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Post by CanuckBob on Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:52 am

la evolución eh-voh-loo-see-ohn' (noun)
evolution, development

Examples

1. Darwin publicó "El origen de las especies", su tratado en el que presentó su teoría sobre la biología evolutiva, en 1859.

Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," his treatise in which he presented his theory of evolution, in 1859.

2. En la exhibición en el museo se puede ver la evolución de la obra de Van Gogh.

You can see the development of Van Gogh's work in the exhibit at the museum.


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Post by CanuckBob on Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:41 am

inmóvil eehn-moh'-beel (adjective)
immobile, motionless, still

Examples

1. Al oír los pasos del guardia, los ladrones se quedaron inmóviles por algunos segundos.

When they heard the guard's footsteps, the thieves remained motionless for a few seconds.

2. Hay artistas callejeros que se quedan inmóviles como estatuas –al menos que uno les dé dinero.

There are street performers who stand as still as statues – unless you give them money.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:22 am

la moral moh-rahl' (noun)
morals, ethics; morale

Examples

1. Mi abuelita se queja de que la moral de la sociedad actual es terrible.

My grandma complains that the morals of modern society are terrible.

2. Después de que Rita le dijo que no se quería casar con él, la moral de Daniel estaba por el suelo.

After Rita told him she didn't want to marry him, Daniel's morale was very low.

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Post by CanuckBob on Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:51 am

detectar deh-tehk-tahr' (verb)
to detect

Examples

1. Evacuaron el edificio cuando se detectó un olor a gas.

They evacuated the building when they detected a gas-like smell.

2. Los doctores le detectaron un tumór a Walter en los pulmones.

The doctors detected a tumor in Walter's lungs.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:05 am

la mentira mehn-tee'-rah (noun)
lie

Examples

1. ¡No me digas mentiras, que sé que te robaste mi dinero!

Don't tell me lies! I know you stole my money!

2. Cuando dijeron que Plutón ya no era un planeta, sentí como que si todo lo que jamás había sabido era una mentira.

When they said Pluto was no longer a planet, I felt as though everything I had ever known was a lie.

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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:06 am

autorizar ow-toh-ree-sahr' (verb)

to authorize

Examples

1. Sentí tanto alivio cuando el banco autorizó el prestamo que necesitaba para comprar la casa.

I was so relieved when the bank authorized the loan I needed to buy the house.

2. Queríamos conocer a la banda después del concierto, pero los guardas de seguridad no nos autorizaron pasar entre bastidores.

We wanted to meet the band after the concert, but the security guards didn't authorize us to go backstage.

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Post by CanuckBob on Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:22 am

la comparación kohm-pah-rah-see-ohn' (noun)
comparison

Examples

1. Alguna gente debata quién es mejor entre Lionel Messi y Cristiano Ronaldo, pero seámos honestos, no hay comparación: Messi es el número uno.

Some people argue about whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is better, but let's be honest, there's no comparison: Messi is number one.

2. Para mi tésis estoy haciendo una comparación entre los últimos días del Imperio romano y los Estados Unidos actualmente.

For my thesis I'm drawing a comparison between the final days of the Roman Empire and the present-day United States.

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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:53 am

restar reh-stahr' (verb)
to subtract, to deduct; to minimize, to play down

Examples

1. El presidente le restó importancia a las protestas en las provincias, diciendo que eran las acciones de sólo unos pocos alborotadores.

The president downplayed the protests in the provinces, saying they were the actions of just a few troublemakers.

2. Tan malo soy con las matemáticas que ni me da confianza restar sin acudir a una calculadora.

I'm so bad at math that I'm not even confident enough to subtract without using a calculator.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:26 am

curiosamente koo-ree-oh-sah-mehn'-teh (adverb)
curiously; curiously enough, strangely enough

Examples

1. Un muchacho en el café me estuvo mirando curiosamente, y resulta que es que tenía puestas dos medias desparejadas.

A guy in the café was looking at me curiously, and it turns out it's because I was wearing mismatched socks.

2. A mi tío le gusta mucho bromear, pero curiosamente hoy está bastante callado.

My uncle likes to joke around a lot, but he's very quiet today, strangely enough.

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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:56 am

asimismo ah-see-mees'-moh (adverb)
also, as well, moreover

Examples

1. La compañía de mudanza puede transportar sus pertenencias y empaquetarlas asimismo, si fuera necesario.

The moving company can transport your belongings and pack them as well, if necessary.

2. La entrada para el museo incluye asimismo acceso a una exhibición especial sobre los piratas.

The museum pass also includes access to a special exhibition about pirates.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:47 am

encantar ehn-kahn-tahr' (verb)
to love, to please, to make happy

Examples

1. Me encantan los bizcochitos de arándanos.

I love blueberry scones.

2. A mi hermana le encanta tomar sol en la playa.

My sister loves sunbathing on the beach.

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Post by CanuckBob on Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:40 am

violentamente vee-oh-lehn-tah-mehn'-teh (adverb)
violently

Examples

1. El tornado arrasó violentamente el pequeño pueblo; no quedó ni un edificio.

The tornado violently destroyed the little town; there wasn't a building left.

2. Tuvieron que llevar al jugador de fútbol americano al hospital después de ser tacleado especialmente violentamente.

They had to take the football player to the hospital after having been tackled especially violently.

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Post by Smartalex on Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:16 am

rompepelotas (noun)
nutcracker, ball-buster

Examples:

1. Dame las rompepelotas por favor.

Hand me the nutcracker please.

2. Eres una rompepelotas verdad.

You're a real ball-buster.

