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"Old" is an adjective which is often translated as "viejo", and "nice" is an adjective which is often translated as "simpático". Learn more about the difference between "old" and "nice" below.
old(
old
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not new)
a. viejo
My old printer still works really well.Mi vieja impresora sigue funcionando estupendamente.
2. (related to age)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I will be fifty years old tomorrow.Mañana cumpliré cincuenta años.
My son is four years old.Mi hijo tiene cuatro años.
3. (antique)
a. antiguo
I still have my grandfather's old Bible.Todavía tengo la antigua biblia de mi abuelo.
4. (worn)
a. viejo
Even though this old shirt is full of holes, it's still my favorite.Aunque esta camisa vieja tenga agujeros, todavía es mi favorita.
5. (former)
a. antiguo
I'm happily married but still think about my old boyfriend.Estoy felizmente casada pero todavía pienso en mi antiguo novio.
6. (long-standing)
a. viejo
Joe and Peter are old friends who met in college.Joe y Peter son viejos amigos que se conocieron en la universidad.
7. (for emphasis)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He's such a good old dog.Es un buen perro.
We had a grand old time at the party last night.La pasamos requetebien en la fiesta anoche.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (old people)
a. las personas mayores
(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 party was a hit for both young and old.La fiesta fue un éxito tanto para los jóvenes como para las personas mayores.
b. los viejos
(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).
Social planning should focus more on the needs of the old.La planificación social debería enfocarse más en las necesidades de los viejos.
c. los ancianos
(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 old are respected in many cultures.En muchas culturas, los ancianos se respetan.
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nice(
nays
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (friendly)
a. simpático
When I met her she was really nice and funny.Cuando la conocí fue muy simpática y divertida.
b. majo
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
She's a really nice girl; she gets along with everyone.Es una chica muy maja; se lleva bien con todo el mundo.
2. (kind)
a. amable
He's always been really nice to older people.Siempre ha sido muy amable con la gente mayor.
3. (pleasant)
a. agradable
We had a really nice time at our new neighbor's house.Tuvimos un tiempo realmente agradable en casa de los nuevos vecinos.
4. (attractive)
a. lindo
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
They have a really nice house in the mountains.Ellos tienen una casa muy linda en las montañas.
b. bonito
You have really nice eyes.Tus ojos son realmente bonitos.
5. (as an intensifier)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My bed feels so nice and warm on these cold mornings.Mi cama está tan calientita en estas mañanas frías.
Why don't you take a nice, hot bath while I clean up?¿Por qué no vas a tomarte un buen baño mientras limpio?
6. (subtle)
a. bueno
That was a nice point you made at the end of the discussion.Ese fue un buen comentario que hiciste al final de la discusión.
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