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Tratar vs Intentar vs Probar

All of these words are defined as 'to try', but what's the difference? Which verb do I use when I'm refering to: - trying to do something - trying on clothes - trying food Examples along with explainations are greatly appreciated. ...

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - January 3, 2008

Question regarding telling time?

In regards to telling what time it is. I find using " para las" to be difficult to remember. Por Ejemplo ( 2:55) Son cinco para las tres In other studies I have done in spanish I learned to say " Son las tres menos cinco" which seems so mu...

2 replies - Last post by MARCOS - December 20, 2007

Want to get this right....

I am on my way to Cancun for a week to celebrate my wife's birthday. I purposely selected a cheaper room at the hotel with the expectation that when we arrive, I will slip the guy at the front desk a $20 bill and ask for a "free" upgrade. A friend of m...

3 replies - Last post by tocayo - October 19, 2007


having trouble understanding the use of entonces, vs. despues.. any advice.

1 reply - Last post by gailbsmith - September 16, 2007

tomar vs beber?

What are the appropriate situations for using tomar vs beber for "to drink"? I've heard there is an implication that tomar refers to an alcholic beverage. Thanks!

9 replies - Last post by taalibeen - August 30, 2007

How to pronounce the "r"

Hola, I ordered this course a few months ago, but just started using it about 2 weeks ago. My family and I am learning a lot. There are so many words and different pronounciations that it seems overwhelming at times. Quick question: How do you ...

1 reply - Last post by Antonio - August 29, 2007

"The past two weeks.."

How do you express that in Spanish? e.g. 'I've been working a lot the past two weeks' or 'I've been very busy for the past few weeks' Thanks!

4 replies - Last post by Mauricio - August 7, 2007

Words I heard on the radio... Can't figure them out...

Hello- I listen to Spanish language radio on my way to/from work... I find it to be a useful aspect of learning the language. Two things I hear often and can't find in a dictionary-- please help: 1) a word that sounds like "Lie Day"... rhymes wit...

3 replies - Last post by themaze - July 24, 2007

Soy and Estoy

Hi everyone. This is my first post. I have just started learning Spanish and am enjoying it very much so far. I was very concerned at first that I was wasting my money when I bought this course but now it is seeming doable. I have a question about the ...

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - July 23, 2007

"¡Voy!" or "¡Ya voy!"

What does this mean?

2 replies - Last post by taalibeen - July 6, 2007

Estar con muchas cosas en la cabeza

What does it mean when someone says "Estoy con muchas cosas en la cabeza." Does it mean that the person has "a lot on their mind" as we might say in English? Can you infer something about the seriousness of the person's internal sta...

2 replies - Last post by kaczmk - June 5, 2007

quien como tú

I have heard the phrase "quien como tú" but I'm not sure what it means in context. Here is a recent example (as best as I can recall): "estás descansando hoy pero yo, no .... quien como tú" What does the phrase "quien como ...

2 replies - Last post by Mauricio - May 15, 2007

d sounding like v?

Hi there, I've just started learning spanish and are on the lession 1 audio mp3's. It's great fun and I'm definitely enjoying it. Whilst listening to the audio's, sometimes words such as Disculpe sound like they are said with a 'v' at the begining (i...

2 replies - Last post by Richard-Barrett - May 10, 2007


In our lesson we are taught that derecho means straight (ahead) when giving directions. A textbook I have shows that - derecho(a) means -right - as in a la derecha (to the right) or la mano derecha (your right hand). It infers that derecho is the mascul...

2 replies - Last post by schrades - April 9, 2007

me acuerdo and recuerdo

What is the fifference between "me acuerdo" and "recuerdo"? Is "me acuerdo" I remember and "recuerdo" I remember something?

2 replies - Last post by John-Dagen - March 13, 2007


I watch Mexican soaps and often have questions about words. Onda was one, I see you answered that one, thanks. How about infeliz, my dictionary says it means "poor wretch", but it is used to describe people who have done something against someo...

2 replies - Last post by Mauricio - March 8, 2007

Simón y Neta

While watching Spanish television shows, I have noticed that the younger generation of actors and actresses say to one another, "Simón" and "Neta". What do they mean when they say those words? Are they expressing an agreement or disbel...

6 replies - Last post by C_Norita - February 16, 2007

Por fin

In episode 8 of Destinos, Raquel is handed her wallet back after she lost it. As she takes the wallet, she says "Por fin." I have also come across this in a childrens book called Biszcocho were it says "Por fin se durmio el perrito."...

2 replies - Last post by amormio - February 16, 2007


Hi, Can someone tell me what afantasmado means? I cannot find it in the dictionaries but it is used a lot when I searched the internet. Many thanks. Martin.

4 replies - Last post by Mauricio - February 15, 2007

dead body

How do you say: " over my dead body " as in: I will not allow it as long as I am alive

2 replies - Last post by PilotaF7 - January 10, 2007


Anyone got a good translation for the common expression GWEY (pronounced WAY in English). It is commonly used in Mexico Eg. ¿Que onda gwey? Thanks in advance Nev

1 reply - Last post by C_Norita - November 5, 2006

"drive through" phrase

How do you say DRIVE THROUGH" as in I am going through the "drive-through" at the bank, or I am going through the drive through at the Wendy's? The dictionary has a long sentence to say this? Nothing in Latino spanish??? Joe

0 replies - Last post by my2divots - November 2, 2006

Spanish Phrase

What is the meaning of the phrase "se me cuida"? It's been used several times in correspondence the most recent being besos de nuevo se me cuida. Help!

3 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 31, 2006

¡Música, Maestro!

Maestro means master;teacher. That's understood, but why is it that when someone calls for music to begin, they say, ¡Música!, and it is followed by ¡Maestro!? Why isn't it just, ¡Música!? Is there a story behind that, or are they just that admirable to t...

