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im confused because i was wondering if a "plátano" is the correct word

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In my experience, a "plátano" is different than a "banana" (México) or "banano" (Guatemala). Bananas are usually sweet right off the tree, but plantains are only sweet when they are very mature.

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The English language borrowed this word from... Spanish! (which, in turn, borrowed from an African language). The word plátano was borrowed from Greek.

  • so how would i say it in spanish because my teacher said a platano is different from the American banana - 0201001 Mar 27, 2011
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I have spanish speaking friends and they said the word they use for banana is el guineo. El platano is a plaintain and they dont use any form of the word banana.

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  • Interesting. Where are your friends from? - --Mariana-- Mar 27, 2011