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Nov
21
comment What's the origin of the Panamanian word “biñuelo”? Is it merely a corruption of “buñuelo”?
There's a Facebook page for "Señoras que dicen "biñuelos" en lugar de buñuelos..." The one post suggests the word is "valenciano" as opposed to "castellano". I'm not sure what, if anything, we can learn from that.
Nov
18
comment Is/Was there a Basic Spanish?
If I had time, I'd write down all the words I know in Spanish as an answer to the vocabulary question. ;-)
Nov
17
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Nov
16
accepted How important are accents in written Spanish?
Nov
16
comment Is there an equivalent, in Spanish, for the interrobang?
I wouldn't say we have the interrobang even in English. It's a failed experiment.
Nov
16
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Nov
16
accepted How can I translate “un ámbito cerrado” into English?
Nov
16
comment How can I translate “un ámbito cerrado” into English?
The tricky thing about translating poetry is to make the result match some of the "feel" of the source, which isn't always possible. (Thanks for the affirmation. ;-)
Nov
16
comment How to pronounce the consonants “y” and “ll”?
@hippietrail: I spent 2 months in the Summer of 2001 in Mexico City. My Spanish went from basic to "can carry a conversation on the street" there. For the longest time, I couldn't figure out why people were talking about a guy named "Joe". It seemed most prevalent in the center of the city, but I can't be sure. I hear it very occasionally around Los Angeles. My South and Central American amigos have commented on it too, so I don't think I'm crazy. ;-)
Nov
16
comment Origin and usage of “¿” and “¡”
I don't know about Spanish, but the inverted exclamation mark was proposed as a symbol for irony by John Wilkins in 1666. Perhaps he borrowed the symbol from Spanish or perhaps Spanish borrowed it from him or perhaps this is a case of convergent evolution.
Nov
16
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Nov
16
revised How to pronounce the consonants “y” and “ll”?
Bad substitution.
Nov
16
answered How to pronounce the consonants “y” and “ll”?
Nov
16
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Nov
15
comment How important are accents in written Spanish?
¡Hola, Richard! It's good to see a familiar face. Did you mean to leave off the accents in the two examples you gave? It sounds like contradictory advice. (And s/consfusing/confusing/. ;-)
Nov
15
asked How important are accents in written Spanish?
Nov
15
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Nov
15
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Nov
15
answered How to translate “I can't wait…”
Nov
15
asked How can I translate “un ámbito cerrado” into English?