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Dondé es el subjunctive

I have just completed Rocket Spanish premium plus and I was feeling positive. However, two verb conjugations have not been addressed.One is the present perfect e.g He comido I have eaten etc.Which seems simple to master. However, the other is the subjunct...

4 replies - Last post by Luz-T - March 25, 2012

Getting the pronouns straight.

Hey guys, in lesson 2.1 Amy asks the following question: ¿Quiere visitar un museo o una iglesia? Could you also say/write is as: ¿Le quiere visitar un museo o una iglesia? Thanks!

3 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - March 2, 2012

parecer

I am having trouble with this word in sentences (grammatic structure). Can it be used for sentences like: The new song seems boring to us. The new song seems interesting to him. The new song seems very good to you. Thanks.

3 replies - Last post by emi-g - February 5, 2012

Using "Can" in English but not "Poder" in Spanish

I have a question about the use of the word "can" when forming questions in English where the corresponding verb "poder" in Spanish seems to often be omitted. For example "¿Me pasas la sal?" "Can you pass me the salt...

2 replies - Last post by joy-t - January 1, 2012

Como estas tu? vs. Como estas?

When would one term be more appropriate then the other?

5 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - December 13, 2011

Por favor, ayudame con "quiero" "me gustaria&

Necesito ayuda con la comprension la diferencia entre......me gustaria y quisiera. Estoy practicando espanol cada jueves con una persona de Ecuador. El dijo que "Yo quisiera es mas cortes o....polite....de la frase "me gustaria." S...

7 replies - Last post by Lauren-B1 - December 4, 2011

Soy/Estoy?

Amy: Soy de Ios Estados Unidos. Mauricio: Hablas español muy bien. Amy: Sólo un poco. Estoy aprendiendo. According to the introductions lesson both "Soy," and "Estoy," mean I'm. Why are there two separate words for I'm. Is it the speaker's choice? ...

2 replies - Last post by Aaron-A - November 28, 2011

Encantar, Gustar,etc. With pronouns

Hola todos, I have a question regarding the placement of direct pronouns with encantar, gustar etc. Those verbs that are used in the third person with the indirect object pronoun. If someone were to say:" me encanta éste sitio", and I wanted to reply ...

13 replies - Last post by Raymot - November 27, 2011

20.5 pdf

20.5 PDF - About the subjunctive The following passage occurs in lesson 20.5: “The personal 'a' is not used with direct objects that are indefinite or nonexistent (that is, a hypothetical person, place, or thing) EXCEPT before 'alguien' and 'nadie'. Look...

1 reply - Last post by Patrice-B - November 17, 2011

20.1 hace poco

In lession 20.1, they give this translation: “Es incómodo hablar con alguien conquien estuviste saliendo hace poco.” “It's uncomfortable to speak to someone who you went out with for a little while.” To me, “hace poco” means “a while ago, recently”. Can ...

2 replies - Last post by Raymot - November 14, 2011

How do you say "Me name is"

Hola! Como Estas? Estoy muy bien... And i need help saying my name is spanish =/ can you guys please help me? If you can that will be so helpful!

4 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - November 13, 2011

Vosotros and ir

¿Puede alguien explicar cómo usar "vosotros" e "ir" a decir "you went," "you are going," y "you will go"? Can someone explain how to use "vosotros" and "ir" to say "you went," "you are going," and "you will go"?

3 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - November 13, 2011

lesson 3.3

Why is it Cual es el pronostico del tiempo instead of Que es el pronostico.......................

1 reply - Last post by Raymot - November 11, 2011

use of tener

in the spanish language do you use the word for 'have' the same ways as in english? e.g. "i have to go now" or "i have improved" or "i haven't start yet" If not how would things like this be said? muchas gracias

3 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - November 7, 2011

Preposition "A"

I apologize if this has already been posted. Good Evening, I am new here and I have just begun the program. I was following the Language and Culture section when i came across this statement ¿Cúando fue el doctor a ver a la señora? The translation says th...

3 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - October 5, 2011

Use of "sí" in 12.2

Al fin de leccion 12.2 Chilean History, Mauricio dice, "Pero las fiestas, ¡de esas sí me acordaba!" Como se explica el uso de "sí"? Qué es la forma o función gramatical? Gracias por su ayuda.

