Quick answer
"Después de" is a phrase which is often translated as "after", and "al" is a preposition which is often translated as "to the". Learn more about the difference between "después de" and "al" below.
después de(
dehs
-
pwehs
 
deh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (prepositional)
a. after
Después de una semana de lluvia, empecé a pensar que jamás vería el sol. After a week of rain, I began to think I'd never see the sun again.
Después de desayunar, nos vamos a ir de viaje. After eating breakfast, we are going to take a trip.
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al(
ahl
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (contraction of "a" plus "el")
a. to the
Vamos al centro comercial después de clases.We're going to the shopping mall after class.
b. when
Al decirle que tenía que ponerse a trabajar, Josué se enfadó mucho con su hermana.When she told him he needed to get to work, Josue got really mad at his sister.
c. as
Al no poder encontrar trabajo, Mark decidió de emigrar.As he couldn't find a job, Mark decided to emigrate.
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