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How do you say I have been waiting for you forever in Spanish?

How would you say "I have been waiting for you forever" ? I'm having trouble translating "I have been"
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7answers
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Translation of “Welcome back!”

In English, if someone has been gone for a while and has recently returned, it's common to greet them by saying, "Welcome back!" (or "Welcome back from your trip!", etc). What is the most natural way ...
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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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¿Por qué cuando digo “Él no va a ningún lado” siento que está mal dicho?

En muchas, muchas, muchas ocasiones he usado este término. Y lo he escuchado de muchas personas también, la pregunta no es si está bien dicho, sino porque siento que carece de lógica y que significa ...
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9answers
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Meaning and connotations of “gringo”

In the US, "gringo" is usually understood as a disparaging reference to a foreigner (see the Merriam-Webster definition). What exactly does gringo mean in Spanish? Is it neutral, or does it have ...
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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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1answer
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¿Por qué cerramos las discusiones con un “y punto pelota”?

Se dice con frecuencia ... y punto pelota para dar por terminada una discusión: Mamá, ¿puedo ir al cine? No. ¡Pero si ya hice los deberes! He dicho que no y punto pelota. Así lo ...
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5answers
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Learn basic vocabulary

I am learning Spanish (Castellano) and want to expand my vocabulary. There are many vocabulary trainers out there. But some do not come with predefined words and others contain them all. I want to ...
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0answers
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Relearning Spanish for a vacation in Spain [closed]

I posted this question in Travel SE, but was kindly informed it was a tad out-of-place there. I thought I might have more luck here, so I'll reproduce the question and give some more background ...
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¿Qué significa “siempre sí” y “siempre no”?

Este fin de semana estaba en un hotel con una amiga esperando a otros amigos para salir juntos. Mi amiga dijo a la recepcionista: -"Estamos esperando unos amigos. ¿Usted puede avisarnos cuando ...
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¿Qué antónimos hay para “inserción”?

En el mundo de la informática, cuando estoy añadiendo algo en algún lugar digo que hago una "inserción", tras lo cual decimos que se ha insertado. Por tanto, ambas frases serían válidas: XXX ha ...
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¿Qué significa “pata de perro”?

Hoy una amiga me dijo "Soy pata de perro". Yo entiendo las palabras literalmente, pero ¿qué significa esa expresión?
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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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How can I say “colmo” properly in English? [closed]

There is an expression in Spanish to denote something that is absurd or unexpected. Usually it can be the maximum expression of expertise and talent. I wondered about this mainly because in Spanish ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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What are my options for the generic “you”? [duplicate]

In English, it is common to use the word "you" to refer to people in general, instead of just the person you're speaking to: You can't eat rocks. How would I say the same thing in Spanish? Are all ...
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Bonita, linda, hermosa, bella, and guapa: what's the difference?

I've seen all of these used to mean 'pretty', although 'hermosa' seems to mean beautiful and 'guapa' seems to mean handsome. Are there any subtle differences them? For instance, in English being ...
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3answers
186 views

How masculine are masculine nouns

This question betrays my poor beginner's Spanish, but what the heck... Do native/fluent Spanish speakers regard masculine/feminine nouns as possessing intrinsic "male/female" qualities, if only ...
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6answers
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How can I translate the expression “sour grapes” to Spanish?

From the Oxford dictionary: sour grapes used to refer to an attitude in which someone adopts a negative attitude to something because they cannot have it themselves: government officials ...
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Is the reflexive needed in this case?

I like to stay at home Is it: Me gusta quedar en casa or Me gusta quedarme en casa
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Dame dinero “para que compre leche” o “para comprar leche”?

Ayer estudié que se utiliza "para + infinitivo" cuando los sujetos son iguales, por ejemplo: (yo) Como solo fruta para (yo) ayunar Mientras que se utiliza "para que + subjuntivo" cuando los ...
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2answers
451 views

¿Se dice “me alegro que” o “me alegro de que”?

Con frecuencia me surge la duda de cuál de estas frases es correcta: Me alegro de que las cosas te estén yendo bien Me alegro que las cosas te estén yendo bien Es decir, ¿cuándo se puede ...
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249 views

How to express surprise in Spanish?

In English language, we can use OMG "oh my God" to express surprise. OMG, I lost the movie ticket! I am just curious if we can use same expression in Spanish context. for example: Oh mi ...
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1answer
67 views

¿Es “chilote” una palabrota?

A: ¡Hola, weón! B: ¿Cómo tay, chilote? A: Toy bien y ¿vos? B: ¡Un siete, chilote! ¿Es un insulto llamar a alguien »chilote«?
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Temerse vs Tener miedo de

Quiero decir "I'm afraid I will indulge in playing the game." y lo traduje como a continuación: 1.1. Tengo miedo de que vaya a dejarme llevar en este juego. 1.2. Tengo miedo de que vaya a ser ...
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¿Cómo traducir “bluff”?

Estoy traduciendo las reglas para un juego con frases como "don't be afraid to bluff" o "is this a bluff?" (como en poker), pero no sé si dejarlo tal cual, o usar "engaño" o "mentira". Sé que farol ...
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why does my book say “Los tacos son ricos”?

