Quick answer
"Despacio" is an adverb which is often translated as "slowly", and "con cuidado" is a phrase which is often translated as "with care". Learn more about the difference between "despacio" and "con cuidado" below.
despacio(
dehs
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pah
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syoh
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (not quickly)
a. slowly
Deberías manejar más despacio en la carretera.You should drive more slowly on the highway.
2. (not loudly)
a. quietly
Habla más despacio para no despertar al bebé.Speak more quietly so that the baby doesn't wake up.
b. softly
Julián silbaba despacio mientras hacía su trabajo.Julian whistled softly as he did his work.
3. (not rough)
a. gently
Le golpeó despacio el hombro para advertirle.She tapped gently on his shoulder to warn him.
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con cuidado(
kohn
 
kwee
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dah
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doh
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. with care
El letrero de las cajas de cristalería decía "Manejar con cuidado".The sign on the glassware boxes said "Handle with care."
b. carefully
Extraiga con cuidado las espinas del filete de salmón.Carefully remove the bones from the salmon fillet.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Circula con cuidado en el siguiente cruce, porque es bastante peligroso.Be careful when you drive through the next intersection, as it's quite dangerous.
Pisen con cuidado, que acabo de fregar el suelo y aún está resbaladizo.Watch your step, I just mopped the floor and it's still slippery.
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