This is interesting... I always thought espero was strictly "wait" and conseguir "to be able to". Taken literally, I thought it was, I wait to be able to get a job. Is this phrase more like an expression used by natives?
i have no clue how to know whether it is wait or hope.. eu espero que = hope eu espero = wait ... is what I thought, but seems to be not entirely correct either. ;( any hints?
Normally, not a rule: esperar que / esperar + verb = to hope. Esperar + noun = to wait.
Eu estou esperando conseguir ter um emprego. Is this better ? Just refering to what you meant in English
Conseguir is, also, 'obtain' but do not be tempted to try it! Latin 'spero' is to hope and, therefore, look forward to, introducing the concept of waiting.
But we've seen several examples in this lesson where 'conseguir' translates 'to get'. Are those incorrect examples of its use?
Yes! The noun "hope" in Spanish is "esperanza" and the verb "esperar" means both "to wait" and "to hope" Often our understanding of other languages helps us to learn a new one.
AS to whether "eu espero" means "I hope" or "I wait", I think it's important to think of the entire phrase and try to imagine the context rather than translating word by word. "I have some experience as a Spanish-English translator and I can assure you that it must be done based on complete concepts. Although I know that Duolingo makes it harder than it needs to be by using many nonsense phrases.
• Eu espero para conseguir um emprego = I wait/am waiting to get a job.
• Eu espero conseguir um emprego = I hope to get a job.
I am sure that "EU ESPERO" means "I HOPE" and "I AM HOPING" the simple present tense in Spanish, Portugese and French ALL mean both I hope as well as the gerund format of the verb - Duo ... get you act together nah! you are frustrating your students.
I hope to get a job. ->> Eu espero conseguir um emprego.
DL's sentences include infinitive clauses ("objects" of hope/esperar). There is no need to include the conjunction "que" or to use the subjunctive mode in the Portuguese translation.