Hey Spanish speaking folks...

Discussion in 'Spain' started by GrandAdmiralPelleaon, Jan 10, 2005.

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  1. GrandAdmiralPelleaon Jedi Master

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    I posted this topic in the Panama fan force already,( [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Panama/b10404/18005498/?0]here[/link]) but then I sort of realized I would probably get more response around here seeing as Panama isn't a gigantic country and there probably aren't that many Panamese fans online. :)

    So I decided to repost it here:

    I don't know much Spanish, so I'll write this in English. I'm from Belgium and I'm going to go to Panama for a year next year to study at the university (don't know where yet exactly) with an exchange program.

    I don't speak any Spanish ( I know some words but that's it ) so I was wondering if anyone here could give me some basic phrases and things like that. I refuse to enter a program to learn a language, since that only stiffles your enjoyment anyway if you ask me (hey, I learned English on my own as well, this isn't my native language. ) so it would be really cool if anyone here could give me some things like:

    How do you say hello in Spanish? Like when you see someone walking down the street and you just want them to notice you. Like "É Amigo!" or something?

    What's

    I
    You
    He/She
    We
    You
    They

    What are the conjugations of to be/to have?

    What are the basic conjugations of verbs?

    How do you say "My name is..."

    How do you say "Hello, I'm from Belgium"

    How do you say "What's your name?"

    How do you say "One beer please"

    ...what's the deal with the reversed question marks?

    Ah, I got so many questions. It'd be cool if someone would want to answer some of 'm.

    Also, feel free to tell me anything about Panama/Spanish culture you think I ought to know.

    Cheers!
  2. DarthNoctambulus Jedi Master

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    Okay, but you owe me a beer:

    How do you say hello in Spanish? Like when you see someone walking down the street and you just want them to notice you. Like "É Amigo!" or something?

    There are tons of coloquialisms. You'll learn some at Panamá, but you can always use the standard "Hey!".

    What's ¿Qué es...?

    I
    You
    He/She
    We
    You
    They


    Yo, tú, él/ella, nosotros, vosotros, ellos

    What are the conjugations of to be/to have?

    To be = ser/estar (you'll learn the difference with sweat and patience :p)

    Yo soy/estoy, tú eres/estás, él/ella es/está, nosotros somos/estamos, vosotros sois/estais, ellos son/están

    To have = tener

    Yo tengo, tú tienes, él/ella tiene, nosotros tenemos, vostros teneis, ellos tienen

    What are the basic conjugations of verbs?

    You better get a good grammar book. Seriously. Beware of the irregular verbs! [face_there_be_dragons]

    How do you say "My name is..."

    "Me llamo..."

    How do you say "Hello, I'm from Belgium"

    "Hola, soy de Bélgica / Hola, soy belga"

    How do you say "What's your name?"

    "¿Cómo te llamas?"

    How do you say "One beer please"

    "Una cerveza, por favor"

    ...what's the deal with the reversed question marks?

    Easy; you start a question with a reversed question mark, you use a question mark at the end of the sentence. That's all.


    Feel free to ask; we used to have a Spanish Learning Desk but it's buried somewhere.
  3. Skiara ~• Manager WNU •~ ~• RSA FFC •~

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    Sounds like a good training for me. ;) I am not from Spain. I live in Germany and I am learning Spanish (again). ;)

    Did you really learn English completely on your own? :eek: I can't believe this... (ok, I am not the best learner for languages ;) )

    Ok, let give me a guess...

    There aren't really translations for the following words, but they have one to strengthen the person who is meant.
    So it would be...
    I = yo
    You = tú
    He/She = él, ella, usted
    We = nosotros
    You = vosotros
    They = ellos, ellas, ustedes
    (Usted und ustedes aren't known in English. Do you know a bit German? It would be translated as "sie".)

    - What are the conjugations of to be/to have?
    ser or estar = to be
    ser: soy, eres, es, somos, sois, son
    estar: estoy, estás, está, estamos, estáis, están

    tener = to have
    tener: tengo, tienes, tiene, tenemos, tenéis, tienen

    - What are the basic conjugations of verbs?
    I am not sure what you mean exactly. :(

    - How do you say "My name is..."
    "Mi nombre es xxx" or "Llamo xxx"

    - How do you say "Hello, I'm from Belgium"
    "Hola, soy de Bégica."

