Quick answer
"Ways" is a form of "way", a noun which is often translated as "el camino". "Means" is a noun which is often translated as "el medio". Learn more about the difference between "ways" and "means" below.
way(
wey
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (route)
a. el camino
(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).
What is the quickest way to the airport?¿Cuál es el camino más rápido al aeropuerto?
b. la distancia
(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).
You still have a long way to get to the hotel.Todavía te queda mucha distancia por recorrer hasta el hotel.
c. la dirección
(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).
Which way? Right or left?¿En qué dirección? ¿Izquierda o derecha?
2. (manner)
a. la manera
(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).
I prefer doing things my way.Prefiero hacer las cosas a mi manera.
b. el modo
(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 do not see it that way.No lo vemos de ese modo.
c. la forma
(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 seems to you that there's only one way to do things.Te parece que solo hay una forma de hacer las cosas.
3. (personal direction)
a. el camino
(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).
She's making her way in the world.Está abriéndose camino en el mundo.
4. (aspect)
a. el sentido
(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 agree with you in a way.Estoy de acuerdo contigo en cierto sentido.
b. el aspecto
(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).
As hard as it is for me to admit this, the boss is right in some ways.Por mucho que me cueste admitirlo, el jefe tiene razón en algunos aspectos.
5. (gift)
a. el trato
(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 like her; she has a way with people.Me gusta, tiene un buen trato con la gente.
6. (state)
a. el estado
(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).
Your bike is in a bad way.Tu bici está en mal estado.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7. (very)
a. muy
Can you see my kite way up in the sky?¿Ves mi cometa muy alto en el cielo?
b. mucho
They were way off in their calculation of the cost.Se equivocaron mucho en el cálculo de los costes.
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means(
minz
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (method)
a. el medio
(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).
Politics only ennobles when it is a means to serve others.La política sólo enaltece cuando es un medio para servir al prójimo.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
2. (reasons)
a. los medios
(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 means are justified if we consider all options.Los medios están justificados si consideramos todas las opciones.
3. (wealth)
a. los recursos
(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 thief lacks the means to pay a good lawyer.El ladrón no tiene los recursos para pagar un buen abogado.
b. los medios
(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).
Not everyone has the means to pursue higher education.No todo el mundo tiene los medios para proseguir los estudios superiores.
mean
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to signify)
a. significar
"Monsieur" means "sir" in French."Monsieur" significa "señor" en francés.
b. querer decir
What does this paragraph mean?¿Qué quiere decir este párrafo?
5. (to refer to)
a. querer decir
What did you mean when you said you didn't think this was working?¿Qué quisiste decir cuando dijiste que esto no está funcionando?
6. (to imply)
a. referirse
When I said I didn't want to talk to anybody, I didn't mean you.Cuando dije que no quería hablar con nadie, no me refería a ti.
7. (to intend)
a. tener la intención de
I didn't mean to say the things that I said. I'm sorry.No tuve la intención de decir lo que dije. Lo siento.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (average)
a. la media
(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 mean of the above numbers is 22.La media de los números anteriores es 22.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
9. (nasty)
a. malo
You're so mean! All you ever do is criticize me!¡Eres tan malo! ¡Te pasas el día criticándome!
b. mezquino
You have to demonstrate that the teacher is being mean and not just being strict.Tienes que demostrar que el profesor está siendo mezquino y no simplemente estricto.
10. (miserly)
a. tacaño
Her first husband was wealthy but mean. He hated to spend money.Su primer marido era rico pero tacaño. Odiaba gastar dinero.
b. mezquino
Ebenezer Scrooge was a very mean individual when it came to money.Ebenezer Scrooge fue un hombre muy mezquino en lo que tenía que ver con el dinero.
11. (average)
a. medio
Find the mean number of girls born in families with six children.Encuentra el número medio de niñas nacidas en familias con seis hijos.
12.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(excellent)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. increíble
I can make you a mean lemonade if you hang on a sec.Te puedo preparar una limonada increíble si me esperas tantito.
b. bestial (slang)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
You can make a mean salsa with canned tomatoes.Se puede hacer una salsa bestial con tomates en lata.
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