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How to properly label someone as “Spanish Speaking”?

I'm updating a list of employees for a client and came across one labeled as "Spanish Speaking." I'd like to replace that with the appropriate word or words in Spanish. The three options I've found ...
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The distinction among ke, gue, que, and ce, ze

As title, I cannot tell the differences. The most important is I found some spanish speakers write 'k' instead of 'que'. Why?
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87 views

What are Spanish common tense and literary tense

I hear there are common tenses and literary tense in Spanish, although I have tried to google it, I'm still struggling it and very curious. To smoothly self-study Spanish, and avoiding unnecessary ...
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48 views

Good ending for cross cultural sponser letter [closed]

I am sponsoring a child in Bolivia as part of a missionary outreach program. the child is a girl and is ten years old. What would a good closing be? This will be my first contact with the child and we ...
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70 views

Significado: polvorientas palabras

"Saboreando con fruición las polvorientas palabras". Dudas: Saboreando = do it with pleasure? Con fruición = ¿saboreando? Is it an outdated phrase? Polvorientas palabras: Can't have a clear ...
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77 views

Long sentence in a Spanish feed on Twitter

I follow a Spanish feed on Twitter for some easy practice. I came across this tweet the other day: Nunca se me ha ocurrido matarle ni lo he pensado I've never seen so many two letter words in a ...
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2answers
277 views

What is the article of clothing babies wear that covers the whole body and snaps between the legs called?

In English, I call this a "onesie". Google Translate leaves it as "onesie". RAE doesn't have an entry for onesie, so clearly Google just didn't know what to do with the word.
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71 views

Am I using the conditional correctly?

I want to say : "Also, I am considering whether I should get a new or used one." I figure I can say : "También, estoy considerando si debería obtener uno nuevo o vieja." Is this correct? ...
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What is the difference between »aparcar« and »estacionar«?

I have been revising vocabulary and I noticed that these two verbs have the same definition. Can someone, please clarify what the difference is. Thanks for your help.
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89 views

How often is subjunctive tense used?

I've just recently stumbled across the very existence of the Subjunctive tense a few days ago. Just yesterday I was talking to my Guatemalan friend asking her if she could explain it a little better ...
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Maestro Da Vinci — Traducción en ingles [closed]

"Maestro Da Vinci, no hace falta que se presente, todo el mundo habla de Usted." What would be the correct translation of "Maestro"? Professor Da Vinci Or Master Da Vinci Or Teacher ...
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Acá estoy, yo, la Callas… English translation

Is the following translation correct? Here I am, me, the Callas... or Here I am, it's me, the Callas... Or, not sure... :/
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Hay una traducción aceptada para “pretty print”?

He estado buscando un rato y no he podido encontrar una traducción, formal o informal de "pretty print" en español. No sé si es uno de esos términos en los que siempre se usa el anglicismo o si hay ...
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¿Latinoamérica: por qué se usa “latino” con un sustantivo feminino?

El sustantivo "América" es feminino y "latino" es adjetivo. Así, ya que los adjetivos han de concordar con los sustantivos que modifican, ¿por qué se usa "latino" en lugar "latina" en el sustantivo ...
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2answers
232 views

Hours and days of operation in Spanish?

I need to express hours of operation in Spanish. I have made the attempt but am not sure if this is correct, and can't find much online on how this should go in spoken rather than written Spanish. ...
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89 views

Modals in spanish

Is there a term for modal auxiliaries in Spanish? Voy a - hacer Puedo - hacer Debo - hacer Tengo que - hacer What do you call the first verb in these compounds?
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63 views

What is the appropriate name for the Present Perfect tense in Spanish?

I am unsure how to refer to the Present Perfect tense in Spanish as I teach it. Is it El Presente Perfecto, El Preterito Perfecto, El Perfecto de Indicativo or something else?
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89 views

levantar, despertar, etc

I have come across in reading, verbs like levantar and despertar used intransitively in sentences like the following: Ella levantaba con buena cara. Despertaron temprano. Does this mean ...
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when se is needed for transitive verbs?

Note the following two sentences: Antes él había recogido las flores. He had gathered the flowers earlier. Él se había ganado un premio. He had won a prize. I'm pretty sure the use is ...
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Género de las profesionales del modelaje: ¿por qué no se dice “la modela”?

Escuché de pasada en un programa de televisión a un comentarista hablar de "la modela", refiriéndose a una señorita que ejerce el modelaje. Pensé que fue un lapsus, pero no, era sistemático y ...
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Significado de “descaderado”

El contexto: P----- camina como travesti descaderado. ¿Cómo poronga consiguió seducir a la diosa del tango? La frase aparece como un comentario a este video. El que lo escribió presumiblemente ...
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95 views

Using Second Person Plural When Referring to a Business

If I was in a store and wanted to know if they had apples would I say to the clerk, 'tiene manzanas' or 'tienen manzanas'? I suspect the former although I'm not asking if he personnally has apples but ...
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Use of “Se” for opening times

As I understand it, se in Spanish means oneself or yourself. El museo se abre todos los días. The museum is opened every day. What is the meaning of se in the above sentence. I am a bit confused as ...
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Chapa y pintura en otros idiomas [closed]

Tenemos un debate súper importante en la empresa sobre una expresión cotidiana española. Normalmente decimos "chapa y pintura" cuando arreglamos la parte estética de algo sin arreglar su corazón, ...
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Traducción para “herding cats”

"Herding cats" es una expresión idiomática que se usa para expresar lo difícil, caótico o frustrante de tratar de traer orden donde parece que las cosas no quieran tenerlo. "Herding Cats: a ...
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How to give a range of time in Spanish?

