Today's Spanish Lesson

by BobM @, Thursday, October 04, 2018, 19:17 (71 days ago) @ bobnamy

There are lots of subtleties in Spanish. Pronouns are used a little differently that in English.

Hopefully a couple of examples will shed some light as to just how different Spanish can be. The language isn't that simple.

For example, "te amo" is a complete sentence and it looks like "te" - you - are doing something. But actually, "Te amo" simply means "I love you."

Two things are going on. First, the subject pronoun is usually omitted in Spanish. Amo is the first person singular of "I love." It is understood that "I" - "Yo" - am the one doing the loving. Te is an object pronoun, and the object pronoun is put before the verb, which is not the way we usually do it in English.

Second example, "Te gusta cerveza" means "You like beer." It looks like "te" is being used as a subject pronoun here. But it's not -- a literal translation of the sentence would be "Beer pleases you." So "te" is an object pronoun. This is how you say "like" in Spanish: the thing you like is the subject and "you" are the object. And the resulting order of the words is the opposite of in English.

Not so easy, right?

Anyway, I apologize if I sound like a schoolteacher. I find Spanish really fascinating.


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