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"Escalera" is a noun which is often translated as "stairs", and "letra" is a noun which is often translated as "letter". Learn more about the difference between "escalera" and "letra" below.
escalera(
ehs
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kah
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leh
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rah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (in a building)
a. stairs
Tuvimos que subir por las escaleras.We had to go up the stairs.
b. stairway
La escalera da al mar.The stairway leads to the ocean.
c. staircase
Las escaleras están oscuras de noche.The staircase is dark at night.
2. (portable)
a. ladder
Los bomberos siempre llevan una escalera en su camión.The firefighters always carry a ladder on their truck.
3. (cards)
a. straight
Su full le ganó a mi escalera.Her full house beat my straight.
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letra(
leh
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trah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (symbol of the alphabet)
a. letter
Este teclado no tiene la letra "ñ".This keyboard doesn't have the letter "ñ."
2. (calligraphy)
a. handwriting
Siempre se ha dicho que los médicos tienen muy mala letra.It's always been said that doctors have really sloppy handwriting.
b. writing
¿Qué dice aquí? No te entiendo la letra.What does it say here? I can't read your writing.
3. (music)
a. words
La cantante escribió la letra y la música de esta canción.The singer wrote the words and the music to this song.
b. lyrics
Primero compuse la música, y luego le añadí la letra.I first composed the music, and then added the lyrics to it.
4. (finance)
a. installment (payment)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Hoy pagué la última letra del televisor.I paid the last installment for the television today.
b. instalment (payment) (United Kingdom)
Todavía nos quedan cuatro letras para acabar de pagarlo.We still have four instalments left to finish paying for it.
c. bill (document)
Fueron tiempos difíciles. Continuamente nos llegaban letras que no podíamos pagar.They were difficult times. We continuously received bills we couldn't pay.
5. (literal interpretation)
a. literal meaning
Ateniéndose a la letra de la ley, el consumo de esta droga es ilegal.Sticking to the literal meaning of the law, the use of this drug is illegal.
letras
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6. (education)
a. arts
¿Vas a hacer ciencias o letras?Will you study arts or science?
7. (short text)
a. line
Les pondré unas letras agradeciéndoles la invitación.I'll drop them a line thanking them for the invitation.
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