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I'll add an answer since the current accepted answer doesn't reflect the situation in Guatemala. The answer is very simple, too. In Guatemalan Spanish cuchara is the word you use. Context will make it very clear, and, unless you're among close friends, no one is going to assume you're using the slang term. Necesito una cuchara... Si no, no puedo comer. ...


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legumbre: is actually a technical term: any member of the "legumes". That includes peas, beans, etc. In Spanish it is not used for peanuts or soy, although they are still "legumes", because the way they are eaten is different from the traditional legumbres. vegetal: is again a technical term: anything from the "plant" kingdom. It is not used for ...


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Yes, according to the RAE dictionary, the use of ora with this meaning has its origin as a shortened form of ahora: ora. (Afér.). 1. conj. distrib. ahora. Tomando ora la espada, ora la pluma. So, it replaces ahora only with a specific meaning: when it's used as a conjunción distributiva. Note that this is a rather archaic use, so you'll ...


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Es fácil si ya sabes escribir la palabra que quieres decir. Hay tres reglas fáciles (síguelas en orden) Si hay tilde, acentúa la sílaba que lo alberga. Si acaba en A, E, I, O, U, N o S, acentúa la penúltima sílaba. Acentúa la última sílaba. Así que, en palabras como carmesí, espíritu, llevándosemelo, el tilde te indica dónde poner el acento. En palabras ...


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Spain usage: The word pecho can be considered an exact equivalent of the English breast; you can use it uncountably (the front part of your thorax) or countably (women have two of them). It is a neutral word and can be used safely in any context. To breastfeed also translates as dar el pecho. Seno can have several meanings. It can be your lap, a woman's ...


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That's quite a weird phrase for simply because I'm from Spain. Manejar is only used in Latin countries and meanwhile conducir is the only word we use in Spain. This phrase has to be written by a person from South America also because in Spain we don't use canal but carril. Of course you can use twice conducir or manejar, but it souns quite repetitive. ...


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Esa palabra se incluyo como parte de una campaña publicitaria. No tiene validez oficial. En principio la RAE es la encargada de aceptar palabras y periodicamente agrega palabras de uso comun o de nueva creación. Hay palabras o variaciones que se usan comunmente que no estan reconocidas pero seria dificil decir que son incorrectas debido a su uso comun. En ...


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As others have said, this is not a commonly spoken word, but is found mostly in poetry and writing, perhaps especially used in folk and children tales. I would use "acá y acullá" as the equivalent of "hither and yon". As an aside, The RAE defines "acullá" as adv. l. A la parte opuesta de quien habla. U. en contraposición a adverbios demostrativos de ...


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Una opción que no suena tan negativa es introducir la "noticia" directamente con una frase, por ejemplo: No ha sido posible blah blah blah, porque bleh bleh bleh. Lamento comunicarles que blah blah blah, porque bleh bleh bleh. Ello, dado que los sinónimos de desafortunado tienen todos, como es de esperarse, una connotación negativa.


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Segun RAE: Unido a aquí, ahí y allí, o con los pronombres me, te, la, le, lo, las, los, se usa para señalar o mostrar a alguien o algo. y segun wikitionary: Unido a un pronombre personal clítico ("me, te, le, nos, os, les") o a un adverbio de lugar ("aquí, allí, ahí", etc.), señala la presencia o existencia de algo. En ambos casos lo señalan como ...


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Usually, kid's meal is translated as menú infantil. @c.p. answers are ok. In Spain, you should always say sándwich, because emparedado sounds a bit old-fashioned.


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I am turning 30. Voy a cumplir treinta años. I just turned 30. Acabo de cumplir treinta años.


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In Spain, at least, when you say cantimplora you are refering to a canteen. If you say botella de agua, you are talking about the plastic bottles you buy in the shops, wich are full of water.


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I would say that today, for virtually all uses, magia is used as the noun form and mágico as the adjective form. La mágica (note: feminine only) is also the art of magic, and mágico/a can be used to refer to a practitioner of magic, although more common is either ilusionista (modern performers) or mago/a (supernatural practitioners). This may vary some by ...