3 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - October 4, 2011

city life

Why was the t added to parque?

1 reply - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - September 14, 2011

este vs esto

Yo ví (I saw) ---> Me gusta éste, pero prefiero ése. en un lecion en una web pagina aqui pero... "Me gusta esto, pero prefiero eso" <---¿es correcto verdad?

1 reply - Last post by Pascal-P - August 11, 2011

Quiza vs quizas

Is there a difference to when either word (quiza or quizas) is used or do they both mean exactly the same thing and using one or the other makes no difference?

1 reply - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - July 23, 2011

A donde vs adonde

I've seen "a donde" used in the Conversation Course book and "adonde" used in the Grammar book. Do these two words mean the same thing, but can be spelled in 2 different ways?

3 replies - Last post by Michelle-F - June 17, 2011

I can't roll my RRRRR's

any suggestions or help would be much appreciated...

9 replies - Last post by Esther-S - June 15, 2011

Verbarrator

Has anyone used this verb conjugation training software? I have looked at it on line and it seems as though it could be quite useful. Before I buy it however, I would like to get some feedback from actual users if possible. Muchas gracias.

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - May 16, 2011

Direct/Indirect object pronouns

This is from 4.6 and 4.7. "Quiero comprar un regalo por Teresa." Teresa is the indirect object, which becomes le. But why is the correct way "Le quiero comprar un regalo" and not "Quiero le comprar un regalo"?

2 replies - Last post by nohablo - May 16, 2011

Megaverbs

Hola! I downloaded MegaSpanish software and think it is great. I see MegaVocab and MegaAudio, but where is MegaVerbs? Mega Spanish PC version File type: exe File size: 29.93 MB Click here to download this file. The Rocket Spanish Software for PC User...

7 replies - Last post by William-H1 - May 8, 2011

Does grammar in the lessons get more advanced?

Hola! I just finished Lesson 1.3, and so far my extent of Spanish grammar knowledge is this: Quiero=I want and Quieres=You want. I know I'm not far into the course, but I was wondering: does the grammar get more advanced as the lessons go on? Is there exp...

2 replies - Last post by Abigail-- - May 5, 2011

para tomar

I'm a brand new spanish student. In the lesson about food and drink, why does "para" need to be before "tomar" if tomar means "to drink"? Wouldn't "para tomar" then mean "to to drink?"

1 reply - Last post by Adrian.W - April 1, 2011

&quot;Me voy contigo&quot;

Could someone please explain this to me. In one of the lessons the phrase "Me voy contigo" is used. Why does "Me voy contigo" mean I am going with you. Why wouldn't you say "Yo voy contigo"?

2 replies - Last post by Cathy-M - March 30, 2011

escribirlo

In lesson 2.6, the sentence used is "Voy a escribirlo en la manana." I can't find the word "escribirlo" in any of the 14 tenses in my verb book. It isn't referred to anywhere in the Beginners Spanish Book either. Would you please explain the 'lo' endi...

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - March 19, 2011

when to use &quot;a&quot; with que vas

In the conversations on travel there is the phrase: Que vas a hacer? When I speak to my Spanish friends they say that they do not use the "a". Instead they leave out the "a" and say Que vas hacer? In other parts of the conversation on travel the phrase Qu...

2 replies - Last post by nohablo - March 14, 2011

Hacer and Trabajar

When you are asking someone what they do for a living what phrase is used? En que trabajas? or Que Haces? Are these interchangeable?

2 replies - Last post by nohablo - March 13, 2011

Imperfect and indefinido verbs in the same sentence

Is this correct? (the verbs are in capitals) A:?Qué problemas tuviste antes de volver? B: Cuando ESTABA PREPARANDO mis maletas REVISé mis documentos y me di cuenta de que no TENíA mi pasaporte! A:y qué hiciste entonces? B:!Pues LLAMé inmediatamenta a ...

0 replies - Last post by vanessa-- - March 11, 2011

Ser or Estar

I have just found this neat trick/acronym for helping to select the correct verb "to be". Ser: Acronym = BOOT. B....Basic characteristics. O....Origin. O....Occupations. T....Time. Estar: Acronym = FLAT. F.....Feelings. L.....Location. A.....and. T.....T...