So I want to say "from an hour to an hour and a half". I figure this should work: "de una hora a una hora y una media" I've been googling around and there isn't much depth discussion on this sort ...
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Should I use gerund here or the infinitive?

I want to say: Learning spanish is hard. I figure I can say: Aprendiendo español es muy dura. or Aprender español es muy dura. Or are they both appropriate? Google translate gives me the latter ...
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¿Cómo escribir etcétera después de abreviado?

Etcétera se puede usar con abreviatura sin redundar con los puntos suspensivos, pero ¿cuál es la forma correcta de usar la abreviatura en el medio de un texto? Ejemplo: ... los elementos del ...
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Etymology of “cualquiera”

I’ve checked several sources, including Wiktionary and SpanishDict, and understand the basic construction, which was obvious to me prior: cual + quiera. Why was that particular form of “querer” chosen?...
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Origin and usage of slang “rana”

Where does this expression come from? I read the following: “He nombrado a más de 500 altos cargos y dos me han salido rana”. I understand the general meaning and idea behind the use of "rana". ...
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How does the conditional form separate the four words it translates to?

From my understanding, the conditional form is a way of adding would, could, should and probably before a verb that it is conjugating. Although these 4 phrases are related, aren't they 4 different ...
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Should this be imperfect or preterite form?

Muestra Paul cuando fue más joven. or Muestra Paul cuando era más joven. I want to say, It shows when Paul was younger. It's for a tv show which is showing a character from another show but in ...
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To manage to do something (on time)

I hope you could help me to find out is there any specific verb in Spanish for the following situations. Imagine a train station, the train is already there and is about to leave the station. ...
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What is the basic necessary grammar I would need to tackle for Spanish fluency?

I know there are a ton of verb tenses. But what is the basic necessary grammar I would need to nail down to speak, write and understand Spanish fluently? I've got flashcards. My list so far: ...
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How to loosely open a question

I was just wondering how the best way to open a question in Spanish is in a loose, somewhat respectful and more conversational manner. An example lies in that prior sentence. Instead of asking: ...
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»solía« y »pretérito imperfecto«

Dadas las expresiones: Me gustaba algo. Me solía gustar algo. ¿Es equivalente la forma solía y el pretérito imperfecto? Pareciera que sí, es como descomponer gustaba = solía gustar en donde ...
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»No sé español« vs »No hablo español«

What's the difference between no sé español and no hablo español? It seems to be the case that people don't say the former, however we can say "I don't know Spanish" in English. Moreover it appears ...
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Can someone help me understand the translation for “to be good at (something)”?

I'm working through a Level A1 Spanish course at Memrise.com. I came across an idiom that boggles me: First, the basics: se (a alguien) dar bien (algo) | to be good (at something) And then some ...
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Pretérito imperfecto de subjuntivo para el condicional

Siempre se usa si + pretérito imperfecto de subjuntivo para empezar la cláusula condicional. Como por ejemplo si tuviera dinero, si fuera rico, si pudiera, etc. ¿Por qué estas expresiones se ...
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Subjuntivo de 'traer'

En las afirmaciones: Te dije que no lo trajeras. Te dije que no lo traigas. ¿Cuál es su interpretación? Si tengo Te dije que no lo trajeras = Igual lo traje. Te dije que no ...
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¿Cuáles funciones tiene “se” dentro de un análisis sintático? [closed]

Ahora estoy estudiando análisis sintático para el próximo día. En ciertas frases, aparece la palabra "se". He entendido que esta palabra designa a muchas funciones en el análisis de oraciones. Este ...
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¿Por qué decimos una canción es “de” un artista y en cambio un libro es “por” un autor?

En Inglés, decimos una canción es "by" un artista y un libro es "by" un autor. No entiendo la razón de la diferencia en Español. ¿Hay una regla para esto o es algo que sólo tengo que memorizar? ¿...
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What are the acceptable ways to say, “I have no idea.”?

Are the following sentences acceptable was to say, "I have no idea": No tengo idea. No tengo ni idea. No tengo nada de idea. Are there any additional ways to express this?
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Poker terms in Spanish?

I am a native Spanish speaker that lives in the US. I don't get to practice often, but I do alright with my skills. But I'm not good at knowing words for specific hobbies/industries. I am working on a ...
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What does ¡palabra! mean as an interjection?

In Huevos Verdes Con Jamón, there is a line that reads Juan Ramón - "¿Podrías comerlos con una cabra?" Unnamed Protagonist - "No podría, ¡Palabra! comerlos con una cabra." I understand that "...
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1answer
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Gender-Number Agreement with Feminine Adjectives [duplicate]

I take a beginners spanish course in school and came across this blip one day. I was trying to describe a girl in a photo wearing pink socks as la niña lleva calcetines rosas. My teacher then said ...
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¿Fuera vs. Afuera?

Soy un estudiante que está sacando AP Spanish en mi último año de escuela secundaria. Si no es obvio, el español no es mi primer idioma, y por lo general el nivel de AP es una de las asignaturas más ...
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5answers
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Under what circumstances would I use “que”?

For example if I wanted to say 'I would develop a system that would make kids want to learn', I would say 'desarrollaría un sistema que haría los niños quieren aprender.' However the ...
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4answers
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Why do they say 'un día domingo' in Spanish?

Is there a technical linguistic term for this? It seems unusual to use two nouns, 'day', and 'Saturday', back to back. Where can I learn more about this?
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Is Conditional in Spanish a Tense or a Mood?

The Wikipedia article on Spanish verbs (as of 31.01.2016) states that The Spanish conditional, although semantically expressing the dependency of one action or proposition on another, is generally ...

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