habla

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See also: hablá

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈabla/, [ˈa.β̞la]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Spanish fabla, from Latin fābula (discourse), from Proto-Italic *fāðlā, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂- (speak) + *-dʰleh₂. Compare fábula, a borrowed doublet.

Noun[edit]

habla f (plural hablas)

  1. speech (faculty of speech)
  2. speaking (action)
Usage notes[edit]
  • The feminine noun habla is like other feminine nouns starting with a stressed /a/ sound in that it takes the articles el and un (normally reserved for masculine nouns) in the singular when there is no intervening adjective:
el habla
un habla
  • However, if an adjective, even one that begins with stressed /a/ such as alta or ancha, intervenes between the article and the noun, the article reverts to la or una.
Related terms[edit]
Descendants[edit]
  • Tagalog: abla

Etymology 2[edit]

From the verb hablar.

Verb[edit]

habla

  1. inflection of hablar:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative
    Habla.He [or she] speaks.
    (Usted) habla. (formal singular)(You) speak.
  2. inflection of hablar:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative
    ¡Habla! (informal singular)Speak!

Further reading[edit]


Tagalog[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish habla, the presence of an /h/ initial may indicate an early borrowing. Doublet of abla.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: hab‧la
  • IPA(key): /habˈla/, [hɐbˈla]

Noun[edit]

hablá

  1. (law) accusation; complaint (in court)
    Synonyms: sakdal, demanda, akusasyon, reklamo

Derived terms[edit]