Learning Spanish: Poco a Poco


You can differentiate male and female.

Ever wondered if the “friend” that your boyfriend/girlfriend was out with the last night was male or female?  Well inherently within the Spanish language it would be made clear.  Of course this is assuming that they’re not lying and simply changing that “a” to an “o”.





It’s sexy.
I mean come on.  Who wouldn’t rather listen to sweet nothings in Spanish than in English.  The weather’s hot.  The people are hot.  And the language is hot.  Nothing else needed here.

 

It’s more precise when it comes to when things happen and with whom.
There are a tonne of different tenses in Spanish, with a different way to conjugate verbs depending on whom you are talking to, and who the subject is.  For example, I can differentiate between “I studied Spanish for a year, and no more”, and “I studied Spanish, and am still studying Spanish”.  All I need to do is a simple change in the conjugation of the verb.  Much more precise.  Difficult, as an English speaker, to remember how to conjugate sometimes, but very useful.

Add “ito/a” to the end of anything and you’ve just made that thing small.


Love this.  My friends in Korea used to always ask if I wanted to go out “for a little beer?”  In Spanish you can just change “cerveza” to “cervezita” and there you have it, “little beer”.  Can be used for anything.  Cabbies commonly use it when telling you the fare “pesitos” or “small pesos.”

 

Ser and Estar


In English, “I am” is the only term we have for these two different verbs.  In Spanish there’s two verbs for the one English phrase.  Ser, is the permanent version of “I am”.  For example, Ser is used with your name, nationality, hair colour, height, and possibly a profession or hobby.  Estar, on the other hand is used for impermanent versions of who you are. For example, “I am bored” with “ser” is very different than “I am bored” with “estar”.  The reason I like this is that you can choose the importance you put on who you and what you find important.  I’d consider myself to be a cyclist, and this is not impermanent, so I’d use “ser”.  But maybe someone who rents a bike to ride around a town sight-seeing would consider themselves the impermanent version of “I am” or “estar”.  Useful.



You have age, you are not your age.


In Spanish people ask you how many years you have, not how many years you are.  I like the fact that you have collected your years, instead of being your years.  Slight difference, but it works with how I see age.  Good work Spanish.  Wise beyond your years.

So there’s a few observations on learning Spanish as I see it so far.  I love learning Spanish, and look forward to the day when I’m fluent in the language.

Abrazos.

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