Quick answer
"Diversión" is a noun which is often translated as "fun", and "rato" is a noun which is often translated as "while". Learn more about the difference between "diversión" and "rato" below.
diversión(
dee
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behr
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syohn
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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. (enjoyment)
a. fun
El parque de atracciones es la mejor opción para un día de diversión en familia.The theme park is the best option for a fun day out with the family.
No somos un equipo profesional y jugamos al fútbol solo por diversión.We are not a professional team and play football just for fun.
b. amusement
Mi única fuente de diversión es la lectura.Reading is my only source of amusement.
2. (exciting activity)
a. entertainment
En este pueblo no hay muchas diversiones.In this village, there isn't much in the way of entertainment.
3. (leisure activity)
a. hobby
La cocina era mi diversión y ahora es mi profesión.Cooking was my hobby and is now my profession.
b. pastime
La diversión favorita de mi abuela es tejer.My grandmother's favorite pastime is knitting.
4. (military)
a. diversion
Usaron una táctica de diversión para cruzar las líneas enemigas sin ser vistos.They used a diversion tactic to pass through the enemy lines without being seen.
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rato(
rrah
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toh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (period of time)
a. while
Llevo mucho rato en la sala de espera.I've been in the waiting room for a long while.
b. bit
Dentro de un rato iremos a la tienda si nos quieres acompañar.We'll go to the store in a bit if you want to come along.
c. minute
Cuando tengas un rato desocupado, ¿me puedes revisar algo?When you have a free minute, can you review something for me?
d. moment
En un rato más te atiendo.I'll be with you in just a moment.
2. (experience)
a. time
¿Pasaste un buen rato con tus amigos de la universidad?Did you have good time with your friends from college?
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