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El curso es enseñada por la Profesora Ramírez.

Apologies if I've asked this question before, but this phrase bothers me and I just saw it on the test. Shouldn't it be "enseñado" as it is "el curso"?

5 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - December 15, 2014

Word Order

While studying lesson 12.9 this morning I encountered the following statement: El lago en que nadaron ustedes está contaminado. It seems like when I have seen ustedes or usted used in the past, it has preceded the verb that it clarifies, as in, El lag...

18 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - December 12, 2014

Rocket French

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2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - December 8, 2014

se habla espa&ntilde;ol

Here is another construction we see on signs. "se habla español" or "se habla español aquí" I understand this translates to "Spanish is spoken" and "Spanish is spoken here". Since the "actor" (the speaker) is unknown in this sentence, it is appropriate...

7 replies - Last post by Ava Dawn - December 6, 2014

Yo vs Me

I retired last year. Me jubilé el año pasado. This looks like a preterite. Again the same question. Why ""Me jubile (accent on e) and not "Yo jubile (accent on e)".

9 replies - Last post by Ava Dawn - December 6, 2014

i dont understand this question title

in lesson 1.11 knowit you are very young. why cant you say, estas es muy joven

8 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - December 4, 2014

C&oacute;mo se dice...

OK - here is more fun stuff to ponder. Suppose I turn to my Spanish speaking friend and ask: ¿Cómo se dice "fruit" en español? Why do we need to include 'se' in this question? Maybe I should rephrase the English from which I am translating to somethin...

3 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - December 4, 2014

&iquest;C&oacute;mo les va?

In lesson 12.3 Mauricio asks, "¿Cómo les va?" The use of les implies that he is asking the question of more than one person. So why does he not ask, "¿Cómo les van"? Or should I be translating this sentence as "How does IT go with all of you? Now that I t...

18 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - December 4, 2014

Adjectives

¿Ayudar a mi mejor amigo a ocupar su tiempo mientras su nueva esposa hace compras? Help my best friend occupy his time while his new wife goes shopping? I always thought the adjective and the noun are reverse in Spanish compared to English. How about t...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - December 3, 2014

gustar

Despite having taken four years of Spanish in high school, I still had a fuzzy understanding of direct pronouns, indirect pronouns, and reflexive verbs. In addition to that mush, I thought that gustar is a reflexive verb. I also thought it meant "to lik...

22 replies - Last post by Dan-H24 - December 1, 2014

Reverse Construction verbs - gustar

I was looking for the name of the class of verbs that 'gustar' belongs to and I found it in the Big Red Book. Gustar is a 'reverse construction verb'. http://www.espanol-ingles.com.mx/spanish-grammar/reverse_constructions.shtml In the case of 'gustar',...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - December 1, 2014

Le Lo LightSpeed Spanish

Hola a todos, More humorous tutelage from Gordon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5El5ZmnJayk Saludos, Ricardo

10 replies - Last post by Ava Dawn - November 25, 2014

ir versus irse: &quot;tengo que ir&quot; versus &quot;tengo que irme&quot;

I was doing some reading on reflexive verbs and I found a list where the meaning changes when one uses the reflexive form versus the non-reflexive form. This list includes the verb 'ir'. ir = to go irse = to go away, to leave So, "tengo que ir" means "...

6 replies - Last post by the-hefay - November 25, 2014

Direct and indirect pronouns

One of the things that helped me in the lessons was how they showed a progression of sentences that started very specific and substituted in the direct and indirect pronouns. For example: I gave Mary a present. Di María un regalo. The subject is "I" wh...

4 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - November 22, 2014

les

Me preguntaron si te conocía, pero les dije que no. What's the "les" for? Here's the translation. "They asked me if I knew you, but I said no".

12 replies - Last post by Dan-H24 - November 21, 2014

tengo que irme

In lesson 3.2 Amy says "tengo que irme." I was watching Destinos (thanks Dan) and Raquel used "tengo que ir." What's the difference or are they both the same? Is there a certain situation when the reflexive is required or more appropriate?

5 replies - Last post by the-hefay - November 20, 2014

Qu&eacute; se le ofrece - How to translate

According to both Rocket Spanish and most other sites, the above sentence means, "How can I help you." An earlier thread about this on this forum discussed how this sentence is structured in the passive voice ("What can you be helped with", perhaps). Howe...

13 replies - Last post by Ava Dawn - November 19, 2014

Gerund and Participle

Gerund: cuidando Participle: cuidado What is a gerund and what is a participle.

