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¿Como difieren “ir _ando” y “estar _ando”?

Hay una forma del verbo que termina en -ndo, como caminando o durmiendo. Yo pienso que esta forma se llama el "participio progresivo". Entiendo como se usa estar con el progresivo, por ejemplo: ...
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¿Puede escindirse el castellano en el futuro? [on hold]

En la evolución de los idiomas a veces uno se escinde en dos o en más. Históricamente vemos el latín que evolucionó hasta los actuales castellano, portugués, italiano... También observamos que en ...
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What is “Los Plebes”?

I'm enamored with a musical group called Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho. My take on the name was that "Los Plebes del Rancho" was literally "the plebians of the ranch" and thus they were ...
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Should I use subjuntive after 'aunque'?

What is the correct way? Aunque dicen que... Aunque digan que... If the second option - please explain why. My question is based on lyrics from http://www.musica.com/letras.asp?letra=835102 I ...
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Why do several commercials/announcements put accents on their verbs?

I grew up in Costa Rica, so I can understand Spanish just fine. And yet, there is something I never quite got about the language. Here is an example of such thing in action: Si abandonás este ...
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How widespread is the use of “hais” instead of the correct “habeis”

After living in Andalucia, Spain, for a number of years I realised my use of "hais" for the second person informal plural (vosotros) of haber instead of "habeis" is incorrect. I don't know where I ...
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using 'yo' instead of 'estoy'

I have just started learning Spanish and in my reference book I saw a conversation that went like this: Yo un poco cansado ¿y ustedes? Yo muy bien. I would think that you had to say: ...
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Cómo decir “college dropout”?

Aparentemente no hay una traducción exacta del frase inglés "college dropout" ... la mejor que podria encontrar es "estudiante que abandona la universidad antes de graduarse", cual me parece ...
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What does “alimentarse del viento” mean?

If someone puts the phrase "Alimentarse del viento" as their status on a social site, what does it mean?
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How should “Advertencia” be translated as a section appearing at the start of a book?

I am reading "Los Indios" by Antonio Batres Jáuregui; the book begins with a section marked "ADVERTENCIA" A translation of this word appears to be "Warning" or "Caveat", but I reckon there's probably ...
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Open house welcome translation [on hold]

I'm looking for a translation of the following text for an Open House flyer for our Boys & Girls Club. Come see our facility, meet our staff, and see all the new and exciting things we have ...
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Is “versus” a Spanish word?

RAE says no, wordreference says yes. Is it used or understood by the Spanish speakers?
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¿Por qué es la palabra «mano» femenina?

En español, tenemos una regla en la cual, generalmente, se puede tener fé. Si una palabra termina con -o, es masculina. Sin embargo, palabras que terminan en -e o -a también pueden ser palabras ...
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¿Cuál es el origen de la expresión “salir de cuentas”?

Cuando una mujer está embarazada se dice que "sale de cuentas" en una fecha determinada para referirse a la fecha en que se calcula que nacerá el bebé. Me pregunto: ¿de dónde sale esta expresión? ¿Es ...
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Difference between Spanish and Catalan

I recently went to Barcelona and found that the people there speak Catalan but not Spanish. Although, I did listen some words that are common in both Spanish and Catalan, still there was also a ...
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Banking terminology: “cuentas” vs “cuentas claras”

What is the difference in banking terms between "cuentas" and "cuentas claras"? The latter seems to be a service for which the bank charges a fee.
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Cuál sería la traducción de Nice, Great y Good Question?

Esto se refiere a las Medallas de StackOverflow. Tengo: Nice Question => ????????????? | Question score of 10 or more Good Question => Buena pregunta | Question score of 25 or more Great Question ...
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Sobre el uso de la coma opcional [duplicate]

Es frecuente encontrar oraciones de este tipo: al final del día( ) Juan se despide de su mamá con un beso ( ) en la mejilla. En el primer paréntesis, usualmente no se usa la coma, pero es obvio que ...
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Por qué la palabra “español” no tiene acento/tilde sobre la o? [duplicate]

He observado que cuando la énfasis de una palabra no se encuentra en la sílaba antes de la ultima, se pone un tilde. En la palabra "español" no debería ser "españól"? Un amigo mío opina que hay una ...
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How do you use the “passive se” with a reflexive verb?

What is the rule for using the "passive se" (e.g. "¿Cómo se dice?") with a reflexive verb that involves another se pronoun? For example, how would you translate "One takes a shower (ducharse) ...
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¿Qué tipo de palabra es «alto»?

En las intersecciones, es común ver una señal roja y octagonal que dice "alto", el mismo tipo de señal que en inglés dice stop. En inglés, stop es un verbo imperativo, pero no creo que haya un verbo ...
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¿Cuál es la mejor traducción para “Goddamn”?

Ayer leía un cómic de Batman, escrito y dibujado por Snyder y Capullo y me encontré con que en una de las viñetas decía: "... It's the g-censored!-n Batman" Con el "censored!" ya añadido por el ...
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Cómo empezar una “web” en ingles como esta? [closed]

Dentro de un año, quizas te hubiera gustado comenzar hoy. Cómo traducir?
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549 views

¿Qué palabra se usa para describir a alguien que suda mucho?

¿Qué palabra es adecuada para describir a una persona que suda mucho?
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1answer
339 views

Are “hot dogs” (the food) really “perritos calientes” in Spanish?

