https://www.duolingo.com/katy.odell

Specifying that I have three sons

When I tell people in English that I have three sons, they know that I am talking about three boys and then there's often a little joke about what fun that must be.

But, as far as I know, in Spanish they will only understand that I have three children (ninos or hijos). I didn't know how to specify that they are all specifically boys. I was just typing a question on here about it and explaining my confusion to my husband when he thought to Google it for me. (Google is our friend!) To my surprise, he found the answer immediately:

To specify male children, you would say "hijos varones."

(Edited because I am an idiot who didn't think to doublecheck the spelling of "varones.")

http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/276200/how-to-specify-sons-instead-of-just-children

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/b05aplmun.ca
b05aplmun.ca
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If you double-check your source, I think you'll find that the phrase should be "hijos varones."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katy.odell

If I weren't so intensely stupid I would have thought to do just that before hitting "post." I have edited and given you a lingot.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b05aplmun.ca
b05aplmun.ca
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Thanks.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
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You could also say something like: "Tengo tres hijos, todos chicos".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katy.odell

Yes and I think you can also say "... no hijas"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Katy - ¡Muchas gracias por este gran análisis! Aprendí algo nuevo hoy porque te tomaste el tiempo para investigar y escribir acerca de este asunto. ¡Ten algunos lingots por sus esfuerzos amiga!

Note: I am not a native Spanish speaker, and there may be some errors in my writing. If so, please feel free to correct me. ¡Gracias!

Tres hijos varones: ★ Huey, Dewey and Louie ★
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
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Your Spanish is very good. Believe me, you try to write better than most native speakers.

Has puesto el signo de admiración de apertura (algo que muchos nativos e incluso los que tienen educación superior omiten con frecuencia...), y has colocado las tildes donde deben de ir.

¡Tenga algunos lingots por sus esfuerzos amiga!

¡Ten algunos lingots por tus esfuerzos amiga!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/virgilio931

dirás signo de admiracion

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
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Gracias por señalar ese error.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Como siempre, gracias por su ayuda, ¡lo que es muy necesaria para que avanzo en esta idioma!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
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No hay de qué. Por cierto, puedes tutearme, no hay porque ser tan forma. "Gracias por tu ayuda". If you need help with your Spanish, you can write on my stream whenever you want to.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LouannMiller

The one I notice is that in Spanish, using your example, "sus hijos" can mean either "your sons" or "his/her sons" and you have to guess from sentence context. But it's also starting to bother me that in English you have to guess if "you" is plural or singular from sentence context. "You-all" should be more widely used.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katy.odell

When I make verb tables or flash cards, I always use "y'all" for the second person plural!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
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Are you Texan? :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katy.odell

Not even from the South, actually! But it's handy.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/espofleet
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You can say children instead

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio
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-¿Tienes hijos?

-Sí, son 3 hombres (nada más). / Sí, son 3, hombres todos.

Mexico.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elgatobandido
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Is varon specific to people? Could it be used for animals?
And is macho mainly for animals? Could it be used for people?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RichardCoc2

Varón is more for people, and macho is more for animals, but I've heard native speakers say "un perro varón". Similarly, in English, we could say "a boy dog".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Monsieur_Bovary
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In Italian we have kinda the opposite problem: figlio = "son" ; figlia = "daughter" ; figli = "sons", but it can also mean "children" (of both sexes).

So, you have sometimes to clarify, for example: Hanno tre figli: due figli e una figlia/or: due maschi e una femmina - They have three children: two boys and a girl.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chaya4041

Tengo cuatro chicos, yo no soy un idiota incluso si cometo errores veces Gracias Google

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/espofleet
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Chicos puede significar hijos de otra persona.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leslie_Duo

Interesting thread! Thanks for posting. I remember chatting with locals when I went to Peru a few years ago. Everybody there says 'varones' when talking about male children, & 'hijas' when talking about females. Even some of the restroom doors there say 'varones' on them. This issue is also covered on Destinos (http://learner.org/series/destinos/watch/) where they say things like, "Tengo tres hijos; dos hijos y una hija." So hijo can mean child or boy - depends on context. But I am late to this fiesta...I suppose you know that already! De todos modos, buena suerte, amiga.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoahN25

thats so awesome

3 years ago
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