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Preguntas sobre traducciones y adaptaciones de frases, palabras, términos y conceptos de otros idiomas al idioma español. // Questions about translations or adaptations of sentences, words, terms and concepts from other languages into Spanish.

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Understanding ya vs. todavía vs. aún

English speakers learning Spanish have a hard time understanding the similarities and differences between ya, todavía, and aún (or aun). They don't perfectly match up with the similar English words "...
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre tú, usted y vos?

He oído las palabras "tú", "usted", y "vos", pero la traducción de todas esas palabras al inglés es la misma: "you". ¿Cuándo es mejor usar "tú" o "vos" en vez de "usted", o viceversa?
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Is there a Spanish equivalent to "-ish"?

In English, we often add "-ish" to the end of a word to make it less exact. Here are some examples: I'll be there at 5:00ish. The shirt was a reddish color. The woman appeared to be 50ish. ...
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Translation Golf XLVIII — We're sorry to see you go

Game over, amigos! OK, this edition has been kind of an emotional roller-coaster for many of us (to put it really lightly) and the source of many a headache for mods, CMs and veteran users alike... ...
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I forgot how to say "I forgot"

Okay, so I didn't really forget how to say it... I just wanted a clever question title. In my Spanish class I was taught that olvidarse is reflexive: Me olvidé (de la cita). Me olvidé (las ...
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Why is "Santiago" the equivalent of "James"?

Most Spanish names are quite similar to the equivalent in English, such as: Juan → John Pedro → Peter Maria → Mary But what's up with this one? Santiago → James What's the connection? How do the ...
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How should I translate "table" (as in a data table)?

What should be the correct word in Spanish to translate "table" (as in an arrangement of text or data in rows and columns)? Somewhere I've read that "cuadro" should be preferred to "tabla", but which ...
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What's the correct way to say printed?

What's the preferred past participle of imprimir, imprimido or impreso? For example: He imprimido el email que me enviaste. He impreso / Tengo impreso el email que me enviaste.
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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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How to translate the idiom: "missing the point"?

What would be the correct way to translate into Spanish the idiom: "to miss the point"? I'm often tempted to write "perder el punto", but it doesn't sound quite right. For example: "To bring ...
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Translation of "bug" to Spanish

What is the best way to translate "bug", as in a misfeature of a computer program or device? Google translate offers a few options, none of which quite seem to fit, except the term itself: bug &...
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How to say "because!" in Spanish?

In English when you don't want to give answer or when you don't have answer and a person asks you "why?" some people then answer: "because!". What is corresponding word in Spanish? I've checked the ...
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"Vegetable": verdura vs. vegetal

What is the difference between verduras and vegetales? In what situations can one be used as a translation for "vegetables" and the other cannot?
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¿Cómo se dice "bootstrap" en castellano?

En el mundo de la informática se utiliza mucho el término bootstrap (últimamente para referirse a Twitter bootstrap). Veo que la traducción más directa es la de "lengüeta de zapatos", es decir, la ...
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What is the difference between "De nada" and "No hay de qué"?

I am learning Spanish and ran across "De nada" and "No hay de qué". Both mean "You're welcome". What's the difference?
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How do you differentiate between walnuts and pecans in Spanish?

It recently occurred to me that the Spanish nuez can be translated to English as both "walnut" and "pecan." Is the same word really used for both types of nuts? How would you specify which nut you're ...
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How to avoid the lexical redundancy in the literal Spanish translation of "to ask a question"?

In English we have different words for the verb to ask and the noun question. But in Spanish to ask is preguntar and question is pregunta. This always causes me to stumble when speaking Spanish and ...
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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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How to translate "red flag" into Spanish?

Red flags are literally used to signal a problem and it can also be used as a metaphor to convey that the is a particular problem required attention or something that needs to be taken into account, ...
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What is the role of the "le" in the sentence "Miguel le dio a su novia un anillo."?

The sentence: Miguel le dio a su novia un anillo. Translates into: Miguel gave a ring to his girlfriend. I would think that there would be no need for the "le", since the direct object (...
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How to translate "I can't wait..."

A literal translation always falls flat, and confuses people (I've learned this the hard way). I can't wait [to see the movie] => No puedo esperar [a ver la película] This always leaves the ...
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How should I translate "he is a pain in the ass"?

When referring to someone you don't like Americans (or English speakers) often use the sentence "he is a pain the ass". The literal translation to the Spanish is (Él) es un dolor en el trasero ...
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How to translate 'to become?' (hacerse, ponerse, convertirse en, etc.)

I've heard several different words used for 'to become' in Spanish. Obviously sometimes there are specific verbs to use, like 'enfadarse' means to become angry, but often you need to use a verb that ...
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What is the most idiomatic translation of "no way!"

The phrase "no way" is similar to this question about the expression "you wish!" but is perhaps more of an expression of disbelief or rejection of what the other speaker says (short for There is no ...
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¿Cuál es una traducción apropiada para "Thinking out of the box"?

El otro día, resolviendo con los compañeros de trabajo una serie de problemas, me vino a la cabeza la expresión Thinking out of the box (o thinking outside the box). Esta expresión viene a significar ...
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How do you say "I got you!" in Spanish?

If I threw a snowball (or dodgeball) at someone and it hit them, how would I say : I got you! in Spanish?
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¿Hay una mejor traducción para up-vote y down-vote que voto positivo y voto negativo?

