Today's Spanish Lesson

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, October 05, 2018, 09:36 (13 days ago) @ jaui


Hola BobM

Here's another important detail to know for sounding less like a beginner when speaking Español, that can be confusing.

What I am wondering :badass: about, IF you may know:
Is there a gramatical rule that applies to figure out if a word is "el" or "la"?
I simply just had to memorize which to use.

Examples: la escuela, la ropa, la bicicleta, la Señora, la mesa.....all those end with the letter "a".
el lago, el pago, el dinero, el monedero, el basurero, el asunto, all end in "o".

Here's where the difficulty comes into play:
el sistema, el agua, el área, el problema, el tema, though end with the letter "a" are NOT preceded by "la", and use "el".

Others such as la luz, la educación, la computación, la felicidad, etc., as far as I know, just need to be memorized.
LISTENING TO NATIVE SPEAKERS talk is how I learned those.


With regards to feminine nouns preceded by masculine articles such as "el agua" and "el hada": immediately before a singular Spanish noun with initial stressed "a" or "ha" use the articles "el" and "un." But in the plural these remain regular feminine nouns: "las aguas", "las hadas".

But in other cases where there appear to be exceptions you just have to learn the word: "el puente", "la fuente".

You already speak a difficult language grammatically. The rules of grammar in Spanish are much more consistent. We use no split infinitives. Our pronunciation is more consistently phonetic.

One thing I appreciate about Spanish is I can easily read a text from 600 or more years ago because the same rules still apply and the language has changed very little relatively speaking, especially if you understand the differences in Spanish spoken in different countries, whereas trying to read Shakespeare or Chaucer the English is much more difficult to understand for numerous reasons.

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