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"Especialista" is an adjective which is often translated as "specialist", and "especialización" is a noun which is often translated as "specialization". Learn more about the difference between "especialista" and "especialización" below.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (expert; often used with "en")
a. specialist
Julia trabaja en el hospital como enfermera especialista en pediatría.Julia works as a pediatrics specialist nurse at the hospital.
b. specializing in
Trabajo para un bufete especialista en derecho penal.I work at a legal firm specializing in criminal law.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (professional; often used with "en")
a. specialist
Los especialistas en seguridad instalaron las cámaras y las alarmas.The security specialists installed the cameras and the alarms.
b. expert
El especialista técnico arregló la falla de la computadora.The technical expert fixed the computer glitch.
c. authority on
Mi tío es especialista en historia de la Grecia antigua.My uncle is an authority on ancient Greek History.
3. (medicine)
a. specialist
No consigo quedar embarazada así que tenemos que consultar con un especialista en fertilidad.I can't get pregnant, so we need to consult a fertility specialist.
4. (film and television)
a. stuntman (masculine)
El especialista resultó herido durante la grabación de la escena de la persecución.The stuntman got injured during the car-chase shot.
b. stuntwoman (feminine)
La especialista interpretó la escena en la que explota el edificio.The stuntwoman shot the scene in which the building explodes.
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especialización(
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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. (general)
a. specialization
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Julio estudió medicina con una especialización en ginecología.Julio studied medicine with a specialization in gynecology
b. specialisation (United Kingdom)
La especialización profesional es importante para encontrar un buen trabajo.Professional specialisation is important to find a good job.
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