Quick answer
"Write" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "escribir", and "read" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "leer". Learn more about the difference between "write" and "read" below.
write(
rayt
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to put in writing)
a. escribir
I wrote a list of things that make me happy.He escrito una lista de las cosas que me hacen feliz.
2. (computing)
a. escribir
The memory cannot be written.No se puede escribir en la memoria.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to correspond)
a. escribir
My son is learning to read and write.Mi hijo está aprendiendo a leer y escribir.
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read(
rid
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to look through and understand)
a. leer
Maria reads the newspaper every morning.María lee el periódico cada mañana.
2. (to say aloud)
a. leer
I read a story to my children every night.Leo un cuento a mis hijos todas las noches.
3. (to interpret)
a. interpretar
The way she reads it, she has a day leave.La manera en que ella lo interpreta es que tiene un día de permiso.
b. leer
I think you read his email wrong; he doesn't seem mad to me.Creo que leíste mal su correo; a mí no me parece que esté enojado.
c. entender (people)
I can't read her very well.No la entiendo muy bien.
4. (to hear)
a. oír
I read you loud and clear, soldier.Lo oigo alto y claro, soldado.
5. (to indicate)
a. decir
The sign reads "No exit."En el cartel dice "No hay salida".
b. marcar (device)
The clock reads one o'clock.El reloj marca la una.
6. (to be a student of) (United Kingdom)
a. estudiar
My daughter reads History at Oxford.Mi hija estudia historia en la Universidad de Oxford.
7. (computing and telecommunications)
a. leer
I'm afraid the machine can't read your card.Me temo que la máquina no puede leer su tarjeta.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (to understand written language)
a. leer
I love reading about foreign cultures.Me encanta leer sobre culturas extranjeras.
9. (to come across as)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It reads like the writing of a five-year-old child.Parece que lo ha escrito un niño de cinco años.
This example doesn't read well.Este ejemplo no está bien escrito.
10. (to state)
a. decir
His recommendation reads as follows: "Save for retirement."Su recomendación dice lo siguiente: "Ahorra para el retiro".
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
11. (reading material)
a. la lectura
(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).
This novel is a good read for anyone.Esta novela es una buena lectura para cualquiera.
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