"Una cartera marrón."

Translation:A brown purse.

May 4, 2018



Is there a way too differentiate wallets and purses in Spanish?

June 8, 2018


In Spain a wallet is a cartera, a handbag is a bolso, and a plastic bag is a bolsa.

June 10, 2018


In the 1960's a cartera was only a wallet or billfold, and a bolsa was a lady's handbag or a moneybag attached to the belt of medieval merchants (from that particular meaning came "bolsa" as the name for a stock exchange). Are there any other perros viejos out there who know how long ago the meanings changed, because I can't recall when it happened.

July 18, 2018


So here a cartera is a wallet, which we often call a purse in English, and a bolso is a handbag which in America is called a purse?

August 9, 2018


Correct me if I am wrong, but if and Englishman is carrying it, it is a wallet, not a purse.

In Spain, cartera is used for both men and women.

It would be extremely helpful if DuoLingo distinguished between regional usages of words, especially in English and Spanish .... though it might not be practical.

January 18, 2019


A purse is usually different from a wallet, at least where I come from. A wallet is a small, square or rectangular holder that folds in on itself, used to hold cash or credit cards. A purse is usually just a slightly smaller handbag.

A purse used by a man is considered strange around here in left-of-central US, though larger bags used for carrying clothes and the like is fairly common for both sexes.

April 5, 2019


More than often, a purse is called a bag. Short for handbag.

August 15, 2018


In the U.S., men generally carry "wallets" and not "purses."

Women carry "purses."

I've known a number of men from Great Britain (including England). I've never heard them refer to their "purse."

I'm curious. In which English-speaking country do the "we" referred to call "wallets" "purses."

I've also known Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders, Irelanders, South Africans, and people from other English speaking countries; but never heard the men refer to their "purses."

See this UK Amazon website with pictures of "wallets". I don't see them called "purses". https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mens-Wallets/b?ie=UTF8&node=1769884031

I searched the web for Australian Men's purses, but came up with "wallets".

On the Canadian Amazon, I found mens "bags" and wallets, but no purses. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=men+bag+leather&hvadid=234350660602&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9006828&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1o1&hvqmt=b&hvrand=14999276215830303877&hvtargid=kwd-2627519901&tag=googhydr-20&ref=pd_sl_603k2ci3yr_b

February 16, 2019


Okay, so in the UK we would call those purses, if they were for women. The only difference is that women's purses often (although not always) have a zipped section for keeping coins, in addition to the sections designed to hold cards and paper money.

What Americans call a purse, we call a handbag (or a clutch, if it's the smaller evening/dressy kind without a strap).

August 31, 2019


In the southeastern US, pocketbook is also used for purse.

September 14, 2018


I already know

September 6, 2019


Thank you. I was looking for this answer as in the US a purse is what the English would call a handbag. To the English a purse is a females wallet. I was unsure which one careta was so I REALLY appreciate you clearing this up!

October 9, 2018


What about Mexico?

April 28, 2019



April 15, 2019


Why is it "marrón" and not "color café"??? Are they the same just one is used more in other places than others or are they used for different nouns??? Can someone please help me???

June 7, 2018


There are multiple words for brown in Spanish: marrón, café, castaño, pardo, moreno (for skin and hair), and bronceado (for skin). From what I've seen posted by native speakers, it looks like there are regional variations in terms of which are used more commonly and to what shade of brown they refer. In fact, I've seen some posts which said that moreno can be considered derogatory in some places.


FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

August 24, 2018


It may be a regional preference as I have always used Marrón vice color café since growing up. (Born in Dominican Republic, spanish speaker for 34 years)

July 8, 2018


In Argentina café is a darker brown than marrón but we don't really use it much.

August 2, 2018


In England we have 1) a purse; small, for paper money, bank/credit cards and coins - usually for women 2) a wallet; small and flat, for paper money and bank/credit cards - usually for men 3) a bag; for keeping larger items and shopping (so you would keep your purse in your bag.)

How would you differentiate between those in Spanish?

August 27, 2018


I would also like to know!

September 14, 2018


It's definitely very country or even region-specific. In Mexico, cartera most often refers to wallet and purse or lady's handbag is either bolso or bolsa de mano. It's been my experience that in Central American countries they use cartera for purse.