6 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - November 13, 2014

Gustar

Hola a todos, I was reviewing, a perpetual state for me, and somehow how I had forgotten the different use of gustar in lesson 17.1 gustas, gustábamos. It's unlikely I would use it in that manner as I tell my wife "te quiero o te amo" but I came across t...

6 replies - Last post by Dan-H24 - November 11, 2014

&quot;si&quot; &quot;if&quot;

Pero sí se escucha de una alta tasa de interés. But you hear about a high interest rate. Looks like it's missing the word "if" in the translation. Is my observation correct?

8 replies - Last post by maha266 - November 9, 2014

Dice que

Question number one Dice que para ella la cosa más importante no es su gusto sino el gusto de su novio. The most important thing is not her tastes but her boyfriend's tastes. Where is "Dice que" in the translation?

10 replies - Last post by Dan-H24 - November 5, 2014

Why puede instead of puedes?

How come when you ask someone to take your photo, you say " puede sacar mi foto?" instead of "puedes sacar mi foto?" I thought puede meant can he or she.

5 replies - Last post by Ava Dawn - November 5, 2014

The subjunctive in English

Just a curious note I thought I'd pass along. Yes, believe it or not, the subjunctive tense does exist in English. I had read this somewhere and for the life of me couldn't think of an example. And then it came to me one day from a prayer I learned as a ...

8 replies - Last post by Ava Dawn - November 4, 2014

&quot;Me falta...&quot; vs. &quot;Me hace falta...&quot;

Is there a difference in meaning between these two phrases? Are there contexts in which you would use one and not the other?

3 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - November 3, 2014

Pueden and quieran

Can we talk about this phrase? Y no sólo dijo que ustedes pueden ir a pescar cuando quieran And she didn't just say that you guys can go fishing whenever you want. It appears that pueden is third person plural present tense indicative while quieren is th...

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - November 3, 2014

i entered the question below, i don&#039;t know what more you would want

in lesson 1.4 bueno is translated well, ( well i don't know) no where in the spanish translation can i find it translated well only good or fine etc. what say you?

5 replies - Last post by Richard-F58 - November 3, 2014

&quot;It&quot; in Spanish

Hola a todos, I recently read this sentence while reviewing "Laugh 'n' Learn Spanish" which is chock full of information about usage and grammar." La medida de una buena fiesta es la longitud de tiempo que toma recuperarse de ella." Translated as: "The ...

6 replies - Last post by Ava Dawn - November 2, 2014

To A or not to A?

I am reviewing lesson 6.7 this afternoon. The following two sentences are shown in the lesson: A Cecilia le gusta el fútbol. Juanita siempre me molesto cuando intento a trabajar. I'm not quite sure why the first has the personal a and the second does n...

3 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - November 1, 2014

&iquest;No sab&iacute;as que Paraguay es un pa&iacute;s biling&uuml;e? Pens&eacute; que todos hablaban espa&ntilde;ol.

Interesting. Why is it that in the first phrase, the second part of the phrase is in the present ("es") while in the second phrase, it's in the past/imperfect ("hablaban")? Would it be also be correct to say: - "Pensé que todos hablan español." "No sabía...

7 replies - Last post by Ava Dawn - October 26, 2014

&iquest;Que quieres que diga?

¿Que quieres que diga? Why not ¿Que quieres me diga? What do you want me to say?

8 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - October 26, 2014

Puede ser que el r&iacute;o est&eacute; contaminado

Puede ser que el río esté contaminado. It could be that the river is contaminated. Shouldn't this be esta with accent on a instead of este with accent on the second e

9 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - October 25, 2014

Practicas t&uacute; estas palabras.

This sentence is from lesson 11.6. Can someone explain the purpose and placement of "tú" in the sentence? "Practicas estas palabras" would convey the same meaning. If the purpose was to emphasize who should be performing the action, why was it not placed ...

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - October 25, 2014

Vosotros

Without using "Vosotros", how do you address a group of children on giving instructions like "You wash your hands now" or "You play or dance later". Laváis sus manos a hora mismo o jugáis o bailáis mas tarde.

19 replies - Last post by the-hefay - October 24, 2014

El curso es ense&ntilde;ada por la Profesora Ram&iacute;rez.

Shouldn't this be: El curso es enseñado por la Profesora Ramírez.

