False Cognates 19: She is a very educated person… in what way?!

False Cognates 19: She is a very educated person… in what way?!

False Cognates 19: She is a very educated person… in what way?!

My friend, Zianne, told me that her mom was well educated. “Mi mamá es muy educada.” I thought that that meant she had a college degree. Then I found out later that her mom never went to college. I was confused. “Why did Zianne say her mom was an educated person?”

The Spanish word, “educado / da” means “well-mannered with good upbringing” or “to be polite”. It doesn’t mean “to have higher education”. Then how do you describe in Spanish “somebody with higher education”, you ask? You can say “ser estudiado/a”; a past participle form of estudiar (to study). See some examples:

  • ser educado / da = to be well-mannered

María tiene solo cinco años y es educada. Siempre saluda a todos.
(Maria is only 5 years old and is very well-mannered. She always greets everyone.)

  • ser estudiado /da = to be educated

Juan es un chico muy estudiado, pero no tiene sentido común. Siempre dice cosas fuera de lugar.
(Juan is a well-educated boy but he doesn’t have common sense. He always says things at the wrong time [out of place].)

 

Did you enjoy learning about false cognates spanish for educado?  Share your original sentences with “educado/da” and “estudiado/da”.

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