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Old Aug 15th 2005, 11:49 am
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I have purchased a spanish dictionary - spanish to english and english to spanish.

I have been trying to translate the building licence the builders obtained from the local Town Hall and the entry at the Land Registry of the land they are building on. Most of the words whether legal or not do not appear in the Spanish dictionary. I Can anyone tell me why?
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Old Aug 15th 2005, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Gill Stevens
I have purchased a spanish dictionary - spanish to english and english to spanish.

I have been trying to translate the building licence the builders obtained from the local Town Hall and the entry at the Land Registry of the land they are building on. Most of the words whether legal or not do not appear in the Spanish dictionary. I Can anyone tell me why?
Hi Gill,

No! but in contemplating buying a plot and building a villa I have been wrestling with the same problem and have found two specialised publications that help.

Español-Inglés Diccionario de la Construcción published by McGraw-Hill and

Teach Yourself Buying a Home in Spain published by Hodder Headline both paperback and quite cheap.

However neither had the word "rasante" in its proper context and I had to consult the biggest dictionary in the local library to fit it into context with the planning approval.

Regards,

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Old Aug 15th 2005, 2:00 pm
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Originally Posted by rickstevens
I'm studying Pimsleurs essential Spanish at the moment and it's qute good, but they sem to use a few words that are different, for example for the word 'spanish', they use castellano instead of espanol, and for the word 'understand' they use entiendo instead of comprendo, does anyone know what the difference is here? WIll the Spanish on on mainland Spain understand Castellano and entiendo, or will they look at me like I have 2 heads if I use them?
Most people will understand both forms.Comprendo is used more instead of entiendo in Latin American Spanish,
Castillian (Spain) Spanish and The "Queens" English both suffer from The American influence (It must be all those tv cop shows, and Mexican soaps)
Another example is the word "Maleta" meaning suitcase in English. However If you asked someone in Central / Southern America for help with your Maleta, he would probably asume you were having trouble with the boot (Trunk) on your car.
It must cause problems the other way with Spaniards learning English, but it all adds to the fun.



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Old Aug 18th 2005, 5:34 pm
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To Maryg,
Regarding learning Spanish, the Don Quijote chain of schools are next to none. They have schools at Seville and Granada in AndalucÃ*a and numerous
others in Spain.Try their website at www.donquijote.org.

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Originally Posted by svenskidoo
The term 'castellano' is more commonly used in some parts of Spain and reflects the origins of the language whilst outside of Spain most people refer to the language , generally, as simply 'Spanish'.

I think this is changing, a lot of the younger people tend to use "español".

As for comprender and entender, both very valid also.

Use of words sometimes varies from one bar to the next - even ordering a can of coke has at least two possibilities.


Muy bien dicho. En España se habla Castellano!

And they also will take offese if they are referred to as "Hispanics" (That seems to be reserved for South and Central Americans).
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Old Aug 18th 2005, 8:47 pm
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Hi Gill,

No! but in contemplating buying a plot and building a villa I have been wrestling with the same problem and have found two specialised publications that help.

Español-Inglés Diccionario de la Construcción published by McGraw-Hill and

Teach Yourself Buying a Home in Spain published by Hodder Headline both paperback and quite cheap.

However neither had the word "rasante" in its proper context and I had to consult the biggest dictionary in the local library to fit it into context with the planning approval.

Regards,

John.
Many thanks for that. I even gave the paperwork to a lady from South America who works in our local Sainsburys who has spanish as her native language and she couldn't translate most of it!!
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To Maryg,
Regarding learning Spanish, the Don Quijote chain of schools are next to none. They have schools at Seville and Granada in Andalucêa and numerous
others in Spain.Try their website at www.donquijote.org.

Regards

Thanks for that.......I have already received a brochure from www.donquijote.org. The courses seem brilliant, and reasonably priced too, however we were at our place last week in Moratalla and there is a language school there that I have made enquiries at.
I am presently listening to Michel Thomas' Language Builder 2 cd course, which I'm finding easier than than the original 8 cd course. I have it playing in my car, when I'm on my break at work and even when I'm in bed........just wish it would sink in!
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Old Aug 19th 2005, 9:01 pm
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No, if you make a mistake they will correct you. If I'm not sure I just ask
somebody. They'll respect you for making an effort.
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Originally Posted by svenskidoo
The term 'castellano' is more commonly used in some parts of Spain and reflects the origins of the language whilst outside of Spain most people refer to the language , generally, as simply 'Spanish'.

I think this is changing, a lot of the younger people tend to use "español".

As for comprender and entender, both very valid also.

Use of words sometimes varies from one bar to the next - even ordering a can of coke has at least two possibilities.



In addition to Svens comments, "espanol" is the Spanish term for someone or something that is Spanish, "Castellano" is the actual name of the official national language of Spain, distinguishing it from other regional languages such as Valenciano,Gallego and Riojano etc.
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Old Aug 31st 2005, 10:24 am
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Creo que hablo un poco, porque aqui en Ciudad Real muy poco gente habla inglés.
Tambien creo que mucho de la gente aqui no habla español porque la mayoria de los Ingleses viven en o cerca de la costa, o sea en los partes para turistas. No hacen el esfuerzo para estudiar porque son tan arrogantes que creen que pueden vivir en un pais extranjero sin estudiar la idioma.a mi, no me gusta esa gente.
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Old Aug 31st 2005, 6:02 pm
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SÃ* Tobyjug creo que yo se como sientas. Los Ingles vienen a vivir aqui en
Gales porque las casas son más barato, pero menos de 2% quieren hablar
nosotros lengua.En vez de eso, quieren que nos hablamos ingles con ellos
y creo que son lo mismo en España.

Saludos de Gales
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