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"Zanja" is a noun which is often translated as "ditch", and "hueco" is a noun which is often translated as "hole". Learn more about the difference between "zanja" and "hueco" below.
zanja(
sahng
-
hah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (gutter)
a. ditch
La inundación arrastró su carro hasta una zanja de desagüe al lado de la carretera.The floods pushed his car into a drainage ditch on the side of the road.
2. (channel)
a. trench
Tuvieron que excavar una zanja en mi jardín para instalar la tubería de gas natural.They had to excavate a trench in my yard to install natural gas pipes.
3. (geography)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. gully
La erosión creó una zanja profunda en la ladera.Erosion created a deep gully in the hillside.
b. watercourse
Sigue la zanja hasta que encuentres el río.Follow the watercourse until you find the river.
4. (low wall) (Andes)
a. fence
Las ovejas saltaron la zanja y se escaparon.The sheep jumped the fence and escaped.
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hueco(
weh
-
koh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (empty space)
a. hole
El prisionero se escapó por un hueco en la regadera.The prisoner escaped through a hole in the shower.
b. shaft
Están haciendo reparaciones en el hueco del ascensor.They're doing some repair work in the elevator shaft.
c. hollow
La niña traía una oruga en el hueco de la mano.The little girl carried a caterpillar in the hollow of her hand.
2. (free time)
a. opening
Te llamo si tengo un hueco.I'll call you if I have an opening.
b. spare time
Uso el hueco que me queda entre una clase y otra para estudiar.I use the spare time I have between classes to do some studying.
3. (free space)
a. space
¿Me haces un hueco en el sillón?Can you make a space for me on the sofa?
b. gap
Cuidado con el hueco.Mind the gap.
4. (on a road)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
(Nicaragua)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. pothole
La carretera a Medellín está llena de huecos.The road to Medellín is full of potholes.
5.
A word or phrase that is gravely offensive and taboo in all contexts (e.g. nigger, cunt).
(extremely offensive)
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(homosexual)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Guatemala
(Guatemala)
Regionalism used in Honduras
(Honduras)
a. queer
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
A ese club van puros huecos.Only queers go to that club.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
6. (without anything inside)
a. hollow
Los muros del edificio son sólidos, pero huecos.The walls of the building are solid, but hollow.
b. empty
El interior del árbol está podrido y hueco.The inside of the tree is rotten and empty.
7. (frivolous)
a. shallow
Barbie es tan hueca que no se puede tener una conversación con ella.Barbie's so shallow you can't have a conversation with her.
b. superficial
Cuando me voy de vacaciones me gusta leer novelas superficiales para pasar el tiempo.When I go on holiday, I like to read superficial novels to pass the time.
c. empty
El discurso del gobernador estuvo repleto de promesas huecas.The governor's speech was full of empty promises.
8. (sound)
a. resonant
Javier Bardem tiene la voz hueca.Javier Bardem has a resonant voice.
b. hollow
Deje el pan en el horno hasta que al golpearlo haga un sonido hueco.Leave the bread in the oven until it makes a hollow sound when you tap it.
9. (springy)
a. soft
La lana hueca es aislante y por eso mantiene calientes a los animales.Soft wool is isolating, so it keeps animals warm.
b. spongy
En esa zona la tierra es hueca.The land is spongy in that area.
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