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Hola!

Please could somebody help me translate the following to English?

"El sol se está poniendo. A esto lo llamamos atardecer."

I can't figure out if it means "The sun is rising. This is what we call the dawn." or "The sun is setting. This is what we call getting darker" (or something else entirely!)

Searching the dictionary hasn't helped me much, as poner seems to mean both "set" and "grow"/"start", and atardecer seems to mean both "dawn" and "get dark"!

Also, am I right in thinking "A esto lo llamamos" means "this is what we call"?

Any help much appreciated,
Rangi

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updated MAY 29, 2008
posted by Rangi

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Thanks for all the help everyone, I really appreciate it.

updated MAY 29, 2008
posted by Rangi
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Ah yes I see, thanks for that, that will help me remember which is which!

updated MAY 29, 2008
posted by Rangi
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OK, yes - perhaps a mistake.

Just by reading the two words, it makes a lot of sence
Amanecer - 'mane' as in 'mañana' meaning: morning
Atardecer - 'tarde' as 'tarde' meaning: late

updated MAY 27, 2008
posted by gitte-danésa
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huh''?

When you look up the word "atardecer" in the dictionary on this page, you get VERY mixed translations according to types of spanish...

Atardecer
General spanish: dawn
The two others: late afternoon, get dark, dusk

updated MAY 27, 2008
posted by gitte-danésa
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Completely agree with James.

updated MAY 27, 2008
posted by Glori
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The sun is setting. This is what we call dusk/evening.

Atardecer never means dawn.

You could also say "...which is what we call," "which we refer to as...," and so on.

updated MAY 27, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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