Direct and indirect object pronouns

Direct and indirect object pronouns

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…)

Masculine/feminine?

Masculine/feminine?

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…)

Numbers

Numbers

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…)