Quick answer
"Derecha" is a noun which is often translated as "right", and "izquierda" is a noun which is often translated as "left". Learn more about the difference between "derecha" and "izquierda" below.
derecha(
deh
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reh
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chah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (right-hand side)
a. right
Verás la escuela a la derecha.You will see the school on the right.
2. (anatomy)
a. right hand
Levanta la derecha para contestar.Raise your right hand to answer.
3. (politics)
a. right
Un día la izquierda está en el poder y al día siguiente la derecha gobierna el país.One day the left is in power, and the next day the right is governing the country.
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izquierda(
ees
-
kyehr
-
dah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (side)
a. left
Al doblar la esquina verás la escuela a la izquierda.When you turn the corner you will see the school on the left.
2. (hand)
a. left hand
Yo dibujo y escribo con la izquierda.I draw and write with the left hand.
3. (politics)
a. left
Las diferencias entre izquierda y derecha están en el centro de los asuntos políticos actuales.The differences between left and right are at the heart of current political issues.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (opposite of right side)
a. left
En la parte izquierda de la pantalla verás una lista de iconos.You'll see a list of icons on the left side of the screen.
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