3 replies - Last post by Lenguas - October 25, 2006

Perdón or Perdón + 'ay' rhyming with Chardonnay

In Spanish courses, to interrupt someone, I hear the term Perdón and also Perdón + 'ay' rhyming with Chardonnay! Could someone kindly advise when to use each of these terms? Also, which of Disculpe or Perdón more acceptable in a) Spain b) South Am...

5 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 23, 2006

To Rock in spanish

How to say the following in spanish? - to rock someone (e.g. we will rock you) - it rocks - it sucks

0 replies - Last post by DadoM - October 21, 2006

No manches

¿Cuándo alguien dice, "¡No manches!", qué significa?

2 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 21, 2006

Tener Ondas

Hola Randy, I'll take a shot at his one as it a really hard one to explain, especially since is used differently in different countries. Where I come from (Chile) "Onda" could be translated as "mood". If you are "Buena ond...

3 replies - Last post by Randy1 - October 11, 2006

Petrol Filling Station

Can someone please give me the phrase for "Fill it up please" when asking for the car to be fully fueled at a service station. Eamonn

2 replies - Last post by Eamonn - October 10, 2006


I'm watching a telenovela, Contra viento y marea, and I noticed that instead of "hermano" they often use another word. It sounds something like "gualter". Do you know what the correct spelling would be ?

0 replies - Last post by Lenguas - September 4, 2006

Tanto vs desmasiado

¿Qué es la diferencia entre las palabras tanto y desmasiado? Me duele tanto Yo tengo demasiadas cosas que hacer I think I may have figured out my question. Does one modify a noun and the other a verb?????

1 reply - Last post by Lenguas - August 25, 2006

slang expression

my latino coworkers have not ben able to answer my question about how do you say " your'e shitting me" m as in a converation when you express disbelief about something and say " your'e shitting me" any way to say this?

8 replies - Last post by my2divots - August 24, 2006


This seems like a word that should exist (e.g. to be fascinated with something) but I don't see it in a dictionary. I'm new to Spanish, so still trying to understand "verbse" usage.

2 replies - Last post by Randy1 - August 2, 2006

The meaning of:

I would like an english translation for: SAL DA TERRA. Thanks Tom

2 replies - Last post by ttomell - July 24, 2006

Dominican Republic Phrase

I went to the Dominican Republic for a vacaction about a week ago. One phrase that was used a lot sounded like "eso es". I think it may have been slang. It sounded like it could mean great by the way it was said, but I'm just guessing. I'm ...

1 reply - Last post by taalibeen - July 2, 2006

the slang englisih expression : I get it!

how do you say " i get it" as in " the light went on" I understand or the so called " aha" experience...when you finally understand something, you say " ah, i get it"/

7 replies - Last post by taalibeen - June 12, 2006

Askng for Name

Quick question Regarding asking someone their name, what is more appropriate? 1. Puede darme su nombre 2. Coma se llama Does what you use, depend on the casuallness of the current setting you're in? RJ

2 replies - Last post by Mauricio - June 8, 2006

My profession

Could someone please advise how best to say my job in Spanish? I'm a project manager with a bank. thanks! Kai

2 replies - Last post by kaichandler - June 8, 2006

floor layer

I am curious to know como se dice ''floor layer'' en español?I have asked Mauricio and he suggested to ask in the forum....he couldn't find an answer. If no-one knows , then how do we say ''builder'' or ''construction worker''? thanks for your help!

6 replies - Last post by litlmike - May 19, 2006

da vs. tha

Hola, In listening to the first few "Interactive Audio" lessons it sound as if the "da" is pronounced as if it was a "tha" with the “a” being soft - as in "ayuda"? Am I mis-hearing the dialogue? Gracias, Knezz

1 reply - Last post by Mamide2 - May 9, 2006


My dictionary (Merriam-Webster) gives sunrise as "salida del sol" and sunset as "puesta del sol". I wasn't sure about this as it seemed to me that sunset should be the 'departure' of the sun, so I checked 3 online translators; one agr...

3 replies - Last post by Randy1 - May 8, 2006

Fast Food

Does anyone know how to say the names of fast food items? i.e. *Cheese Quarter Pounder, Whopper, Fries, Medium Coke, etc.* Our local fast food places have a lot of hispanics, and I would like to try making an order in their language.

3 replies - Last post by Hombre - April 20, 2006


Which is the correct way to say "write it down"? a. *lo escribo * or b. *escribalo* :roll:

1 reply - Last post by Hombre - April 7, 2006

hace calor

In lession 3.3 it sounds like Mauricio is saying "hace muchA calor" rather than "hace muchO calor". Am I hearing the lesson corectly? Tony

5 replies - Last post by AnthonyLouis - March 18, 2006


What a word! A friend of mine, helping with my Spanish wrote and used the phrase ....que voy andar de viaje. I assumed it meant that he would be traveling around the country. When I went to look it up, I found that there were many permutations of &qu...

1 reply - Last post by Tom5 - February 17, 2006


" Yo voy a casa " Do you pronounce the s in casa as " s" or as " ss" ? Thanks

2 replies - Last post by Antonio - February 10, 2006


I was recently chatting with someone from Chile and he used the word "fome" which I could not find in my dictionary. In context it seemed to mean "boring". Is this correct? Tony

1 reply - Last post by AnthonyLouis - February 8, 2006

slang-word cool

¿como se deletrear el slang word cool? it is used in the interactive audio but i do not know how to download the transcript. it sounds like it should be chevre.

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - February 6, 2006

Please help

I want to know spanish when i talk with spanish people but i need some help! is neone wellin to help me?

1 reply - Last post by steffy12 - January 12, 2006

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