Debo

Ava Dawn

Ava Dawn

Here's my favorite phrase for the day. Para evitar los tacos, debo aprender a volar. My question is -how do you conjugate the word "debo". I am hoping that other Rocket Spanish students will get involve in the forum especially the ones with high scores. I only hear from Steve W15 and Dan H24. Where are the others? I would like to hear how they are doing?, the joys and the struggles of learning a new language.
Dan-H24

Dan-H24

Aurora, I know you are encouraging others to participate (as as I) but I just finished this lesson so I can't resist chiming in. Debo is just the present tense yo form of deber, no? ...I should learn how to fly. I was amused to learn that a taco is a word for a traffic jam. Quite a revelation to a gringo norteamericano!
Steven-W15

Steven-W15

Many joys. As hard as it was at first, the more I go through the course, the more I enjoy it. Wait until you get to the Platinum course. It is fun, funny - a real pleasure to follow. p.s. Regarding "debo", just type in "deber" (google) and the first thing that will come up is how to conjugate the verb.
Patrice-B

Patrice-B

Hola a todos, I also did not know that los tacos are traffic jams. La palabra es más fácil que los embotellamientos. Pero que tal la palabra atasco...es similar...los tacos...los atascos. :) Pero si tenemos un taco yo se un atajo. Estoy de acuerdo que aprender español es muy divertido.
Ava Dawn

Ava Dawn

I did google it and found all the different ways of conjugating the verb deber. Too much info. I just wanted to know the present tense.FYI debo debes debe debemos debeis deben. It means must plus an infinitive. Awesome.
Cristian-Montes-de-Oca

Cristian-Montes-de-Oca

Hola! "Debo" , comes from "deber" and well, "deber" can mean different things. One , of course, means "I have to", "I must" or "I should" as in "Debes ir a la escuela" (You must go to school/You have to...), "Yo debo hacer mi tarea" (I have to make my homework). The 2nd meaning is similar to "owing" something, such as money . For example, "Te debo 5 dolares" (I owe you 5 dollars). "Yo le debía dinero al banco" (I owed/Use to owe money to the bank) The 3rd I can think of is "duty" as in "Es el deber de un soldado servir a su patria" (It is a soldier's duty to serve his homeland). In this case 'deber' never changes , it can't be conjugated, It is more of a adjective. There is a another way people use 'deber' it is a plural form (I guess) similar to the last meaning (duty) and that is "deberes". It is used a lot when reffering to house chores ("Los deberes del hogar o de la casa") It is something like a responsibillity or assigment. And now comes TACOS. In Mexico, probably 98% of time, we are talking about...well...THE BEST FOOD IN THE WORLD, a tortilla, rolled or folded around ANYTHING you want, yes! literally you can make tacos out of anything!!!! Meat, pork, chicken, eggs, fish, vegetables,shrimp,lobster insects, potatoes, chorizo, ham, turkey,octopus ,avocado,beans, rice, bacon, roast beef, duck, you can even make a taco inside a quesadilla...well, you get the idea! But... we also call the billiard or pool stick, "Taco de billar", our soccer/football shoes "tacos de futbol" (similar to the word tacón, which is a high heel) we also use the diminutive of taco (taquito) to describe a soccer pass using the back part of a shoe, or the heel. In Chile and some parts of Colombia, they use Taco as in "traffic jam". I think I will go get some "Tacos al pastor" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_pastor) right now! I'm starving! Buenas noches! Saludos desde Tijuana, Baja California!
ricardo-rich

ricardo-rich

Hola Cristian y todos, Me encantan los tacos al pastor. ¡ Riquísima! Debo ir a la taquería con mi esposa para comerlos manaña. Saludos, Ricardo
Ava Dawn

Ava Dawn

Asi es. No sabía si debía seguir adelante o retroceber. Here's deber again in the past imperfect tense

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