo uno en nuestra clase a que gusta el helado. (John is the only one in our class who likes ice cream.) But my ...
2
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1answer
89 views

Why are window shutters “persianas”?

Why are window shutters called "persianas" in Spanish? If window shutters originated in Persia/Iran, I can find no evidence of that.
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1answer
26 views

Exceptions of forming negative statements [closed]

Spanish is full of contradictions that it's hard to know which is really correct without being a native speaker and having spoken it for long. Just take negation for example. I know in Spanish ...
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1answer
48 views

Why “la clase turista” and “primera clase” in Spanish?

I have encountered the following two sentences in Rosetta Stone Spanish course: Los pasajeros de la clase turista comen. Los pasajeros de primera clase comen. It seems that if you mention ...
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3answers
3k views

¿Cuál es el origen de la frase “al pan, pan, y al vino, vino”?

Creo que la expresión quiere decir que algo fue dicho con claridad, pero ¿de donde viene la expresión? Es decir: ¿a qué se refiere originalmente? ¿Por qué pan y vino, precisamente?
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1answer
63 views

Sujeto de la oración “Está oscureciendo temprano”

Tengo una duda con esta tarea de mi hijo. La oración es muy simple: Está oscureciendo temprano. Pienso que puede ser una oración impersonal sin sujeto, como en "Llueve fuerte", pero ...
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4answers
22k views

¿Se debe decir jefe o jefa al referirse a una persona de sexo femenino?

Mi jefe en el trabajo es una mujer. ¿Cómo es la forma correcta de referirse a un jefe que es mujer? ¿jefe o jefa? Algunos compañeros de trabajo le dicen jefa, yo le digo por su nombre sin embargo ...
3
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2answers
132 views

What is the difference between “claro” and “claro que sí”?

Cual es la diferencia entre "claro" y "claro que sí"? Are they like "yeah" and "yes, indeed!" or "sure" and "you bet!"? - IOW, is the longer one more emphatic, or are they simply synonymous? Is any ...
6
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5answers
755 views

¿Cómo traducir “responsive” al español?

Hace poco oí un par de personas usar las palabras página responsable para referirse a lo que en inglés se conoce como "Responsive User Interface" -o responsive a secas-. A mi me parece que esta es ...
2
votes
1answer
65 views

What is the proper way to refer to an island?

Some friends of mine live on Rota (an island off Guam). I might tease them that "La Isla Rota" means "Broken Island." Pero, fuera de broma, what would be the proper (no pun intended) way to refer to ...
3
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2answers
1k views

Origen de Carmelita como color?

En mi país Cuba para referirnos al color marrón nosotros decimos carmelita, he notado que por ejemplo en Colombia y México nunca me entendieron cuando lo mencionaba y tenía que decir color café o ...
4
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2answers
126 views

Using “cómo” with verbs after “saber”

I already anticipate that part of my problem is that I'm trying to literally translate, which I know I shouldn't (but...). I'm confused: Juan sabe nadar. I read that this means "Juan knows how ...
5
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3answers
848 views

Why are green beans called “green jews”?

Green beans are, in Spanish, "judías verdes" - why? What is the connection? Were Jewish people known for eating a lot of green beans, or what?
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3answers
280 views

What are the differences between “tener” and “haber”?

Both verbs tener and haber both are translated as to have. What are the rules that distinguish their uses of one verb over the other?
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3answers
3k views

¿Como se contestan preguntas que llevan un “no” al inicio?

El español es mi idioma nativo, pero siempre he tenido esta duda, por ejemplo, si yo le pregunto a alguien: ¿Tienes frío? Esta persona podría contestar Sí. No. Sí, si tengo frío. No, no tengo ...
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2answers
123 views

What verb is used for the way that dogs walk?

What kind of verbs are used, for the different ways a dog walks? For instance, in the case of a horse, it could be trotar or galopar. What possibilities exist for a dog?
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3answers
71 views

Is this a bad example sentence for the reflexive casarse?

One of my concise dictionaries listed an intransitive form for the verb "casar" so I went to spanishcentral.com for some example sentences. I think it cleared up my question about the intransitive ...
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2answers
279 views

El uso de adjetivos como adverbios

Hay algo que me ha molestado desde que empecé a aprender español. He notado que a veces los adjetivos pueden usarse como adverbios. El ejemplo más prominente de este fenómeno es el uso de “junto” en ...
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1answer
375 views

What is “El Capitan” meaning in English? And how this word developed along the history?

Apple choose "El Capitan" as OS X 10.11 name, it's a spanish word, what does it mean? And something about its etymology might help too.
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2answers
6k 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? ...
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1answer
132 views

Why does “every eight days” mean once a week?

Mi amigo Bert, who grew up in Mexico, told me last night that he's never understood why the expression "cada ocho dias" (every 8 days) means once a week. My theory is that if you "count both ends" ...
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1answer
63 views

pronunciation of final n as [ŋ]

I've heard the 'n' in "Me llaman Carlos" voiced as [ŋ] (the "ng" sound in English). Is it ever correct to voice it as "Me ʝaman kaɾlos"? Under what circumstances is 'n' voiced as [ŋ] versus [n]?
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4answers
915 views

Why are telephone numbers sometimes verbally expanded?

I was listening to a Spanish-language radio station on my commute this morning, and in giving a phone number, the "disc jockey" said "tres veintitres" for "323". Why? "tres dos tres" is shorter. Is it ...
3
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3answers
93 views

Los Diablos Rojos del México — ¿por qué “del”?

Hay un equipo en la Liga Mexicana de Béisbol llamado Los Diablos Rojos del México. En su nombre, ¿por qué no se emplea "de" sino "del"?
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2answers
234 views

What's the function of “lo” in “lo que”?

Examples: Lo que pasa es que el niño no fue a la escuela porque se fracturo el tobillo. Lo que quiere es una computadora para hacer sus tareas. Lo que dice es mentira. Lo que no ...
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0answers
32 views

Shouldn't “tiago” be used to mean “James” instead of “Jaime?” [duplicate]

If "Jaime" means "James" in Spanish, why is "Santiago" used for "St. James" and "Tiago" is not listed as a word/name at all?
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6answers
557 views

What does “lo” in “(no) lo es” refer to?

English: In this sentence, for example: El dinero no lo es todo en la vida. What does this "lo" refer to? Can it be omitted ("El dinero no es todo")? Español: En esta frase, por ejemplo: ...

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