Quick answer
"Fortune" is a noun which is often translated as "la fortuna", and "chance" is a noun which is often translated as "la oportunidad". Learn more about the difference between "fortune" and "chance" below.
fortune(
fawr
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chihn
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (wealth)
a. la fortuna
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She never had to work because she inherited her family's fortune.Nunca tuvo que trabajar porque heredó la fortuna de su familia.
2. (luck)
a. la suerte
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My son had the good fortune of getting into the college of his choice.Mi hijo tuvo la buena suerte de ser admitido en la universidad de su elección.
b. la fortuna
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I wish you good fortune in all of your future endeavors.Te deseo buena fortuna en todos tus proyectos futuros.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(a lot of money)
a. el dineral
(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).
Thankfully, we managed to raise a fortune at the charity fundraiser.Afortunadamente, logramos recolectar un dineral con la recaudación de fondos de la organización benéfica.
b. el platal
(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)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
We spent a fortune on diapers alone after our baby was born.Gastamos un platal solamente en pañales después de que nuestro bebé naciera.
c. el pastón
(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)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The thieves stole a fortune from the bank this afternoon.Los ladrones robaron un pastón del banco esta tarde.
4. (fate)
a. el destino
(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).
The general reminded his soldiers that fortune always favors the brave.El general les recordó a sus soldados que el destino siempre favorece a los valientes.
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chance(
chahns
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (opportunity)
a. la oportunidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
If you give me the chance, I'll prove to you that I'm worthy.Si me das la oportunidad, te demostraré lo que valgo.
b. la ocasión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
When are you going to wash the car? - I'll do it when I get a chance.¿Cuándo vas a lavar el coche? - Lo haré cuando tenga ocasión.
c. la chance
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
They should give their relationship one more chance.Deberían darle a la relación una chance más.
2. (probability)
a. la posibilidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Martha has a slight chance of winning the election.Martha tiene una pequeña posibilidad de ganar las elecciones.
3. (fate)
a. la casualidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It was pure chance that they met twice in the same day.Fue pura casualidad que se encontraran dos veces el mismo día.
b. la suerte
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Whether you win or lose at the casino is a matter of chance.Ganar o perder en el casino es cuestión de suerte.
c. el azar
(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).
It's an important event. We must plan ahead and leave nothing to chance.Es un evento importante. Debemos planificar bien y no dejar nada al azar.
4. (risk)
a. el riesgo
(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).
The investment was a bit of a chance, but it paid off.La inversión tuvo un poco de riesgo, pero valió la pena.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (accidental)
a. casual
They were reunited by a chance encounter.Volvieron a verse a raíz de un encuentro casual.
b. fortuito
Fleming made a chance discovery that would change the course of medicine: penicillin.Fleming hizo un descubrimiento fortuito que cambiaría el rumbo de la medicina: la penicilina.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to run the risk of)
a. arriesgarse a
It's a good idea to leave early so you don't chance missing the bus.Es buena idea salir temprano para no arriesgarse a perder el autobús.
7. (to happen)
a. dar la casualidad de que
He chanced to arrive home at the same time as his father.Dio la casualidad de que llegó a la casa al mismo tiempo que su papá.
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