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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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¿Es correcto escribir “min/mayúscula” o “men/mayores”?

Estaba hoy escribiendo a un amigo para darle unas credenciales informáticas, cuando quise decir que era importante poner las mayúsculas y minúsculas tal y como le decía - no es lo mismo en ese ...
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(Why) Are Heartburn and Acid Stomach considered the same thing?

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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¿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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¿Qué significa “sollado”?

Soy colombiano, y en Colombia se utiliza bastante estar "sollado". Lo que quiere decir que uno está más o menos relajado, más o menos feliz. Sin embargo eso es un significado ambiguo y tácito, me he ...
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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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2answers
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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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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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¿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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2answers
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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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2answers
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Zipper: “cierre” vs “cremallera”

Both mean zipper but which one is prevalent in regular speech? Is there any subtle difference between the words as in the type of zipper they refer to? I am particularly interested in Mexican usage.
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¿Cuál es el significado de “órale” y su origen?

La palabra "órale" es usada frecuentemente en México en situaciones informales. ¿Cuál es su significado y origen?
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When should I use the word 'yo' in a sentence where the verb conjugation already shows that I am the subject?

Early on while I was learning Spanish, my teachers would always make us use the pronoun 'yo' even if it was redundant: Yo pienso que... Yo quiero... Yo hablo... etc. However, a more ...
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4answers
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“Pipe” in Spanish?

In the context of programming, we refer to "pipe" as the action where you send the output of a process into another one. For example, I can say: echo "hello" | sed 's/h/XX/g' # ^ # ...
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1answer
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¿Qué significa la abreviatura “VoBo”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la abreviatura "VoBo"? ¿en qué casos se puede utilizar?
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How might you say a child is “cute” in Spanish?

Suppose you see a mother with a laughing little 2-year-old. In English, we might exclaim, "how cute!" I've had trouble saying this in Spanish. The word "cute" means something like "beautiful", but it ...
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4answers
940 views

How can I say “How many more apples does John have than Phil?” in Spanish?

Does the following translation make sense in Spanish? What would be the appropriate translation? English: How many more apples does John have than Phil? Spanish: ¿Cuántos más manzanas tiene ...
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5answers
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“Thankfully” in Spanish?

Would it be correct to say, Hoy es llueve, salvos afortunadamente, manana es hace sol. when trying to say Today is rainy, but thankfully tomorrow is sunny. If not, what would I say ...
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3answers
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¿Puede “mientras” indicar posterioridad en lugar de simultaneidad?

Ella no estaba dispuesta a volver mientras él no reconociera haber mentido Estoy confundida. En este caso mientras no expresa simultaneidad, sino posterioridad, ¿verdad?
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“Unsanded Grout” in Spanish

I read about unsanded grout in a DIY blog and want to buy it. But I don't know how to translate that to spanish. What is it called in Spanish or Castellano?
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¿Cómo se dice regionalmente “coquetear”?

Español (Pregunta: ¿cómo se dice "to flirt" regionalmente?) Sé que la forma correcta de decirlo es "coquetear". Sin embargo, en México usamos la palabra "ligar". He oído que en Chile usan la palabra ...
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Difference between “computadora” and “ordenador”

Español Vi un cartel fuera de una tienda que decía: "Computadoras y ordenadores" en un cuadro "cubano" fuera de New York City, En un principio, creo que ambas palabras significan "computer". Pero, ...
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2answers
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¿Qué significan “achichuca” y “achichay” en Colombia?

Recientemente escuché estas dos palabras del español de Colombia y quisiera saber qué significan. Agradecería si también me pueden decir el origen de estas palabras, que no parecen provenir del ...
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2answers
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Cuando: ¿un nexo adversativo o temporal?

Al contrario del principio, cuando hubiera querido encontrarse con el enemigo invisible para convencerlo de sus errores, ahora sólo quería hacerlo picadillo con las tijeras de podar. ¿Es ...
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2answers
102 views

Difference between “susto” and “aprensión”

Del susto y la aprensión, el rugido ha cesado. What are the differences between "susto" and "aprensión"? Both mean fear, no? Or they have different degrees of fear?
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Latinoamérica, Hispanoamérica, or Sudamérica?

Latinoamérica, Hispanoamérica, Sudamérica or other? For someone living in Venezuela or Chile, for example, what term would I be most likely to hear to describe countries south of the US? The terms ...
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15answers
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'vos' vs 'tú' usage by country

I lived for a while in Bolivia, and I noticed some people used "vos" instead of "tú" as the second person familiar singular pronoun. Which countries use "vos" instead of "tú", and are there any that ...
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¿Quiénes son más afectados por el ustedeo?

