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"Okay" is an adverb which is often translated as "bien", and "awkward" is an adjective which is often translated as "torpe". Learn more about the difference between "okay" and "awkward" below.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (correctly)
a. bien
Everything is going to be okay.Todo va a estar bien.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
2. (agreed)
a. está bien
Let's go out for dinner. - Okay.Vayamos a cenar fuera. - Está bien.
b. okey
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I left your dinner in the fridge. - Okay.Te dejé la cena en la nevera. - Okey.
c. vale
Regionalism used in Spain
Will you drive? - Okay.¿Quieres conducir tú? - Vale.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (in a satisfactory state)
a. bien
Are you okay? The fall had to hurt.¿Estás bien? La caída te ha tenido que doler.
4. (acceptable)
a. bien
The movie is okay, but I wish it had a little bit more action.La película está bien, pero me gustaría que tuviera algo más de acción.
b. bueno
Its performance is okay, the problem is how fast it deteriorates.Su rendimiento es bueno, el problema es que se deteriora muy rápido.
5. (likeable)
a. simpático
She is more than okay, she is incredible.Es más que simpática, es increíble.
6. (permissible)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
If you don't feel like going out, that's quite okay.Si no tienes ganas de salir, no hay ningún problema.
Is it okay if I leave it here?¿Lo puedo dejar aquí?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (approval)
a. el visto bueno
(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 have my okay to post it.Tienes mi visto bueno para publicarlo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to approve)
a. aprobar
For it to be implemented, the committee must okay it.Para ponerlo en práctica, tiene que aprobarlo el comité.
b. dar el visto bueno a
Has the boss okayed it?¿Le dio el jefe el visto bueno?
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (clumsy)
a. torpe
Richard is so awkward. He's always tripping over his own feet.Richard es muy torpe; siempre anda tropezándose.
b. poco elegante
Adriana is an awkward dancer.Adriana es una bailarina poco elegante.
2. (difficult to handle)
a. incómodo (tool)
Some of these tools are awkward to handle.Algunas de estas herramientas son incómodas de manejar.
b. aparatoso (machine or size)
The first cameras were large and awkward machines.Las primeras cámaras eran máquinas grandes y aparatosas.
3. (inappropriate)
a. inoportuno (time or moment)
He walked in on them while they were kissing. How awkward!Entró y los sorprendió besándose. ¡Qué inoportuno!
b. incómodo (ride or position)
The tourists had an awkward ride into town in a pick-up.Los turistas hicieron un incómodo viaje al pueblo en una camioneta.
4. (embarrassing)
a. incómodo
He felt awkward being their leader since he was the youngest one in the group.Se sentía incómodo siendo su líder, ya que era el más joven del grupo.
b. embarazoso
There was an awkward silence in the room after they shouted at each other.Hubo un silencio embarazoso en la sala después de que se gritaran.
c. violento
It was very awkward when my pants split at my in-laws' house.Fue muy violento cuando se me rompió el pantalón en casa de mis suegros.
d. delicado
Asking your boss for a raise can be awkward.Pedirle un aumento a tu jefe puede ser delicado.
5. (troublesome)
a. difícil
Peter is an awkward cuss. Be careful with him.Peter es un tipo difícil. Ten cuidado con él.
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