Camisa AND camiseta for 'shirt'?

KelllaurBailar September 24, 2015, 1:19 pm
I was taking a Language and Culture lesson today. I have taken
other Spanish courses/programs in the past and I have been told
that the word 'camisa' means shirt. Today I come across 'camiseta'
Are they both just as correct to use, do they refer to different
kinds, or would you use them in different instances/situations? If
they're both correct, why in the world do we need two words for
shirt? Of course we have top and shirt in English...
Camisa AND camiseta for 'shirt'?
Robert-C7 September 24, 2015, 2:00 pm
I believe that camisa means shirt and camiseta meas T-shirt.
Camisa AND camiseta for 'shirt'?
Dan-H24 September 25, 2015, 12:23 am
I believ that Robert is correct. Similarly, a big semi type truck
is a camión, and a pickup truck is a camioneta. I don't know if
these are actually diminutives, but I love the way the Spanish
language modifies words in this way.
Camisa AND camiseta for 'shirt'?
Steven-W15 September 25, 2015, 3:14 am
Right on, they are diminutives. There is a module on this in the Platinum course (19.6).
- hermano / hermanito
- abuela / abuelita
- café / cafecito
- cabeza / cabecita
- ...

I think you also see this in some names as well: Ana / Anita, Juan / Juanito, ...
 
Camisa AND camiseta for 'shirt'?
Dan-H24 September 25, 2015, 12:55 pm
I love how diminutives are applied to names in Spanish. The woman I
Skype with in Spain told me her mother calls her "Adelita" though
her given name is Adela. Last winter while in Cuba I visited the
family of my friend Manuel who lives here in Roanoke. They told me
they call him "Manuelito."
Camisa AND camiseta for 'shirt'?
KelllaurBailar September 25, 2015, 2:23 pm
That's a perfect explanation! Thanks for the help, everyone.
Camisa AND camiseta for 'shirt'?

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