"Abroad" is an adverb which is often translated as "en el extranjero", and "foreign" is an adjective which is often translated as "extranjero". Learn more about the difference between "abroad" and "foreign" below.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (outside a country)
a. en el extranjero
Lucas lived abroad for a year.Lucas vivió un año en el extranjero.
b. fuera del país
If you're going to go on vacation abroad, you need a passport.Si vas a tomar vacaciones fuera del país, necesitas un pasaporte.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (from another country)
a. el extranjero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This coffee is from abroad.Este café viene del extranjero.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (overseas)
a. extranjero
You learn a new culture when you live in a foreign country.Cuando vives en un país extranjero, aprendes una nueva cultura.
2. (commerce and politics)
a. exterior
Foreign policy is a key issue for the new government.La política exterior es un asunto clave para el nuevo gobierno.
3. (unfamiliar)
a. ajeno
I found it hard because the subject matter was foreign to me.Me pareció difícil porque el tema me era ajeno.
b. extraño
The body reacts when it is threatened by a foreign substance.El cuerpo reacciona cuando se ve amenazado por una sustancia extraña.
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