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Post by CanuckBob on Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:41 am

privar pree-vahr' (verb)
to deprive (of)

Examples

1. Mi hija me acusó de ser injusto porque la privé de postre por no haberse comido toda su cena.

My daughter accused me of being unfair because I deprived her of dessert for not having finished all of her supper.

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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:48 am

óptimo ohp'-tee-moh (adjective)
optimal, ideal

Examples

1. Mi cuñado tenía un coche al que le tenía que poner gasolina súper para que corriera a la función óptima, pero le resultó demasiado costoso y lo vendió.

My brother-in-law had a car that he had to fill with premium gasoline for it to run at optimal performance, but it ended up being too expensive and he sold it.

2. Después de haber analizado los resultados de las encuestas, el senador decidió que era el momento óptimo para postularse para la presidencia.

After analyzing the poll results, the senator decided it was the ideal time to run for the presidency.

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Post by whatshername on Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:28 pm

CanuckBob wrote:la comisión  koh-mee-syon'  (noun)
committee, commission; charge, fee
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1.Un dictador hace una comisión para el beneficio único de su mismo.
A dictator forms a committee only for his own benefit.

2.Las comisiones bancarias siempre me confunden.
Bank fees always confuse me.

'La comisión' is also how most Mexicans refer to the CFE--la Comisión Federal de Electricidad. The light company.

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Post by whatshername on Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:33 pm

CanuckBob wrote:In what context do they use it Solo?
I use it a lot, like most Mexicans. In my case, "Se me perdió la onda," is a common complaint. Colloquially, it means, "I lost track of where I was going on that subject."

Another occasional and very colloquial usage of 'onda' is, "Ese muchacho es de la onda, no?" "That guy is gay, isn't he?"

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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:41 am

iluminar ee-loo-mee-nahr' (verb)
to illuminate, to light up

Examples

1. Cuando se nos fue la electricidad, tuvimos que iluminar el cuarto con velas.

When we lost electricity, we had to illuminate the room with candles.

2. La famosa tenía una de esas sonrisas que era capaz de iluminar un cuarto.

The celebrity had one of those smiles that could light up a room.

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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:21 am

aflojar ah-floh-hahr' (verb)
to loosen

Examples

1. ¿Alguien me puede ayudar aflojar el tapón de esta botella? Está pegado.

Would someone help me loosen this bottle cap? It's stuck.

2. Mi esposa fue a que le dieran un masaje para aflojar unos nudos que tenía en la espalda.

My wife went to get a massage to loosen some knots she had in her back.

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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:21 pm

vencer behn-sehr' (verb)
to overcome; to defeat, to vanquish

Examples

1. Estoy yendo con un terapeuta para intentar vencer el miedo que le tengo al volar.

I'm seeing a therapist to try to overcome my fear of flying.

2. En 1781, las fuerzas continentales, con la ayuda de sus aliados franceses, vencieron a los británicos en la batalla de Yorktown; fue una batalla clave en la Guerra de Independencia de los Estados Unidos.

In 1781, the continental forces, with the help of their French allies, defeated the British in the Battle of Yorktown; it was a key battle in the Revolutionary War.

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Post by CanuckBob on Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:38 am

caer kah-ehr' (verb)
to fall

Examples

1. Ricardo se cayó bajándo los peldaños de la Pirámide del Sol en Teotihuacan y se partió un brazo.

Ricardo fell while descending the steps of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan and broke an arm.

2. "¡Cuidado que no se caigan!" le grité a los niños mientras corrían en el parque.

"Be careful not to fall!" I told the kids as they ran in the park.

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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:00 am

aparte ah-pahr'-teh (adverb)
apart, aside, to one side, separately

Examples

1. Pon aparte la ropa blanca; primero vamos a lavar una tanda de ropa de color.

Set aside the whites; we're going to wash a load of colored clothing first.

2. Pablo y María se están llevando requetebién; han estado hablando aparte toda la noche.

Pablo and Maria are getting along very well; they've been speaking separately all evening.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:29 am

el camino kah-mee'-noh (noun)
road, route, path

Examples

1. El camino de 11 millas a la playa Kalalau en Kauai, Hawaii es uno de los más peligrosos en el mundo, con acantilados de 300 pies.

The 11-mile trail to Kalalau Beach on Kauai, Hawaii is one of the most dangerous in the world, with 300-foot cliffs.

2. "El camino no elegido" es uno de los poemas más famosos de Robert Frost, y uno de los más malinterpretados.

"The Road Not Taken" is one of Robert Frost's most famous poems, and one of the most misunderstood.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:56 am

cambiar kahm-bee-ahr' (verb)
to change

Examples

1. Mi hermana menor es muy terca; cuando ha tomado una decisión, es imposible cambiarle la mente.

My younger sister is very stubborn; once she's made a decision, it's impossible to change her mind.

2. Antes de salir a cenar me gustaría bañarme y cambiarme de ropa.

Before going out for dinner I'd like to shower and change clothes.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:29 am

exactamente ex-ahk-tah-mehn'-teh (adverb)
exactly

Examples

1. La novia insistió que todo se tenía que hacer exactamente como ella decía el día de la boda.

The bride insisted that everything had to be done exactly as she said the day of the wedding.

2. Colgué unos cuadros en mi nuevo apartamento pero no quedaron exactamente derechos y me está volviendo loco.

I hung some pictures up in my new apartment but they're not exactly straight and it's driving me crazy.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:42 am

presentir preh-sehn-teer' (verb)
to sense in advance, to have a premonition

Examples

1. En la mitología griega, Casandra presintió la destrucción de Troya, pero nadie la creyó.

In Greek mythology, Cassandra foresaw the destruction of Troy, but no one believed her.

2. No podría decir porqué, pero presiento que este será un año bueno.

I couldn't say why, but I have a feeling this is going to be a good year.

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