Quick answer
"From time to time" is an adverb which is often translated as "de vez en cuando", and "once in a while" is a phrase which is also often translated as "de vez en cuando". Learn more about the difference between "from time to time" and "once in a while" below.
from time to time(
fruhm
 
taym
 
tuh
 
taym
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (occasionally)
a. de vez en cuando
We don't keep in touch, but our paths cross from time to time.No nos mantenemos en contacto, pero nuestros caminos se cruzan de vez en cuando.
b. ocasionalmente
Sam lives far away, but she comes to visit us from time to time.Sam vive muy lejos pero viene a visitarnos ocasionalmente.
c. de cuando en cuando
We go to the movies from time to time, not too often.Vamos al cine de cuando en cuando, no muy a menudo.
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once in a while(
wuhns
 
ihn
 
uh
 
wayl
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (now and then)
a. de vez en cuando
I drink coffee once in a while, but not too much because then I can't sleep.De vez en cuando tomo café, pero no demasiado porque después no puedo dormir.
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