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"Este" is a noun which is often translated as "east", and "oeste" is a noun which is often translated as "west". Learn more about the difference between "este" and "oeste" below.
este(
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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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oeste(
oh
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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. west
La "O" en la brújula significa "oeste".The "W" on the compass means "west."
2. (direction)
a. west
Según el mapa, las montañas quedan al oeste.According to the map, the mountains lie to the west.
3. (region)
a. west
En el oeste del parque hay ardillas negras.In the west of the park, there are black squirrels.
4. (wind)
a. west wind
El oeste cesó, dejando tras él una calma.The west wind died down, leaving a calm in its wake.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (in or from the west)
a. western
El borde del bosque marca la frontera oeste de la ciudad.The edge of the forest marks the western border of the city.
b. west
Vamos al lado oeste del lago a pescar.We're going to the west side of the lake to fish.
c. westerly
Un viento oeste llegó a refrescarnos.A westerly wind blew in to cool us off.
Oeste
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
6. (region of the world)
a. West
Mi abuelo ruso inmigró al Oeste hace un siglo.My Russian grandfather immigrated to the West a century ago.
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