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How to translate “Cómo si no fuera un rayo que te parte los huesos y te deja estaqueado en la mitad del patio”?

The sentence is: Como si se pudiera elegir en el amor. Cómo si no fuera un rayo que te parte los huesos y te deja estaqueado en la mitad del patio. The first sentence is easy to read. It ...
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Cuando me quito el calzado, ¿por qué estoy “descalzo” y no “descalzado”?

El calzado es una clase o conjunto de prendas que cubren o protegen el pie y tienen suela (RAE). De ahí que cuando llevamos dichas piezas en los pies, digamos que estamos "calzados". Mi padre diría "...
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¿Los venezolanos pronuncian la letra H?

Is it common practice throughout Venezuela for people to pronounce the letter H? I've seen news footage of people in Caracas saying "tengo hambre" as though it were spelled "tengo jambre". Do they do ...
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Unusual usage of “va”

Here's the context: I was once chatting with a Mexican amiga on FB and asked her if we could move to Skype instead (I often practice my Spanish with her on Skype calls). She had to say no because she ...
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«Habla español donde quieras» o «Habla español dónde quieras»

Acabo de ver este texto [«Habla español dónde quieras»] en el portal internético del Instituto Cervantes. Mi duda es la siguiente: ¿va el «donde» con acento ortográfico? Creo que funge como parte de ...
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¿“Zapping” en castellano?

Cuando uno está mirando la tele, con frecuencia se aburre y recurre al zapping. Esto es, a ir pasando de un canal a otro para intentar encontrar contenidos más interesantes. Zapping es la palabra ...
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¿Cuál es el origen de la palabra “menudo”?

La palabra "menudo" tiene un sentido equivalente a "what a" en inglés. Por ejemplo, "¡menudo partido!" significa "¡qué gran partido!". Pero no me ocurrió inmediatamente cómo la palabra "menudo" llegó ...
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Searching for a more appropriate verb phrase than “llevar a cabo”

I'm editing a Spanish translation of a consent form for work. The presented draft reads "(noun) está llevando a cabo por ..." to mean "(noun) is being conducted by...". The phrase just feels clunky to ...
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Usage of “mueco” vs. “mellado” for “toothless”

The RAE does not have an entry for mueco or mueca, a term commonly used in Colombia to describe a toothless person. However, the expression hacer muecas is understood in the traditional sense as a ...
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Uso de “embarcar” como “situarse algo fuera del alcance”

Recuerdo cuando era pequeño, hace muchos años, que hubo una época en la que nos dio por jugar al béisbol en unos jardines universitarios poco frecuentados por aquel entonces, por lo que no ...
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¿Qué es “inventar el hilo negro”?

Una expresión muy común en México es "inventar el hilo negro". ¿Qué significa? Ejemplo: No hay que inventar el hilo negro.
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What's the function of the letter h?

What's the function of the letter h in Spanish? Even though it's not pronounced there must be a reason of its existence. I mean the case when the letter h it's not accompanied by the c (ch).
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“Maluco” en el castellano colombiano

¿Qué significa exactamente "maluco"? He oído muchas veces esta palabra en Colombia (Antioquia) pero no pude encontrarla en ningun diccionario. ¿Es simplemente sinónimo con "malo" o qué?
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What is the meaning of “boludo”?

Whenever I hear some person from Argentina, it is quite common to hear him or her say a sentence containing boludo: - ¡Qué boludo! - Eres un boludo - No digas boludeces So it seems ...
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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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¿Por qué “Y” en el verbo “ir” para “YENDO”?

¿Por qué el Gerundio del verbo ir, es el único que se escribe con Y? e.g. ir iré iba ido ¿yendo?
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Find all forms of a verb, given one form of the verb [on hold]

Is there any software that I can use to find all forms of a Spanish verb, given one form of the verb? I know of an online tool called Whitaker's Words that does this for Latin verbs, but I haven't yet ...
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How do you say “Braille” in Spanish?

Out of curiosity, I put the word "Braille" into Google Translate, and it said the Spanish version was... 'el braille'. But when I try to read that, the phonetics are incredibly awkward for a Spanish ...
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How do I say “Silly me” in Spanish?

How do I say "Silly me" in Spanish? ¡Yo tonto! ¡Olvidé mi móvil!
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How to say “lay on one side” in Spanish?

I was wondering how do people say "lay on one side" in Spanish. I need it as an imperative to use at gym or something(not while you're sleeping). I searched "tumbarse a un lado" but couldn't find any ...
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¿Qué son “hornos de tabique” y “mirruña de caudal” en el español de Colombia?

Me quedé asombrado al leer el libro Buscando dentro del Caos escrito por César Pellicer, particularmente desde sus frases abundantes en palabras totalmente misteriosas para mí. Por ejemplo: ...
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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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Use a scientific technique name as an adjective?

My lab performs a set of experiments that utilize a particular biological technique called ChIP-seq. I am trying to translate the following phrase: We use the data produced by the ChIP-seq ...
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Does the exclamation mark denote anger when used with a command?

I want to make it clear that I intend "Pasa la aspiradora en el dormitorio"" to mean "You, vacuum the bedroom" instead of "He vacuums the bedroom". Adding ¡! around the sentence would certainly turn ...
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Do Spanish speakers tend to be less rude, crude, and unrefined than English speakers, or are the movie subtitle translations misleading me?

I have noticed when watching movies in English with Spanish subtitles that the Spanish seems to render a "softer" version of any coarse language spoken in English. For example, "god damn it!" is ...
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How would you translate “how fast” in Spanish?

