Quick answer
"Life" is a noun which is often translated as "la vida", and "living" is a noun which is also often translated as "la vida". Learn more about the difference between "life" and "living" below.
life(
layf
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (existence)
a. la vida
(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).
Life is a wonderful and terrifying enigma.La vida es un enigma maravilloso y aterrador.
2. (lifetime)
a. la vida
(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).
He traveled to many interesting places during his life, including Timbuktu.Viajó a muchos lugares interesantes durante su vida, incluso Timbuktú.
b. la duración
(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).
(battery)
The batteries I use in my radio have a life of only two months.Las pilas que uso en mi radio tienen una duración de tan solo dos meses.
c. la vigencia
(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).
(agreement, document)
The annuity is guaranteed during the life of the agreement.La anualidad está garantizada durante la vigencia del acuerdo.
3. (a living thing)
a. la vida
(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).
He never forgave himself for the lives that were lost when he crashed into the train.Nunca se perdonó por las vidas que se perdieron cuando chocó con el tren.
4. (living things collectively)
a. la vida
(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 grandfather believes they will soon find life on Mars.Mi abuelo cree que pronto encontrarán vida en Marte.
5. (vitality)
a. la energía
(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 show's choreography was great and the dancers were really full of life.La coreografía del espectáculo estuvo muy buena y los bailarines muy llenos de energía.
b. la vida
(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 actress brought a lot of life into the role.La actriz le dio mucha vida al papel.
6. (lifestyle)
a. la vida
(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).
How are you enjoying married life, my friend?¿Qué tal la vida de casado, amigo mío?
7. (biography)
a. la vida
(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 new life of Saint John was published last year.Publicaron una nueva vida de San Juan el año pasado.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(life imprisonment)
a. la cadena perpetua
(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).
This state doesn't have the death penalty, so you'll probably get life.Este estado no cuenta con la pena de muerte, así que probablemente te condenarán a cadena perpetua.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
9. (lasting a lifetime)
a. de por vida
He is a life member of the Association of Guinea Pig Admirers.Es miembro de por vida de la Asociación de Aficionados de las Cobayas.
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living(
lihv
-
ihng
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (way of life)
a. la vida
(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).
Beachside living is very peaceful.La vida en la playa es muy tranquila.
2. (livelihood)
a. la vida
(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 don't know how that artist earns a living.No sé cómo ese artista se gana la vida.
3. (living people)
a. los vivos
(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).
On the Day of the Dead, the living remember those who have already passed away.El Día de Muertos, los vivos recuerdan a los que ya fallecieron.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (alive)
a. vivo
Many consider him the greatest living writer in all of Europe.Hay muchos que lo consideran el escritor vivo más importante de toda Europa.
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