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"Campo" is a noun which is often translated as "country", and "cancha" is a noun which is often translated as "court". Learn more about the difference between "campo" and "cancha" below.
campo(
kahm
-
poh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (rural area)
a. country
Pasó toda su infancia en el campo.She spent her whole childhood in the country.
b. countryside
Siempre pasan los fines de semana en el campo.They always spend weekends in the countryside.
2. (piece of land)
a. field
Desde aquí se alcanza a ver los campos de maíz de la granja de mi tío.From here, you can see the corn fields of my uncle's farm.
b. pasture (uncultivated)
Voy a llevar las cabras al campo para que puedan correr un poco.I'm going to take the goats to the pasture so they can run around a bit.
3. (sports)
a. field
Hay demasiados jugadores en el campo.There are too many players on the field.
b. pitch (United Kingdom)
Y con esa tarjeta roja, Sánchez debe abandonar el campo.And with that red card, Sánchez must leave the pitch.
c. course (golf)
El campo de golf cerca de mi casa es nuevo.The golf course by my house is new.
4. (temporary shelter)
a. camp
El campo del ejército estaba lleno de tiendas y tanques.The army camp was full of tents and tanks.
5. (area of study)
a. field
Ella tiene 20 años de experiencia en el campo médico.She has 20 years of experience in the medical field.
6. (space) (Andes)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. room
En ese vagón no hay campo. Tendremos que esperar el próximo tren.There's no room in that car. We'll have to wait for the next train.
7. (heraldry)
a. field
El escudo de armas de mi familia tiene un castillo negro en un campo rojo.My family's coat of arms has a black castle on a red field.
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cancha(
kahn
-
chah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (playing area for basketball, tennis, etc.)
a. court (basketball, tennis)
Compramos sillas que estaban justo en la cancha.We got seats that were right on the court.
2. (playing area for soccer, rugby, etc.)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. field
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Los niños juegan al fútbol en esa cancha todos los martes.The kids play soccer on that field on Tuesdays.
b. pitch (United Kingdom)
El árbitro estaba esperando a los jugadores en la cancha para empezar el partido.The referee was waiting on the pitch for the players so he could start the game.
3. (golf course)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. course
La cancha tiene 18 hoyos.The course has 18 holes.
4. (no restriction)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. free reign
El jefe nos ha dado cancha para diseñar el proyecto a nuestra manera.The boss has given us free reign to design the project our way.
5. (space) (Southern Cone)
a. room
Los paparazzi no le dan cancha a los famosos cuando le toman fotos.Paparazzi don't give celebrities much room when they take their picture.
6. (expertise)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. experience
Tras muchos años trabajando en este campo, tiene mucha cancha.After many years working on this field, he has a lot of experience.
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