Spanish - Grammar

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Use of "le" in 2.1 Taking a Tour

I don't understand how "le" is used in this sentence: ¿Qué tipo de tour le gustaría hacer?  but is not used in this sentence: ¿Qué actividades quiere hacer?  What is the essential difference in these two sentences, and why would one merit use of le and th...

4 replies - Last post by GeorgeM22 - June 13, 2019

Lesson 4.7 Responses to Questions or Statements.

Your monitoring of  our responses to your Questions or Statements is very narrow.  You don't take into consideration whether we are responding in formal or informal mood.  SOME of your questions or statements do not provide a clue as to whether the statem...

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 10, 2019

la llevo or la llevaré

In module 4.1 Shopping, the phrase "la llevo" is translated as "I'll take it."  But llevo is in present tense not future.  Isn't the correct form "la llevaré"?  I know I'm missing something here, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Thanks for any expl...

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 4, 2019

Professor Jason - Relative pronouns

part1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjl6DhNCInc part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOrOc9OQNFA&lc=z225sbginua2yfz0jacdp432vxlj1xzysmcnyhxkuohw03c010c.1558736427034085

1 reply - Last post by Babarondev - May 31, 2019

Object pronouns

In lesson 2.1, I ran across "¿En qué le puedo ayudar?" As I understand it, "le" is an indirect object pronoun. Why is an indirect, rather than a direct, object used here? "How can I help to you?" sounds odd, to say the least.

9 replies - Last post by the-hefay - May 29, 2019

Professor Jason - Indirect and direct object pronouns

Indirect object pronouns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gdn-c3MsqA

1 reply - Last post by Babarondev - May 10, 2019

Professor Jason - Por vs Para

Prof Jason's Video on Por vs Para https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f14Nef5zOEY

1 reply - Last post by Babarondev - May 8, 2019

Professor Jason - Imperfect vs Preterit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3O36Eh4cg4&t=92s

1 reply - Last post by Babarondev - May 5, 2019

Excellent Grammar videos

I have found series of very detailed videos for those people who are struggling with Spanish Grammar, even though they have been through the course materials. I intend to watch them and if you want, I can summarize what I have learnt. I am going to start ...

2 replies - Last post by CourtneyR12 - May 3, 2019

Can "por" also mean "Because"?

I have a question regarding a sentence in the Estar section.  It says: Ella está muy cansada por el viaje. = She is very tired because of the trip. At this point, we have been taught that "because" is "porque" So, wouldn't the translation be: "Ella es...

11 replies - Last post by Babarondev - April 29, 2019

Relative Pronouns

I am sorting through the relative pronouns "que" and "quien." Are these, more or less, interchangeable? Specifically, is it correct to say: Maria es quien escribió la novella," or "Maria es la que escribió la novella?" Thanks for the insight! Jim

4 replies - Last post by Babarondev - April 25, 2019

Una vez más, es siempre importante, siempre que estén cocinando...

- Once again, it's always important, always when you cook... I thought that when it comes to something habitual, you don't use the subjunctive. Is the difference here that "que" is used here instead of "cuando" (interesting: it seems to translate to the ...

5 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - April 5, 2019

I'm stuck at 4.8-beyond (Level one)

I felt like I was clicking right along until I got to the part about pronouns, DO, IO, etc. I haven't been able to do the Rocket Reinforcement in any of these because I'm NOT GETTING IT.  Has anybody else suffered through this and found their way out the...

7 replies - Last post by JulieB47 - March 24, 2019

desktop software to check spelling and grammar offline

Can anyone recommend desktop software that can check Spanish spelling and grammar? I tried MS Word (for mac 2011), but it didn't seem to pick up some simple issues, like a missing inverted question mark. I want to start practicing writing inSpanish a few ...

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - March 14, 2019

El agua es cristalina y están decorados con hermosas estalactitas...

It never ceases to amaze me how I keep coming across things that I haven't seen/noticed in the course. This happens most often when I keep repeating the same mistake like in the above phrase. I keep wanting to say: - El agua es cristalina y son decorados ...

3 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - March 13, 2019

Imperative verb forms

Which language lessons in Rocket Spanish covers this verb form

2 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - March 13, 2019

Question about "María y Juan terminan primero"

In this sentence, why is it "primero" and not "primeros"? Is "primero" an adverb here, considered to be modifying "terminan" instead of an adjective describing María and Juan? Thank you!

