https://www.duolingo.com/Babylonix

la compu(tadora) -- el ordenador

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In European Spanish you would use "el ordenador".

6 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jcbos
jcbos
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@Waldoribeiro: my experience is completely different. I often visit Latin America (although countryside and slums), but I have to be careful not to use words from Spain like coche (mostly understood as 'shopping trolley' or 'pig'), borrasca (use 'trueno y relámpago' instead) or ordenador, or the people won't understand me. Also within Latin America there are differences. E.g. 'bucket' is 'cubo' in most countries, but 'balde' in others. In Ecuador the people won't understand you if you ask for a 'cubo'.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/markbooth
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What do you use instead of 'coche' in Latin America?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Babylonix
Babylonix
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Good point.

In Argentina you would use "el auto" but "el coche" is understood alike. Think in terms of "lorry" [UK] and "truck" [US] -- understood in either place but with the impression of a different regional origin.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/markbooth
markbooth
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Thanks. I'm in Chile and I've already heard about how "Quiero coger la guagua." means something very different here than it does in Spain so sometimes it's good to know what the local variations are!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/exidez

In Colombia it is "el carro"

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Snowman

Yes, ordenador is used in Spain. Computerdora is used in Latin America.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Raftus
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Computerdora? Did Dora the Explorer get a job in an office?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeoEco
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I can't stop laughing!!!! Snowman's accidental mispelling and Raftus's witty comment made my day!! Ho, he, ho, ha, hu!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/exidez

well she is "la exploradora"

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel-in-BC

This has been my experience, too. (computadora in Latin America vs. ordenador in Spain)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KeithR
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In Chile, "el computador" is used.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daniel.w
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Are they both understood in both parts, though?

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrederickEason
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Depends on who you're talking to. It's like British versus American English. Some people are more aware of the differences than others.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndyDurrant
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There's no correct/incorrect here, but the impression given by the flag symbols is that European Spanish is the one to be used. After all, Duolingo uses the US flag for English and the Brazilian one for Portuguese. It's still good, though.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sarinaya

I guess they use the Spanish flag as it is the most widely known and it would be difficult to choose just a flag of one Latin American country. I can see hurt feelings all over Central and South America!!! I find more often than not, Duolingo uses mainly Latin American vocabulary and sometimes uses very regional words which makes it difficult if you have some background in continental Spanish and they won't accept the "proper" Spanish word. But the absolute nails on the blackboard irritation is the audio when "me llamo" becomes "me jamo" and "una llave" becomes "una jave". And the second person plural is completely ignored - just like in Latin America.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AgentD1

Spanish is so complicated...

5 years ago
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