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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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Spanish for “some” in this context

How would one translate the following sentence into Spanish? I made some hot chocolate for the kids. My attempt is: Preparé chocolate caliente para los niños. But I am unable to figure out ...
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La colocación del adjetivo en “fin de semana”

Cuando yo estaba respondiendo a esta pregunta, quería decir que la forma correcta de hablar del fin de semana que viene es: el próximo fin de semana y no: el fin de semana próximo Y eso, ...
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“At all” in Spanish

How would one translate "at all" in the following sentences: Let's hope she was cute, that is if at all she existed. Did you know her at all? No, not at all! For the last one, claro ...
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¿Qué significa “por” en el eslogan “Es por ti”?

Español En una clase de español hemos hablado del uso de "por" y "para". En camino a casa esto me ha recordada de un eslogan de la compañía de vuelo Avianca que he visto: "Es por ti." No estoy seguro ...
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“Just do it” in Spanish

I am trying to translate the famous Nike tagline in the most natural Spanish possible. From what I have learned at SE and elsewhere, I have come up with: Sólo hazlo But I am curious to see if ...
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Gender agreement with “fin de semana”

Would it be el fin de semana próxima or el fin de semana próximo for next weekend? And how would you say last weekend in Spanish?
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How to say plural of abbreviations

I'm wondering how one would say CDs, in Spanish. I know that a single CD would be spelled in Spanish characters (i.e. "ce de"), however, how would several CDs be spelled in Spanish?
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How to emphasize an action as in “I don't …, but I *do* …”

Español En inglés se puede utilizar el verbo 'do' como un verbo auxiliar para enfatizar una acción. Por ejemplo: You aren't really getting good results at school. - But I do study hard. (No ...
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What does “llevarle su vida” mean?

In a recent conversation with a native speaker from the Dominican Republic, she used the phrase "llevarle su vida". In the context, I took this to mean "live his/her life for him/her" or be ...
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How do I say 'It took me 4 hours to get to Hamburg' in Spanish? [closed]

How do I say 'It took me 4 hours to get to Hamburg' in Spanish? Tomó 4 horas volar a Hamburgo. Any alternatives?
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Two que's in a single sentence

Consider the following translation: El odio arrebató la vida a la mujer que amaba. Hatred took the life of a woman I cherished. How would you translate the same sentence with the word ...
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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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Direct Object/Indirect Object Pronouns

This is a sentence from "La Forma de la Espada", by Borges: "Entonces yo volví, derribé de un golpe al soldado, sacudí a Vincent Moon, lo insulté y le ordené que me siguiera." I think I understand ...
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“Para” in two different contexts within a single sentence

My boss has asked me to prepare a report for him. And he needs to present it during a meeting with his superiors on Monday. But I can't turn it in ON Monday because that's when his meeting is and ...
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Prenda vs. ropa

Both mean clothing. Although prenda also means jewelry in Venezuela but in general contexts, it seems to be synonymous to ropa. Or is it?
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Ring: “anillo” vs “sortija” [closed]

Both translate as ring. Is there a difference in connotation? Or is it just a matter of dialect? To further confuse things, I have even heard anilla and aro!
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“old car” slang [closed]

A friend from El Salvador reckoned an old car (i.e. one that's been around the block) is called una dama vivida, but I can't find any other reference to this. Does anyone know the slang for old car? ...
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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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Meaning of idiomatic phrase: «a caballo de»

I've seen the phrase «a caballo de» being translated as «to be ahead of the game». I'm reading a book, and the sentence doesn't seem to relate to this meaning. The sentence is the following: «La nada ...
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Translating “I want to go back to…”

Picture this: A couple has a bad break up and both parties go their own separate ways. Years pass and one fine day, they run into each other. Memories come flooding and emotions go high. The girl, ...
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Preterite vs. imperfect and “ser” vs. “estar” to describe a natural condition in the past

How does one decide the correct verb and tense while describing a time or natural condition in the past? Take, for instance, the following sentence: It was dark Which of the following would be ...
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Existe el término “hiso” en español?

Sé que el pasado de Hacer es Hizo. Recibí un correo y cuando le doy a reenviar veo que la persona escribió "hiso" y el Word no me lo resalta como un error ortográfico. Entonces porque Word piensa ...
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Translate “all this while” into Spanish

My friend has been frantically looking for his keys for a long time and believes it's been stolen. Just when he's about to give up, I find it lying in his drawer and rush to tell him. What I want to ...
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Using “atrás” with “volver”

I stumbled upon the following sentence while browsing a Spanish translation website today: Podríamos volver atrás y ver los dinosaurios. We could go back and see all the dinosaurs. Question ...
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“Actualmente” vs. “ahora”

Both translate as now. How does one decide which one to use in which context? My understanding is that ahora is more like "right now, at this moment" whereas actualmente has a broader sense such as ...
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Usage of “hasta” in time phrases

How does hasta translate in the following sentence? Acá viví hasta los veinte años. Which of the following would be the appropriate way to read it? 1. I lived here for 20 years. 2. I ...
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“Pedir para” or “pedir por”

Which one is the correct word to use in this situation, por or para? pedir por direcciones pedir para direcciones
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“Ser” vs. “estar” with continuous actions, i.e. present participle

This is a "contextual" translation I just found online a few minutes ago: Cariño, eres un poco empezando a preocuparnos un poco. Honey, you're kind of starting to worry us a little. The ...
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What can I do with “Mientras”?

