Spanish - Grammar

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Stem Changing verb HELP

Hello, I right now am stuck at trying to figure out stem changing verbs, how to learn and remember them? does anyone know any good tips, technique or something.

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - March 29, 2010

rolling your r's

How important is the ability to roll the r's? I can now do it but it doesn't happen automatically and in sentences is very hard to just do. In terms of being understood, does it matter? I notice on the recordings that sometimes it is rolled and sometim...

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - March 29, 2010

Another "SE" question

Hola, Here is another question about "SE" In Pimsluer's course they have the phase: El cajero automatico se ha comido mi tarjeta. When does one know when to use "se" in a phase like this???

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - March 27, 2010

An Additional Reflexive Pronoun?

Hola; I am practicing the flash cards and have a question regarding reflexive pronoun usage. In the example "Peter siempre se ve muy ordenado" I understand the the "se" is referring to Peter because he, himself, looks tidy. In the s...

2 replies - Last post by marti1 - March 26, 2010

Demonstrative pronouns and adjectives -

I am almost certain the answers to the exercises are in some cases wrong! ¡Ja! Allí está. ¿Es esa (4) tu maleta? -- Surely 'esa' is a pronoun; put into a direct sentence: 'Esa es tu maleta.' makes it plain that it is 'That one ...' Simlarly: 'Es negra...

2 replies - Last post by Mauricio - March 15, 2010

listening and learning

I have been doing Rocket Spanish for a few years and feel very much indebted to this program. Now that I am taking a formal spanish class, I realize how much better it has been for me to learn just by listening. When I now try to be grammatically correct,...

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - March 15, 2010

Is the subjunctive ever addressed?

Where is the subjunctive addressed in Rocket Spanish? Is it in the Premium Plus?

1 reply - Last post by danceswithspanish - March 14, 2010

estar and ser- re: fue in preterit

Hello, I was running through lesson 11.4 and noticed 'it was a very entertaining experience' used 'fue' to express 'it was'. Why is this not written as 'estuvo' since it is a temporary instance, as I was lead to believe all 'estar' conjugations were?

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - March 6, 2010

Confusion-Ayuda!

I purchased Rocket Spanish Premium and Premium Plus a week ago. I like the lessons themselves, but I'm TOTALLY confused about the other resources, and one-email-at-a-time with sometimes 2-3 day responses from HELP is driving me CRAZY. I have Mega Games, w...

2 replies - Last post by nohablo - February 26, 2010

Nos es?

I just came across this sentence in an email- "Nos es muy grato saber que..." I understand what he's saying but the grammar seems completely at odds with what I know of Spanish. Nos is a pronoun, so why is he using is as "we"? Shou...

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - February 12, 2010

The use of "A" before a name of a person or a pronoun

The use of "A" before a name of a person or a pronoun. Ex. A Maria le gusta bailar. Is it wrong to say/write: Maria le gusta bailar. Why do you have to use an "A" before the name? And if you talk directly to a person whos name is fo...

3 replies - Last post by tuba - February 10, 2010

advanced grammer book

I bought rocket spanish in 2006 and printed the beginners book and half the advanced- i need to replace some pages and print the rest of the advanced book but can't locate it on the site- its not all in the new interactive lessons. Is it still available s...

3 replies - Last post by bvandy - February 5, 2010

Commands - familiar or polite (formal)?

In lesson 2.4 the following appears: Ah. Mira, ¿esta calle? Siga recto dos cuadras. ¿Recto, entiendes? ¿Derecho, recto? It seems to me that: Mira is tu (familiar) form of command. Mire would be usted (polite/formal) form of command. Siga is usted (polit...

2 replies - Last post by ElHombre - January 14, 2010

Esperarme o esperar para mi?

Can someone please help me? I have been thinking about the sentence "Can you wait for me?" Is it correct to say "Puedes esperarme?" or "Puedes esperar para mi?" I'm confused! Venetia

2 replies - Last post by nohablo - January 10, 2010

Para and Por

Is there a rule when to use the word "para" and the word "por"? EXAMPLE Para cuantas las personas? Por cuantos dias? Is there a rule when to use the word "en" and the word "de"? EXAMPLE Porque voy de vacaciones.

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - December 31, 2009

Help WIth Grammar

Hi, I have been going through Rocket Spanish and finding the conversational stuff ok, but the grammar lessons very difficult even getting 0% on a quiz. I was wondering what should be done here as in should I just go over it? I have been doing ok with the...

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - December 29, 2009

escuchar o oir?

