Basic Spanish Course

CLASS 1b: Intro to pronouns in Spanish:

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Transcript of class:

PREVIOUS CLASS: What can we learn from the phrase: “Señor, no quiero ser un puto pringado…quiero hablar español.”

Which means…

“Sir, I don’t want to be a fucking sucker…I want to speak Spanish.”

Point 1: That in most cases it’s not necessary to put the pronoun ‘I, you, we’ etc.’ in Spanish.

If you look at the phrase – ‘no quiero – I don’t want’ – you’ll notice that there’s no equivalent of the word ‘I’…we just say….‘no quiero’. The reason is that the Spanish created their own method of telling you who is the subject. They change the ending of the verb.

Therefore, we know that ‘quiero’ is ‘I want’ as opposed to ‘you want’ or ‘she wants’ because it ends in ‘o’. That’s why it’s not necessary to use the Spanish equivalent of ‘I’. However, if you do use it then people will understand you but you’re going to sound retarded because it’s a bit like saying ‘I’ twice in English. – ‘I’d like a coca-cola, please I.’

Of course, the personal pronoun ‘I’ does exist in Spanish. It’s translated as ‘yo’…and there are some circumstances when pronouns are used….mostly when you want to emphasise something. Imagine, for example, I accused you of sleeping with my girlfriend: to protest your innocence and emphasise that you hadn’t slept with her, you’d use the pronoun and say ‘yo no me acoste con ella’.

Also, you use the pronoun when it’s not clear whether you’re referring to he or she – which in the case of a sissy like you probably happens frequently. So, if I point to James in a bar  and say – ‘quiere una cerveza’ … ‘he wants a beer’ – it’s not necessary to include ‘he – él’ because it’s obvious. But if I was telling a story and the listener didn’t know who I was referring to, then I would include the ‘he – él’.

Point 2: The negative is easy in Spanish.

__ No quiero ser un pringado

__ No quiero –  I don’t want

To make the negative in Spanish you simply add ‘no’. The whole ‘don’t’ thing that we use in English is not necessary.

Repeat with me: ‘No quiero.’

End of class 1:

Okay, time to end the class. I’ve talked a lot and I don’t want to overload your brain with too much information. It would be fine if adults had the sponge like brain of a child, but in my experience the average adult brain is more like a rock. Or in your case…a small pebble. So let’s finish with a quick recap.

Before you go…

I want you to reread points 1 to 4 and explain out loud…

Point 1: Why the negative is easy in Spanish.
Point 2: Why Spanish verbs have different endings; in other words…what is their significance?
Point 3: When do Spanish people use pronouns (‘I’ and ‘you’) etc.

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