Quick answer
"Día" is a noun which is often translated as "day", and "jornada" is a noun which is often translated as "working day". Learn more about the difference between "día" and "jornada" below.
día(
dee
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ah
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (period of time)
a. day
Estoy en el restaurante en donde comimos el otro día.I'm at the restaurant where we ate the other day.
2. (daylight)
a. day
Los que trabajan en el turno de noche tienen que dormir de día.Night workers have to sleep during the day.
3. (indefinite period of time)
a. day
Algún día te voy a ganar en billar.One day, I'm going to beat you at pool.
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jornada(
hohr
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nah
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dah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (period of work)
a. working day
Mi jornada termina a las 6:00 pm.My working day finishes at 6:00 pm.
b. shift
Los médicos se acostumbran a las jornadas nocturnas.Doctors get used to night shifts.
2. (period of time)
a. day
El noticiero cubre los sucesos más importantes de la jornada.The newscast covers the most important events of the day.
3. (trip lasting a day)
a. day's journey
Llegamos a nuestro destino en una jornada.We got to our destination in a day's journey.
4. (profession or education)
a. conference
Me invitaron a presentar un trabajo en unas jornadas de lingüística comparada.I was asked to make a presentation at a conference on comparative linguistics.
b. congress
Mañana empiezan las jornadas de turismo de la región.Tomorrow is the first day of the region's congress on tourism.
c. workshop
El jueves no hay clase porque los profesores tienen jornada pedagógica.There's no class on Thursday because teachers are attending a pedagogical workshop.
5. (military)
a. expedition
La jornada de Túnez estuvo al mando de Carlos I.The expedition to Tunisia was led by Charles I.
6. (theater)
a. act
Muchas obras de teatro del siglo XVI se dividían en tres jornadas.Many 16th-century plays were divided in three acts.
7. (sports)
a. stage
El ganador de la primera jornada del Tour de Francia es colombiano.The winner of the first stage of the Tour de France is Colombian.
b. round of matches
La jornada 16 terminó el domingo por la noche con el triunfo de Toluca ante Cruz Azul.The 16th round of matches ended on Sunday evening with Toluca's victory over Cruz Azul.
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