Spanish Word of the Day

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Word of the day for 26 April: ayudar. Translation of the first example given: "Ayúdame a lavar los platos." Lavar means to wash. Shouldn't this be: "Help me wash the dishes."? Not "Help me set the table."

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updated ABR 29, 2009
posted by colen35

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The reason I brought it up is because the email was from spanishdict.com. Your comments duly noted. Gracias1.

thank you Colen, we will mention this to the person in charge smile

Thanks for your help, we appreciate any kind of input like this.

updated ABR 29, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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The reason I brought it up is because the email was from spanishdict.com. Your comments duly noted. Gracias1.

updated ABR 29, 2009
posted by colen35
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I have found that you can't trust these "word of the day" things too much, whether online or in print (as in the calendars they sell). They are a good way to study, though, because you can learn by checking the accuracy of each day's word or phrase.

updated ABR 29, 2009
posted by 00bacfba
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The translation given in the email for the first example was: "Help me set the table." That is the one which was incorrect.

updated ABR 29, 2009
posted by colen35
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The examples given were:

' Ayúdame a lavar los platos. - Help me wash the plates.

' ¿Te ayudo? - Do you need any help?

They are both fine, more or less. The first ones literally says "Help me wash the dishes", and the second "¿Do I help you'".

I realize you said "literally," but the second one would be more often translated as "May I help you'" or "Shall I help you'"

updated ABR 29, 2009
posted by 00bacfba
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Word of the day for 26 April: ayudar. Translation of the first example given: "Ayúdame a lavar los platos." Lavar means to wash. Shouldn't this be: "Help me wash the dishes."? Not "Help me set the table."

I'm not sure I understand your question, but if the latter was the translation given, it is wrong, and the former is correct. "Help me set the table" would be "Ayúdame a poner la mesa."

updated ABR 29, 2009
posted by 00bacfba
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The examples given were:

' Ayúdame a lavar los platos. - Help me wash the plates.

' ¿Te ayudo? - Do you need any help?

They are both fine, more or less. The first ones literally says "Help me wash the dishes", and the second "¿Do I help you'".

updated ABR 29, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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"Help me wash the dishes" means "Ayúdame a lavar los platos.'

updated ABR 29, 2009
posted by 00b83c38