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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheUnknown285

Plátano vs banano

So I just noticed that Tinycards uses "banano." In my Spanish education, we always used "plátano." Is one better than the other? Does one more accurately translate to "plantain"?

April 14, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidRaker

The difference is largely regional. Also, banano (ending in 'o') may refer to the plant rather than its fruit. From https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plátano_(fruto):

El plátano[1]​ o banana (término utilizado en Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Uruguay y República Dominicana),[2]​ aunque también se le llama guineo en Panamá, El Salvador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana y el Ecuador continental y cambur en Venezuela (salvo la variedad más grande conocida como plátano macho que en este país se conoce como plátano), es el fruto de varias especies del género Musa.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elizadeux

Great explanation. I just wanted to add that it's common for fruit trees to be masculine while the fruit itself is feminine.

el manzano = apple tree

la manzana = apple

el cerezo = cherry tree

la cereza = cherry

However, it's not always true for all fruit and fruit trees.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexCh37

Banana is widely used in Spanish-speaking countries


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dare3966

Now this subject really has APPEAL!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chilotin

"Plátano" means either banana or plantain, it depends on country. "Banana" always means "banana". "Banano" usually means "banana tree".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeeBrownst1

They use "banano" in Costa Rica, and they should know. Duolingo, however, insists on "banana."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/larsth

I have a flash card app (MosaLingua Spanish) : It writes el plátano (ES), la banana (AL), el banano (gastronomía)

(ES) is España (Spain)

and

(AL) should had been (AR) Argentina (Argentina)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chilotin

"AL" is "Latin America", but it is wrong. In Mexico, Chile and other countries "plátano" is the usual word for bananas.

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