Quick answer
"Flunk" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "reprobar", and "fail" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "fallar". Learn more about the difference between "flunk" and "fail" below.
flunk
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to fail)
a. reprobar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
You flunked the test because you waited until the day before to try and learn everything.Reprobaste el examen porque esperaste hasta el día anterior para tratar de aprender todo.
b. suspender
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
If I don't flunk any classes, my parents will buy me a video game.Si no suspendo ninguna de mis clases, mis padres me comprarán un videojuego.
c. tronar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Paula flunked the test because she only read the first chapter of the book.Paula tronó el examen porque solo leyó el primer capítulo del libro.
d. rajar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Bolivia
(Bolivia)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
I flunked physics last semester.Rajé física el semestre pasado.
e. jalar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Ecuador
(Ecuador)
If I flunk another test my dad will be mad.Si jalo otro examen mi papá se va a enojar.
f. catear
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
You need to study so you don't flunk chemistry.Tienes que estudiar para no catear química.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to give a failing grade)
a. reprobar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Mr. Dunn flunked everyone who cheated.El Sr. Dunn reprobó a todos los que copiaron.
b. suspender
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
It's not the first time the Spanish teacher flunks a student.No es la primera vez que el maestro de español suspende a un estudiante.
c. catear
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The history teacher flunked Ivan with an F.La maestra de historia cateó a Iván con un 5.
d. tronar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
The professor flunked those who plagiarized part of their essay.El profesor tronó a los que plagiaron partes de su ensayo.
e. bochar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(River Plate)
If you're absent again, the teacher will flunk you.Si vuelves a faltar, la maestra te va a bochar.
f. jalar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
Mrs. Jenny is really easy. She's never flunked any of her students.La maestra Jenny es un barco. Nunca ha jalado a ninguno de sus estudiantes.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to fail)
a. reprobar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Are you serious? Did you flunk again?¿Es en serio? ¿Reprobaste otra vez?
b. tronar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
I got an F on the test, which means I flunked.Saqué 5 en el examen, lo que significa que troné.
c. rajar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Bolivia
(Bolivia)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
If Mary flunks again, she's out of the school.Si Mary raja otra vez, está fuera del colegio.
d. jalar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Ecuador
(Ecuador)
I don't understand why I flunked if I studied so hard.No entiendo por qué jalé si estudié tanto.
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fail(
feyl
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to not succeed)
a. fallar
The manager failed to hold the attention of his team.El gerente falló en mantener la atención de su equipo.
b. fracasar
The protest failed once the police arrived.La protesta fracasó al momento que llegó la policía.
2. (to stop functioning)
a. fallar
The car won't start because the engine has failed.El carro no arranca porque falló el motor.
3. (to not meet expectations)
a. fallar
My brother has failed to show up on time.Mi hermano ha fallado en llegar a tiempo.
b. no cumplir con
The police officer failed to uphold the law.El policía no cumplió con la ley.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (education)
a. reprobar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Larry is not good at numbers; that's why he failed the math test.A Larry no se le dan bien los números; por eso reprobó el examen de matemáticas.
b. suspender
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Failing just one test is not the end of the world.No se va a acabar el mundo por suspender solo un examen.
c. catear
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I can't afford to fail another course in college.No puedo permitirme catear otro curso de universidad.
5. (to disappoint)
a. fallar
Please don't fail me again.No me falles otra vez, por favor.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (education)
a. el suspenso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This semester I got a fail on my history test.Este semestre saqué un suspenso en mi examen de historia.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(computing)
a. el fracaso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I had a laugh looking through some of the best Internet fails.Me pasé un rato riendo mirando algunos de los mejores fracasos en internet.
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