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"Tango" is a noun which is often translated as "tango", and "salsa" is a noun which is often translated as "sauce". Learn more about the difference between "tango" and "salsa" below.
tango(
tahng
-
goh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (Argentine dance)
a. tango
Voy a Buenos Aires a un festival de tango.I'm going to a tango festival in Buenos Aires.
2. (tango music)
a. tango
Astor Piazzolla compuso muchísimos tangos para piano y orquesta.Astor Piazzolla composed lots of tangos for piano and orchestra.
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salsa(
sahl
-
sah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (culinary)
a. sauce
Puse un poco de yerbabuena en la salsa de chocolate.I put a little peppermint in the chocolate sauce.
b. gravy (meat)
Todos los domingos, mi abuela hace un asado con salsa y guisantes para toda la familia.Every Sunday, my grandmother makes a roast with gravy and peas for the whole family.
c. dressing (salad)
Mi ensalada preferida tiene lechuga, champiñones, aceitunas y una salsa casera.My favorite salad has lettuce, mushrooms, olives, and a homemade dressing.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(interest and excitement)
a. hit
Mi hermano es la salsa de todas las fiestas con sus chistes.My brother is a hit at every party with his jokes.
3. (music)
a. salsa
Crecí bailando salsa en La Habana.I grew up dancing salsa in Havana.
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