Quick answer
"Despacito" is an adverb which is often translated as "slowly", and "despacio" is an adverb which is also often translated as "slowly". Learn more about the difference between "despacito" and "despacio" below.
despacito(
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pah
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see
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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. (unhurriedly)
a. slowly
Vayamos despacito porque las rocas están resbalosas.Let's go slowly because the rocks are slippery.
La novia y su abuelo bailaron despacito un vals.The bride and her grandfather slowly danced a waltz.
2. (delicately)
a. gently
La madre acarició despacito la cabeza del bebé.The mother gently stroked the baby's head.
3. (not noisily)
a. softly
Alguien me dijo despacito en el oído: "No te muevas".Someone said softly in my ear: "Don't move."
b. quietly
Metí la llave bien despacito en la cerradura, para que nadie oyera.I put the key into the lock very quietly, so that no one would hear.
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despacio(
dehs
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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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