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"Discurso" is a noun which is often translated as "speech", and "lengua" is a noun which is often translated as "tongue". Learn more about the difference between "discurso" and "lengua" below.
discurso(
dees
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koor
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soh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (address)
a. speech
El presidente abrió la conferencia con un discurso de bienvenida.The chairman opened the conference with a welcome speech.
2. (rhetoric)
a. discourse
El discurso del candidato se centra en el impacto emocional en vez de datos concretos.The candidate's discourse focuses on emotional impact instead of hard facts.
3. (linguistics)
a. speech
La fonética estudia los diferentes sonidos del discurso humano.Phonetics studies the different sounds of human speech.
b. discourse
El análisis del discurso identificó la jerga regional del orador.The discourse analysis identified the speaker's regional jargon.
4. (indicating time)
a. passage
Tu corazón herido se curará con el discurso del tiempo.Your broken heart will heal with the passage of time.
b. passing
Las posibilidades de que una persona salga de un coma disminuyen con el discurso de los días.A person's chances of waking up from a coma decrease with every passing day.
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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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