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6th Jun '17 3:59:48 AM XanderVJ
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* ''Cojones''[[labelnote:*]]Not "cajones", although non-native speakers sometimes confuse the two. Saying that someone has a lot of cajones means that they have a lot of drawers.[[/labelnote]]= The more profane word for balls, the usual ones being ''huevos'' (which is also the word for eggs) and ''pelotas''. Quite a few expresions arise from this one: the verb ''acojonar(se)'' means "to (get) scare(d)" and is genrally used to remark how much of a coward the guy who got scared is. ''Cojonudo'' roughly translates to "fucking good". The expression ''tocar los cojones'' (literally "touching the balls") can either mean "to be a lazy fuck" or "to piss someone off" depending on whether the metaforical balls belong to the person touching them or not. Calling someone a ''mosca cojonera'' (balls-y fly) implies that they are as annoying as, well, having a fly in the balls.

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* ''Cojones''[[labelnote:*]]Not "cajones", although non-native speakers sometimes confuse the two. Saying that someone has a lot of cajones means that they have a lot of drawers.[[/labelnote]]= The more profane word for balls, the usual ones being ''huevos'' (which is also the word for eggs) and ''pelotas''.''pelotas'' (which actually means "balls"). Quite a few expresions arise from this one: the verb ''acojonar(se)'' means "to (get) scare(d)" and is genrally used to remark how much of a coward the guy who got scared is. ''Cojonudo'' roughly translates to "fucking good". The expression ''tocar los cojones'' (literally "touching the balls") can either mean "to be a lazy fuck" or "to piss someone off" depending on whether the metaforical balls belong to the person touching them or not. Calling someone a ''mosca cojonera'' (balls-y fly) implies that they are as annoying as, well, having a fly in the balls.
6th Jun '17 3:27:40 AM XanderVJ
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Spanish, also known as "Castilian"[[note]]This is the actual original name of the language. The country we know today as Spain was formed in the late XV century, when the two main Christian kingdoms expelled the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula: Castile and Aragon. Both kingdoms were united thanks to the marriage of their respective kings, Isabella and Ferdinand. Castilian was, obviously enough, the language from Castile, which eventually became the dominant language of the territory, and the one that was exported to the American colonies. "Castilian Spanish", or just "Castilian", are very common terms to refer to the Spanish language as it's spoken in Spain, specifically[[/note]], is an Ibero-Romance language, and the second most natively spoken language in the entire world (after Mandarin Chinese) due to the enormous expanse of the Spanish Empire in its heyday. It's the national or official language of 21 countries, as well as one of the official languages of the UN and 13 other international organizations. Even in the United States alone there are over 50 million Spanish-speakers, which is more than the entire population of most Spanish-speaking countries, Spain itself included[[note]]And if you look below, there's even a native dialect of Spanish in New Mexico and Colorado![[/note]]. In short, this is a '''big''' language. It's the most widely spoken language in the Western Hemisphere. See SpanishLiterature.

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Spanish, also known as "Castilian"[[note]]This is the actual original name of the language. The country we know today as Spain was formed in the late XV century, when Castile and Aragon, the two main Christian kingdoms of the Iberian peninsula, finished the [[MoorishSpain Reconquista]] and expelled the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula: Castile and Aragon. that had occupied it for 800 years. Both kingdoms were united thanks to the marriage of their respective kings, Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand.Ferdinand of Aragon. Castilian was, obviously enough, the language from Castile, which eventually became the dominant language of the territory, and the one that was exported to the American colonies. "Castilian Spanish", or just "Castilian", are very common terms to refer to the Spanish language as it's spoken in Spain, specifically[[/note]], is an Ibero-Romance language, and the second most natively spoken language in the entire world (after Mandarin Chinese) due to the enormous expanse of the Spanish Empire in its heyday. It's the national or official language of 21 countries, as well as one of the official languages of the UN and 13 other international organizations. Even in the United States alone there are over 50 million Spanish-speakers, which is more than the entire population of most Spanish-speaking countries, Spain itself included[[note]]And if you look below, there's even a native dialect of Spanish in New Mexico and Colorado![[/note]]. In short, this is a '''big''' language. It's the most widely spoken language in the Western Hemisphere. See SpanishLiterature.
6th Jun '17 3:24:55 AM XanderVJ
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Spanish, also known as "Castilian"[[note]]This is actually the original name of the language. The country we know today as Spain was formed in the late XV century, when the two main Christian kingdoms expelled the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula: Castile and Aragon. Both kingdoms were united thanks to the marriage of their respective kings, Isabella and Ferdinand. Castilian was, obviously enough, the language from Castile, which eventually became the dominant language of the territory, and the one that was exported to the American colonies. "Castilian Spanish", or just "Castilian", are very common terms to refer to the Spanish language as it's spoken in Spain, specifically[[/note]], is an Ibero-Romance language, and the second most natively spoken language in the entire world (after Mandarin Chinese) due to the enormous expanse of the Spanish Empire in its heyday. It's the national or official language of 21 countries, as well as one of the official languages of the UN and 13 other international organizations. Even in the United States alone there are over 50 million Spanish-speakers, which is more than the entire population of most Spanish-speaking countries, Spain itself included[[note]]And if you look below, there's even a native dialect of Spanish in New Mexico and Colorado![[/note]]. In short, this is a '''big''' language. It's the most widely spoken language in the Western Hemisphere. See SpanishLiterature.

