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a rookie question (spanish)

ok, i understand there will be more complicated dilemmas which i will encounter while learning spanish, but i have a weird one.

during the regular course of lessons i learned the word "la banana"

in tiny-card exercises the word comes up as "el banano"

you kidding? there is a feminine and a masculine fruit of this kind or this is an exception of some rules?

i wonder what`s next...


May 17, 2019



The bad news: This common New World fruit actually has several words to represent it in Spanish. The speaker's preference depends on their region, background, etc.


The good news: I doubt it's going to matter much which one you choose in real life. :)

I learned "el plátano" a long time ago and plan on sticking with it. :)

May 17, 2019


Isn't "el plátano" a plantain, which is a different fruit? (I guess it could be interchangeable, though)

May 17, 2019


"El plátano" can be both plantain and banana:


And because I need to get out of the house and don't want to get bogged down in a discussion about plantains vs. bananas, here's more about "cooking bananas:"


May 17, 2019


Ha! I learned "el guineo" when I was a kid and I am not going to change that.

May 18, 2019


Stick with banana... it's the same as the English version lol

June 21, 2019


Probably it is not the case but it will be useful in other moments: many fruits that end with -a come from trees with -o. A banana comes from a banano or bananero, manzanas from manzanos, naranjas from naranjos, paltas from paltos, etc.

May 18, 2019



May 19, 2019


clown face detected do you watch G0Z by any chance?

May 18, 2019


clown face 4ever

May 18, 2019

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