Old April 25, 2014, 07:18 PM
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Niño/niña vs chico/chica

I'm very new to learning Spanish, so what is the difference between the words niño/niña and chico/chica? Do they mean different things, or is one more formal or informal than the other?
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Old April 26, 2014, 09:06 AM
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They can be used interchangeably in some instances, while in other contexts the meanings would be different. There are also regional differences in usage.

In general, I think the difference would be that a niño describes a younger child better than does chico.
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Old April 27, 2014, 02:04 AM
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kid= niño/niña

niño/niña you can use for younger child

Chico= boy
Chica= Girl

chico/chica you can use for boy or girl (Adolescence or young adult)
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chica, chico, niña, niño


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