In Cristina Henriquez' novel "El Libro de Los Americanos Desconocidos", the American food item known as "hot dogs" is translated as "perritos calientes" (literally "hot dogs" or "dogs hot"). Is this ...
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“To suggest/To propose” something in Spanish

I'm writing an email where I'd like to say: "I suggest we meet at the same time and place, only change the day to Friday." The verb offered by translation software is sugerir. In the definition ...
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Is this a stutter?

In Cristina Henriquez' novel "El Libro de Los Americanos Desconocidos" (very interesting so far, by the way) there is this: "¿Que qué tal ha ido?" Is this double "que" redundant? Is it simply ...
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1answer
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Why is “Dawn” translated “Mediodía”?

Me parece que "mediodía" significa "noon" y "dawn" debe ser "amanecer," pero: In "The Outcasts of Poker Flat / Los Desterrados de Poker Flat" (por Bret Harte) the original English has this: ...
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How do you say “I got you!” in Spanish?

If I threw a snowball (or dodgeball) at someone and it hit them, how would I say : I got you! in Spanish?
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What does “You are sympa” mean?

Is "sympa" just an abbreviation of "sympatico"? Or is there another connotation to it? http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sympatico I have heard it addressed directly to me, but also ...
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How can I say “colmo” properly in English?

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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“¿Qué haciendo?” and “¿qué estás haciendo?”

What is the difference between "¿qué haciendo?" and "¿qué estás haciendo?" Do they mean 'How are you doing?' ¿Qué haciendo, loco? ¿Qué estás haciendo, loquillo?
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How do you translate the following phrase? [closed]

Mientras escuchaba la hermosa canción texas blues de Mance Lipscomb, me preguntaron, un amigo, como sería la traducción al español del siguiente fragmento de la canción: I ain't got no money, my ...
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What does “Bolobonchi” mean?

He estado escuchando una canción del género salsa titulada "Bolobonchi". La canción fue compuesta e interpretada por Joe Arroyo. Mi pregunta es: ¿Qué significa o qué es Bolobonchi? I have been ...
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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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Why are there two definite articles in “el primero al que…”?

I am struggling to understand the grammar behind the sentence "Sé el primero al que le gusta esto", and in particular that construction "el primero al que". I understand "que" to here mean "that" or ...
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2answers
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Phrasing the future… In 5 years I think I will

I'm trying to say the phrase "In two years I think I will work in a lab". I've been playing around with my spanish book and I've come up with the phrase "En dos años creo voy a trabajo en ...
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1answer
35 views

How can you translate “blues for yesterday”?

Well, I'm trying to translate: I got the blues for yesterday My intuition tells me that the closest translation to Spanish would be: Tuve los Blues de ayer Is this correct? Or is there a ...
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1answer
59 views

Why is the 23rd translated as the 22nd day of the month?

In "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" by Bret Harte, it says: ...on the morning of the twenty-third of November, ... The Spanish translation ("Los Desterrados de Poker Flat") has it thus: ...en la mañana ...
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1answer
45 views

Use of verb-forming suffix “-ear”

"-Ear" is a suffix that productively forms verbs, as "tutear" from "tú" or "zapatear" from "zapato." My question is: when is this suffix used over just plain "-ar" and vice versa? For instance, ...
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2answers
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Asking 'in exchange for what' vs. asking 'why'

One of the many meanings of por is in exchange for. Ex.: Compré una bufanda por diez dólares. I bought a scarf in exchange for ten dollars. In a Spanish question, por qué means why. ¿Por qué ...
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10answers
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Are there native-born Spanish speakers that can't trill their R's?

ENGLISH It seems that one of the greatest difficulties some native-English speakers have is learning to trill their R's. Some, it seems, are completely incapable of performing this task. Is this ...
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3answers
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Ser and estar for location

ENGLISH The edge-cases of ser and estar still seem to get me. My understanding is that when speaking of a location, I should use estar. La biblioteca está aquí. However, a student I am ...
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How to pronounce the consonants “y” and “ll”?

ENGLISH I have heard y/ll pronounced in two different ways: [j] (like 'y' in "yellow") [ʒ] (like 's' in "measure") Do native speakers use both interchangeably? Or is it pronounced [j] in some ...
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10answers
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How should I ask someone to repeat something they've said?

ENGLISH When I learned Spanish in school, I was taught to never say ¿Qué? when I needed someone to repeat something they just said. Rather I was taught to say ¿Cómo? Later, my wife taught me to say ...
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12answers
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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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1answer
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “el que,“ ”el cual“ y “que”?

¿Cuándo debo usar “el que” y "el cual" (y “la que,” "la cual," etcétera) y cuándo debo usar “que”? Por ejemplo, ¿debo decir: Él odia al hombre con que estaba yo hablando. o Él odia al ...
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1answer
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Significado de “tener una paja para la vida”

En una página de Facebook, La gente anda diciendo, se divulgan frases divertidas o interesantes que se escuchan por la calle. Una de esas frases me capturó la atención: "Son dos polos opuestos. ...
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5answers
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Por qué el español se pronuncia como se escribe?

Por qué el español, a diferencia de otros lenguajes como el inglés, se escribe como se pronuncia (o se pronuncia como se escribe)? En mis tiempos de estudiante, durante una clase de lengua salió esta ...
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3answers
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Definición de “pistear”

Hoy alguien usó la palabra pistear conmigo, en el contexto de una fiesta, o bebiendo. No puedo encontrar una definición relevante. DRAE tiene dos definiciones regionales: tr. El Salv. Pagar ...

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