In lesson 13.10 you have: 1. Escucho cantar el pájaro. - I hear the bird sing. and in an earlier lesson: 'Los vecinos eschuchan todo lo que dices.', or something similar (and correct, which this may not be) again translated as 'hear'. Escuchar is also...

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - December 23, 2009

Me Gustaria

Do the terms Me "Gustaria" and "Quisiera" mean the same thing -- I would like? Perhaps they are terms used in different Latino cultures? Thank you, Mac

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - December 18, 2009

light at the end of the tunnel.....or not ?

News flash http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8407231.stm

0 replies - Last post by Antonio - December 12, 2009

Blog - My Spanish Notes

Since blogging is all the rage these days, I figured I'd getting into the blogging business myself, and I decided that my blog should be about the latest passion in my life, learning Spanish. My blog is all about the things I pick up from talking with Sp...

11 replies - Last post by rodneyp - November 1, 2009

beginner books?

does anybody know where i can find the rocket spanish beginners books? i have contaqcted rocket languages 3 times and they have yet to get back to me...Can anybody help me please? thank you.

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - October 10, 2009

lesson 2.4 cuadros or cuadras?

In the conversation, it emphasises "cuadra/s" meaning a block, with "cuadro/s" meaning a picture. In the quiz it seems to use "cuadros" for block - is that a misprint?

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - October 8, 2009

quedar/quedarse

How do you use quedar/quedarse ? Do you use quedar like the verb gustar with the indirect pronomen? For example: is this sentence correct? Me quedan solamente dos semanas para volver a Noruega? Why not "Me quedo solamente......

1 reply - Last post by JackOBrien - October 1, 2009

finamente molido fino

I have a bag of totopos (tortilla chips) with some advertising copy that reads, "Hecho con maiz finamente molido fino..." That strikes me as redundant. Is there a reason for the repetition? (The corresponding English version is unremarkable: ...

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - October 1, 2009

No llevo falda

At the end of the bonus lesson on clothing, after Amy describes what she's wearing, Mauricio says, "Yo no llevo falda!" I would have expected either "Yo no llevo faldas" ("I don't wear skirts") or "Yo no llevo una falda...

0 replies - Last post by wmm - September 26, 2009

Una mapa or Un mapa?

Which is correct when asking for a map?

5 replies - Last post by vincep - September 22, 2009

Need help! Beginners Book Review 6.4 Excercise 1

Hi, I thought I had this but I guess not. For question 1: 1. A Eduardo Y Ramon les gusta comer las hamburguesas. ?Te gustan las hamburguesas? Why is the first sentence not "les gustan comer las hamburguesas" since hamburguesas is plura? Q...

1 reply - Last post by wmm - September 17, 2009

FLASH CARD TRANSLATION

The word correr is (to run) Salgo a correr todos los días .... is translated as I go running everyday shouldn't it be "I go to run everyday" and salgo corriando todos los dias ..would be I go runing everyday thanks frank

1 reply - Last post by Antonio - September 13, 2009

keep off

i wanted to translate "I can't keep my eyes off of you"" from the music...but ran into the challenge of what verb to use. seems to be about four verbs that mean to keep off keep away keep from, etc. anyone help??? amazing how what I ...

2 replies - Last post by my2divots - September 6, 2009

se le ha perdido VS. ha perdido

¿Es correcto en lugar de "*se le ha perdido*" decir mas corto "*ha pedido*"? en las situaciones como, por ejemplo: *A ella se le han perdido las llaves.* _VS._ *Ella ha pedido las llaves.* *A él se le ha perdido su dinero suelto.* _V...

2 replies - Last post by Mauricio - September 2, 2009

?Como te va?

In the email introducing the lesson of the verb ir, it gives the subject sentence for: How's it going? Literally, I'm guessing it means: How go you? So, how come it's not either: ?Como se va? or Como te vas? (Sorry about the missing accents on Como. I for...

4 replies - Last post by Mauricio - September 2, 2009

need help

need help i am spanish speaking person and just want to learn every word in spanish and how to prononce them. i already know how to speak all the basic words and how to respond to them. my main goal is learning the much more difficult words and their mea...

2 replies - Last post by Theresa2 - July 28, 2009

Tenses

Could someone please explain the difference, in plain English between the Preterite and the Imperfect Tenses

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - June 28, 2009

Temperatura en la casa o habitiación

Hola amigos, Necessito ayuda. Se dice hace frio o está lloviendo cuando hablando sobre el clima, pero ¿cómo se dice? "It is hot, cold etc. in this house or room. Muchas gracias, Ricardo

2 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - June 26, 2009

Abandoned Forum

I have noticed that the newsletters have stopped coming, that none of the moderators post anymore, and that Mauricio and Amy seems to have disappeared. I had expected more from this company. Is the product support function dead? What is going on?

