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"Quack" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "graznar", and "squawk" is a noun which is often translated as "el graznido". Learn more about the difference between "quack" and "squawk" below.
quack
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to make the sound of a duck)
a. graznar
The ducks paddled about the pond, quacking and flapping their wings.Los patos chapoteaban en el estanque, graznando y aleteando.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (sound ducks make)
a. el graznido
(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 little boy heard the quack of a duck out on the lake.El niño oyó el graznido de un pato en el lago.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(phony doctor)
a. el matasanos
(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).
, la matasanos
(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 word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
That quack gave me the wrong medicine and I got even sicker.Ese matasanos me dio la medicina equivocada y me enfermé aún más.
b. el curandero
(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).
, la curandera
(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).
It turned out that Dr. Sanchez was a quack and that all the certificates and degrees on the wall were forged.Resultó que el Dr. Sánchez era un curandero y que todos los certificados y títulos en la pared eran falsificados.
4. (impostor)
a. el charlatán
(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).
, la charlatana
(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).
That blogger is a quack with no knowledge of science.Esa blogger es una charlatana sin conocimiento alguno de la ciencia.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (lacking medical credibility)
a. de curandero
You need to go to a real doctor. Some quack remedy isn't going to cure you.Debes ir a un médico de verdad. Un remedio de curandero no te va a curar.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
6. (used to imitate the sound ducks make)
a. cua
"What's your name, pretty duck?" asked the girl, but the duck just said "quack.""¿Cómo te llamas, lindo patito?" preguntó la niña, pero el pato se limitó a decir "cua".
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squawk
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sound birds make)
a. el graznido
(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).
We heard some squawks coming from the direction of the pond.Oímos unos graznidos que provenían del estanque.
b. el chillido
(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).
I thought the squawks were coming from an injured child, but it turned out to be a mockingbird.Pensé que los chillidos los hacía un niño herido, pero resultó ser un sinsonte.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to make the sound of a bird)
a. graznar
My parrot squawks every time someone rings the doorbell.Mi loro grazna cada vez que alguien toca el timbre.
b. chillar
Last night an owl squawked so loud in the backyard that it woke up the whole family.Anoche un búho chilló tan fuerte en el patio trasero que despertó a toda la familia.
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