"¿Cómo escribes una carta?"

Translation:How do you write a letter?

January 6, 2013



Is this "you" in particular, or just a general "you," as in "how does one write a letter?"

January 22, 2013


Usually in Spanish they don't use "you" the way we do in English to refer to general questions. If you wanted to say that you would say "¿Cómo se escribe una carta?" (How does one write a letter?)

January 28, 2013


how does one write a letter? With mad skill.

February 16, 2015


It would be a little easier to use a pen

May 29, 2017


If you used a pencil u could erase your mistakes

August 3, 2017



December 27, 2017


So if i was talking to somebody, I would omit the "se"?

December 22, 2013


saessafo- in this sentence, we don't want to know how we or someone else writes a letter but how do YOU write a letter. You is implied in the sentence not others.

May 23, 2014


Pretty sure saying "How do you..." is slang, and that people originally used "How does one..."

July 22, 2017


they wrote "escribes", the "es" at the end is a conjugation for the "tu" (I cant use the accent), which means that they are already saying "tu" in a way

January 16, 2014


If you are using a computer and you want an accent go into Control Panel > > languages and Region > and you figure out the rest because I am just doing this from memory.

April 8, 2017


I think because the escribes. The es at the end is a conjugation of tu so maybe thats why.

October 10, 2014


It is all in context. Generally it refers to the person that you are speaking to.

October 30, 2014


It says 'escribes' which is the conjugation for tu. Whenever we conjugate er verbs s is addded to the verb after removing the r (when it is put along with tu).

June 10, 2017


It would be you informal

May 11, 2016


It is a particular you, although in coloquial speak it can be used as both. The general "how does one write a letter?" question woul be "¿Cómo se escribe una carta?"

May 26, 2017


If i wanted to say 'How do I write a letter' could it be 'Como escribo una carta' ??

February 24, 2014


Yes. Bingo.

March 10, 2014


Cómo because without the accent, it'd mean to cook.

October 12, 2014


Como without accent means 'I eat'. What you're looking for is 'cocino'.

November 7, 2014


Cómo cocinas una carta?

May 3, 2018


Carta is also menu in southern Spain!!

December 1, 2013


Hola pammiejv: Correct, but why the exclamation points?

December 1, 2013


Just a bad habit.. Us Brits like our exclamation marks!! ;)

December 3, 2013


In Spanish the second-to-last syllable is usually accented. If a different syllable is accented it gets an accent mark. Why does the first O in "cómo" have an accent? Since it is the second-to-last syllable it should be accented by default.

August 25, 2014


To differentiate "I eat" or "like/as" from "how". Accents are usually used for pronunciation but they can also be used to indicate a different meaning.
Tú - you; tu - your.
Qué - what; que - that/which.

March 7, 2015


where did the "do" come from in the English Sentence ?

September 16, 2013


Unlike in English, in Spanish and French (and probably others), the present tense of the verb has several meanings depending on context. "Yo escribo" can mean "I write," "I am writing," or "I do write."

In the case of "Cómo escribes," it means "How do you write?" (or potentially "How are you writing," but that doesn't really make sense here).

October 11, 2013


It cant mean I am writing, then you would need to say, "Yo estoy escribiendo" (you'll learn later), everything else is right, though

January 16, 2014


In English "I am writing" is used for simple present more than "I write". "I write" is usually only used for habitual actions. As I understand it, if I say "Estoy escribiendo un libro" in Spanish I mean that I am writing at this moment. If I say "I am writing a book" in English, I only mean that I have started to write a book and have not completed it yet. I would never say "I write a book" in English as a complete sentence. "I write books" or "I write a book every year" are both fine, because they imply habitual action.

April 12, 2014


Thank you. It is not so hard the translate from Spanish but a whole different story when translating to Spanish.

October 3, 2015


diamond- For a question in English you need to use DO. Do you love me, do you go to school.

May 23, 2014


How come the word "do" is just assumed? its not anywhere in the actual sentence but when translated to english the word "do" is there.. is the verb hacer, "to do".. wouldnt it be como hace tu escribes una carta? I dont understand that part of spanish, how words are just assumed to be there.. the way I see the sentence it says "how you write a letter?"

November 13, 2014


Spanish doesn't work that way. While you are literally translating the sentence to "How you write a letter?", the Spanish are saying it in a way that means something much closer to "How do you write a letter?".

Your spanish alternative sounds just fine, but I'm guessing the above sentence is the one that's more commonly used.

November 13, 2014


But surely that doesn't make sense Alchz. If so, wouldn't that make it much easier to misinterpret what someone was saying if you just assumed words were there? That would be the equivalent of saying "What doing?" in English which is considered improper English. Is there not a more formal way of asking "How do you write a letter? And if so, wouldn't it be better to teach the formal way first? Is this just me or what?

January 24, 2015


You are seeing it from the wrong point of view. When speaking in Spanish, there are no words assumed, this is just how it is. However, when you are translating the sentence into English, the word 'do' needs to be added to make complete sense of the idea in English.

February 3, 2015


Wow, been doing questions awhile now and this is the first time I've seen this asked...