2 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - March 13, 2019

Pensé followed by infinitive verb

According to lesson 9.2, "Pensé tener buena suerte" translates to "I thought I would be lucky". When "pensé" is followed by an infinitive verb, is it assumed that the verb applies to speaker? Could one also say "Pensé que tendría buena suerte"?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - March 12, 2019

With or without an accent...or both?

Why does "tu" sometimes have an accent and sometime not? Thanks!

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - March 12, 2019

Cual or que?

When do you use cual versus que when saying "what?"

1 reply - Last post by ricardo-rich - March 10, 2019

looking for encouragement!

Hi I am currently studying preterite  verbs in the past tense and am feeling a little discouraged. Can anyone tell me if it gets any easier? Approximately how long does it take to begin talking Spanish fluently? Thanks

7 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - March 1, 2019

esa and ésa

I have listened to this over and over again and I cannot hear a difference between esa and ésa ( and esta and ésta). Therefore I am not able to say the accented version and get it correct. Is there a trick to it?

4 replies - Last post by Joe-C4 - February 10, 2019

¿Le gustaría papas fritas? o ¿Le gustarían papas fritas?

In Rocket Spanish Conversation Lesson 4.4, El Restaurante, Amy asks "¿Le gustaría papas fritas o papas al horno? Why should that not read "¿Le gustarían papas fritas o papas al horno?".  Is not the grammatical subject of the verb gustar plural ("papas fr...

8 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - December 28, 2018

¡Ya estás planeando nuestra vida juntos!

- You’re already planning our life together! The phrase in Spanish is absolutely correct but really surprises me (i.e., to see a plural adjective after a singular noun). I would have expected to see something on the order of "nuestras vidas juntos".  The...

2 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - November 28, 2018

Making commands

Hello amigos I need to review the lesson on how to make commands. Do you know where it is? I tried "search" but it didn't work. Cheers Vinh

1 reply - Last post by jim--148 - November 12, 2018

Que, Cual, Cuales

How do i know when to use Que, Cual, and Cuales ? what is the rule for each usage please

9 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - November 8, 2018

Combining Direct & Indirect Objects

Is the Spanish statement in the lesson below incorrect? Lesson 4.10 Spanish statement: “Ellos nos los piden.” Lesson 4.10 English interpretation: “They ask us for them.” My interpretation: They ask them to us. In order to reflect the Lesson’s English inte...

1 reply - Last post by the-hefay - October 25, 2018

Combining Direct & Indirect Objects

Is the Spanish statement in the lesson below incorrect? Lesson 4.10 Spanish statement: “Jorge se los pide.” Lesson 4.10 English interpretation: “Jorge asks her for them.” My interpretation: Jorge asks them to her, In order to reflect the Lesson’s English ...

3 replies - Last post by Matthew-H68 - October 22, 2018

Indirect Pronouns

Is this a good example of an indirect pronoun: No les voy a invitar a la fiesta? (See Language & Colture 4.9.)

11 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - October 11, 2018

Using 'llama' vs 'llamen' in an emergency

In the bonus lesson on Spanish Survival Phrases, asking someone to call the fire department is translated as "Llama a los bomberos," while asking someone to call an abulance is translated as "Llamen una ambulancia." Is there a grammatic reason to use "ll...

7 replies - Last post by Dan-H24 - October 3, 2018

Subjunctive vs. Indicative Exercise

Kind of fun.  I like stuff like this.  =)  https://www.spanishdict.com/quizzes/68/subjunctive-vs-indicative-in-spanish

1 reply - Last post by Steven-W15 - October 3, 2018

el verbo asegurar y el subjuntivo

Después de tantas veces a hacer el curso “Travelogue”, me acuerdo de como los verbos son utilizados en contextos diferentes.  Aquí están dos frases parecidos (para mí por lo menos) – uno usa el subjuntivo, la otra no: - Me aseguré que tuviéramos todo el e...

3 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - September 9, 2018

Es tan genial que hemos sido capaces de experimentar este tipo de cosas

- It’s so great that we’ve been able to experience these kinds of things. He visto varios ejemplos en internet que indican que la frase es justo pero no entiendo porque: - Creo que es genial que se ha eliminado completamente la congestión en el comedor p...

4 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - September 9, 2018

Me alegra que se te ocurriera la idea.

Hey...smart people... Would one of you please explain the "se" in this sentence?

