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"Dale" is an interjection which is often translated as "go ahead", and "listo" is an adjective which is often translated as "smart". Learn more about the difference between "dale" and "listo" below.
dale(
dah
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leh
)
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (encouraging someone to do something)
a. go ahead
¿Quieres dejar tu trabajo? Dale, pues.You want to quit your job? Go ahead, then.
b. do it
Debes ir a saludar esa chica. ¡Dale!You should go say hi to that girl. Do it!
c. go for it
Tienes que jugar mejor si quieres ganar. ¡Dale!You have to play better if you want to win. Go for it!
2. (expressing agreement)
a. okay
¿Quieres cenar afuera esta noche? Dale.Do you want to eat out tonight? Okay.
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listo(
lees
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toh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (intelligent)
a. smart
El chico más listo de la clase sacó unas notas excelentes.The smartest guy in our class got excellent grades.
b. clever
Los jugadores de ajedrez son muy listos.Chess players are very clever.
2. (prepared)
a. ready
¿Están ya listos? Tenemos que irnos.Are you ready? We have to go.
3. (done)
a. finished
El artículo tiene que estar listo para el jueves.The article has to be finished by Thursday.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4. (all right)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. OK
¿Vienen con nosotros? - ¡Listo!Are you coming with us? - OK!
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