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You can find the definition in RAE alto. interj. U. para ordenar a alguien que se detenga o que suspenda lo que está haciendo. So it is an interjection which means "stop". It's like an order to stop. El policía dijo: ¡Alto! Of course the person who created the signal could have written "pare" instead and people would stop, though ...


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I am an Spanish speaker struggling with English, and I can't do anything but recommend what I do when trying to improve my English pronunciation. I'm not sure if what I do is good, bad or just so-so... It's just what I do and what I can say based solely in my personal experience :) Try to watch movies or TV shows in Spanish. In the case of the TV shows, ...


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You were right on the first one Is it "esta" instead of "este" because "taza" is feminine But eso is not the femenine of esa, but ese is. Eso is a pronoun not an article, you can't use it to describe the place of a something,eso is "the" something. Ex: -Échale eso a la carne. (Put that on the meat.) And for ese could be something like : -Échale ese ...


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Este and Esta are used, when referring to nearby object, depending on the gender of that object. Quien bebe de esta taza? can never be "esto" because taza is feminine (la taza). Now, when you say "These birds are not black" you are referring to birds that are near. But in your example you have to translate: Esos pajaros no son negros. which ...


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I will try to explain this from a point of view of a native speaker who has never taught Spanish, so this is just a shoddy explanation that will be deleted if any better answer arrives. I would say that you should try putting the borders of your tongue on your palate, leaving some space between your tongue and your palate at the middle. It is like your ...


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If you are a beginner, I would suggest reading aloud in addition to the suggestions mentioned in other answers. Read slowly and pay special attention to where you are placing the spoken accent on each word and on the proper pronunciation of each letter. Letters such as g, c, z, j, and h can be especially tricky when starting out. Also, practice getting ...


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Yes. Certain adjectives like the unstressed possessives must go in front (mi, tu, su, etc). Quantity indicators also normally go in front (mucho, poco) as well as numbers, both cardinal and ordinal, and the adjectives bueno and malo. You may occasionally find them after nouns but it's less common. For other adjectives, placement in front tends to shift ...


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I was born and raised in Madrid (or Madrí as we say it) so I fit in the OP example. I'll give you some areas to focus on if you want to pass for a Madrileño. These are the things that surprise me (in a good way) as a native when hearing a foreigner speaking Spanish: Basic tips: They use only the 5 five pure vowel sounds (a e i o u). No mutating vowels ...


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This depends on the function of the adjective. If it is qualifying the name (qualifier), then it must come after the name. E.g. el coche blanco means that, of all the cars, you are talking about the white one. On the other hand, if you are using the adjective to remark some characteristic (epithete), it can go after or before the noun. In your example, it ...


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Based on my personal experience, I can tell you that watching TV Series, Movies, Cartoons etc, and listening to music (of course all with the pronunciation you're aiming at) are good ways you can get an idea of how to pronounce many words, and as AirieFenix mentions, it's a matter of practicing and being consistent.


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I think I won't be very useful here, but without any "scientific sources" I'm going with the most obvious advice here: practice. Just talk with people that are from the place you want to speak as. If you can travel, you're going really improve your language skills visiting those places. Sorry for writting such a basic answer I haven't any other advice.


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In some Latin American countries Stop signs say Pare and not Alto; however, RAE shows that Alto comes from the German Halten (Detener); therefore, it's an imperative word used in this context.



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