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"Enseñanza" 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 "enseñanza" and "formación" below.
enseñanza(
ehn
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seh
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nyahn
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sah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (schooling)
a. education
Muchos padres están preocupados por el futuro de la enseñanza primaria.Many parents are worried about the future of primary education.
2. (pedagogy)
a. teaching
Cada vez más está mejorando la calidad de su enseñanza.She's improving the quality of her teaching more and more.
3. (moral)
a. lesson
Cada fábula de las Fábulas de Esopo termina con una enseñanza.Each fable in Aesop's Fables ends with a lesson.
enseñanzas
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (doctrine)
a. teachings
Estudiábamos cada día para comprender mejor las enseñanzas de la Biblia. We studied every day to better understand the teachings of the Bible.
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formación(
fohr
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mah
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syohn
)
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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