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Although they are expressions of the same sense (observing regional differences that have been mentioned), you must remember that these are words with different meanings. Manejar involves taking action to get something. Originally, these actions were manual (manos = "hands"), and the word relates to manipular ("manipulate") and maniobrar ("maneuver"). ...


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Your original translation is accurate: hot chocolate = chocolate caliente


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At least in my environment (Argentina): estar harto de algo estar agotado de algo are similar, and in some cases can be interchangeable, but estar harto is more akin to "I'm fed up with", "I cannot stand that anymore". While estar agotado is primarily equivalent to "be very tired". This is more used when one is tired because of some work one ...


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In Spain you can use poder for both cases, it's OK. But, if you want to specify that you cannot do something because is forbidden, you can use no tienes permitido ... or tienes prohibido ... clauses. For example: El doctor dice que no puedes beber ni zumo ni leche. El doctor dice que no tienes permitido beber ni zumo ni leche. El doctor dice ...


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In my experience, "cantimplora" is always "canteen". If you want to say "a bottle of water" as in the kind you buy at a convenience store, you would say "botella de agua" (as you indicated), or "agua embotellada" (bottled water).


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Por ejemplo: Tengo que comprar alguna que otra cosa = I have to buy some things Veo alguna que otra película = I see the ocassional movie / I see a movie every once and a while.


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To refer to the hole I don't think there is specific word, it's el ojo de la aguja. However, to refer to the action of inserting the thread in the hole, enhebrar is used. enhebrar. 1. tr. Pasar la hebra por el ojo de la aguja o por el agujero de las cuentas, perlas. In a sentence: Para poder coser la costura primero tienes que enhebrar la aguja. ...


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Chupa is a familiar term (slang?) for jacket, particularly a leather jacket. It may also mean an old jacket-like garment (see here). De boda is simply wedding. It may be literal: a jacket to go to a wedding; or figurative: a very smart jacket.


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Feel free to say cuchara, the situation and the context will be enough for your interlocutor to understand if your're talking about a spoon... or not. Although is told that in Guatemala people replace this word with the diminutive "cucharilla" when speaking about spoons to avoid confusion, it's not true: in Guatemala people do say cuchara for a spoon, and ...


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Otoñal e invernal. Para el verano también se usa estival. Edición: Encontré estos cultismos (palabras apegadas al origen etimológico, en este caso al latín): Para el verano: estial Para la primavera : vernal (qué curioso) Para el invierno: hibernal Son palabras del español que se pueden encontrar en escritos antiguos, están en desuso. Pero "hibernal" ...


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Prepositions in both languages are not equal, it is a nightmare for Spanish people to learn English prepositions, and viceversa can happen the same ;) To can be translated as a, de, hacia, ... De can be translated to from, of, to, by, ... If I give you the case Which are the effects of not studying ? The literal translation would be Cuales son ...


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Usage of the words "plátano" and "banana" depends slightly on the zones. We can think that the most used usage is as follows: "Plátano" is the name for a fruit coming from Musa genre plants, that can be eaten raw. Known as a source of potassium, uses to be sweet. "Banana" is the name for a fruit coming also from Musa genre plants, that must be fried in ...


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Agronomist here from Costa Rica. We call plátano to the fruit that you need to cook. The cooking is necessary because this fruit had starch, but when is mature some of that starch turns to sugar, so is still sweet, but starchy, so you still can eat it raw. We call banano the fruit you always eat raw, because all the starch is converted in sugar when matures. ...


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In northern Mexico we say "seguido", it's not grammaticaly correct, but it's used in a day to day manner. Voy seguido al cine => I often go to the movies Seguido me quedo tarde en el trabajo => I often stay late at work "Frecuentemente" is more formal (and correct)


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The original meaning of link, IIUIC, is each of the rings of a chain. That is Spanish is eslabón. (cf. The missing link / El eslabón perdido). Then, in English, link is also used to mean conection or even relation. That in Spanish would be conexión, enlace or relación. In Internet, link is actually a short form of the original hyperlink (remember that HTTP ...


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It is likely "vale" (literally "it is worth"), a very common interjection indeed meaning "OK" / "All right".



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