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"Está fresco" is a phrase which is often translated as "it's cool", and "es genial" is a phrase which is often translated as "it's great". Learn more about the difference between "está fresco" and "es genial" below.
está fresco(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (moderately cold)
a. it's cool (pleasant)
¿Cómo está el día allí? ¿Hace calor? - No, está fresco. Es una delicia.What's the day like there? Is it hot? - No, it's cool. It's wonderful.
b. is cool (pleasant)
A esta hora del día, el cuarto está fresco, pero luego empieza a darle el sol.At this time of day, the room is cool, but then the sun comes in.
c. it's chilly (unpleasant)
¿Qué tal está el tiempo? - Está fresco. Yo de ti me llevaría una chaqueta.What's the weather like? - It's chilly. I'd take a jacket if I were you.
d. is chilly (unpleasant)
El tiempo está fresco y creo que va a llover.The weather is chilly, and I think it's going to rain.
e. it's cold (drink)
¿Tenías el vino blanco en la nevera? - Sí, por eso está fresco, como tiene que estar.Did you have the white wine in the fridge? - Yes, that's why it's cold, as it should be.
f. is cold (drink)
El Baileys está fresco. Justo como a mí me gusta.The Baileys is cold. Just the way I like it.
2. (it's not stale)
a. it's fresh
El color que tiene ese mero me hace pensar que está fresco.The color of that grouper makes me think that it's fresh.
b. is fresh
Se nota que este pescado está fresco, no hay más que verlo.You can tell this fish is fresh, you just need to look at it.
3. (it's present)
a. it's fresh
El suceso ocurrió hace solo una semana y está todavía fresco en la mente de todos.The event happened only a week ago and it's still fresh in everyone's mind.
b. is fresh
El día de nuestra despedida está fresco en mi memoria como si fuera ayer.The day we said good-bye to each other is fresh in my memory as if it were yesterday.
4. (he's rested; third person singular)
a. he's fresh
Dice Juan que por las mañanas está fresco, pero que después de almorzar le entra mucho sueño.Juan says he's fresh in the morning, but he feels very sleepy after lunch.
b. is fresh
A las 4 am, el bebé está fresco como una rosa y quiere que juguemos con él y lo tengamos en brazos.At 4 am, the baby is fresh as a daisy and he wants us to play with him and to hold him.
5.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(you're rested; second person singular)
a. you're fresh
¿Por qué no estudia ahora que está fresco? A medida que pase el día, le costará más.Why don't you study now that you're fresh? You'll find it more difficult as the day goes by.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(he's wrong; third person singular)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Luis está fresco si se cree que voy a lavar los platos cuando le toca a él.Luis has another thing coming if he thinks I'm going to do the dishes when it's his turn.
Roberto quiere que le lleves al aeropuerto. - Está fresco. Yo no soy su chófer.Roberto wants you to take him to the airport. - No way! I'm not his chauffeur.
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es genial(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (third person singular; it's very good)
a. it's great
¡Me encanta esta película! Es genial.I love this movie! It's great.
b. is great
Esta novela es genial. Deberías leerla.This novel is great. You should read it.
2. (third person singular; he or she is amusingly ingenious)
a. he's funny (masculine)
Me gusta Miguel. Es genial.I like Miguel. He's funny.
b. he's witty (masculine)
Quiero hablar más con ese hombre. Es genial y muy interesante.I want to talk more to that man. He's witty and very interesting.
c. she's funny (feminine)
¿Conoces a Macarena? Es genial y siempre me hace reír.Do you know Macarena? She's funny and always makes me laugh.
d. she's witty (feminine)
Es genial porque lee y estudia mucho.She's witty because she reads and studies a lot.
3.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(second person singular; you're amusingly ingenious)
a. you're funny
Usted es genial y muy inteligente.You're funny and very clever.
b. you're wittty
Me gusta hablar con usted porque usted es genial.I like talking to you because you're witty.
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