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"Educación" is a noun which is often translated as "education", and "cultura" is a noun which is often translated as "culture". Learn more about the difference between "educación" and "cultura" below.
educación(
eh
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doo
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kah
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syohn
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (schooling)
a. education
No soy de una familia rica pero les importaba mucho a mis papás que tuviera una buena educación.I don't come from a wealthy family but it was important to them that I have a good education.
2. (courtesy)
a. good manners
No invites a Pedro a la fiesta, no tiene ningún tipo de educación.Don't invite Pedro to the party; he has no good manners.
b. manners
Responder a un adulto de esa forma es de no tener educación.Contradicting an adult that way means having no manners at all.
c. good behavior
En esta escuela valoramos la asistencia y la educación.At this school we value attendance and good behavior.
3. (act of educating)
a. upbringing
En mi casa me enseñaron a no eructar en la mesa, al menos esa es la educación que yo recibí.At home I was taught not to belch at the table; at least that's the upbringing I got.
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cultura(
kool
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too
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rah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (artistic activities)
a. culture
El ayuntamiento quiere fomentar la cultura en la ciudad abriendo un centro de artes escénicas.The city council wants to promote culture in the city by opening a performing arts center.
b. arts
Artistas y cineastas piden al gobierno que invierta más en cultura.Artists and filmmakers are asking the government to spend more money on the arts.
2. (society)
a. culture
Me encanta viajar y aprender sobre otras culturas y sus costumbres.I love to travel and learn about other cultures and their customs.
3. (knowledge)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Mi tía es catedrática de universidad, tiene mucha cultura y siempre está leyendo algo.My aunt is a university professor; she is very cultured and is always reading something.
Dijo que Confucio fue el que inventó la confusión. - ¡Madre mía, qué poca cultura!She said Confucius invented confusion. - ¡Oh my God, how ignorant!
4. (attitudes and behavior)
a. culture
China parece haber abrazado la cultura del ocio occidental.China seems to have embraced Western leisure culture.
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