Like in: It depends on how fast you are able to learn This is what I tried: Depiende de la rapidez tuyo que peudes aprender
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Origin of 'r' in 'rencontrar'

The Spanish equivalent of the English word "encounter" is "rencontrar." Why does the Spanish version have the beginning "r" when the English one doesn't? The source is the Spanish version of "Tea ...
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¿Qué quiere decir “juicioso” en Colombia?

Mis amigos colombianos con frecuencia dicen la palabra juiciso para definir el comportamiento de alguien. Bogotalogo lo define como: juicioso Obediente. Que se acoge a las reglas y normas ...
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Interjection for “Can you believe this?”

I'm trying to find a fitting Spanish interjection to use for "Can you believe this?", e.g. in the following sentence: Can you believe this? They left without paying! It seems that "¡Vaya!" ("¡...
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How would you translate “To be (something) was and will be the best thing that (something)”?

The football player Angel Di Maria has a tattoo that says: Nacer en El Perdriel fue y será lo mejor que me pasó en la vida. which means: To be born in El Perdriel was and will be the best ...
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“María Llena Eres de Gracia” in English

That's the name of a well-known movie from Colombia and also happens to be one of my biggest favorites. But I have always struggled to understand how it translates to "María, Full of Grace" in English....
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Target word for “para que”

I was listening to news in slow Spanish today and came across the following sentence: Obama dijo que le había dado más de un año al Congreso para que actuara y nada había ocurrido. While I ...
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What's the origin of words ended in letter “j”?

What's the origin/etymology of these words? The only one that I know and it is common is reloj. Are there any others recognized by the RAE?
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(Why) Are Heartburn and Acid Stomach considered the same thing? [closed]

In "1001 Easy Spanish Phrases," it says that "heartburn" is "agruras/acidez estomacal" While it has been said that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, is it really so that heartburn and ...
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Origin and meaning of a name: “Baute”

I am German, my family name is Baute. This is a very uncommon name in Germany -- I am directly related to most of the "hits" on that map -- and for quite some time I have been trying to find out where ...
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Why is the word for a baby bottle's nipple the same word as that for a male's nipple?

I am reading (gradually, a page at a time here and there) a Spanish-English dictionary (Webster's). I came across what may be the strangest pair of words in the Spanish language. First, some ...
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Las palabras provenientes del caló, ¿están únicamente presentes en el castellano de España?

Vi un tweet en el que se menciona el glosario de un libro, donde se explica el significado de palabras usadas coloquialmente en Madrid, España. Yendo palabra por palabra, veo que unas cuantas tienen ...
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How do you say a “shot” referring to alcohol?

What are some common ways of saying a shot of liquor? This can be referring to a small, usually 1 to 2 ounce drink taken all at once or can be a measure of liquor. For example: I ordered a round of ...
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How to say “double-jointed” in Spanish?

In the context of "I am double-jointed in the elbows." (Writing a detailed description of self in my assignment) I've looked it up online and composed "Soy con articulaciones dobles en mi codos" from ...
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What does the -ada ending mean?

I am studying Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method. It has the following example: la cena está preparada dinner is prepared What does the ada ending in preparada mean? Preparada comes ...
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How can we convert an opposite word which is also a noun?

At present, I'm developing a mobile app called Left with the slogan "When things don't go right, go Left." At the same time, I'm translating the interface into Spanish from English. I'm not sure as ...
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¿De qué manera debo escribir en un texto en castellano un nombre que proviene del ruso? (Tildes)

Estoy escribiendo un trabajo que trata sobre los espacios de Sóbolev, debido a Serguéi Sóbolev, que en ruso se escribe Серге́й Льво́вич Со́болев. La pregunta es bastante simple, ¿Debo escribirlos con ...
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Spanish for “file”

I have come across fichero and archivo although the latter seems more ubiquitous. Is there any difference in usage? Or is it just a matter of personal preference? Also, if archivo is file, what's the ...
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How can I say “How many more students like biking than swimming?” in Spanish?

Do the following translations look right? English: How many more students like biking than swimming? How many more students like apples than oranges? Spanish: ¿A cuántos ...
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Can “la luz” be plural (lights) as well as singular (light)?

Duolingo accepts "the lights went out" as a translation of "se fue la luz" But shouldn't it be "the light went out" (singular)? I checked what https://www.translate.com/ would say about it. ...
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What is the meaning of “los trapos”?

I am currently using "The Red-Hot Book of Spanish Slang and Idioms" to supplement my Spanish language learning. It says that "los trapos" (with a literal translation of rags) means clothing in slang. ...
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Usage of “ojalá + que” or “ojalá”

In Latin America, I hear ojalá used mostly by itself as an exclamation, but sometimes in a sentence: Ojalá + que + subjunctive verb. For example: Ojalá que yo sepa la respuesta In Spain, I hear ...
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¿Cómo se puede traducir “opening archive failed”?

Estoy traduciendo un software y en él me encuentro con frases del tipo: Opening archive failed with error code 500 La frase en sí es un poco chusquera y me cuesta ver por dónde cogerla. Mi ...
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Comprehensive Irregular Verb Conjugation Rules?

I've been studying Spanish for many years and a few years ago I started working on an iOS language training app. One of my goals was to build a verb conjugation engine from scratch, along with a ...
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“Antojarse” vs “tener ganas de”

I always knew that tengo ganas de is the way you translate "feels like" into Spanish. For example: Tengo ganas de ir al cine I feel like going to the movies But today, I came across the ...

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