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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How do I find the translation of an English word in Spanish or a Spanish word in English?
Q: Where can I find common situational phrases?
Q: How is this different from other Spanish-English or English-Spanish dictionaries?
Q: Where do I find a list of colors, for example?
Q: How do I find the conjugation of a verb in Spanish or English?
Q: I can’t hear any audio on my iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. What’s wrong?
Q: “Saber” and “conocer” both translate as “to know” in English. When do I use “saber” and when do I use “conocer”?
Q: Why are some words inside {braces}?
Q: Why are some words inside (parenthesis)?
Q: What do the abbreviations in the [brackets] mean?
Q: Why do some words end with “/a”?

Q: How do I find the translation of an English word in Spanish or a Spanish word in English?

A: From the Main Menu, select “Dictionary.” Make sure that “English” is highlighted at the bottom of the screen. Type in the first few letters of your word in the text box at the top of the screen. As you type, words that begin with the letters you’ve already typed will be displayed in the list of words below the text box. Or you can just browse through the list. You can also translate a word from Spanish to English by doing the same thing but selecting “Spanish” at the bottom of the screen.

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Q: Where can I find common situational phrases?

A: The Situations and Reference sections in Spanish Anywhere contain lists of phrases organized by topic, making it easy to learn phrases. For example, if you want to learn how to ask for directions, go to the Main Menu, select “Situations,” then “Travel and Transportation,” and then “In the Car.” You will be shown a list of phrases in both English and Spanish.

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Q: How is this different from other Spanish-English or English-Spanish dictionaries?

A: To begin with, Spanish Anywhere runs on your mobile device, so have it anywhere you bring your mobile phone. This means you don’t need to keep an extra electronic device or book with you all the time. Also, Spanish Anywhere is far more than just a dictionary. It also contains a Phrasebook with over 1,800 useful phrases and a Verb Conjugator that works on over 1,000 regular and irregular verbs. There are also games, grammar lessons, and so much more! Spanish Anywhere is the most comprehensive Spanish-learning app on the market!

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Q: Where do I find a list of colors, for example?

A: The Situations and Reference sections also contain lists of words organized by topic. First, select “Reference,” then “Basics,” and then “Colors.” This will show you a list of colors.

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Q: How do I find the conjugation of a verb in Spanish or English?

A: Any time a verb is highlighted in the Situations, Dictionary, Verb Conjugator or Grammar sections, you can tap it to conjugate the verb. For example, if you typed “talk” into the English to Spanish Dictionary, then the word “talk/hablar” will be highlighted. Tap the item to open a list of tenses for the verb. Tap a tense to see the subject/verb agreement for that tense. Both the Spanish and English forms will be conjugated at the same time.

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Q: I can’t hear any audio on my iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. What’s wrong?

A: Your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone is probably on mute. In iOS, even if your device is on mute, you can still hear music, so it’s a little confusing and easy to accidentally have your device muted. Here’s how to unmute it:
1) Adjust the volume and flip the switch on the side of your device. This can be set to be mute/unmute, but sometimes it’s changed in the device settings to control orientation.
2) If that doesn’t unmute the audio, then you need to unmute from the multitasking menu. Double tap the physical home button on your device, then slide the multitasking bar to the right. There will be an audio icon on the left side of the multitasking menu. Tap that to unmute and you should be ready to go!

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Q: “Saber” and “conocer” both translate as “to know” in English. When do I use “saber” and when do I use “conocer”?

A: This is one of the tricky parts of Spanish. While both verbs mean “to know,” each is used in a specific context. The Grammar section contains information about how to use these two verbs correctly (plus other useful information!).

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Q: Why are some words inside {braces}?

A: The words displayed inside {braces} are explanatory text. They are not part of the translation, but they help you understand the use of the word. For example, “squash” has two meanings in English (the sport and the vegetable). Each definition includes a short description so that you can tell them apart.

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Q: Why are some words inside (parenthesis)?

A: The words inside (parenthesis) are either optional or replaceable so they can work in other contexts. For example, in the phrase “Where is the (freeway)?”, “freeway” can be replaced with other words, such as “store,” according to what one wants to express.

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Q: What do the abbreviations in the [brackets] mean?

A: In addition to showing you words and phrases in Spanish and English, some definitions in Spanish Anywhere include additional information to show how a word is used. This extra information includes parts of speech, explanatory text, and optional/replaceable text. The following symbols are used to indicate the parts of speech

• [m] – masculine noun
• [f] – feminine noun
• [mf] – noun has both masculine and feminine forms
• [adj] – adjective
• [adv] – adverb
• [v] – verb

These symbols are used to describe the familiar, formal, and plural forms of the word or phrase:

• [fam] – familiar
• [form] – formal
• [pl] – plural

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Q: Why do some words end with “/a”?

A: In Spanish, some adjectives and nouns with masculine and feminine forms change their ending depending on the gender and/or quantity of the subject. For example, a male accountant is a “contador” and a female accountant is a “contadora.” In the dictionary, this reads “contador/a [mf].” With some adjectives, such as “preciso/a,” “preciso” is used to describe masculine nouns and “precisa” is used for feminine nouns.

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