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‘ASIGNATURA’ IS ‘SUBJECT’, NOT ‘SIGNATURE’

When we are talking about studying in English students often translate ‘asignatura’ (for example, ‘maths’, ‘history’…) with ‘signature’. Unfortunately, we have a false friend here. A ‘signature’ is a person’s name written in a distinctive way as a form of identification in authorizing a cheque or document or concluding a letter. This is normally translated to Spanish by the word ‘firma’. ‘Asignatura’ would be ‘subject’ such as history, maths or linguistics. For example, ‘the subjects I will study for my A-levels are biology, chemistry and physics’. Instead of ‘subject’ you could also use the words ‘discipline’, ‘field’, ‘branch of study’ or ‘area’. http://www.clasesinglesonline.com

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