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"Educación" is a noun which is often translated as "education", and "formación" is a noun which is often translated as "formation". Learn more about the difference between "educación" and "formación" below.
educación(
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doo
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kah
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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. (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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formación(
fohr
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mah
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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. (process of creation)
a. formation
Los lingüistas estudian la formación de palabras al combinar raíces y afijos.Linguists study the formation of words by combining roots and affixes.
2. (education)
a. training
El escultor recibió su formación en la mejor escuela de arte del país.The sculptor received his training at the best art school in the country.
3. (geology)
a. formation
La erupción del volcán dio lugar a unas formaciones en medio del océano.The eruption of the volcano gave rise to formations in the middle of the ocean.
4. (politics)
a. party
¿Para qué formación vas a votar en la próxima elección?Which party are you going to vote for in the upcoming election?
5. (military arrangement)
a. formation
Los soldados marcharon en formación.The soldiers all marched in formation.
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