May 6, 2016


So if I want to say "How do they write a letter?", I' ll have to say "Como escriben una carta?

December 3, 2014


Yes, but that would be ambiguous, since it could be either the 'they' conjugation or the 'you (all)' conjugation. Adding the subject would make it clear.

December 3, 2014


Why cannot the sentence be translated to "Como escribe una carta?" as I'm implying "usted" in the sentence? Duolingo said I'm using a command form...

January 25, 2016


So carta means letter and menu? Is there any link between Carta and catalogue?

December 14, 2016


Why does it say how do you write a letter, but como es el is what is he like. I wrote what is writing a letter like.

January 24, 2017


If you are asking how to write a letetr IN SPANISH... You could use duolingo

February 24, 2017


It's simple! Just get a pen and paper!

May 29, 2017


I wrote how to write a letter . Why giving me wrong.

July 24, 2017


To write a letter, get paper and a pen or pencil, write something on the paper and give to somebody, and that's how to write a letter.

August 22, 2017


With your hand!

August 29, 2017


Duo is Illiterate

October 5, 2017


You get a pen, and you start writing letters. Does that help you Duolingo??

November 1, 2017


One writes a letter with two important things 1) paper 2) a pencial

November 15, 2017


Well, first you get a pen and a piece of paper...... 0_0

December 4, 2017


Wrote card for "carta" and got a mistake. Isn't carta both card and letter?

January 6, 2013


"Carta" can only mean "card" when referring to playing cards. So while that is technically a correct translation, it's nonsensical, and should be counted as incorrect since the goal is to learn comprehension.

January 6, 2013


As opposed to "the bird drinks milk?"

July 18, 2013


My parrot drinks milk... a bird will drink milk if you offer it.

September 30, 2013


I m just wondering that why "how to write a letter" is incorrect.

November 17, 2013


Hola ShiyuChen: "How to write a letter" is not correct because you did not conjugate the verb. You only used the infinitive "to write". The sentence says "YOU write". You must start with the infinititve "escribir", but then you must "conjugate" the verb; that is, each person has a different verb form. For instance, in this sentence "escribes" means "you write". Here are some sample of other conjugations of "escribir" in the present tense are: I write = "yo escribo", he writes = él escribe", we write = nosotros escribimos, they write = ellos escriben. CHAU

November 17, 2013


hey Lisagnipura, thanks for your help, i understand it now.:)

November 18, 2013


On a previous question it asked me to translate that phrase into Spanish, and it asked me to use "tu", as in I am talking to someone, but in this question it uses "you" generally. Out of context, is there a way to differenciate between the two phrases (one in which I'm speaking to someone and the other when I'm being general)?

March 6, 2014


first you get some paper.........

March 31, 2014


Why is this not, How do you write a menu. As in "como escribir una carta" (sorry about the accents and improper keyboard usage)

July 20, 2014


usually with a pen or pencil just saying.

August 2, 2014


I know that "you" is implied from the question but still is it grammatically wrong if I say : " ¿cómo escribes tú una carta? "

August 19, 2014


That is grammatically valid but the meaning changes subtly. It becomes "How do YOU write a letter?"

March 7, 2015


How would it be if I said "how to write a card" in spanish

August 25, 2014


How to say in spanish "how to write a letter"?

September 18, 2014


Why do you not have to include the "do" and "you" in the sentence.

December 9, 2014


Can "cómo" only be used for questions? If I want to say- "This is how I..." do I use "cómo?"

December 29, 2014


Why can't it be note, instead of letter and still be correct?

January 11, 2015


Why do you use una? Doesn't that mean the letter would be feminine?

May 13, 2015


Hi languagecow12, because is the gender of the word, It belongs to the female gender

the letter. (la carta).

the woman. (la mujer).

a letter. (una carta).

the man. (el hombre).

the roof. (el techo).

a car. (un carro).

El= male gender.

La=female gender

I hope to have you helped if there are doubts or mistakes please comment.

greetings and luck


May 13, 2015


When do we use "escribe" and when do we use "escribes"?

May 20, 2015



"Escribe", It commonly used with the next subjects - You.

You write a book= (Tú escribes un libro (Only use "Escribes" with "Tú") or Usted escribe un libro)

With - He, She, It, It's translated as "Escribe"

He writes a letter (Él escribe una carta)

She writes as a poet (Ella escribe como una poeta).

I hope to have you helped If there are doubts or mistakes please comment

Greetings and luck


May 20, 2015


It doesn't sound as if Duo is asking a question, just monotone.. what gave it away was "Como" which means How...

March 23, 2017


Cómo means eat have you gone mad

March 24, 2017


A form of "comer" means eat, as in "mi gato come leche." Cómo means "how." Sí, es muy hard.

August 26, 2017


I check with a spanish to english translation app and this is incorrect. It would say 'as he writes a letter', i believe, instead of 'how do you write a letter' am i wrong?

March 27, 2017


I spelt letter with one t not two i am unsubscribing frubes

March 28, 2017


In the translation for "como" there's the choice "sorry?" . In what cases do you use that ?

