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Translation of callar in English:

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

  • to be quiet, shut up [familiar/colloquial] calla, que no me dejas oír be quiet o/or shut up, I can't hear lloró toda la noche, no hubo manera de hacerlo callar he cried all night, nothing we could do would make him stop ya tiene tres niños — ¡calla! [familiar/colloquial] she has three children now — never! o/or she hasn't! [familiar/colloquial] quien calla otorga silence implies o/or gives consent

verbo transitivo/transitive verb

  • 1.1 [secreto] to keep … to oneself intentaron callar estas cifras they attempted to keep these figures quiet 1.2 (América Latina/Latin America) [persona] callen a esos niños get those children to be quiet, shut those kids up, will you? [familiar/colloquial]

verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (callarse)

  • 1.1 (guardar silencio) to be quiet ¡cállate! be quiet!, shut up! [familiar/colloquial] ¡cállate la boca! [familiar/colloquial] shut your mouth! [argot/slang] ¿te quieres callar de una vez? will you shut up! cuando entró todos se callaron when he walked in everyone went quiet o/or stopped talking la próxima vez no me callaré next time I won't keep quiet 1.2 (no decir) [noticia] to keep … quiet, keep … to oneself

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Primaria is the name given in Spain to the first of the two compulsory levels of education. It is for pupils between six and twelve years of age and leads to the ESO - Educación Secundaria Obligatoria.