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Forum: Learning Spanish 10th November 2010, 04:12 AM
Replies: 19
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Posted By xan
perhaps I did not understand the subtleties of...

perhaps I did not understand the subtleties of the preceding rules, but I would have thought that guion and truhan do not need accents and that their presence is a violation of preexisting rules,...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 4th November 2010, 04:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,843
Posted By xan
You can't use lo because it's the direct object...

You can't use lo because it's the direct object pronoun, and you need the indirect here. You gave the book to Sr Fulano, you didn't give Sr
Fulano. My take is that it is only the indirect object...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 3rd November 2010, 11:53 PM
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Posted By xan
Because it's grammar, that's why. Spanish grammar...

Because it's grammar, that's why. Spanish grammar != english grammar.

You can say le dio el libro al Sr. Fulano, or leave out the al Sr. fulano part and just use the indirect object pronoun: le...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 31st October 2010, 11:23 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By xan
Supongo que de antaño era una persona que ganaba...

Supongo que de antaño era una persona que ganaba la vida recolectando juncos. Hoy en día parece que no es más que una especie de ave (http://www.avesdelima.com/junquero.htm) del Cono Sur que vive...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 31st October 2010, 03:24 PM
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Posted By xan
By specifying the subject, even as just a...

By specifying the subject, even as just a pronoun, you emphasize it:
ellos lo despertaron a las seis




As opposed to someone who se hace pajas. In Spain, and quite possibly a number of...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 31st October 2010, 04:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 19,120
Posted By xan
somebody participating in or hanging out in a...

somebody participating in or hanging out in a forum. From
foro ("forum") + -ero (standard suffix meaning, among other things, somebody involved in something or dealing in something, or participating...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 30th October 2010, 08:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 19,120
Posted By xan
Hoo boy. I see we are teetering on the banks of...

Hoo boy. I see we are teetering on the banks of the "se" tar pit now, in danger of becoming mired. But a few thoughts:

In spanish there are several ways to make something analogous to the english...
Forum: Learning Spanish 30th October 2010, 01:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 8,179
Posted By xan
there´s oscuro , which, like "murky", can have...

there´s oscuro , which, like "murky", can have both the connotation of "unclear" and "dangerous, uncertain, sinister." If you really mean only "unclear" you could use incierto or poco claro. ...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 26th October 2010, 04:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,846
Posted By xan
The above "no me suena". I have never heard a...

The above "no me suena". I have never heard a native speaker say anything like that. I suspect it is spanglish. As you perhaps know the infinitive is used in many cases in spanish to turn verbs into...
Forum: Learning Spanish 16th October 2010, 05:09 AM
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Views: 13,860
Posted By xan
I expect it really means both things. It´s just...

I expect it really means both things. It´s just one of those interesting cases where one language habitually makes a distinction that the other one doesn´t, or where one language thinks more...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 4th October 2010, 09:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,985
Posted By xan
you guys are both confusing "creer" and "crear" ...

you guys are both confusing "creer" and "crear"
The idiom is "crearse una batalla", se creó toda una batalla.


creó comes from crear, to create; creyó from creer, to believe.
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 29th September 2010, 02:46 AM
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Posted By xan
"is unleashed", "is being waged". ...

"is unleashed", "is being waged".

"librarse una batalla" is pretty much a set phrase.
Forum: Learning Spanish 29th September 2010, 02:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,319
Posted By xan
c followed by "i" or "e" is soft, that is,...

c followed by "i" or "e" is soft, that is, pronounced like english "s" in spanish-speaking America, and like english "th" in Spain. Otherwise it is hard, like english "k". Your double c's above,...
Forum: Learning Spanish 25th September 2010, 06:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 17,154
Posted By xan
as long as we're using word...

as long as we're using word associations(preferably risqué) to remember words for car parts, there´s "los bajos", which is the undercarriage, which you might damage by taking a low-clearance car on...
Forum: En Español, ¿Hablamos? 2nd September 2010, 04:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,654
Posted By xan
that´ll be tenga

that´ll be tenga
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 31st August 2010, 08:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,512
Posted By xan
of course "nos" is both a direct and indirect...

of course "nos" is both a direct and indirect object pronoun, so there´s no telling.

But if we do internet searches on third person singular version of this phrase we get

le puso a prueba ...
Forum: En Español, ¿Hablamos? 29th August 2010, 08:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 13,079
Posted By xan
otra versión que se oye es cuando el río suena,...

otra versión que se oye es
cuando el río suena, piedras trae
Quiere decir lo mismo, supongo. ("where there's smoke there's fire")
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 14th August 2010, 05:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 13,239
Posted By xan
The problem here is the confusion between on the...

The problem here is the confusion between on the one hand ser + past participle and estar + past participle, and on the other hand, ser + adjective and estar+adjective. The permanent/temporary state...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 15th June 2010, 12:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,326
Posted By xan
sounds wrong to me. It should definitely be...

sounds wrong to me. It should definitely be vinieron
Perhaps you should not spend too much time at that site...
Forum: Learning Spanish 20th May 2010, 06:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,112
Posted By xan
speaking of such word endings, -ucho is one of my...

speaking of such word endings, -ucho is one of my favorites, it always makes me laugh, basically it is used to express contempt and dislike for whatever you have attached it to, and strikes me as a...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 20th May 2010, 03:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,582
Posted By xan
I would be enormously surprised if it isn't a...

I would be enormously surprised if it isn't a completely invented tale. I managed to get through the first season on the rtve web site, but as far as I am concerned the series has "jumped the...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 19th May 2010, 11:23 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By xan
"ya" by itself it often means something like "oh"...

"ya" by itself it often means something like "oh" or "I see" , often with a certain ironic or disappointed or disbelieving tone. Another english equivalent might be "yeah, right". Depends on the...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 19th May 2010, 11:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,820
Posted By xan
There is no rule, and english usage is a poor...

There is no rule, and english usage is a poor guide. It´s often best to learn it as part of the verb, as a compound idiomatic expression. English has a lot of such verb+preposition constructs. A few...
Forum: Learning Spanish 19th May 2010, 10:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,392
Posted By xan
Don't worry about the spanish-from-spain vs...

Don't worry about the spanish-from-spain vs chilean spanish issue. It is the least of your worries. If you went to Spain instead of Chile, you would discover essentially the same thing, viz., that...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 25th March 2010, 04:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,320
Posted By xan
a colorful "donde" expression which I quite like,...

a colorful "donde" expression which I quite like,
no tiene donde caerse muerto

that is, "he/she doesn't even have a place to fall down dead in"
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