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"Departamento" is a noun which is often translated as "department", and "facultad" is a noun which is often translated as "faculty". Learn more about the difference between "departamento" and "facultad" below.
departamento(
deh
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pahr
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tah
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mehn
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toh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (division)
a. department (of a company or an institution)
Me han trasladado al departamento de mercadeo.I've been transferred to the marketing department.
Es la catedrática del departamento de historia.She's head of the History Department.
2. (dwelling)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. apartment
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Podemos cenar en tu casa? Mi departamento es demasiado pequeño para tanta gente.Can we have dinner at your house? My apartment is too small for so many people.
b. flat (United Kingdom)
Estoy buscando un departamento amueblado en el centro.I'm looking for a furnished flat in the centre of town.
3. (district)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. department
En este departamento se pagan los impuestos más altos del país.We pay the highest taxes in the country in this department.
4. (space)
a. compartment
¿Hay un departamento para fumadores en el tren?Is there a smoking compartment in the train?
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facultad(
fah
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kool
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tahd
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (ability)
a. faculty
Tu hijo sí que fue dotado de la facultad de hacer reír a la gente.Your son really was blessed with the faculty for making people laugh.
2. (capability)
a. faculty
Solo tengo 60 años, pero creo que ya estoy perdiendo mis facultades.I'm only 60, but I think I'm already losing my faculties.
3. (right)
a. authority
El encargado no tiene la facultad de despedirte.The manager doesn't have the authority to fire you.
b. power
No es justo pedir al gobierno que haga algo más allá de sus facultades legales.It isn't reasonable to ask the government to do something that is beyond its legal powers.
4. (education)
a. faculty
Las diferentes facultades de la universidad se van a enfrentar en un concurso de preguntas de trivia.The various university faculties are going to compete in a trivia contest.
b. department
La Facultad de Ingeniería está en el centro de la ciudad.The Department of Engineering is in the city center.
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