23 replies - Last post by the-hefay - September 7, 2018

¡Ya de por sí estoy agotado!

- I’m exhausted as it is! No entiendo la primera parte de esa frase para nada...

2 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - August 24, 2018

Siempre apuesta por Sudamérica cuando se trate de extremos de la naturaleza.

No estoy acostumbrado de ver le subjuntivo después de "cuando". ¿Ideas porque se usa aquí?

7 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - August 19, 2018

App download link?

where do I download the app from? I can't see it in my App store (iMAC)?

0 replies - Last post by michaeljalmond - August 15, 2018

La proxima vez vs La Proxima

Sometimes, at the end of the lessons, it says Hasta la proxima!  Sometimes "vez" is added for Hasta la proxima vez. What is the difference between using the vez and not using it? Thank you, Roe

2 replies - Last post by Dan-H24 - August 6, 2018

Sería genial si hacemos el curso juntos

Creo que esta frase debería ser: - Sería genial si hiciéramos el curso juntos. ¿Estoy en lo correcto?

5 replies - Last post by the-hefay - July 17, 2018

Yo Soy Anal Retentivo ( lol )

In the very last audio lesson of Level 3 ( I'm a little sad that was the end, I'll have to get the Travelogue eventually ), You have this sentence:   Ya, ¡No tienes por qué ponerte tan político! "Alright, (you) don't have to get so political. (sing/...

6 replies - Last post by the-hefay - July 16, 2018

More on direct and indirect object pronouns?

After working my way through lessons 4.8 - 4.10 I feel I've got the gist of direct & indirect object pronouns, as in I understand the basics of them. But these lessons felt like a really quick overview and I'll need more practice to really master them. Ca...

1 reply - Last post by Karen-B1 - July 4, 2018

Parsing this sentence from an audio lesson

Hello everyone, my first post, I"m not sure if this is grammer or vocab, but had a question on this sentence from 17.4 Bachelor Party:   se le va la locura de su vida. the craziness in his life goes away I get it, that        "la locura de su vida...

8 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - July 1, 2018

Frases condicionales o How to use "if" frases.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0q3yvd1yilr1s64/frases%20condicionales.pdf?dl=0 Esta es una hoja de mis clases gramáticas.  Explica bien, creo, como hacer frases de si y cuando usar la forma subjuntiva.

0 replies - Last post by the-hefay - June 30, 2018

Desde Puno, podemos tomar el tren a Cusco, la cual se supone es Hermosa,

From Puno we can take the train to Cusco, which is supposed to be beautiful, The phrase is correct as I found all kinds of examples on the web. It just seems strange to me to see "se supone" and then a conjugated verb (es) directly afterwards. Ah, maybe ...

9 replies - Last post by the-hefay - June 25, 2018

ellos nos los piden (they ask us for them)

Hello, This is my first time to post here and I am not sure if my post is in the right forum. I am doing the Level 1 Language and Culture Lesson Module 4.10 and I came across this ellos nos los piden (they ask us for them) and I am trying to understand ...

15 replies - Last post by the-hefay - June 23, 2018

conjugation chart for frequently used verbs

Where might I find a chart which provides the conjugation of frequently used verbs?

1 reply - Last post by the-hefay - June 19, 2018

Fin vs. Final

Please:  Can someone explain the difference between fin y final.   Sentence examples:      No, una cuadra, de allí, al fin de la calle están.      Al final de la calle, allí están.      Al final de la calle. Why use fin at all in the first example, especi...

1 reply - Last post by Alan-L1 - June 6, 2018

Creo que tenemos que esperar a que alguien pase y me den a mí o a ti...

Aquí está la frase completa: - Creo que tenemos que esperar a que alguien pase y me den a mí o a ti un aventón a la vulcanizadora más cercana. Creo que debería ser ...y nos de a mí o a ti..., ¿no?

3 replies - Last post by the-hefay - May 30, 2018

From the Travelogue 6.5

"No le pregunté qué va hacer para protegernos..." Why isn't this "va a hacer"?  Just curious if this is acceptable without the "a", or just a typo.

15 replies - Last post by the-hefay - May 12, 2018

Chat room and some resources

Hi. Yesterday I stumbled on this website http://www.babbel.com/ . It's a free language resource and there's also a chat room. There was actually a lot of activity in the chat room with both native speakers and learners participating. Well, I didn't dare ...

5 replies - Last post by Ramsey-P - May 9, 2018

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