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Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 12th June 2009, 10:29 PM
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Preterite is used for past action that are...

Preterite is used for past action that are reviewed after they are finished, and imperfect when you "see" them as they were happening. "Estuvieron" and "estuve" sums up the whole thing after it was...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 12th June 2009, 10:21 PM
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"Intentaré hacerlo" is by the most common option,...

"Intentaré hacerlo" is by the most common option, followed by "Trataré de hacerlo" (you cannot omit "de" here). Although "Procuraré hacerlo" is correct, it is more used in formal language, and...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 26th April 2009, 11:04 AM
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Interesting, because English has the same...

Interesting, because English has the same structure, and you don't say:

I am going to am a painter.
You am going to are a painter.
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 26th March 2009, 03:26 AM
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This "nosotros" is probably added to the sentence...

This "nosotros" is probably added to the sentence to help students see that "we", but in Spanish, this "nosotros" could be translated as:

Nosotros = I don't know about you, guys, but WE....
...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 26th March 2009, 02:46 AM
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We use those tenses whenever any other Spanish...

We use those tenses whenever any other Spanish speaker of the world does (yes, like Latin American speakers too).



Languages are not cooking recipes where you just add a bit of flour and sugar,...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 26th March 2009, 02:10 AM
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Clarify? Easy (to a certain extent): all...

Clarify? Easy (to a certain extent): all Indo-European languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Indian,... had genders, declensions and other features, which have evolved differently...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 22nd March 2009, 11:28 PM
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After two little correction, that sentence means...

After two little correction, that sentence means "As you'll have realized that..."

Alec, it is not a periphrasis, but a "locución", which translates as phrase in English.
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 22nd March 2009, 02:20 AM
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English is a very powerful language (having so...

English is a very powerful language (having so much from so many languages, plus all the new terms that are constantly being created), but Spanish has its own charm too: not long ago, someone who was...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 22nd March 2009, 12:00 AM
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Lozano's and Campillo's approaches are not...

Lozano's and Campillo's approaches are not necessarily incompatible or mutually exclusive. Lozano's approach is a syntactic based one, outlining the general patterns observed depending on the...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 20th March 2009, 10:52 PM
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This word in this sentence, in Spain, clearly...

This word in this sentence, in Spain, clearly means:

losing mental faculties due to old age, i.e. senile.

I don't think there is room for a sexual interpretation here. It seems that the...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 20th March 2009, 06:56 PM
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The word is used for foreign tourists, especially...

The word is used for foreign tourists, especially when they wouldn't be mistaken for a local. Many people use it affectionately (myself included), but others use it derogatory intentions. But bear in...
Forum: En Español, ¿Hablamos? 17th March 2009, 12:04 AM
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Views: 2,686
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En un ano = In an anuss/asshole This is the...

En un ano = In an anuss/asshole

This is the very word with ñ that you really want to write with ñ, to avoid references to one's ass.
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 16th March 2009, 11:02 PM
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I was going to suggest those very 3 films,...

I was going to suggest those very 3 films, actually. The one is from Guillermo del Toro, who also produced the second one. They are all worth watching. There are quite a few very good Spanish movies...
Forum: Your Spanish Vid-Blogs 16th March 2009, 10:59 PM
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Jake, your recordings are easy to understand, but...

Jake, your recordings are easy to understand, but in "yo.wav" your vowels are not clear enough compared to the way they are pronounced in Spanish.

Me voy a ir de viaje a España en cuatro días.
...
Forum: En Español, ¿Hablamos? 16th March 2009, 10:49 PM
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Meghan, ¿Quieres una corrección, o hablar estos...

Meghan, ¿Quieres una corrección, o hablar estos calcetines?
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 16th March 2009, 10:48 PM
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Views: 4,469
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Tartera, true, that's another typically Spanish...

Tartera, true, that's another typically Spanish one.
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 16th March 2009, 09:10 PM
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The word fiambrera is not used a lot in Spain,...

The word fiambrera is not used a lot in Spain, but everyone recognizes it, and portaviandas, although is not common in all countries, its meaning is transparent and it would sound like a normal word...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 15th March 2009, 02:16 PM
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Maybe it is just me, but I wouldn't say such...

Maybe it is just me, but I wouldn't say such thing. Look at similar constructions:

¡(Que) Dios te bendiga!
¡Que lo pases bien!
¡Que seas feliz!
¡Que cumplas muchos más!

I don't recall having...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 15th March 2009, 12:06 PM
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The accent on "Que" should not be there, and that...

The accent on "Que" should not be there, and that "tú" sounds a bit strange to me; I'd definitely omit it.
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 11th March 2009, 07:02 PM
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"a tomar por saco" is like "a tomar por culo",...

"a tomar por saco" is like "a tomar por culo", but it is actually used by many people when they don't meant to be that rude. There are many ways of saying "to annoy" in Spanish idioms and in slang,...
Forum: A nice place for new members to say hello 8th March 2009, 01:26 AM
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Sigue así, Lexiphania. Tu español mejorará al...

Sigue así, Lexiphania. Tu español mejorará al tiempo que el inglés de tus estudiantes mejora. Una corrección, si no te molesta:

La expresión "It is good that..." en inglés se suele traducir como...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 8th March 2009, 12:22 AM
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I don't smoke myself, and I don't exactly enjoy...

I don't smoke myself, and I don't exactly enjoy smoke (I find it revolting), but in my experience, smokers tend to be more interesting on average than non-smokers (this is not a mathematical rule). I...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 7th March 2009, 11:17 PM
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Yes, it would. In Spain, the most common one is...

Yes, it would. In Spain, the most common one is enfadarse, and then you have others like enojarse, irritarse, enfurecerse, molestarse, cabrearse (colloquial), enfurruñarse, encolerizarse,...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 6th March 2009, 10:24 AM
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Both mean "was", but we make a distinction with...

Both mean "was", but we make a distinction with these tenses that English can't do with the verb alone (it is done through context and extra words). Very often, you'll find that you can use either...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 5th March 2009, 01:19 AM
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Just to expand on this: If you use the same...

Just to expand on this:

If you use the same sentence in present tense, you cannot use it in the first person, because it doesn't make to say that you don't know it, and mention it afterwards (in...
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