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"Desanimar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to discourage", and "desalentar" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "to discourage". Learn more about the difference between "desanimar" and "desalentar" below.
desanimar(
dehs
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ah
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nee
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mahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to dishearten)
a. to discourage
Siempre quise hacer paracaidismo, pero el precio me desanimó.I always wanted to go skydiving, but the price discouraged me.
desanimarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to sadden)
a. to get discouraged
No te desanimes por haber perdido un partido.Don't get discouraged because you lost one game.
b. to become discouraged
El violinista se desanimó cuando no lo eligieron para formar parte de la orquesta.The violinist became discouraged when he wasn't selected for the orchestra.
c. to lose heart
El líder tiene que mantener la motivación y el optimismo o el equipo se desanimará.The leader must maintain his motivation and optimism or the team will lose heart.
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desalentar(
dehs
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ah
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lehn
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tahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to demotivate)
a. to discourage
El alto costo de vida desalienta a los inmigrantes.The high cost of living discourages immigrants.
b. to dishearten
Los maestros jamás deben desalentar a los alumnos.Teachers should never dishearten their students.
desalentarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to become demoralized)
a. to get discouraged
¡No te desalientes! Todavía puedes recuperarte y ganar el torneo.¡Don't get discouraged! You can still recover and win the tournament.
b. to lose heart
Intenté aprender a tocar la guitarra, pero me desalenté y al mes dejé de practicar.I tried to learn to play the guitar, but I lost heart and stopped practicing after a month.
c. to be disheartened
Tienes que luchar por tu sueño de ser actor y no dejar que te desaliente la cantidad de pruebas que tienes que hacer.You should pursue your dream to become an actor and not be disheartened by the amount of auditions you have to go to.
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