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"Lively" is an adjective which is often translated as "animado", and "cheerful" is an adjective which is often translated as "alegre". Learn more about the difference between "lively" and "cheerful" below.
lively(
layv
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li
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (cheerful)
a. animado
The event was very lively. We had a great time!El evento estuvo muy animado. ¡Pasamos un gran rato!
b. vivaz
My son is a lively boy.Mi hijo es un chico muy vivaz.
2. (intense)
a. animado
The panelists engaged in a lively debate about climate change.Los invitados entablaron un animado debate sobre el cambio climático.
3. (very close to reality)
a. vívido
She gave a lively description of the situation in that town.Dio una vívida descripción de la situación en ese pueblo.
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cheerful(
chihr
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fuhl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (in good spirits)
a. alegre
I don't understand how you can be so cheerful this early in the morning.No entiendo cómo puedes estar tan alegre tan temprano en la mañana.
b. jovial
He is cheerful no matter the circumstances.Él es jovial cualquiera que sean las circunstancias
2. (bright)
a. alegre
The children's room was painted in cheerful primary colors.El cuarto de los niños estaba pintado de colores primarios alegres.
3. (positive)
a. alentador
There was some cheerful news about the economy today.Hoy hubo noticias alentadoras sobre la economía.
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