April 3, 2017


Hey but I thought como meant (to) eat. Whatttt?

April 8, 2017


You use a pencil, quil, pen, marker, crayon, etc. Who still uses a quil?

April 13, 2017


i was already struggling with como as 'eat' and 'as', not new como (of course, with new flaunting accent) means 'how' as well. Probably a day will come when just handful of words mean everything, depending upon the situation :P

April 17, 2017


Theres technology these days either LOOK IT UP or SEND AN EMAIL OR TEXT.

April 18, 2017


I put how do i write a letter and got it wrong. May i please have an explanation

April 24, 2017


I think this should be passive voice "como se escriba" . How does one write a letter? How often do we ask "How do YOU Write a letter?" whaddya think?

April 28, 2017



May 1, 2017



May 3, 2017


With a pen and paper

May 12, 2017


I mean i dont under stand in spanish the could be 3 spainish words, but in eniglish its 5 words

May 23, 2017


It is always helpful to remember the gender qualities of the words you are using. If you are talking about a word that ends in an "a", let's say "carta", that means that is is feminine and therefore all pronouns referring to it should be used accordingly, such as "una" in this case.. Similarly, if you have a masculine noun, such as "nino" (I apologise I don't know how to do accents on my computer) you must chose describers and pronouns that agree with that gender. There will also be some words where the gender is less apparent, such as "agua". These nouns take just a little bit of memorization, you kind of just have to know whether they are masculine or feminine. It also helps if you say it out loud and test the sound. For instance, what sounds correct; "El agua" or "La agua"? (the answer is "el agua") You just need to develop a little bit of an ear for it, it comes with practice. Hope that helped out a little bit. :)

May 29, 2017


Would "¿Qué escribes una carta?" be the same?

June 2, 2017


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June 10, 2017


I wrote" how do you write a letter?" and it's right

June 14, 2017


It is right!!

June 24, 2017


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July 26, 2017


A tip: if your having trouble finding the first word of the sentence or phrase find the word that is upercase, that is usally the one

July 26, 2017


By hands

July 30, 2017


Everyone knows how to write a letter

August 1, 2017


Which word is used for 'How' in Spanish

August 4, 2017



April 11, 2018


Is this referring to an alphabetic letter or a letter like one you would send in the mail?

August 4, 2017


A letter to send in the mail. If Duo was asking about an alphabetical letter, I wouldn't trust Duolingo to teach me anything. I'd quit:)

April 11, 2018


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August 7, 2017


I'm not sure how to do this

August 12, 2017


Como = how?

August 28, 2017


Cómo is 'how' as well as 'what', it shows here , cual is 'what' as well and so is 'que' , so how do you know when to use which of these as 'what' ?

September 17, 2017



September 20, 2017


Why they don't use the pronoun tù in this question

September 24, 2017


It's implied because of the other words used in the sentence.

April 11, 2018


I thought como was eat

October 30, 2017


Como means eat, unless you put an accent mark over the first o (cómo), then it's how/what.

April 11, 2018


Just rite it man!!!!!!

November 2, 2017


guys it is I cylon 2000 don even know whats goin on I never saw do as a option to type!

November 9, 2017


How do you tell the difference between the como as in eating and como as in who

November 10, 2017


'Cómo' with an accent mark means 'how/what'. 'Como' without an accent mark means 'eat'.

April 11, 2018


I said that and it told me I was wrong.

November 13, 2017


Can carta also mean card?

November 18, 2017


Duolingo is not accepting the correct answer.

November 24, 2017


With a pen and paper

November 24, 2017


Kids these days.

December 8, 2017


Step 1: you get a piece of paper. Step 2: you find a pencil (key word: find) step 3: you write dear, who you want to write to. Step 4: write what you want to say the the person. Step 5: write the persons adress on the letter. Step 6: write your adress on the upper left corner of the invelope. Step 7: put a legal stamp on the opposite corner of your adress. Step 8: put your letter in your mail box with the red stick thing up! Key word (write) times in instructions: 5

December 31, 2017


Oh yea! This girl gets joke of the year!

December 31, 2017


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January 4, 2018


January 4, 2018


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January 4, 2018


I did.....and nothing happened.

April 11, 2018



February 10, 2018


I typed "u" insted of " you" and got it wrong smh

March 6, 2018


With words

March 9, 2018


I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

April 5, 2018


With great poise and elegance. Why do you ask?

April 7, 2018


I have seen your handwriting. That is a barefaced lie.

April 7, 2018


Mi mono escribe la carta para mi.

April 26, 2018


then he suddenly turned his head and angrily said: "how do you write a letter?" the lack of time on hand did not allow him to write anything, let alone an entire letter.

May 6, 2018


How do I know when referring to "you" .. Or "i"... Other people when righting becomes short hand.

May 8, 2018


Would ¿Cómo escribes una carta eb España? Make sense?

May 12, 2018


with words, obviously

July 3, 2018


This sentence is not that stupid as it sounds, especially in the times of electronic mail and general laziness amongst the humans.

July 21, 2018


Not sure how this question relates to food??

March 26, 2019
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