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Spanish, also known as "Castilian"[[note]]This is actually the actual original name of the language. The country we know today as Spain was formed in the late XV century, when the two main Christian kingdoms expelled the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula: Castile and Aragon. Both kingdoms were united thanks to the marriage of their respective kings, Isabella and Ferdinand. Castilian was, obviously enough, the language from Castile, which eventually became the dominant language of the territory, and the one that was exported to the American colonies. "Castilian Spanish", or just "Castilian", are very common terms to refer to the Spanish language as it's spoken in Spain, specifically[[/note]], is an Ibero-Romance language, and the second most natively spoken language in the entire world (after Mandarin Chinese) due to the enormous expanse of the Spanish Empire in its heyday. It's the national or official language of 21 countries, as well as one of the official languages of the UN and 13 other international organizations. Even in the United States alone there are over 50 million Spanish-speakers, which is more than the entire population of most Spanish-speaking countries, Spain itself included[[note]]And if you look below, there's even a native dialect of Spanish in New Mexico and Colorado![[/note]]. In short, this is a '''big''' language. It's the most widely spoken language in the Western Hemisphere. See SpanishLiterature.
6th Jun '17 3:24:39 AM XanderVJ
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Spanish, also known as "Castilian"[[note]]This is actually the original name of the language. The country we know today as Spain was formed in the late XV century, when the two main Christian kingdoms expelled the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula: Castile and Aragon. Both kingdoms were united thanks to the marriage of their respective kings, Isabella and Ferdinand. Castilian was, obviously enough, the language from Castile, which eventually became the dominant language of the territory, and the one that was exported to the American colonies. Some people use the term "Castilian Spanish" to refer to the Spanish language as it's spoken in Spain, specifically[[/note]], is an Ibero-Romance language, and the second most natively spoken language in the entire world (after Mandarin Chinese) due to the enormous expanse of the Spanish Empire in its heyday. It's the national or official language of 21 countries, as well as one of the official languages of the UN and 13 other international organizations. Even in the United States alone there are over 50 million Spanish-speakers, which is more than the entire population of most Spanish-speaking countries, Spain itself included[[note]]And if you look below, there's even a native dialect of Spanish in New Mexico and Colorado![[/note]]. In short, this is a '''big''' language. It's the most widely spoken language in the Western Hemisphere. See SpanishLiterature.

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Spanish, also known as "Castilian"[[note]]This is actually the original name of the language. The country we know today as Spain was formed in the late XV century, when the two main Christian kingdoms expelled the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula: Castile and Aragon. Both kingdoms were united thanks to the marriage of their respective kings, Isabella and Ferdinand. Castilian was, obviously enough, the language from Castile, which eventually became the dominant language of the territory, and the one that was exported to the American colonies. Some people use the term "Castilian Spanish" Spanish", or just "Castilian", are very common terms to refer to the Spanish language as it's spoken in Spain, specifically[[/note]], is an Ibero-Romance language, and the second most natively spoken language in the entire world (after Mandarin Chinese) due to the enormous expanse of the Spanish Empire in its heyday. It's the national or official language of 21 countries, as well as one of the official languages of the UN and 13 other international organizations. Even in the United States alone there are over 50 million Spanish-speakers, which is more than the entire population of most Spanish-speaking countries, Spain itself included[[note]]And if you look below, there's even a native dialect of Spanish in New Mexico and Colorado![[/note]]. In short, this is a '''big''' language. It's the most widely spoken language in the Western Hemisphere. See SpanishLiterature.
6th Jun '17 3:22:57 AM XanderVJ
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Spanish, also known as "Castilian"[[note]]This is actually the original name of the language. The country we know today as Spain was formed in the late XV century, when the two main Christian kingdoms expelled the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula: Castile and Aragon. Both kingdoms were united thanks to the marriage of their respective kings, Isabella and Ferdinand. Castilian was, obviously enough, the language from Castile, which eventually became the dominant language of the territory, and the one that was exported to the American colonies. Some people use the term "Castilian Spanish" to refer to the Spanish language as it's spoken in Spain, specifically.[[/note]] is an Ibero-Romance language, and the second most natively spoken language in the entire world (after Mandarin Chinese) due to the enormous expanse of the Spanish Empire in its heyday. It's the national or official language of 21 countries, as well as one of the official languages of the UN and 13 other international organizations. Even in the United States alone there are over 50 million Spanish-speakers, which is more than the entire population of most Spanish-speaking countries, Spain itself included[[note]]And if you look below, there's even a native dialect of Spanish in New Mexico and Colorado![[/note]]. In short, this is a '''big''' language. It's the most widely spoken language in the Western Hemisphere. See SpanishLiterature.

