Daily Spanish Lesson

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, October 05, 2018, 10:01 (12 days ago) @ Canadian Rainbirds

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.


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. . . . . .

Be Careful with gustar: Note that "me gusta" should NOT normally be used to refer to a person to say "I like you", or her or him etc. Is can have a sexual connotation!

For persons, use caier, to fall. Nos caimos bien. We get along well. (We fall together well).

Yeah, confusing!

I believe you mean to say "caer".
Felipe me cae bien. Me gusta Felipe. (Él es muy simpático) They are both acceptable and say the same thing.

Ideas are what we communicate, words are just the tools, the means, and the idea of "gustarle a alguien" or "gustarle algo" is the same as the English "like someone or something". Same with "Caerle bien". It's only difficult if you don't use it, like any muscle, tool, or skill.

My suggestion is to try to at least watch a half hour of TV a day to develop your hearing skills, and try to read the newspaper daily if possible to look up words and expand your vocabulary. Sports are easy because you already know what they should be saying. News is more difficult and you have to pay closer attention, but again seeing the images often helps you to follow what's going on. Children's programs are always going to be the easiest. When I was starting out I tried to watch the news every day and an old movie as often as possible. Televisa used to play old classics during the afternoon siesta after the news as well as at night on the weekends. Especially the Sunday afternoon movies. Pedro Infante. María Felix. El Indio Fernández. Jorge Negrete. Tin Tan. Resortes. And of course Cantinflas. Once you can understand Cantinflas, you're there.

This is hilarious.


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