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"Extraño" is an adjective which is often translated as "strange", and "raro" is an adjective which is also often translated as "strange". Learn more about the difference between "extraño" and "raro" below.
extraño(
ehks
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trah
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nyoh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unusual)
a. strange
Son tan extraños. No miran a nadie a los ojos.They're so strange. They don't look anyone in the eye.
b. odd
¡Qué extraño que no haya llamado!How odd that he didn't call!
2. (unfamiliar)
a. foreign
Los cruzados pelearon en tierra extraña.The Crusaders fought on foreign land.
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).
3. (unknown person)
a. stranger
No dejes entrar a ningún extraño.Don't let any strangers in.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (sudden movement)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El elefante hizo un extraño cuando vio el ratón.The elephant shied when he saw a mouse.
El avión hizo un extraño al despegar.The plane made a strange movement while taking off.
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raro(
rrah
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roh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unusual)
a. strange
Evitemos a ese hombre raro con el traje de payaso puesto.Let's avoid that strange man with the clown suit on.
b. odd
¡Qué mujer más rara! Le habla al gato como si fuera una persona.What an odd woman! She speaks to her cat as if it were a person.
c. weird
¡Qué raro que no haya respondido a tu mensaje!How weird that she hasn't responded to your message!
2. (scarce or exceptional)
a. rare
Esta gema rara vale más de $100,000 dólares.This rare gem is worth over $100,000 dollars.
3. (physics)
a. rare
Los científicos experimentaban con gases raros.The scientists experimented with rare gases.
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