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Niño vs Chico

AshKnth
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What is the difference between 'niño' and 'chico'? Where are their applications?

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5 years ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/DanRope

"niño" is more or less equivalent to <kid> (of little age but not a baby "bebé") whereas "chico" could be either <boy> or what some English speakers call <young adult>.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Chico is used of students of all ages (including senior citizens) in some classrooms. Women of all ages often refer to one another as 'chicas'

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanRope

Addresing an adult student as "chico", let alone a senior citizen, would be disrespectful where I live. Are you speaking of Mexico or a Spanish speaking country of South America?

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Argentina -- a group of students is 'los chicos' I hear young women, and women that think they are young, call one another 'chica' in the USA, Mexico, and Argentina

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jp42
jp42
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danrope boy es niño no chico

chico es child

es cierto que en argentina a los niños se les dice chicos pero esas son las traducciones la realidad es que las palabras son lo mismo pero chico también se puede interpretar como tamaño (chico=pequeño)

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanRope

En el español que se habla en España chico es un adolescente e incluso alguien de veintipocos podría ser llamado chico. Niño es más grande que un bebé pero aún no un adolescente. Por tanto yo traduzco boy=chico ; niño=child. Si en la modalidad del español que se habla en tu país es al revés o diferente ya es otro asunto.

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4 years ago