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"Este" is a noun which is often translated as "east", and "norte" is a noun which is often translated as "north". Learn more about the difference between "este" and "norte" below.
este(
ehs
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teh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (compass point)
a. east
La "E" en la brújula significa "este".The "E" on the compass means "east."
2. (direction)
a. east
La ventana de nuestra habitación daba hacia el este.Our bedroom window opened to the east.
3. (region)
a. east
Los que viven en el este de la ciudad tienen un acento diferente a los demás.The people who live in the city's east have a different accent compared to the rest.
4. (wind)
a. east wind
El este trajo una plaga de langostas.The east wind brought with it a plague of locusts.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (in or from the east)
a. eastern
La zona este de la ciudad tiene unos restaurantes excelentes.The eastern part of the city has some excellent restaurants.
b. east
El lado este de la bahía es el lugar perfecto para nadar.The east side of the bay is the perfect place for swimming.
c. easterly
Es mejor ir en dirección este si quieres evitar el bosque.It's better to go in an easterly direction if you want to stay clear of the forest.
6. (demonstrative)
a. this
Este año acabo la universidad.I finish university this year.
Esta libreta no es mía.This notebook isn't mine.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
7. (demonstrative)
a. this
Este no es el plato que pedí.This is not the meal I ordered.
Esta no es la camisa que quería.This is not the shirt I wanted.
b. this one
Me voy a llevar este; el gorro chico no me queda.I'm going to take this one; the small hat doesn't fit me.
¿Qué falda te gusta más? - Esta es muy bonita.Which skirt do you like better? - This one is really pretty.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
8. (conversational filler)
a. um
¿A qué hora llega tu jefe? - Este, no estoy segura.What time does your boss arrive? - Um, I'm not sure.
b. er
¿Te gusta mi nuevo corte de cabello? - Este, claro que sí.Do you like my new haircut? - Er, of course.
Este
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
9. (region of the world)
a. East
Comerciantes medievales viajaban hacia el Este en búsqueda de especies y sedas.Medieval merchants traveled to the East in search of spices and silks.
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norte(
nohr
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teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (compass point)
a. north
La "N" en la brújula significa "norte".The "N" on the compass means "north."
2. (direction)
a. north
Si seguimos caminando hacia el norte, al final encontraremos un río.If we continue walking to the north, we will eventually reach a river.
3. (region)
a. north
Vivo en el sur de la isla porque los alquileres son más baratos que en el norte.I live on the south of the island because the rent is cheaper than in the north.
4. (intention)
a. goal
Tengo un norte muy claro: quiero ser el mejor baterista del país.I have a clear goal: becoming the best drummer in the country.
b. objective
Nuestro norte es llegar a la final y ganar el campeonato.Our objective is to reach the final and win the championship.
c. aim
Sarah se fijó un norte modesto que sabe que puede alcanzar.Sarah set herself a modest aim which she knows she can accomplish.
5. (wind)
a. north wind
El norte ya está soplando, así que vamos a tener nieve pronto.The north wind is blowing, so we will have snow soon.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
6. (in or from the north)
a. northern
Después de vivir 20 años en Londres, Frances perdió completamente su acento del norte.After living in London for 20 years, Frances has completely lost her northern accent.
b. north
En caso de incendio, sal del edificio por la entrada norte.In case of fire, exit the building through the north entrance.
c. northerly
El viento norte trajo más nieve de Canadá.The northerly wind brought more snow from Canada.
Norte
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
7. (region of the world)
a. North
"El Norte sigue pensando que los países del Sur están atrasados," dijo el politico."The North continues to believe that countries in the South are backward," said the politician.
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