En Stack Overflow y la red Stack Exchange, existe el concepto de upvote y downvote, que todos usamos diariamente para calificar las preguntas y respuestas que encontramos en los sitios de la red. ...
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Best way to translate 'uneducated', meaning lacking formal schooling

Generally the Spanish word maleducado more often means rude, rather than unschooled. In light of this, how would one describe someone who is polite and intelligent, but has never been formally ...
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Possible translation of 'dogtor'?

Recently I was asked by a Spanish speaker about the meaning of: Trust me, I'm a dogtor Is it possible to find a translation/equivalent expression in Spanish here? Besides an explanation about the ...
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Why does "Se habla español" translate to "We speak Spanish"?

I see on stores that they have a sign that says Se habla español. From first glance I would think that it is saying "It speaks Spanish". How is it unambiguous that it is saying "We speak Spanish"? I ...
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"xq" in Internet slang/abbreviations

In informal chat conversations online, I have seen Spanish speakers write the abbreviation "xq." What does this stand for, and why?
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How to translate “cuddly”

How should I translate “cuddly”, as in cuddly puppy? The dictionaries I checked say “de peluche”, but isn’t that a stuffed animal? Or “adorable”, but not all adorable animals are cuddly (baby whales, ...
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Translation of "Welcome back!"

In English, if someone has been gone for a while and has recently returned, it's common to greet them by saying, "Welcome back!" (or "Welcome back from your trip!", etc). What is the most natural way ...
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¿Cuál sería la traducción correcta para "bountied"?

Hoy hubo un cambio dentro de Stack Exchange, donde la categoría Featured pasó a ser Bountied. La traducción de 'bounty' es recompensa. Sin embargo, dependendiendo del contexto, no hay una traducción ...
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How do you say "I'm gonna get you!"?

When I'm chasing my baby around the room, I frequently tell him, "I'm gonna get you!" and catch him and tickle him. Is there a similar expression in Spanish? I'd love to find something that can be ...
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¿Cómo se dice "cheers" en español?

¿Qué dicen los españoles cuando juntos levantan la copa de vino solemnemente? ¿Cómo se dice "cheers" en español?
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¿Cómo expresar en español "comfort food"?

Según la Wikipedia (la entrada no tiene traducción al castellano), comfort food es Food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone, and may be characterized by its high caloric nature, ...
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How can I say "colmo" properly in English? [closed]

There is an expression in Spanish to denote something that is absurd or unexpected. Usually it can be the maximum expression of expertise and talent. I wondered about this mainly because in Spanish (...
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Is there a Spanish equivalent for "OP"?

The English abbreviation OP for the term Original Poster is widely used over the internet. Do the abbreviation and/or the term have widely used equivalents in Spanish?
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¿Qué término se usa en español para "Game Changer"?

¿Qué término se usa (o podemos usar) en español para "Game Changer"? "Game Changer" o "game changing" se define como: (literally or figuratively) Something unexpected ...
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Congratulations: should I use "felicidades" or "felicitaciones"?

English I have heard both ¡Felicidades! and ¡Felicitaciones! as translations of the interjection, "Congratulations!" What is the difference between the two, and when is each used? Español He ...
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How to translate the idiomatic expressions "I wish!" and "You wish!"

What's the best way to say "I wish!" as in... A: I hear you're a good dancer. B: Ha! I wish! Or... A: Will you help me move this piano? B: Ha! You wish! What is the best way to translate ...
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What Spanish term (or terms) work best to describe a glass jar as used for coffee, jam, etc?

A bit earlier in the chat room I mentioned that I needed to buy a new jar of coffee, but that I didn't know how to express that in Spanish. I want to know a good Spanish word for "jar" in the sense ...
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What can be used in Spanish to convey "couch potato"?

Last night during dinner, I asked my oldest kid about kindergarten, and he told me they played "Couch potato tag" during P.E. (physical education) I asked about the game dynamics and he said ...
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"off topic" en castellano

"Off topic" es un término que se usa regularmente hoy en día, preferentemente en temas informáticos pero cada vez más en temas más generales. Sin embargo, no deja de ser un anglicismo al que creo que ...
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Is it OK to translate "disable" as "deshabilitar" in Spanish?

As a programmer, I'm quite used to the English term "disable" and its Spanish counterpart "deshabilitar". Alas, I recently discovered that, even though a quick Google search spews 3+ million ...
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Can Spanish distinguish between "lonely" and "alone"?

I learned that solo in Spanish means both "alone" (the simple fact of not having anyone else around) and "lonely" (feeling sad because of being alone). Is there any way of distinguishing between these ...
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What is the spanish translation for "Account" when referring to a user account on a website?

The English > Spanish translation of account on Google Translate comes up with various forms of the word cuenta. However, the Spanish > English translation of cuenta returns words relating to ...
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Is there more concise way to say "tomorrow morning" than "mañana por la mañana"?

I am a designer, working on a weather forecast layout which will support Spanish translations. Is there a shorter way to say "Tomorrow Morning" than "mañana por la mañana"? I have many different ...
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How does one say "It's not nothing."

In English, we can express the idea that something is not negative, such as: A: What's in the box? B: Oh, nothing. A: It's not nothing! In English, the double negative (not and nothing) ...
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