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May 13, 2017

In beginning Spanish language classes, they teach you how to say the four points of the compass: norte, sur, este, oeste.

But they usually fail to teach you the adjectives that go with these nouns:

norte: septentrional (northern)

sur: meridional (southern)

este: oriental (...

May 11, 2017

The Spanish adjective civil is usually translated as "civil" in English.

Derecho civil is "civil law."

In international relations la sociedad civil is "civil society."

But in the phrase la población civil, the adjective civil means "civilian" so the phrase is "the civilia...

May 9, 2017

Ordinarily it's really easy to translate adjectives of nationality (known as gentilicios in Spanish) from Spanish into English. For example:

mexicanos = Mexicans

guatemaltecos = Guatemalans

nicaragüenses = Nicaraguans

salvadoreños = Salvadorans

uruguayos = Uruguayans


May 4, 2017

It is obvious that the Spanish word aspecto means "aspect" in English. What's not so obvious is that sometimes, it needs to be translated as "respect" instead.  For example:

En algunos aspectos me parece una obra genial means In some respects, I think it is a work of g...

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