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Spanish, also known as "Castilian"[[note]]This is actually the original name of the language. The country we know today as Spain was formed in the late XV century, when the two main Christian kingdoms expelled the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula: Castile and Aragon. Both kingdoms were united thanks to the marriage of their respective kings, Isabella and Ferdinand. Castilian was, obviously enough, the language from Castile, which eventually became the dominant language of the territory, and the one that was exported to the American colonies. Some people use the term "Castilian Spanish" to refer to the Spanish language as it's spoken in Spain, specifically.[[/note]] specifically[[/note]], is an Ibero-Romance language, and the second most natively spoken language in the entire world (after Mandarin Chinese) due to the enormous expanse of the Spanish Empire in its heyday. It's the national or official language of 21 countries, as well as one of the official languages of the UN and 13 other international organizations. Even in the United States alone there are over 50 million Spanish-speakers, which is more than the entire population of most Spanish-speaking countries, Spain itself included[[note]]And if you look below, there's even a native dialect of Spanish in New Mexico and Colorado![[/note]]. In short, this is a '''big''' language. It's the most widely spoken language in the Western Hemisphere. See SpanishLiterature.
6th Jun '17 3:22:38 AM XanderVJ
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Spanish is an Ibero-Romance language, and the second most natively spoken language in the entire world (after Mandarin Chinese) due to the enormous expanse of the Spanish Empire in its heyday. It's the national or official language of 21 countries, as well as one of the official languages of the UN and 13 other international organizations. Even in the United States alone there are over 50 million Spanish-speakers, which is more than the entire population of most Spanish-speaking countries, Spain itself included[[note]]And if you look below, there's even a native dialect of Spanish in New Mexico and Colorado![[/note]]. In short, this is a '''big''' language. It's the most widely spoken language in the Western Hemisphere. See SpanishLiterature.

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Spanish, also known as "Castilian"[[note]]This is actually the original name of the language. The country we know today as Spain was formed in the late XV century, when the two main Christian kingdoms expelled the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula: Castile and Aragon. Both kingdoms were united thanks to the marriage of their respective kings, Isabella and Ferdinand. Castilian was, obviously enough, the language from Castile, which eventually became the dominant language of the territory, and the one that was exported to the American colonies. Some people use the term "Castilian Spanish" to refer to the Spanish language as it's spoken in Spain, specifically.[[/note]] is an Ibero-Romance language, and the second most natively spoken language in the entire world (after Mandarin Chinese) due to the enormous expanse of the Spanish Empire in its heyday. It's the national or official language of 21 countries, as well as one of the official languages of the UN and 13 other international organizations. Even in the United States alone there are over 50 million Spanish-speakers, which is more than the entire population of most Spanish-speaking countries, Spain itself included[[note]]And if you look below, there's even a native dialect of Spanish in New Mexico and Colorado![[/note]]. In short, this is a '''big''' language. It's the most widely spoken language in the Western Hemisphere. See SpanishLiterature.
15th Feb '17 3:57:51 PM DaNuke
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* R: Flapped, as in the d's in ''pudding''. Except when beginning a word or a syllable; then it reads as...

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* R: Flapped, as in the d's in ''pudding''. Except Being otaku helps here: it's the same Japanese phoneme that is romanized as an "r". However, when beginning it follows a word consonant or it's the first letter of a syllable; word, then it reads as...
15th Feb '17 3:53:26 PM DaNuke
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* CH: In most dialects, always like in ''match'', unless the word is foreign. In New Mexico and some parts of southern Spain, however, it's generally a ''sh'' sound.

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* CH: In most dialects, always like in ''match'', unless the word is foreign. In New Mexico Mexico, the Mexican state of Chihuahua and some parts of southern Spain, however, it's generally a ''sh'' sound.
15th Feb '17 3:51:33 PM DaNuke
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* SH: According to the RAE, this digraph is pronounced like an "s", because the H is mute. In Latin America, due to influence from the superpowerful USA, this digraph is pronounced like an English "sh". You will also hear the "sh" phoneme in places like Argentina, where LL and Y are pronounced this way, or Chihuahua, Mexico, where the CH is slurred into a "sh".
12th Feb '17 2:41:40 AM DaNuke
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Besides the acute accent, Spanish is also famous for the ''eñe'' letter, "ñ." This is pronounced approximately[[labelnote:*]]You make the ñ by pronouncing a n and a y simultaneously. It's easier than it sounds, really.[[/labelnote]] like "ny," so "ñaña" above would be pronounced "nyanya." (This happens to be a sort of cutesy word for "crap" in a few dialects.) For another example, the English word "canyon" is derived from the Spanish "cañón."

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Besides the acute accent, Spanish is also famous for the ''eñe'' letter, "ñ." This is pronounced approximately[[labelnote:*]]You make the ñ by pronouncing a n and a y simultaneously. It's easier than it sounds, really.[[/labelnote]] like "ny," so "ñaña" "ñoño" above would be pronounced "nyanya." (This happens to be a sort of cutesy "nyonyo" (a Mexican word for "crap" in a few dialects.) that more or less means "nerd") For another example, the English word "canyon" is derived from the Spanish "cañón."
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