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"Friendly" is an adjective which is often translated as "simpático", and "nice" is an adjective which is also often translated as "simpático". Learn more about the difference between "friendly" and "nice" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (person)
a. simpático
I met a really friendly girl yesterday at the beach.Conocí a una muchacha bien simpática ayer en la playa.
Your brother is very friendly.Tu hermano es muy simpático.
b. amable
The hotel clerk was friendly and helpful.La empleada del hotel fue amable y servicial.
2. (place)
a. agradable
They moved from the big city to a friendly little town an hour away.Se mudaron de la gran ciudad a un pueblito agradable a una hora.
3. (greeting)
a. cordial
He always gives us a friendly greeting.Siempre nos da un saludo cordial.
4. (pleasant)
a. amistoso
There's a friendly rivalry between the two players.Hay una rivalidad amistosa entre los dos jugadores.
5. (of one's own side)
a. amigo
They were careful not to attack friendly territory.Tuvieron cuidado de no atacar territorio amigo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (exhibition match) (United Kingdom)
a. el partido amistoso
(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).
They won the friendly 3-2.Ganaron el amistoso 3-2.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (friendly)
a. simpático
When I met her she was really nice and funny.Cuando la conocí fue muy simpática y divertida.
b. majo
Regionalism used in Spain
She's a really nice girl; she gets along with everyone.Es una chica muy maja; se lleva bien con todo el mundo.
2. (kind)
a. amable
He's always been really nice to older people.Siempre ha sido muy amable con la gente mayor.
3. (pleasant)
a. agradable
We had a really nice time at our new neighbor's house.Tuvimos un tiempo realmente agradable en casa de los nuevos vecinos.
4. (attractive)
a. lindo
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
They have a really nice house in the mountains.Ellos tienen una casa muy linda en las montañas.
b. bonito
You have really nice eyes.Tus ojos son realmente bonitos.
5. (as an intensifier)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My bed feels so nice and warm on these cold mornings.Mi cama está tan calientita en estas mañanas frías.
Why don't you take a nice, hot bath while I clean up?¿Por qué no vas a tomarte un buen baño mientras limpio?
6. (subtle)
a. bueno
That was a nice point you made at the end of the discussion.Ese fue un buen comentario que hiciste al final de la discusión.
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