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"Escalera" is a noun which is often translated as "stairs", and "portal" is a noun which is often translated as "front door". Learn more about the difference between "escalera" and "portal" 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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portal(
pohr
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tahl
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (entrance)
a. front door
El perro esperó a su dueño en el portal.The dog waited at the front door for his owner.
b. entrance hall
El príncipe y el rey se encontraron en el portal del palacio.The prince and the king met at the entrance hall of the palace.
c. hall (hallway)
La pareja está esperando al taxi en el portal.The couple is waiting for the taxi in the hall.
d. vestibule (hallway)
Los invitados esperaron en el portal hasta que los dejaron pasar.The guests waited in the vestibule until they were allowed to go in.
e. gate (of a wall)
Un campesino corrió hasta el portal y avisó a los guardas de que se aproximaba el enemigo.A peasant ran to the gates and shouted to the guards that the enemy was coming.
2. (computing)
a. portal
El portal fue hackeado y muestra una página en blanco.The portal has been hacked and it's showing a blank page.
3. (religious)
a. Nativity scene
Estamos poniendo el portal porque ya se acerca la Navidad.We are putting up the Nativity scene because Christmas is coming.
portales
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (architecture)
a. arcade
Los portales de la iglesia están decorados con pinturas de los arcángeles.The arcade of the church is ornamented with paintings of the archangels.
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