Quick answer
"Obstacle" is a noun which is often translated as "el obstáculo", and "hurdle" is a noun which is often translated as "la valla". Learn more about the difference between "obstacle" and "hurdle" below.
obstacle(
ab
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stuh
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kuhl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (deterrent)
a. el obstáculo
(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).
College debt is an obstacle to home ownership for many young people.La deuda universitaria es un obstáculo para la compra de una vivienda para muchos jóvenes.
b. el impedimento
(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).
Inexperience should be seen as an opportunity to learn, rather than an obstacle.La falta de experiencia debe ser vista como una oportunidad para aprender, más que un impedimento.
c. el estorbo
(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).
Don't let your fears be an obstacle to fulfilling your dreams.No dejes que tus miedos sean un estorbo para cumplir tus sueños.
d. la dificultad
(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 lack of clean water is an obstacle to getting out of poverty for millions of people around the world.La falta de agua potable es una dificultad para salir de la pobreza para millones de personas en todo el mundo.
2. (sports)
a. el obstáculo
(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).
Kim competed against her dad in the obstacle course at the family picnic.Kim compitió contra su padre en la carrera de obstáculos en el picnic familiar.
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hurdle(
huhr
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duhl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sports)
a. la valla
(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 runner leaped over the hurdle.La corredora saltó la valla.
b. el obstáculo
(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).
Nuria cleared the final hurdle and raced to the finish line.Nuria salvó el último obstáculo y corrió hacia la meta.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(impediment)
a. el obstáculo
(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).
There were a lot of hurdles in our way, but we managed to accomplish our objective.Había muchos obstáculos en nuestro camino, pero conseguimos cumplir nuestro objetivo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to jump over)
a. saltar
The archer ran through the woods, hurdling high logs and boulders.El arquero corrió por el bosque, saltando troncos y rocas altos.
4.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to overcome)
a. superar
The company hurdled its supply problem and continued production.La compañía superó el problema de suministro y siguió con la producción.
hurdles
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (track event)
a. las vallas
(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).
Juanma is competing in the 400-meter hurdles today.Juanma compete en los 400 metros vallas hoy.
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