10 replies - Last post by Antonio - June 26, 2009

¿Estoy en el camino, o Estoy de camino?

After finishing lesson 5.5, I tried impressing my Puerto Rican girlfriend by saying "I'm on my way" in Spanish. I said: "Estoy en el camino," patterning it after the lesson's question: ¿Estás en el camino? She said it should be: "...

5 replies - Last post by Mauricio - June 25, 2009

Beyond Advanced Spanish?

How can I obtain this book, referenced at the end of the Advanced course for Rocket Spanish? I do not see it in the download area. Thank you, Greg

0 replies - Last post by Gregorio - April 6, 2009

estabamos vs. fuimos

When would it be proper to use estabamos in place of fuimos i.e. Nosotros estabamos a la playa or Nosotros fuimos a la playa, which is correct? Thanks

2 replies - Last post by lukafer2 - April 2, 2009

El agua está contaminada?

At approximately 24:30 in lesson audio 4.4 of advanced, Carmen says: "El agua está contaminada." This is yet another confounding use of combining the definite masculine article with a feminine adjective. In another thread I pointed out another...

2 replies - Last post by Gregorio - April 1, 2009

Lesson 3.3 Advanced Question

Hola, I ran this one by my Spanish-speaking girlfriend (Puerto Rican), and she didn't understand it. In the dialogue: Como usted está con nosotros más de dos años... Is translated as: Because you have been with us for more than 2 years... Is this ju...

4 replies - Last post by Gregorio - March 30, 2009

Cómo vs Qué

In the lessons (2.3 I think), it is stated to use cómo to say "what?" rather than "qué." In TV shows, etc. I always hear "qué" used. Can someone clarify.

4 replies - Last post by rodneyp - March 26, 2009

Would either sentence be correct?

Hola. Wondering if I might be able to make it easier on my English brain. The explanation in RS, p. 104, writes the question as: A quien le servimos la comida? Could I also say correctly "A quien servimos la comida?" (That way, I could f...

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - March 16, 2009

una pregunta - 1.5 conversation

Hola, As I was going through lesson 1.5, I notices something. The conversation has these lines" Carmona: ¿Estás de vacaciones? Mujer: No. Estoy aquí por negocios. They translate to: Carmona: Are you on vacation? Woman: No. I’m here on business. ...

4 replies - Last post by rkotenko - March 12, 2009

Knowing when to Use Preterite or Imperfect?

Hola! For the most part I understand when to use the imperfect (an action repeated often in the past), and when to use the preterite (a quick one time kind of thing). I would like to understand why the RS flashcard sentence "La fiesta *estuvo* ...

1 reply - Last post by dthf90210 - February 23, 2009

Grammer....need help with abc's

Hello, I am having a problem with learning how to pronounce the letters of the alphabet in spanish. I cannot find it in audio format. I feel that is the only way for me to begin to learn. Can anyone help me? Joanne

7 replies - Last post by dthf90210 - February 15, 2009

Questions - Platiquemos and FSI Programmatic

Hi. I was wondering if anyone knows if FSI Programmatic Spanish Lesson 25 is supposed to have audio with it. Mine is missing. Also, can anyone help me obtain the extras that come with Platiquemos? I am referreing to Cantemos (the songs with translatio...

2 replies - Last post by dthf90210 - February 14, 2009

Advanced Grammar, Chapter 1, Exercise 3, Question 9

The answer key says "fue" is the correct answer. I think it should be fueron. 9. Cuando yo tenía diez años, mi familia *fueron* a Disneyland. ¿Qué dices? Gracias, Greg

2 replies - Last post by Gregorio - February 6, 2009

Question on the Use of Cual pgs 102-103 Advanced Spanish

Greetings, My second questions deals with the second reason for using cual, when the person or thing to which the relative pronoun refers is unclear. "The employee of the Vereda company, who was in the news, is going to give a press conference.&quo...

2 replies - Last post by haroelant - January 30, 2009

Question use of Cual as per pgs. 102-103 in Advanced Book

Hello, I have 2 questions that deal with the use of Cual and its definite article. It is stated on page 102, that "El cual and its forms (la cual, los cuales, las cuales) are used in very specific circumstances: -After prepositions of more than one...

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - January 29, 2009

Teaching children Spanish

I am learning Spanish and I am at the beginner/intermediate level. My wife is a little behind me on her Spanish level right now. We would like to teach our children Spanish, because it is much easier to learn as a child than as an adult. Does anybody have...

4 replies - Last post by Hal1 - January 28, 2009

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