I came across the usage "los tacos son ricos"? Does that mean that they are rich instead of tasting good? Is this correct? I thought that one had to use estar in this context.
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Which of these is correct when using hubiera sido & fuera, and what is the difference between the two verbs

Which of these is correct when using hubiera sido & fuera, and what is the difference between the two verbs? 1: Si el florero no hubiera sido caro, lo habría comprado para mi madre. 2: ...
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1answer
152 views

What does “se me nubló el semblante” mean in Spanish?

Google translate says: He clouded the face But I'm sure that's not the case. I think it's something someone feels when they feel pity(?) or kind of when someone stop having bad feelings for ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
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Translating “kind words” (as in “Thank you for your kind words.”)

In English if someone complements you or expresses their gratitude for something you've done, you can respond with something like, "Thank you for your kind words." What Spanish phrase would best ...
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1answer
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Which conditional form should I use if I am the subject?

I want to say: I am not sure if I should eat breakfast. I am guessing this is perfectly correct: No estoy seguro si debería comer el desayuno. I use this spanish checker here to check my ...
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1answer
40 views

If the subject doesnt change, when do I use the infinitive?

So I know this works with the infinitive: quiero tomar leche But what if there are multiple verbs or different scenarios? What are the rules? For example: Yo he estado considerando hacer un ...
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2answers
56 views

Título laboral con mayúsculas iniciales

Por favor, me gustaría saber si es correcto usar letras mayúsculas al principio de cada palabra en un título laboral como por ejemplo: Alberto Pérez, Auditor de Cuentas María García, Director ...
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3answers
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When to use “una” and when to omit it

I recently came across this sentence: No tenemos fecha. which means "We do not have a date." The context of this may be when making an appointment with the dentist and you are saying you do not ...
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8answers
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Is there a difference between cilantro and culantro in Spanish?

I've seen the American English "cilantro" (British English "coriander") translated into Spanish as both cilantro and culantro. What is the difference? Are they synonyms used interchangeably, or is the ...
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2answers
79 views

“¿Qué quiere ser?” o “¿qué querrá ser?”

I am currently trying to figure out how to ask someone what they want to be in the future, as in what do they want to do career-wise. I am not sure which way sounds better. I feel as though the ...
3
votes
1answer
86 views

Can “muelle” be the 3rd person singular of a verb?

"Muelle" comes up in a poem by the Mexican poet Pedro Serrano. The context is: "...el conejo en el césped húmedo / salta y muelle su curvatura". Can "muelle" be the 3rd person singular form of ...
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13answers
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Any difference between aquí and acá

ENGLISH I've been taught that aquí and acá are completely interchangable. From personal observation, acá seems to be used more often than aquí in the context of "I live down this road." Example: ...
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2answers
91 views

The meaning of “me gustas tú” [duplicate]

What does me gustas tú mean in Spanish? I was told it means I like you. I'm currently learning Spanish, and was wondering why "Me gustas tú" = "I like you" and not "You like me." The verb ends in ...
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3answers
127 views

¿Por qué las cosas fáciles se hacen “con la gorra”?

Es común, al menos en España, decir que algo se ha hecho "con la gorra" cuando se hace sin mayor esfuerzo. Ese chico es muy listo. Saca la mayor nota en todos los exámenes con la gorra. De ...
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1answer
98 views

Omisión de artículo

¿Por qué cuando aclaramos un sustantivo con adjetivo, en algunos casos omitimos el artículo? Por ejemplo en: Necesito agua potable ¿Por qué no es? Necesito un agua potable Amor también ...
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2answers
181 views

¿Es correcto decir “no te sé decir”?

¿Es correcto decir "no te sé decir" o "no te sabría decir", en lugar de "no sé decirte" o "no sabría decirte"?
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1answer
121 views

What does “de la fila” mean in this context?

Listening to a Spanish radio station this morning, they were counting up the top 10 songs. With at least several of them, they would say, "de la fila" such as: "...Numero cinco, de la fila" Google ...
2
votes
3answers
97 views

When push comes to shove

Una frase muy frecuente en inglés es "when push comes to shove" y se usa para determinar el momento en que una situación alcanza su punto crítico o el momento en el que es indispensable pasar a la ...
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vote
1answer
459 views

What is the meaning of “los sien”?

A short while later I discovered that she had left vases filled with red roses all over the house, and a card on my pillow: I hope you reach a hunnert. This is English ...
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1answer
63 views

Does “Downpour” mean “Water Zero”?

The Spanish word "aguacero" means "downpour." If you break it up, it seems to literally be "water zero." Is there anything to this? Is the etymology here implying that so much water fell to earth that ...
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vote
4answers
153 views

I wouldn't know

Could somebody explain the sentence "I wouldn't know"? What would be a Spanish equivalent word/expression, especially in a context similar to this: 'Do you do this every year? I wouldn't know' - ...
2
votes
1answer
63 views

What does García Márquez mean by saying “making mules sing”?

La niña estaba en el cuarto desde las diez, me dijo; era bella, limpia y bien criada, pero estaba muerta de miedo, porque una amiga suya que escapó con un estibador de Gayra se había desangrado ...
2
votes
2answers
436 views

“Mano a mano” in south America

Are there additional meanings to "mano a mano" besides "going head to head" with someone? Especially, can "mano" take on a different meaning in this phrase from the standard meaning "hand"? I have ...

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