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Niños, muchachos, chicos, y jóvenes

Could someone please help me understand the differences between these words?

I didn't realize they were different until I started the German for Spanish speakers course and different words were used in different sentences. As far as I've gotten, the Spanish for English course has only used "niños".

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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As I understand it, and I could be wrong, it's like this:

niños - children (young people, not biological children)

hijos - biological children

chicos - boys

jóvenes - youth

muchachos - also boys; not sure how this differs from chicos

It's driving me crazy in the French for Spanish speakers course too, but it's the French terms I'm having difficulty with for the most part. Ah, la riqueza del idioma!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Astrobird
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I think that it is :

niños- children (niñas for female children)

hijos - biological children (hijas for daughters)

chicos - boys (and chicas would be girls)

jóvenes - teenagers

muchachos - boys, young men

4 years ago