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"Helado" is a noun which is often translated as "ice cream", and "galleta" is a noun which is often translated as "cookie". Learn more about the difference between "helado" and "galleta" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (culinary)
a. ice cream
Comimos helado de chocolate mientras mirábamos la película.We had chocolate ice cream while we watched the movie.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (covered with ice)
a. frozen
Una parte del lago Michigan está helado en invierno.Part of Lake Michigan is frozen in winter.
3. (very cold)
a. freezing
¡Tus manos están heladas!Your hands are freezing!
b. stone-cold
Este café está helado. Voy a calentarlo en el microondas.This coffee is stone-cold. I'm going to heat it up in the microwave.
c. ice-cold
No podemos servir esta sopa. ¡Está helada!We can't serve this soup. It's ice-cold!
d. iced
Nos gusta tomar té helado en el verano.We like to drink iced tea in the summer.
4. (astonished)
a. stunned
Me quedé helada con la noticia del asesinato.I was stunned by the news of the assassination.
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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. (culinary)
a. cookie (sweet)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Saca unas galletas para merendar.Get some cookies out to have as an afternoon snack.
b. biscuit (sweet) (United Kingdom)
Las galletas se están acabando.We're running out of biscuits.
c. cracker (savory)
Estas galletas son ideales para mojar en la salsa.These crackers are ideal for dipping in the sauce.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
Regionalism used in Spain
a. crash
Se pegaron una buena galleta con el coche.They had a bad car crash.
b. slap
¡Qué galleta te vas a llevar!You're asking for a slap!
3. (confusion) (Southern Cone)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
a. mess
El tráfico era una galleta y llegué tarde.The traffic was a mess, and I arrived late.
4. (strength)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. strong
Le pegó al balón con mucha galleta.He hit the ball really hard.
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