0 replies - Last post by sjlkh - March 10, 2011

-er,-ir,-ar,esta and soy :s

Hola :) I am a real newbie to this...and after a trip to Mexico last year (btw...i am one of those stupid tourists who have been answering "estoy muy caliente" to the question "how do u feel",so i got a good laugh when i read that part of the beginners bo...

2 replies - Last post by Eric-J - February 26, 2011

Ser and Estar

What is the difference between ser and estar?

6 replies - Last post by Ron-H - February 7, 2011

Another &quot;sale&quot; question

In one of the first lessons Amy says.... ¿Cuándo sale el tren al aeropuerto? Then Mauricio replies....El tren al aeropuerto sale a las cinco de la mañana en punto. My question is, when Amy speaks would it be wrong to say..."Cuando el tren sale al aerop...

0 replies - Last post by Linda-L - February 4, 2011

Hacer vs. Trabajar

I have another one. What is the difference between Hacer and Trabajar and where would I use each?

3 replies - Last post by Pascal-P - January 25, 2011

Beber or Tomar

Are these verbs interchangeable or is there a certain instance where each should be used?

2 replies - Last post by James-K1 - January 24, 2011

Use of &quot;se&quot;

What does "se" mean in "Se le ofrece algo mas" ?

3 replies - Last post by Esther-L - January 22, 2011

Placement of adjectives

Hi, Normally, I see adjetives placed after a noun in Spanish as in "una casa blanca." However, sometimes, adjectives come before the noun. For example, "un buen amigo." Why is this so and what are the the rules for placement of the...

3 replies - Last post by Esther-L - January 16, 2011

need an explanation of &quot;gustar&quot;

Ok, so I am soooo lost with some uses of "gustar". For instance: Why do you have to say "A mi" in front of the sentence "I like cats" = A mi me gustan los gatos. Why can you not just say: Me gustan los gatos. Also, why do you not use "gustamo...

5 replies - Last post by sjlkh - January 14, 2011

que vs de que

What is the difference between que and de que in terms of que being a relative pronoun and de que being a conjunction. I see de que used in place of que all the time, but have no idea why. In terms of being understood does it matter using one instead of...

5 replies - Last post by Pascal-P - January 7, 2011

Cu&aacute;l es el pron&oacute;stico del tiempo

Why couldn't you use Que ? instead of Cuál

6 replies - Last post by sjlkh - January 2, 2011

Beginner's Guide

The audio mentions the Beginner's Guide for review. Where do I locate that?

20 replies - Last post by nohablo - December 29, 2010

Yo vs Me

I'm confused about me versus yo. I understand that "Yo gusto" is I like; but then why is Me gustaria "I would like?" Why not "Yo gustaria?"

1 reply - Last post by sjlkh - December 29, 2010

when do we use es &amp; when do we use esta like es muy amable why not esta with accent on top of a?

They are both correct in that they are the third person conjugation of Ser and Estar. The difference however is that the use of es/ser suggests that the subject is always or inherently kind. The use of está/estar suggests that the subject is only kind on ...

0 replies - Last post by sjlkh - December 7, 2010

past tense y continuar

I want to say 'They continued to run around in the field" but I'm not sure which past tense to use. Is continuing something an event ( a decision to keep doing something), or timeline? I want to say a timeline, and the correct translation would be Ellos ...

0 replies - Last post by Stephanie-D - November 7, 2010

&iquest;Qu&eacute; tipo de tour le gustar&iacute;a hacer?

I'm a bit confused on the last part of this - 'le gustaria hace'. Why is 'le' needed? - what kind of tour THE would you like?

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - November 4, 2010

Tienes t&uacute;....?

¿Tienes tú los libros de la biblioteca? I'm a bit confused. Why write tienes tú, if tienes already means you have, or in this case, do you have? Why the extra tú? Could the sentence be written "Tienes los libros de la biblioteca?" Is there a grammar less...

1 reply - Last post by Rachel-S - October 29, 2010

spanish pronounciation

on lesson 1.7 the word salir is pronounced differently between Amy and Maricio in the phase Tenemos que salir

1 reply - Last post by ricardo-rich - September 20, 2010

pronunciation

In many courses for Spanish that I have seen, the "a" is said to be pronounced like in the English word father. This seems incorrect to me. It sounds like it should be pronounced like last, past, apple. Please comment

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - August 4, 2010

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