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Poor in Spanish 🇪🇸

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poor pobre
How to say “poor” in Spanish? “Pobre”. Here you will learn how to pronounce “pobre” correctly and in the comments below you will be able to get all sorts of advice on poor in Spanish like tips & tricks to remember it, questions, explanations and more.

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Normal speech: POH-breh
IPA: ˈpobre

8 months ago

be aware of…

“Pobre” is not used for poor people / lower class. It is generally considered more appropriate to use “económicamente desfavorecido” (economically disadvantaged).

9 months ago

Variations by Country

In Argentina, “pobre” can be used to describe something that is pitiful or poor in quality.

9 months ago

other meanings

In most regions of Mexico, “pobre” is also used as a term of endearment, especially between couples.

9 months ago


In some Spanish-speaking countries, the word “pobre” is used as a slang term to refer to a small or insignificant amount, as in “Eso cuesta pobre 5 dólares” (That costs only 5 dollars).

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“De tal palo, tal astilla” (The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree) can be used with “pobre” to mean that someone who comes from a poor family is likely to remain poor.

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“Pobre” is used to describe someone who is financially poor or someone who is unfortunate.

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The word “pobre” comes from the Latin “pauper” meaning “poor.”

9 months ago

pobre info.

Tips to remember the word ‘pobre’:
– Both ‘poor’ in English and ‘pobre’ in Spanish start with a ‘po’, which can help you remember the translation.
– Associate the word ‘pobre’ with the English phrase “poor brother,” as they sound somewhat similar and can evoke the image of poverty or lack of resources.

‘Pobre’ in Spanish means lacking sufficient money or material possessions, and it can be used to describe individuals, groups, or even regions.

Other words that mean the same thing:
– Indigente
– Necesitado
– Desfavorecido
– Mísero

Alternate meanings/slang:
– In some contexts, ‘pobre’ can be used to express pity or tenderness towards someone, not necessarily related to economic status, as in “¡Pobrecito!” (“Poor little thing!”).
– In some Latin American countries, it can be used to describe someone as unfortunate in a humorous or ironic way.

Examples of sentences:
– “Muchas familias pobres no tienen acceso a educación de calidad.” (“Many poor families don’t have access to quality education.”)
– “Pobre Juan, siempre tiene mala suerte con sus proyectos.” (“Poor Juan, he’s always unlucky with his projects.”)
– “A pesar de ser pobre, siempre está dispuesto a ayudar a los demás.” (“Despite being poor, he’s always willing to help others.”)

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