    - How do you say "What's your name?"
    "Cómo te llamas?" or "Cómo se llama usted?"

    - How do you say "One beer please"
    "Un cerveza por favor" (but who needs this? :confused: :p btw I don't drink any beer. ;) )

    - ...what's the deal with the reversed question marks?
    Ehm... I think it is just a cultural/language thing. You should write a reversed question mark and reversed explanation mark before every sentence. :)


    To all spanish people... is everthing correct? :)


    Edit: You beat me, Nocta. ;) :D
    But that's good, too, so I can find all my little mistakes and can correct them. ;) :D

    Edit: You better get a good grammar book. Seriously. Beware of the irregular verbs! [face_there_be_dragons]
    He is right. I love my grammar book. ;)

    last edit: Now everthing should fine. ;)
  4. GrandAdmiralPelleaon Jedi Master

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    Hehe, thanks man! I'll buy you a beer next time I'm in Spain ;) (you wouldn't happen to live anywhere near Madrid would you? 'cause that's where my cousin lives and thus the place I'm most likely to visit anytime soon.)

    Skiara, well, I had 4 good teachers for English:

    Monkey Island 3 (The voice acting and me playing this game for days and days and days on end REALLY helped me a lot, I bet my pronounciation sounds a lot like Guybrush's. :D )

    Tolkien (I read Lord of the Rings when I was 12)

    Star Wars :D Aside from watching the movies I also read a lot of EU in English, they're not hard as far as the language level is concerned and it really helps your vocabulary.

    The Internet, debating with people online really helps.

    Also, you're German and you don't drink beer? :p (and I'll need it, my e-mail ain't geefmijbier@yahoo.com for nothing :p geef mij bier being Dutch for give me beer).

    By basic conjugations I meant the forms of regular verbs. :)

    Maybe I should buy a grammar book for this.

    What's the difference between ser and estar?

    Anyway, thanks so far, this'll help me a lot. :)

    EDIT:

    Oh yea, do you pronounce Llamo like it is written?
  5. DarthNoctambulus Jedi Master

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    Heh, Im also a self-taught English speaker. Not that I am note any of difference with the well-learned speakers (yeah, Im kidding).


    Ser and estar...

    My first answer would be "Euh... Go away..."

    It's hard for a Spanish speaker to explain the difference between "ser" and "estar". I don't know where to start...

    My second answer would be:


    "Ser" it's applied to essential characteristics. "Estar" is applied to conditions.

    Ex.:

    I am handsome = soy guapo
    I am handsome, I am a handome person

    I am handsome = estoy guapo
    I am handsome right now, maybe because I'm wearing my favourite shirt

    The apple is green = la manzana es verde
    The apple is a green-colored fruit

    The apple is green = la manzana está verde
    The apple is unripe


    I hope it helps!
  6. Skiara ~• Manager WNU •~ ~• RSA FFC •~

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    Skiara, well, I had 4 good teachers for English
    [face_laugh] I learned the basics at school and improved it (after school) through your two last "teachers". ;) :D
    Yep, Internet (Forums and chats) and reading english books (my start were with SW books, too ;) ) helps really much. :D


    Because of ser and estar, I will look into my grammar book and translate it as much as I can (after an important telefon call). ;)

    Edit:
    Ser is used infront of subjects ("Es un hotel muy caro"). Is used to describe persons - e.g. Identity, home country, job ("Soy Sabine"). Is used with time things ("Qué hora es?" - "What time is it?"). Is used with things that owes someone ("Estos cuadernos son vuestros?" - "Are these books yours?") or to describe things with "de" ("La puerta es de madera." - "The door is made of wood."). And is used with passive.

