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"Dialecto" is a noun which is often translated as "dialect", and "lenguaje" is a noun which is often translated as "language". Learn more about the difference between "dialecto" and "lenguaje" below.
dialecto(
dyah
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lehk
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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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lenguaje(
lehng
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gwah
-
heh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. language
El lenguaje utilizado por el autor refleja su preferencia por la cultura francesa.The language used by the author reflects his preference for French culture.
b. speech
La obra de Juan Rulfo logra capturar el lenguaje de los campesinos mexicanos.Juan Rulfo's writing manages to capture the speech of rural Mexican workers.
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