I saw this on Facebook today and thought it was a great example of the spanish command forms in practice. Poor little penguin who thought his friend was saying “nothing” (also nada).
Here’s how regular affirmative tú commands are formed, they’re very simple because they mimic the usted/el/ella form in present tense:
er + e -> come! (eat!) |
ar + a -> nada! (swim!)
When discussing something and/or someone already referred to, we can reduce repetition by using direct and indirect object pronouns. In english we might change the phrase “I gave the book to ellen” to “I gave it to her“.
The thing (the book in this case) is known as the direct object.
Who the book is for (appears before the direct object pronoun in spanish) is the indirect object (for her). (more…)
Soo masculine, isn’t he (Arnold Schwarzenegger, see photo). Just like how Arny’s bulging muscles indicates his masculinity, Spanish nouns have a few “tells” as-well, which can help us remember what words are masculine (el/los) or feminine (la/los).
Here’s a “cheat-sheet” with five points to help us navigate gender. (more…)
Yeah yeah, I know, I know – too simple right? Welllll, I’m not so sure. “deez mil por favor” I said to a middle-aged Chilean lady sitting inside a caja responsible for putting credit on subway travel cards. She looked at me straight in the eyes and slowly, but firmly said “diez mill” (sounding like “de-iz” , think Cameron Diaz). (more…)
I could easily count the number of native English speakers I know, who have learnt to speak Spanish. On the occasions that I hear an English-speaking foreigner hablando en Spanish I get tingles and am hit by a rush of inspiration. After realising, this I did countless Google searches on “celebrities who speak Spanish”, and low and behold… not many native English speaking celebrities have accomplished the task. The most notable example I could find however (more…)