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"Dialecto" is a noun which is often translated as "dialect", and "lengua" is a noun which is often translated as "tongue". Learn more about the difference between "dialecto" and "lengua" below.
dialecto(
dyah
-
lehk
-
toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (linguistics)
a. dialect
En la montaña, conocimos a comunidades que preservaban un dialecto antiguo, difícil de entender.Up in the mountains, we met communities who preserved an old dialect which was difficult to understand.
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lengua(
lehng
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gwah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (anatomy)
a. tongue
El doctor me pidió que abriera la boca y sacara la lengua.The doctor asked me to open my mouth and stick out my tongue.
2. (system of communication)
a. language
La lengua española se derivó de un dialecto del latín popular.The Spanish language was derived from a dialect of colloquial Latin.
b. tongue
Su lengua materna es xinca.His mother tongue is Xinca.
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