Quick answer
"Laugh" is a noun which is often translated as "la risa", and "dance" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "bailar". Learn more about the difference between "laugh" and "dance" below.
laugh(
lahf
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sound)
a. la risa
(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 knew it was her because she has a very distinctive laugh.Sabía que era ella porque tiene una risa muy particular.
b. la carcajada
(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).
(loud)
His laugh could be heard in the distance.Se oían sus carcajadas a lo lejos.
c. la risotada
(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).
(loud)
I let out a laugh when my sister tripped and fell.Solté una risotada cuando mi hermana tropezó y cayó.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(fun and amusing)
a. la risa
(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).
Come to the dinner; it will be a laugh.Ven a la cena, será una risa.
b. el plato
(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 Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
They told us that his performance would be a laugh.Nos dijeron que su actuación sería un plato.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to make a joyful sound)
a. reírse
The movie was so funny that I couldn't stop laughing.La película era tan graciosa que no podía parar de reírme.
b. reír
His jokes always make me laugh.Sus chistes siempre me hacen reír.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to make a joyful sound)
a. reírse
He laughed himself sick.Se rió a más no poder.
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dance(
dahns
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to move rhythmically to music)
a. bailar
We danced all night.Bailamos toda la noche.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to perform)
a. bailar
I want to learn how to dance salsa.Quiero aprender a bailar salsa.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (act of dancing)
a. el baile
(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 father of the bride always gets the first dance.El padre de la novia siempre recibe el primer baile.
b. la danza
(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).
Their dance in the showing of the Nutcracker was breathtaking.Su danza en la reproducción de El cascanueces era impresionante.
4. (fine arts)
a. el baile
(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 decided to dedicate himself to dance.El niño decidió dedicarse al baile.
b. la danza
(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 daughter is studying dance in London.Mi hija está estudiando danza en Londres.
5. (type of dance)
a. el baile
(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 tango is a dance traditionally associated with Argentina.El tango es un baile tradicionalmente asociado con Argentina.
b. la danza
(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 natives performed a beautiful dance with their lances.Los nativos ejecutaron una bonita danza con sus lanzas.
6. (event)
a. el baile
(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 welcome dance is taking place that same afternoon.El baile de bienvenida tendrá lugar esa misma tarde.
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