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"Bird" is a noun which is often translated as "el pájaro", and "cardinal" is a noun which is often translated as "el cardenal". Learn more about the difference between "bird" and "cardinal" below.
bird(
buhrd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (animal)
a. el pájaro
(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).
Magpies are among the most intelligent of birds.Las urracas son algunos de los pájaros más inteligentes.
b. el ave
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The bird crashed into the sliding doors.El ave se estrelló contra las puertas corredizas.
There were a lot of birds nesting in the cliff.Había muchas aves anidando en el acantilado.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(person)
a. el tipo
(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).
, la tipa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My brother joined the circus, but he's always been a strange bird.Mi hermano se unió al circo, pero siempre ha sido un tipo raro.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(woman) (United Kingdom)
a. la chica
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There were a lot of very good-looking birds at the bar.Había muchas chicas atractivas en el bar.
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cardinal(
kard
-
nuhl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (religious)
a. el cardenal
(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).
The cardinals congregated to choose the next pope.Los cardenales se congregaron para elegir al próximo papa.
2. (animal)
a. el cardenal
(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).
I saw a beautiful red cardinal singing in the yard.Vi un hermoso cardenal rojo que cantaba en el jardín.
3. (number)
a. el número cardinal
(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).
We've learned the cardinals in Spanish, and now we're going to learn the ordinals.Hemos aprendido los número cardinales en español y ahora vamos a aprender los ordinales.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (of great signficance)
a. cardinal
Simplifying your prose is one of the cardinal principles of good writing.La prosa sencilla es uno de los principios cardinales de la buena escritura.
b. capital
He was sentenced to death for the cardinal sin of gluttony.Fue condenado a muerte por el pecado capital de la gula.
c. fundamental
Honesty is the cardinal rule in this household.Honestidad es la regla fundamental en esta familia.
d. esencial
It is of cardinal importance that this matter be kept strictly confidential.Es de importancia esencial que este asunto se mantenga estrictamente confidencial.
5. (related to numbers or directions)
a. cardinal
North, south, east, and west are the four cardinal directions.Norte, Sur, Este y Oeste son los cuatro puntos cardinales.
We use cardinal numbers to count things, and ordinal numbers to order things.Utilizamos los números cardinales para contar las cosas, y los números ordinales para ordenarlas.
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