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"Despedida" is a noun which is often translated as "farewell", and "saludo" is a noun which is often translated as "greeting". Learn more about the difference between "despedida" and "saludo" below.
despedida(
dehs
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peh
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dee
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dah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (the act of saying goodbye)
a. farewell
Cuando llegó el momento de despedida, Fabiola rompió en llanto.When the moment to say farewell arrived, Fabiola broke down in tears.
b. goodbye
Fue una despedida un poco incómoda, ¿no crees?That was kind of an awkward goodbye, don't you think?
2. (celebration)
a. going-away party
Vamos a tener una despedida para mi amiga Mariela.We are having a going-away party for my friend Mariela.
b. send-off
¡Qué hermosa despedida tuvieron para las tropas!What a lovely send-off they held for the troops!
c. farewell party
Bertha tuvo una despedida para su hermana cuando se mudó a Londres.Bertha had a farewell party for her sister when she moved to London.
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saludo(
sah
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loo
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doh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (salutation)
a. greeting
Sonia y Carlos intercambiaron saludos al encontrarse en el mercado.Sonia and Carlos exchanged greetings when they ran into each other at the market.
2. (gesture)
a. wave
Al pasarlo en la calle, Alfredo me dirigió un saludo con la mano.When I passed Alfredo on the street, he gave me a wave.
b. salute
El teniente le tendió un saludo al general.The lieutenant extended a salute to the general.
3. (in correspondence)
a. regards
Te mando el más cordial saludo desde Argentina.I send my warmest regards from Argentina.
b. best wishes
Te mandamos saludos desde la playa.Everyone sends their best wishes from the beach.
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