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"Él es un niño."

Translation:He is a boy.

January 15, 2013

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I keep forgetting the él has an accent on the "e", any suggestions on how to remember this?


él = he = "He has a hat on"

El = the = "the can't have a hat on"

That's how I remember it. He wears a hat, the can't - that would be silly ;)


"él" for "he" and "el" for the masculine "the." you can see a parallel with "ella" for her and "la" for the feminine "the."


How can you HEAR the difference between el and él


You can't. They sound identical, but you tell them apart from context.


I am confused between "usted es" and "tu eres" :(((( Help!


They both mean "you are", but usted es is the formal version (used with strangers).


I learned not to put accents on capital letters. It appears that this is something of a controversy that the Real Academia Española felt it needed to address in 2010. A footnote for those who may have learned to not include the accent may be in order.


The motivating reason for this was that old typewriters didn't have accent marks on capital letters. Since this is no longer the case, accents on capital letters are now required.


Why do we write "a boy" in Spanish as "un niño" and not "uno niño" ?

For me boy is masculine so I used uno not un

Is there someone who knows why?


The masculine indefinite article in Spanish is un: un niño, un hombre, un perro. uno is a pronoun and should be used to replace a noun:

Q: ¿Cuántos perros tienes? (How many dogs do you have?)

A: Tengo uno (I have one).

And alternative answer could be:

A: Tengo un perro (I have one dog).

You cannot say uno niño.


Does the el always need an accent on the e?


él (with an accent) means "he" or "him" and it always needs it for this meaning. "el" (without an accent) means "the".


My phone doesn't have the symbol above the n


Try holding the "n" key for a a few seconds and see if the option for ñ appears.


I think you need to choose keyboard Spanish from the setting, if you don't found the Spanish's keyboard you must upload it.


Why can't it be: eres un niño


That means something different: "eres un niño" = "you are a boy".


yes, but how can we tell the difference, El es and Eres? they both pronounced the same ,righr?


No, they are a bit different. One uses a slight roll of the "r".


Without practice you can't distinguish the /r/ (soft) sound from the /l/, so listen to each word slowly.

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