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Forum: Practice & Homework October 13, 2011, 05:37 AM
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Posted By languagelover
Your translation of the question was correct. ...

Your translation of the question was correct.

If the question had been "¿En qué porcentaje aumentaron los divorcios en 2006 en comparación con 2005?" would this have made more sense to you?

By...
Forum: Vocabulary August 15, 2011, 05:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,058
Posted By languagelover
Hi! I'm afraid "hacer" is one of those...

Hi!

I'm afraid "hacer" is one of those words that is used in a whole load of Spanish expressions that simply cannot be translated word for word into English. In your example the closest you can...
Forum: Vocabulary August 10, 2011, 10:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,319
Posted By languagelover
I found this definition...

I found this definition http://usuarios.multimania.es/americalatina/z.htm

Never heard of it before myself.
Forum: Grammar August 10, 2011, 05:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,186
Posted By languagelover
We say "juego al fútbol" because the verb "jugar"...

We say "juego al fútbol" because the verb "jugar" is generally [there are always exceptions] followed by "a" when you're referring to a sport or game. Jugar + a + sport.

The verb "practicar" is...
Forum: Practice & Homework August 08, 2011, 05:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,056
Posted By languagelover
In Spain Spanish, "mudarse" in itself implies...

In Spain Spanish, "mudarse" in itself implies "moving house" so you could simply say:

"Ayer ayudé a una familia a mudarse" and it would mean "yesterday I helped a family move house" - it would...
Forum: Grammar August 06, 2011, 04:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,059
Posted By languagelover
Interesting. And certainly a good way of...

Interesting. And certainly a good way of remembering irregular conjugation patterns!

If you find any more interesting facts, please do share.
Forum: Vocabulary August 06, 2011, 04:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,765
Posted By languagelover
Both sólido and sólidos have accents on the 'o'....

Both sólido and sólidos have accents on the 'o'. This is the syllable with most emphasis.

Solido without an accent has the emphasis on the middle syllable and this is the participle of the verb...
Forum: General Chat August 06, 2011, 03:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,831
Posted By languagelover
I agree with Rusty. The best Spanish dialect for...

I agree with Rusty. The best Spanish dialect for you will be the one that serves you best for work. And chances are, in Colorado, that will be Mexican Spanish.

However, unless your Spanish is...
Forum: Vocabulary August 04, 2011, 12:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,765
Posted By languagelover
"Artilugio" sounds more technical to me. It's the...

"Artilugio" sounds more technical to me. It's the kind of word I would expect to hear in a documentary or in the news, not in everyday speech. That is my point of view from Spain.

"Aparato" is...
Forum: Grammar August 04, 2011, 12:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,682
Posted By languagelover
Angelica, I think what this demonstrates is...

Angelica,

I think what this demonstrates is that even native English speakers do not always speak correctly. I receive emails all day long full of atrocious grammatical errors - but that probably...
Forum: Practice & Homework August 04, 2011, 12:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,683
Posted By languagelover
It would appear that what your text book is...

It would appear that what your text book is asking you to do is change the conditional to the imperative. Not the other way around.

What you appear to have done is simply moved the pronoun (i.e....
Forum: Grammar August 03, 2011, 05:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,918
Posted By languagelover
SPX, you just hit the nail on the head! ...

SPX, you just hit the nail on the head!

I've learnt many languages and "exposure", as you've called it, is absolutely what makes all the difference. Just listen to as much Spanish as you can and,...
Forum: Practice & Homework August 03, 2011, 05:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,032
Posted By languagelover
100% in agreement. Great explanation!

100% in agreement. Great explanation!
Forum: Grammar August 02, 2011, 05:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,948
Posted By languagelover
Spanish past tenses are indeed very difficult to...

Spanish past tenses are indeed very difficult to master by native English speakers, as there is no direct equivalent to the two separate past tenses in English. You either have to learn the rules and...
Forum: Translations July 28, 2011, 11:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,394
Posted By languagelover
Yes, most definitely. - "tener que" means...

Yes, most definitely.

- "tener que" means "to have to"
for example, "no tengo que ir" means "I don't have to go."

- "tener porqué" means "to have a reason"
for example, "no tengo porqué ir"...
Forum: Translations July 28, 2011, 11:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,034
Posted By languagelover
A more literal translation, in my opinion, of...

A more literal translation, in my opinion, of "¿se conocen?" is "do you know each other?" (The full sentence would be "¿ustedes se conocen?" but, of course, ustedes is omitted.)

Then "no, no nos...
Forum: Translations July 28, 2011, 05:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,244
Posted By languagelover
... I just thought I would throw in a few...

... I just thought I would throw in a few alternatives from a Spain-Spanish point of view:

If your intention is to imply you keep forgetting to do something that you've been trying to remember to...
Forum: Practice & Homework July 26, 2011, 11:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,353
Posted By languagelover
Perhaps I can help ... In Spain we say: "Hoy...

Perhaps I can help ...

In Spain we say: "Hoy es domingo, 24 de julio."

But we also say: "Hoy es el 24 de julio."

So we don't use "el" when we say the day of the week followed by the date.
...
Forum: Idioms & Sayings July 25, 2011, 05:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,076
Posted By languagelover
I agree with the above. Just for extra...

I agree with the above.

Just for extra information, should you be interested ... related to the phrase "más vale que cumplas" is the shorter phrase "más te vale" (used in Spain; not sure about...
Forum: Translations July 25, 2011, 05:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,462
Posted By languagelover
I agree: tener "valor sentimental".

I agree: tener "valor sentimental".
Forum: Practice & Homework July 24, 2011, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,353
Posted By languagelover
In Spain "siestecita" is also used for "a short...

In Spain "siestecita" is also used for "a short nap".
Forum: Introductions July 24, 2011, 11:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 670
Posted By languagelover
10 words in Spanish for straw! I think that's...

10 words in Spanish for straw! I think that's fantastic! Clearly, I have so much more Spanish to learn.
Forum: Introductions July 24, 2011, 11:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 670
Posted By languagelover
Hello everyone!

Hi all!

I'm a bilingual English-Spanish speaker (I'm British but I grew up in Spain).

However, I know very little about the differences between Spain-Spanish and all the Latin American...
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