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"Escritura" is a noun which is often translated as "writing", and "lectura" is a noun which is often translated as "reading". Learn more about the difference between "escritura" and "lectura" below.
escritura(
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kree
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too
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rah
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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. (technique)
a. writing
Siempre me ha gustado ver la escritura bonita y fluida de mi abuelo con plumilla.I always loved seeing my grandfather's beautiful, fluid writing with a fountain pen.
b. handwriting
Es difícil leer su mala escritura.It's hard to read his bad handwriting.
2. (system of signs)
a. script
El mago empezó a leer el tomo que estaba escrito en una escritura antigua.The wizard began to read from the tome, which was written in an ancient script.
b. writing
La escritura árabe se lee de derecha a izquierda.Arabic writing is read from right to left.
3. (legal)
a. deed
La escritura del inmueble prohíbe que se divida el terreno en partes.The deed of the property prohibits the land from being split into pieces.
4. (religious)
a. scripture
Los diez mandamientos forman parte de la Sagrada Escritura.The ten commandments are part of the Holy Scripture.
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lectura(
lehk
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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. (act of reading)
a. reading
A mi me encanta leer, pero a mi marido la lectura le parece aburrida.I love to read, but my husband thinks reading is boring.
2. (written work)
a. reading
Le pedí a mi hermana que preparara una lectura para mi boda.I asked my sister to prepare a reading for my wedding.
b. reading matter
Las lecturas para mi curso de filosofía me fascinan.I find the reading matter for my philosophy class fascinating.
3. (explication)
a. reading
No estoy de acuerdo con tu lectura del poema.I don't agree with your reading of the poem.
b. interpretation
Es muy interesante ver cómo cada uno tiene su propia lectura del texto.It's really interesting to see how everybody has his or her own interpretation of the text.
4. (of data)
a. reading
Este monitor de glucosa en la sangre no me está dando una lectura precisa.This blood glucose monitor isn't giving me an accurate reading.
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