September 29, 2019


I'm in Puerto Peñasco, MX, and a purse is called una bolsa.

August 14, 2018


I thought it said "a brown carpet" guess I was wrong

June 28, 2019


They force me to listen

July 25, 2019


I taped miss

August 8, 2019


"Wallet" is English for the American "purse"

August 14, 2019


Hmmm ... no, handbag is English for American purse. Purse is English for American women's wallet. And in some parts of America there's the word "pocketbook" too ...

August 16, 2019


I typed the right answer!!

August 14, 2019


This is the best learning game in the world

September 6, 2019


Cartera is wallet not purse. Bolsa is purse

September 11, 2019


What does cartera mean?

August 1, 2018


It means wallet, but in certain countries that speak Spanish, like Venezuela, it can also mean purse

October 4, 2018


And does a purse mean a handbag in Venezuela as it does in the USA?

October 8, 2018


When are you suppose to use Un and Una?

September 1, 2018


Generally in Spanish, nouns and pronouns are either masculine or feminine. If a noun or pronoun is masculine, the articles and adjectives that describe it need to be in agreement by using their masculine form. Likewise, a feminine noun/pronoun requires feminine articles and adjectives. Be aware that some adjectives have only one form which is used in all cases.

In Spanish, un is the masculine form of a/an, and una is the feminine form.

Generally, but most definitely not always, nouns/pronouns ending in "a" are feminine and in "o" masculine. Whether or not a noun is masculine is arbitrary, so don't try working out the pattern. A wall (la pared) is feminine just because it is. Why is a bridge (un puente) masculine? Because.

Here are some links that discuss the topics more thoroughly. I find all of these sites useful for sussing out rules and furthering my education in Spanish. You're honestly better off doing that that listening to anyone here. We're all just other students, and lots of folks post incorrect info in these comments. I've done it. I didn't mean to do it but, nevertheless, I did. If all else fails, don't place your confidence in anything unsourced.

Gender of Nouns in Spanish (Thoughtco) https://www.thoughtco.com/gender-inherent-characteristic-of-spanish-nouns-3079266

Masculine and Feminine Nouns in Spanish (SpanishDict) https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/masculine-and-feminine-nouns

Spanish Lesson 13 Beginners: Masculine Feminine (Be aware this features UK English & Peninsular Spanish) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL5lg6d_qlk

FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

September 2, 2018


So, just to be clear, American/English speaking people should say cartera for wallet and bolso for purse?

April 17, 2019


Actually, American English-speaking people just say "wallet" and "purse." ;-)

But it is evident that in Mexico and in the Mexican diaspora that includes Detroit, cartera = wallet and bolsa = purse.

April 19, 2019


Couldn't hear the audio

May 2, 2019


i said it right

June 11, 2019


This is exactly what I wrote and it told me I was wrong and did not give me that option to complain.

June 25, 2019


Anyone else think saying "una cartera marrón" is fun when you get rolling the "r"s?

August 2, 2018


Could it also be correct to say, "una bolsa café"? Thanks.

June 12, 2019


Not in this particular context. This is because "una bolsa café" could be confused with a bag of coffee rather than a bag the color of coffee.

For cases like this it is better to use more specific terms, such as "cartera". This is because a "cartera" is specifically a purse or wallet, while "bolsa" could be any type of bag, be it purse, wallet, or otherwise. So, saying "Una cartera café" would work, as you don't usually put coffee in a purse.

June 13, 2019


Not one of these people have said please!

April 9, 2019


I could have sworn that I rolled my r's! It said I said it wrong.

August 15, 2018


What is marmaid in spanil

May 4, 2018


"Sirena," related linguistically to the creatures that the hero Ulises heard while he was tied to his mast.

August 15, 2018


What is gun

May 4, 2018


Why would yoh want to know that

May 9, 2018


You typo

May 9, 2018


When you speak in spanish you might need to be talking about a purse.

May 15, 2018


There is no specific word for "gun" in Spanish. The closest equivalent is "arma de fuego", which is Spanish for "firearm".

April 9, 2019


Before change brown was 'cafe'. What the f*#k?

June 5, 2018


Lo sé pero brown=marrón y café =coffee colored brown. This makes more sense to me. Might be why they changed it? Tranquilo.

July 4, 2018
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