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"Blackboard" is a noun which is often translated as "la pizarra", and "slate" is a noun which is also often translated as "la pizarra". Learn more about the difference between "blackboard" and "slate" below.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. la pizarra
(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).
You must write with a felt-tip pen on these new blackboards.En estas nuevas pizarras se escribe con rotulador.
b. el encerado
(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 student cleared the blackboard with the eraser.El alumno limpió el encerado con el borrador.
c. el tablero
(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 used to love going up to write on the blackboard when I was young.Me encantaba pasar a escribir en el tablero cuando era pequeña.
d. el pizarrón
(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).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The teacher scratched the blackboard to draw our attention.El profesor arañó el pizarrón para llamar nuestra atención.
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slate
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (material)
a. la pizarra
(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 slate of our countertop broke when the chandelier fell on it.La pizarra del mostrador se rompió cuando el candelabro le cayó encima.
b. la teja de pizarra
(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).
Slate is a great option for rooves in any kind of weather.La teja de pizarra es una excelente opción para los techos en cualquier tipo de clima.
2. (mineral)
a. la pizarra
(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).
Quartz and muscovite are some of the minerals present in slate.El cuarzo y la moscovita son algunos de los minerales que se encuentran en la pizarra.
3.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(slab for writing)
a. la pizarra
(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).
Cordelia did her arithmetic on her slate and then showed it to the teacher.Cordelia hizo su trabajo de aritmética en su pizarra y después se la enseñó al maestro.
4. (poltics)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la lista de candidatos
(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).
With so many candidates on the Republican slate, the stage was quite crowded for the debate.Con tantas personas en la lista de candidatos republicanos, el escenario estaba bastante lleno para el debate.
5. (bill) (United Kingdom)
a. la cuenta
(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 customer asked the clerk to put the dress on her slate.La clienta le pidió al vendedor que anotara el vestido en su cuenta.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
6. (made of slate)
a. de pizarra
Does this pool table have a slate bed? - No, it's just particle board.¿Esta mesa de billar tiene una cama de pizarra? - No, es solo madera aglomerada.
b. empizarrado
The slate roof is quite resistant to rain.El techo empizarrado es bastante resistente a la lluvia.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to cover with slate)
a. empizarrar (roof)
The area is blocked off because they're slating the roof of the church.El área está bloqueada porque están empizarrando el techo de la iglesia.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to criticize) (United Kingdom)
a. vapulear
Customers had been slating the restaurant in their online reviews.Los clientes habían estado vapuleando el restaurante en sus reseñas en internet.
b. criticar duro
The audience slated the play after the premiere.El público criticó duro la obra después de su estreno.
c. poner por los suelos
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Charles and Roger slated the painting as being the work of a pretentious amateur.Charles y Roger pusieron el cuadro por los suelos, diciendo que era la obra de un novato presumido.
9. (to schedule; usually in passive voice)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. programar
The construction is slated to begin in April, provided that the ground has thawed.La construcción está programada para abril si es que el suelo ya se descongeló.
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