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Nov
11
comment Is “síguenos” a real Spanish word?
"Follow me" would be "sígueme" in Spanish, and this phrasing is much older than the Internet. "síguenos" is the same phrase, only with a plural object.
Nov
11
comment What is the difference between “me gusta” and “a mí me gusta?”
It's a matter of emphasis. The extra "a mí" shifts the emphasis onto who likes it, implying but not stating that others might not like it.
Nov
3
comment Translating “each other's” in Spanish
Good point about finding alternative phrasing instead of using the same phrase in Spanish.
Nov
1
comment Accent on the word “a” in 1909 Reina Valera Bible
I looked up in my Spanish Bible, an RV1960 and, sure enough, the accent is gone from the "a". It also had "lo seco" instead of "la seca".
Oct
22
comment What is the longest word in Spanish?
Gee I would expect the usage of such a word to be a supremely extraordinary event. So I'm not surprised. ;)
Sep
10
comment “Sockpuppet” en castellano
It's interesting that, in international politics, when a supposed ruler of one country was really completely under the control of some foreign ruler, the phrase used (in English) was a "puppet" ruler. So the imagery predates the internet and Sesame Street by more than a century. Did Napoleon put a puppet ruler on the Spanish throne? What Spanish phrase is used for that situation?
Sep
10
comment “Sockpuppet” en castellano
Good Edit. I'm hoping some other answer will deal with the internet slang usage (widely used in Stack Exchange meta). And that has to be a humorous back reference to the Sesame street gang, probably more widely known than Lambchop, although Lambchop is older.
Sep
7
comment ¿Por qué Brujas se llama así y no “Puentes” si viene de Brugge que quiere decir “puente”?
Y ni hablemos de llamar la cárcel "hoosegow", que creo que viene de "juzgado".
Sep
7
comment ¿Por qué Brujas se llama así y no “Puentes” si viene de Brugge que quiere decir “puente”?
O tal vez cayo largo, que sería "long key" en vez de "key largo".
Sep
7
comment ¿Cómo decir “selfie” en castellano?
Una frase puede ser correcta y fea a la vez.
Sep
7
comment ¿Por qué Brujas se llama así y no “Puentes” si viene de Brugge que quiere decir “puente”?
Muy buena la respuesta. Tal vez otro ejemplo de asimilación sería el estado de Texas en los EEUU. La pronunciación de la equis es diferente en inglés de lo que es en español. Claro que este ejemplo es in dirección contraria, y tal vez no viene al grano.
Sep
7
comment How to translate “for dummies” to something more polite than “para tontos”?
I agree that "para tontos" would be bad marketing strategy, although "for dummies" turned out to be a good marketing strategy. This difference is more cultural than linguistic, although ultimately culture and language are intimately intertwined.
Sep
6
comment ¿Por qué Brujas se llama así y no “Puentes” si viene de Brugge que quiere decir “puente”?
Añadí una referencia y más comentario en base a los tuyos.
Jul
6
comment “off topic” en castellano
Yeah, you're right. It really means "out of place". I added an answer that points to a phrase "fuera de tema", that I found in Wikipedia español.
Jul
6
comment “off topic” en castellano
A little more colloquial, but still correct, would be "fuera de lugar". It means roughly the same thing as "fuera de ámbito".
Jul
6
comment Difference between “adiós” and “chau”?
You definitely hear "chau" in Chile and Peru. I'm pretty sure it will be recognized in Colombia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
May
15
comment Past vs “Was/Were” for verbs in Spanish
You are interpreting the rule you read in the Michael Thomas method using converse reasoning. It's telling you that when you see a "was/were" construct in English, you should use the imperfect in Spanish. The converse is not necessarily the case. When you see an imperfect in spanish, it doesn't necessarily follow that the English equivalent uses the "was/were" construct.
Apr
15
comment “abnegado” vs “desinteresado” vs “altruista”
"selfless" could mean a variety of things.
Apr
8
comment What is the symbol “&” called in Spanish?
"No se recomienda usar" is fine, except when the topic is computer languages. If the syntax requires an ampersand, then an ampersand is going to be used. People are going to continue to borrow the English name until something else replaces that.
Apr
8
comment Use of “saber” in this context
¿qué quieres saber?