9 replies - Last post by Ava Dawn - October 22, 2014

Asking questions

Hi! I'm a little confused on the way to ask questions in spanish. Some questions are asked as a direct translation: Puedo sacar su foto (Can I take your picture)? However, other questions: Me puede decir la hora (me can you tell the time), or: En que l...

10 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - October 3, 2014

Video about &quot;se&quot;

Hola amigos, Here is a video with Gordon of Light Speed Spanish on the many uses of "se'. I found it a highly entertaining review. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pil4tCAtjo8 Saludos, Ricardo

1 reply - Last post by Dan-H24 - October 2, 2014

Lejania me haces bien, ya puedo respirar...

"The remoteness does me good, I can breathe now..." This would make perfect sense to me if it were: - "Lejania me hace bien, ya puedo respirar..." I have listened to this song ("Libre Soy" - from the Disney movie "Frozen" in Spanish) over and over and I...

2 replies - Last post by laura-rocket-tutor - September 28, 2014

&quot;de&quot;

"de" means of, about, on, with, because of, by, a . Can someone give examples of sentences using the different meanings of "de"?

11 replies - Last post by maha266 - September 24, 2014

Vamos or V&aacute;monos

I have heard people use vámonos instead of vamos and have also seen some discussion in other forums online. The other discussions seemed to settle on a preference to use vámonos when leaving a place and vamos when going to a place. Is this correct? Does...

5 replies - Last post by Dan-H24 - September 24, 2014

Language &amp; Culture lesson 6.7 - Faltar

When discussing the use of faltar, there is this example and explanation, "In another example, “Me falta dinero para comprar la leche” (I don’t have enough money to buy the milk), the verb falta will reflect the singular la leche." Isn't "la leche" the ...

5 replies - Last post by Ava Dawn - September 23, 2014

Reflexive?

I was reviewing Lesson 5.2 this afternoon and encountered this sentence in Know It: At what time should we meet up? the correct answer given was: ¿A qué hora nos reunimos? I got tripped up trying to work in "should", but my real question is with "nos ...

4 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - September 21, 2014

gripe vs enferma

Which is the more common usage in spoken Spanish? Why? Yo estoy con gripe translates as I am sick or I am with the flu or I have the flu. Yo estoy enferma also translates as I am sick

1 reply - Last post by Dan-H24 - September 20, 2014

Es bueno que la novia de Mario viene con nosotros.

I am really surprised that the condition here doesn't trigger the subjunctive: "Es bueno que la novia de Mario venga con nosotros." To note also that this statement is in reference to a future event.

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - September 20, 2014

Yo creo vs Pero creo yo que debe ser

Pero creo yo que debe ser “la Internet,” como “net” es “una red” en español. I know that internet could be el internet or la internet, but at the beginning of the sentence, I thought it would better if its "Pero yo creo que debe ser la internet. Explain p...

1 reply - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - September 17, 2014

Ten&iacute;a una cuenta desde el 2002 hasta el 2006.

I would have expected here "Tuve una cuenta..." as it is for a fixed time period in the past with a definite ending.

2 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - September 16, 2014

Com&iacute; hasta los huesos.

Given the explanation from Ricardo awhile back where the reflexive in these contexts indicates thoroughness / completeness, I would have expected to see here: "Me comí hasta los huesos." Or maybe this would be considered redundant?

9 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - September 15, 2014

Question on subjunctive from lesson.

In Lesson 1.5 of the Second Course (Premium Plus), the following phrase is encountered: para la música buena uno hace lo que se pueda This lession does not cover the subjunctive but I am a bit thrown off by poder being in subjunctive. Since I am one of ...

15 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - September 14, 2014

&quot;&iquest;En d&oacute;nde se pueden comprar los boletos?&quot;

I was expecting here "se puede" rather than "se pueden", as in the example below (pulled off the Internet, which may of course be wrong...): "se puede comprar dolares" How does this correlation (singular vs. plural) work between a reflexive construct and...

15 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - September 13, 2014

conversation

dobla izzquierda means turn left is their another word for left example- i left my coat at home

4 replies - Last post by Dan-H24 - September 13, 2014

&quot;Imag&iacute;nense que sin motivo tu novio te lleva, nervioso, a cenar a un restaurante.&quot;

This may follow in the same vein as what people say verses what they write, but it is a bit different than what's been addressed prior I think... "Imagínense" is addressing several people while "tu novio te lleva" is addressing one person (informally). I...

0 replies - Last post by Steven-W15 - September 12, 2014

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