I understand that I can never join two Preterite verbs with Mientras, since it implies an ongoing action, but what can I do with mientras? Is it acceptable to have a Preterite and Imperfect verb ...
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Pregunta sobre la voz pasiva con “se”

Entiendo que en Español se puede decir, "La pintura fue creada por Picasso". Pero, no sé si se puede decir lo mismo con la construcción pasiva con "se". ¿Es posible decir, "Se creó la pintura por ...
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¿“Mismo de” o “mismo que”?

Me acaban de corregir dos veces en un documento, y me pongo muy odioso cuando me critican la redacción. Yo siempre he dicho "mismo de": El mismo sistema de antes. Hay que instalarlo en el ...
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El significado idiomatico de la cal

Encontré un modismo que me interesa (inventé un ejemplo) : Nos debemos ir! La policía va a cerrar esta lugar a cal y canto. We gotta get out of here! The police are going to lock this place ...
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How to translate 'see' at the end of a sentence?

Español ¿Como se puede traducir 'see' al final de una frase, come en I have just started learning Spanish, see. (Acabo de comenzar a aprender español, ...) English How can one translate ...
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Difference between “manejar” and “conducir”

Today's word of the day on spanishdict.com is despacio. There I found this sentence: A mi hermano le fastidia cuando la gente que quiere manejar despacio conduce en el canal de velocidad. I ...
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¿Se permite el triple signo de interrogación? Is “???” allowed?

Normalmente me molesta ver preguntas escritas con la siguiente puntuación frecuente en correos electrónicos: Y tú vas a ir???? Pero hoy noté que lo análogo con signos de admiración es posible: ...
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Uso del tiempo condicional o el pretérito

"Hacia 1907, la muerte de Cézanne y las influencias del arte africano dar paso a un nuevo cambio en el pintor, su época negra, que daría a una de sus más geniales" creaciones: el cubismo. ...
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Diferentes maneras de denominar fuegos [closed]

Como se dice: Fire (as in a forest fire) Fire (as in your fireplace at home) Fire (as in a light for a cigarette) Fire (as in a camp fire) Fireplace (the kind in your house) thank you so much! i ...
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¿Desuscripción? ¿Desuscribir?

En cualquier website en inglés frecuentemente podemos encontrar un botón o enlace "unsuscribe", para dar de baja una suscripción. ¿Cómo traducir esto en español en una sola palabra? Existen ...
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Is the country México or Méjico?

Is the name of the country south of the United States spelled México or Méjico? Which is the official name of the country in English and Spanish? When is each version used?
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How would you say “I'm done with this!” as in “I had enough”

I've met this phrase several times: "¡Basta ya!" which from what I found translates to "Enough is enough!" But is there a more individual way of saying that you are done with doing something ...
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What words are typically used to refer to vehicles and deliniate between types of vehicles in Latin America [closed]

I would like to know the words for cars, trucks, vans, pickups, and SUVs in regular Mexican usage. I know car is carro, but is that what a typical Mexican is most likely to use too?
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Mejico or Mexico? [duplicate]

Is it oldfashioned to write Mejico instead of Mexico? Estoy viviendo en el estado de California, pero soy de Mexico. Estoy viviendo en el estado de California, pero soy de Mejico.
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¿Adjetivo para el invierno?

Así como he escuchado veraniego y primaveral, ¿existen similares para otoño e invierno? El último me resulta más importante. Muchas gracias de antelación.
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Can an accented weak vowel in a diphthong ever not be emphasised?

English If in a diphthong consisting of a weak (i, u) an a strong (a, e, o) vowel the emphasis lies on the weak vowel, an accent is put on it and the diphthong is pronounced in two syllables. For ...
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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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Uso del imperfecto y pretérito

Uso de los verbos en el tiempo pasado. "Recios golpes sonar en la puerta". La frase es de Josefa Martin Garcia. ¿Por qué usa el pretérito en vez del imperfecto?
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Declension of the word “patán”

How does one decline (if at all) the adjective patán? We all know there's inconsistencies in languages and I was thinking about this adjective. My intuition tells me it should be declined, but it ...
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¿Es correcto el uso del verbo en “Eres tú y los demás.”?

A pesar que se refiere a varias personas (tú y los demás), no he escuchado que se diga Son tú y los demás. (o "Sois tú y los demás", atendiendo a diferencias regionales) ¿Es eso correcto? ...
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How outdated is the Spanish of the Reina-Valera Bible?

I've been told by native Spanish speakers that the Reina-Valera Bible (even the 1960 edition) sounds old fashioned and stuffy. It's one of the reasons our pastor uses other translations. But when ...

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