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"Girl" is a noun which is often translated as "la niña", and "boy" is a noun which is often translated as "el niño". Learn more about the difference between "girl" and "boy" below.
girl(
guhrl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (child)
a. la niña
(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).
That girl is six years old.Esa niña tiene seis años.
b. la nena
(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).
The girl who lives next door is selling cookies.La nena que vive al lado está vendiendo galletas.
2. (young woman)
a. la chica
(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).
The girl who babysits for us is 16 years old.La chica que trabaja para nosotros de niñera tiene 16 años.
b. la muchacha
(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).
Do you see that girl? She's my sister.¿Ves a esa muchacha? Es mi hermana.
c. la joven
(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).
The neighborhood girls are fundraising to build a new park.Las jóvenes de la colonia están recaudando fondos para construir un parque nuevo.
3. (relative)
a. la hija
(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 always take my girls to see baseball games in the summer.Siempre llevo a mis hijas a ver partidos de béisbol durante el verano.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(girlfriend)
a. la novia
(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 girl is coming to the party with me.Mi novia me va a acompañar a la fiesta.
b. la chica
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Jorge went to the beach with his girl.Jorge se fue a la playa con su chica.
c. la polola
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(Andes)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Are you going to introduce us to your girl soon?¿Ya nos vas a presentar a tu polola?
5.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(female servant)
a. la chica
(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).
The girl is going to make some coffee for us.La chica nos va a preparar café.
girls
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(female friends)
a. las chicas
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The girls and I are going shopping today.Las chicas y yo nos vamos de compras hoy.
b. las amigas
(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).
Where's Mom? - She went out with the girls.¿Dónde está mamá? - Salió con sus amigas.
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boy(
boy
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (male child)
a. el niño
(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).
Are they going to have a boy or a girl?¿Van a tener un niño o una niña?
b. el chico
(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 boy next door helped me carry the bags.El chico de al lado me ayudó a llevar las bolsas.
c. el pibe
(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).
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
The neighborhood boys play soccer in the street after school.Los pibes del vecindario juegan al fútbol en la calle después de la escuela.
2. (young man)
a. el chico
(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).
My daughter is too young to date boys!¡Mi hija es muy joven para salir con chicos!
b. el muchacho
(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).
We spent the night out with the boys.Pasamos la noche fuera con los muchachos.
3. (son)
a. el hijo
(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).
Today is my little boy's birthday.Hoy es el cumpleaños de mi hijo pequeño.
b. el chico
(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).
My boy is already four years old.Mi chico ya tiene cuatro años.
4. (servant)
a. el criado
(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 boy will take your suitcases up to your room, sir.El criado llevará las maletas a su habitación, señor.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
5. (surprise)
a. vaya
Boy is it a nice day!¡Vaya! ¡Qué día más bonito!
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