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"Escuela" is a noun which is often translated as "school", and "colegio" is a noun which is also often translated as "school". Learn more about the difference between "escuela" and "colegio" below.
escuela(
ehs
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kweh
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lah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (educational institution)
a. school
La escuela de mis hijos está cerca de la casa.My kids' school is near our house.
2. (classes)
a. school
Mañana no tenemos escuela por la nevada.We won't have school tomorrow because of the snow.
3. (department)
a. school
La Escuela de Medicina está al lado del hospital.The School of Medicine is next to the hospital.
4. (schooling)
a. experience
Bob es muy carismático, pero le falta escuela.Bob is very charismatic, but he lacks experience.
b. training
Aunque no es muy talentoso, García tiene buena escuela y hace bien su trabajo.Although he isn't very talented, Garcia had good training and does his job well.
5. (movement)
a. school
No estoy de acuerdo con esa escuela porque ensalza las virtudes del consumismo.I don't agree with that school because it extolls the virtues of consumerism.
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colegio(
koh
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leh
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hyoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (educational institution)
a. school
Mis hijas estudian en un colegio cerca de la casa.My daughters study at a school near our house.
b. college
Mi hijo estará en el colegio hasta las vacaciones de Navidad.My son will be away at college until Christmas vacation.
2. (group)
a. college
El Colegio de Cardenales elige al Papa.The College of Cardinals elects the Pope.
b. association
El Colegio de Arquitectos tendrá su reunión anual en Nueva York.The Architects Association will have its annual meeting in New York.
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