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"Despacio" is an adverb which is often translated as "slowly", and "tranquilo" is an adjective which is often translated as "calm". Learn more about the difference between "despacio" and "tranquilo" below.
despacio(
dehs
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pah
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syoh
)
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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tranquilo(
trahny
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kee
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loh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (serene)
a. calm
El mar estaba tranquilo el día que fuimos a Cozumel.The sea was calm the day we went to Cozumel.
b. quiet
Federico vive en un barrio tranquilo.Federico lives in a quiet neighborhood.
c. peaceful
Me gusta escuchar música tranquila antes de dormir.I like listening to peaceful music before going to sleep.
2. (free from anxiety or worry)
a. quiet
Me gusta llevar una vida tranquila.I like to live a quiet life.
b. relaxed
Estaré más tranquila cuando aterrices.I'll be more relaxed once you land.
c. calm
Son un grupo de niños tranquilos y trabajadores.They're a calm, hard-working group of kids.
3. (carefree)
a. laid-back
Mi hijo es un joven muy tranquilo.My son is a laid-back young man.
b. unfazed
Ayer nos robaron en el centro, y Teresa se quedó bien tranquila.Yesterday we got robbed downtown, and Teresa was totally unfazed.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(at least)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. easily
Esa camioneta te cuesta tranquilo unos $60,000.The truck easily costs $60,000.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
5. (used to tell someone to be calm)
a. calm down
Tranquilo, amigo.Calm down, buddy.
b. don't worry
Tranquila, tu mamá está por llegar.Don't worry, your mom will be here any second.
c. relax
¡Tranquilo! No te alteres tanto.Relax! Don't get so upset.
d. chill
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Tranquilo, hombre! Llegameros.Chill, man! We'll get there.
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