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Hello -

When one calls and asks to speak to someone, the casual inquiry is often simply: "is Erin there'" How do you say that in Spanish? Or is there a more common (although casual) way that natives of Mexico ask if someone's available to chat on the phone?

Thanks!

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updated JUN 27, 2008
posted by Erin

11 Answers

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a couple of tricks my spanish teacher taught us once upon a time:

to the tune of london bridge:
destined person, place and time,
in order to, in order to become,
on the verge of, considering, purpose, use para.

to the tune of we three kings:
pray for, pay for, thank for, use por,
for the sake of, in exchange for,
motive, cause, in place of, duration,
by, per, through, for, use por.

updated JUN 29, 2008
posted by David-H
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Well my teacher taught me in this way-

para - for - action towards something/someone ,
for me - para mí
Song for him - canción para él.

Por - because of, on behalf of etc...- flow of actions from others. Song by him - canción por él.

I am just a beginner so wait for someone to answer it more correctly. Of course this is grammar so there might be many rules attached to this but I am going there step by step so this question still interests me.

updated JUN 28, 2008
posted by giti
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In England, the translation would be "how do you say". About the only person using "one" today is our Queen.

updated JUN 28, 2008
posted by Eddy
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Hi lazarus, will you explain por/reasons; para/targets a little more? It might help me as I'm still learning all their rules. Thanks!

updated JUN 28, 2008
posted by Erin
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Como se dice... = How do you say... (not necessarily "you", of course)

By the way, Gracias para consejo means "(Give) Thanks to consejo". "Por" gives reasons; "para" targets.

updated JUN 28, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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What did you say? means "¿Qué dijíste? (this is the verb decir in past tense)

updated JUN 28, 2008
posted by Vernic
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Hola Bull!

Como esta usted?

"Como se dice'" Could that also mean "What did you say'"? I ask, because thats the way I was taught to use it, when I was little.

Gracias para consejo

updated JUN 28, 2008
posted by Sara-S
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Could you please explain it to me?
¿podrías explicármelo (la, las, los), por favor?

How can I say "explain it to me" in Spanish?
expliquémelo (la, las, los)

Also does "cómo se dice ..." mean "how can I say"?
How does one say ...

updated JUN 28, 2008
posted by bull
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I got the English translation of "¿Puedo hablar con Erin'".
However didn't get the English Translation of another one. Could you please explain it to me?
How can I say "explain it to me" in Spanish?
Also does "cómo se dice ..." mean "how can I say"?

Gracias por tú ayuda.

Marco

updated JUN 28, 2008
posted by Marco-T
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Thanks!

updated JUN 28, 2008
posted by Erin
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¿Se encuentra Erin?
¿Puedo hablar con Erin'

updated JUN 28, 2008
posted by Vernic
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