how do you say "three-ring binder" in spanish?
I am looking for the correct phrasing to describe a notebook with three rings in which you place three-hole punched paper.
I learned "binder" as "una carpeta de argollas". I imagine you can say "una carpeta de tres argollas" to mean "a three-ringed binder", but we should wait for natives to come by with better/more common suggestion, as those seem too long.
I looked in my Span/Eng – Eng/Span Dictionary (HarperCollins Publishers, 7th Edition, 2003) and found that:
Ring binder = Carpeta de anillas
On a guess, a three Ring binder = Una carpeta de tres anillas.
I asked a spanish teacher and they are known by different names like the ones above...but I think on of the most corect names that they use in Mexico and south and central america is "cartapacio".
"Carpeta de anillos" o "carpeta de argollas". The standard is three rings, so I've never heard somebody saying "carpeta de tres argollas". I may be necessary to say if it has two or four rings. Never heard "cartapacio" in Argentina. Sounds Italian though.
¡Buen descubrimiento! As suggested by your teacher, I would accept "cartapacio" as 3 ring binder. Just now I looked at the word in my dictionary and it said:
Cartapacio =  (=cuaderno) notebook, o  (carpeta) folder
On that definition, I would not have guessed that it meant 3 ring binder.
But, I "Googled" "cartapacio" and here is one of the hits I was referred to Cartapacio.
As the URL is sponsored by a stationer and the Manufacturer is the well known Mead, I'm guessing it's safe to say cartapacio is an OK word for 3 ring binder.
Thanks for your input.
Listen to the person from Argentina. Also, my teacher said pretty definitively that it's "la carpeta de argollas," and she's a native speaker.