He encontrado que varias veces, mi empleo del español en conversación es afectado por el llamado "ustedeo". Afecta mis relaciones con gente que acabo de conocer, porque muchas personas piensan que ...
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6answers
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How do you say “Which is” in Spanish?

I would like to know how one would say "which is" in Spanish in a non-questioning usage. I know that it could be "Cual es" as a question, but what about in this sentence? I like blue, which is ...
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Alguien me puede ayudar con el siguiente ejercicio de programación en C# : [on hold]

"Dada una cadena inicializada con un texto cualquiera imprima una cadena con todas las letras mayúsculas, los puntos, comas, y puntos y coma, que se encuentren en la cadena".
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1answer
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How to translate “Not a (noun) to be proud of”?

I want to translate: Not a press conference' to be proud of Is this a good translation? no es una rueda de prensa para estar orgulloso? I'm at loss, any suggestions?
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What are some ways to word “La silla está debajo de la mesa”?

I would like to know how one would re-order the Spanish sentence "La silla está debajo de la mesa" to add more variety to a paper discussing location. Thanks!
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2answers
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Is it true that the reflexive of “regresar” — “regresarse” — is not used in Spain?

I recently read (in what I thought was a pretty reputable grammar book) that "regresarse" is not used in Spain, but I had never heard this before. Is it true? If so, why don't Spaniards use it? Is ...
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1answer
33 views

Proper Speaking [on hold]

Hey does anyone know how to make sure sentences are proper in Spanish? I am in a high school Spanish class, but whenever I speak it comes out improper (Kind of like mixing up the words on accident). ...
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1answer
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¿Son equivalentes “quedarse tan ancho” y “quedarse tan pancho”?

En España se usan con frecuencia las expresiones quedarse tan ancho y quedarse tan pancho: - A Juan le dijeron que vigilara el fuego, pero se le quemó la tortilla. Lo bueno es que se quedó tan ...
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1answer
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When does the Spanish word order differ?

I get that there is a differece between a statement and a question. E.g: Juan viene. 》 ¿Viene Juan? Pero a veces es diferente. Hay una canción que se dice: "PR somos tú y yo". ¿Por qué no dice ...
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3answers
402 views

How would you properly say “I could not decide what to wear for Halloween last year” in Spanish?

I want to translate this sentence into Spanish: I could not decide what to wear for Halloween last year. I was told to use: No podía decidir qué ponerse para Halloween el año pasado... but ...
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3answers
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How to translate a sentence about an experiment?

I want to say the following in sentence Your goal is to decided how related the two meanings of this word are to one another. Another way to think of this would be, how similar, on a scale of ...
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1answer
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Vocal epentética en el infinitivo del español colombiano

Hoy un colombiano que conozco estaba leyendo una carta en voz alta. Mantenía una pronunciación (o bien, característica lingüística) curiosa que no asociaba con su país natal, que es la existencia de ...
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1answer
154 views

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “contar” y “decir”?

Soy un novato absoluto de español, así mi gramática puede contener unos errores (perdón). ¿Qué verbo debo usar? Sé que los dos se utilizan como "to tell." Hay ejemplos que utilizan los dos, como: ...
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3answers
556 views

Addressing a person in mail, person has a title

I would like to address a person with a medical Dr. title formally in mail. In English it is simple, just adding the title: "Dear Dr. X." In German, on the other hand, it is a bit more complex: I also ...
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1answer
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Does this girl like me [closed]

A girl wrote this to me: Santiagoooooo! HBD I hope you enjoy your day, primo espero que pases un bonito día i love you xoxo Does this girl like me? Since she is from South America, and their ...
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0answers
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Why would “half orange” be a term of endearment? [duplicate]

In this comic, Luanne lists terms of endearment, "media naranja" being one. This is a new one on me, and I can't figure out why "half orange" would be much more endearing than "half wit." Is it an ...
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0answers
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Is this correct? cuando + subjuntivo imperfecto [closed]

Is this correct? Me voy a Inglaterra cuando haya terminado mis estudios. Gracias
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1answer
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¿Por qué decimos “me da palo” cuando algo nos da pereza?

Se oye con frecuencia en España: - Mañana tengo que ir a trabajar. ¡Qué palo me da! o - Esta noche tengo cena de familiar. Me da un palo horrible, el pesado de mi cuñado siempre está con sus ...
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2answers
93 views

Use of plural and singular for plural objects

I am learning Spanish with Collins Easy Learning Spanish. It gives the follow example: The stairs are over there. = Las escaleras están allí. The stairs are over there, to your right. = La ...

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