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"Español" is a noun which is often translated as "Spanish", and "francés" is a noun which is often translated as "French". Learn more about the difference between "español" and "francés" below.
español(
ehs
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pah
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nyohl
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (language)
a. Spanish
El español se habla en muchos países a través de cuatro continentes.Spanish is spoken in many countries across four continents.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (nationality)
a. Spaniard
A muchos españoles les encanta el fútbol.Many Spaniards love soccer.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (of Spanish origin)
a. Spanish
No me gusta el cine español.I'm not fond of Spanish films.
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francés(
frahn
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sehs
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (language)
a. French
No hablo mucho francés, pero sé suficiente para pedir en un resturante.I don't speak much French, but I know enough to order at a restaurant.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (nationality)
a. Frenchman (masculine)
Conocí a un francés en la apertura de la galería.I met a Frenchman at that gallery opening.
b. Frenchwoman (feminine)
Las francesas que he conocido saben mucho de moda.The Frenchwomen I've met know a lot about fashion.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (of French origin)
a. French
Su esposa francesa es una pintora increíble.His French wife is an incredible painter.
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