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"Great" is an adjective which is often translated as "estupendo", and "awesome" is an adjective which is often translated as "genial". Learn more about the difference between "great" and "awesome" below.
great(
greyt
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (fantastic)
a. estupendo
Christine has a great job. It's interesting and well-paid.Chistine tiene un trabajo estupendo. Es interesante y está bien pagado
b. genial
The concert was great. You should have come along.El concierto estuvo genial. Deberías haber venido con nosotros.
c. fenomenal
We had a great time at the party. We didn't stop dancing all night.Lo pasamos fenomenal en la fiesta. No paramos de bailar en toda la noche.
d. fabuloso
They have a great house, with wonderful views.Tienen una casa fabulosa, con unas vistas increíbles.
e. sensacional
It's a great movie, as is the novel it's based on.Es una película sensacional, como lo es la novela en la que está basada.
f. excelente
The wine was great and the food was delicious.El vino era excelente y la comida estaba riquísima.
2. (outstanding)
a. gran (before nouns)
You too can be a great actor.Tú también puedes ser un gran actor.
3. (important)
a. gran (before nouns)
This is a great step in my career.Este es un gran paso en mi carrera.
4. (very large)
a. gran (before nouns)
It was a great and spooky house that stood on the hill.Fue una gran casa espeluznante que estaba en la colina.
b. grande (after nouns)
The giant had great feet that crushed many houses.El gigante tenía pies grandes que aplastaban muchas casas.
5. (used to indicate intensity)
a. gran (before nouns)
If this ceasefire holds, it would be a great relief for us all.Si el alto el fuego continúa, será un gran alivio para todos nosotros.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6. (very well)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. fenomenal
You played great during your piano recital!¡Tocaste fenomenal durante tu recital de piano!
b. genial
My father cooks great. He makes some delicious soups.Mi padre cocina genial. Hace unas sopas riquísimas.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (important person)
a. el grande
(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).
You're supposed to be one of the greats in this industry.Se supone que eres uno de los grandes en esta industria.
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awesome(
a
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suhm
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(fantastic)
a. genial
I think your idea of spending the summer on Key West is awesome.Me parece genial tu idea de pasar el verano en Cayo Hueso.
The party is going to be awesome.La fiesta va a ser genial.
b. chévere
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Wow, what an awesome car!Guau, ¡qué carro más chévere!
c. bacán
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
The fireworks at the celebration were so awesome.Los fuegos artificiales en la celebración fueron tan bacanes.
d. macanudo
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)
Have an awesome time in Hawaii!¡Que tengas unas vacaciones macanudas en Hawái!
e. padre
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
The two of them make a really awesome couple.Ellos dos hacen una pareja bien padre.
f. chido
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
The place is awesome, but there are always too many people.El lugar está chido, pero siempre está muy lleno.
g. bacano
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
That movie was awesome! We should watch it again.¡Esa película estuvo bacana! Hay que verla de nuevo.
h. guay
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
If you want to hear some awesome music, you've got to go to Ibiza.Si queréis escuchar música guay, tenéis que ir a Ibiza.
2. (impressive)
a. impresionante
The views of the island from our balcony were awesome.Las vistas de la isla desde nuestro balcón eran impresionantes.
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