    Estar is used with places ("Donde está la casa?" - "Where is the house?"). Estar is also used with things that can alter (more or less) fast ("El está en Madrid ahora").
    And it is used in sometimes with dates and with other verbs. But I can't explain this very well. :(

    Hope it helped you a bit again. ;)

    Oh, and you haven't answered my question. ;) Do you understand a few words of German? Sometimes it could be easier for me to explain. ;) :)
  7. GrandAdmiralPelleaon Jedi Master

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    Mmh, I see I'm going to have to work hard on getting those two right. :)

    I should understand your German for most part, I have 3 hours of it every week so yea :p and it sounds a lot like Dutch in a lot of cases (though that's not always a good thing).

    I thought up another question if you guys don't mind, heh, for some reason I can only think of the German term right now (my brain isn't co-operating :p)

    Possessivpronomen.

    What are they in Spanish?

    You know, mine, yours etc.
  8. Skiara ~• Manager WNU •~ ~• RSA FFC •~

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    That's good. :)

    Is it ok for you, if I answer your questions, too? I mean, I am not spanish and so there could be some little mistakes. But for me it is a good training, so I like your questions. :)

    Possessivpronomen:
    singular/plural
    mi/mis
    tu/tus
    su/sus
    nuestro,-a/nuestros,-as
    vuestro,-a/vuestros,-as
    su/sus

    There is another form that strengthen the meaning again (according to my book) like mío, tuyo etc. But I never learned them at school. So it shouldn't be too important in the beginning. :)
  9. GrandAdmiralPelleaon Jedi Master

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    When do you use plural pronouns?

    Is it like

    My book:

    Mi libro

    and

    My books

    Mis libros

    Or am I getting this wrong? :)

    EDIT:

    Also,

    ustedes, When is it used?

    Oh, and if anyone would want to amuse themselves :D I've always wondered what they're singing in this song:

    [link=http://www.natasrock.com/audio/tomatito.ra]Los Natas - Tomatito[/link] (It should stream)

    :p
  10. Skiara ~• Manager WNU •~ ~• RSA FFC •~

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    I think you got it right. :)

    And about usted and ustedes:
    Do you know the german word "sie", that is used when you don't know a person?
    Singular it is usted and for plural it is ustedes.

    Cómo estás? (How are you?) - if it is a friend
    Cómo esta usted? - if it isn't a friend and only one person
    Como estan ustedes? - if they aren't friend and more than one person


    :)
  11. Qui-Gina-Jinn Jedi Master

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    Cool!

    Skiara's right, Usted/Ustedes is used when you speak to a person you don't know (quite important, you would never say tú to a person you don't know.) It's much like French, with Vous and so on...


    oh, and 'Llamo' would be something like 'Ljamo'.
  12. txonikitar Jedi Youngling

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    Just some things you must have to know if you are going to any "spanish-american" country:

    They don´t speak spanish as we do at Spain

    They speak a kind of "old spanish", as the way the spanish conquerors did when they arrived to America. [Face_exaggerated]

    You also have to know that they rarely use Tu/vosotros, they allways use usted/ustedes for friends and not friends.

    And you must be careful with the meaning of some words, sometimes the meaning is not the same here in spain and there!

    Pisar in Spain = to step on

    Pisar in some spanish-american countries = " to fu**"


    Anyway it´s easy!

    There is another form that strengthen the meaning again (according to my book) like mío, tuyo etc. But I never learned them at school. So it shouldn't be too important in the beginning.

    mio-a/mios-as = mine
    tuyo-a/tuyos-as = yours
    suyo-a/suyos-as = his/hers
    nuestro-a/nuestros-as = ours
    vuestro-a/vuestros-as = yours
    suyo-a/suyos-as = theirs

    Here is the diference, and a problem for you:

    It is your car = Es "tu" coche
    That car is yours = Ese coche es "tuyo" (car = male)

    It is your house = Es "tu" casa
    That house is yours = Esa casa es "tuya" (house = famale)

    Don´t ask why!It´s imposible to explain!


    Abuot Ser/Estar = to be:

    "It is" your car = "Es" tu coche

    "It is" in your car = "Está" en tu coche
  13. GrandAdmiralPelleaon Jedi Master

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    Ah, so it's kind of like the French-speaking people in Quebec, they speak French like they did in the 17th century as well.

    Looks like I really ought to get me a good grammar book. :D Thanks so far everyone, it's really been helpful. I'll be posting more questions on here in the future I suppose, so keep an eye on it. ;)
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