Quick answer
"Childhood" is a noun which is often translated as "la infancia", and "infancy" is a noun which is often translated as "la primera infancia". Learn more about the difference between "childhood" and "infancy" below.
childhood(
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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. (stage of life)
a. la infancia
(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).
That smell brings me memories of my childhood.Ese olor me trae recuerdos de mi infancia.
b. la niñez
(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).
Childhood is a precious time of creativity and imagination.La niñez es una época especial de creatividad e imaginación.
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infancy
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (early childhood)
a. la primera infancia
(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).
A baby's emotional communication with its mother is key during infancy.La comunicación emocional del bebé con su madre es fundamental durante la primera infancia.
2. (beginning)
a. la infancia
(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 technology is still in its infancy, but it looks very promising.La tecnología todavía está en su infancia, pero parece muy prometedora.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The company is in its infancy, and optimism for the future is strong.La empresa apenas está en pañales, y hay mucho optimismo para el futuro.
The program is still in its infancy, but we are confident that it will improve the performance of students.El programa todavía está en mantillas, pero confiamos en que mejorará el desempeño de los alumnos.
3. (legal)
a. la minoría de edad
(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 judge ordered Greg to pay to support his daughter throughout her infancy.El juez ordenó a Greg pagar la manutención de su hija durante la minoría de edad.
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