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Old March 17, 2017, 12:43 AM
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The Verb "To Train"

Ayer, un colega Mexicano-Americano me preguntó en español si yo iba a “train” la próxima clase de nuevos empleados y usó el verbo “entrenar.” Yo siempre he pensado que tiene que usar el verbo “adiestrar” con animales, “entrenar” con atletas, y “formar/capacitar” con empleados. ¿Estoy en lo correcto o se puede usar el verbo “entrenar” por todo lo anterior?

¿Qué tan cerca se debe adherirse a los diferentes verbos para expresar “to train”?


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Old March 17, 2017, 05:00 AM
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Your colleague is speaking Spanglish. You're right, unless that training consist in workshops involving fire or earthquake drills, first-aid or anything like those.

Your colleague is de origen mexicano (if born in Mexico) or de ascendencia mexicana (if born in the States and of Mexican descent). Cualquier mexicano es americano por definición .
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Old March 17, 2017, 02:46 PM
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Thanks, aleCcowaN. I’ll now add workshops to my usage of “entrenar.”

I used the term “Mexican-American” because that is the term that came to mind since it is so highly used in the southwestern region of the United States where I live. We tend to hyphenate a nationality along with the word “American” a lot: Irish-American, Italian-American, etc. However, I will use your suggestions when speaking/writing Spanish from now on.

I appreciate your help and all the nuances you point out to make my Spanish better.
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Old March 17, 2017, 06:54 PM
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Estoy de acuerdo con que es mejor usar "capacitar", pero "entrenar" se usa cada vez más entre administradores de empresas, con el sentido de "enseñar". Un falso amigo que va a acabar significando lo mismo.
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Gracias, AngelicaDeAlquezar, por tu aporte.
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