Quick answer
"De niño" is an adverb which is often translated as "as a child", and "yo" is a pronoun which is often translated as "I". Learn more about the difference between "de niño" and "yo" below.
de niño(
deh
 
nee
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nyoh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. as a child
Para mí de niño lo más importante era recibir afecto.Getting affection was the most important thing to me as a child.
b. as a kid
Rosana era muy alegre de niña.Rosana was very cheerful as a kid.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Solía venir a jugar a este parque de niño.I used to come to this park to play when I was a child.
De niña sus padres siempre le decían a Lydia que era muy linda.When Lydia was a kid, her parents always told her that she was very pretty.
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yo(
yoh
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (subject)
a. I
Yo soy su hermana. I am her sister.
2. (in comparisons)
a. me
Ella es más joven que yo.She is younger than me.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (psychology)
a. ego
Tu yo es tu esencia.Your ego is your essence.
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