"Usted empezó a hablar."

Translation:You started speaking.

February 8, 2013



"A" is almost impossible to hear if you don't know it's there :)

September 26, 2013


January 20, 2014 Yes - but that is actually true of your native language as well. You only really hear some of the words of a sentence, and fill in the rest because you know the language. One of the reasons understanding a new language is so hard is because you don't know all those little words that are part of the grammar and are listening for EVERYTHING. And I missed this again the second time, because I don't have it deep in my head yet.

January 20, 2014


Normally similar vowel sounds at the beginning and ending of words link together as one sound. An interesting example can be heard at
where "Busca a Antonio" gets pronounced BUS-CAN-TO-nio. But if you listen to the Peruvian speaker, he stretches out the a in CAN.

But with a hablar, we have two stressed a's together, and stressed syllables normally get separated. One example
has the stressed a being enlongated and stress also being applied to the second syllable of hablar, although that may be simply because it was the last syllable of the "sentence".

February 14, 2015


I just played the normal speed 5x and still don't think it actually is there. Only on slow speed is it there.

June 7, 2014


why do you need the "a"

February 8, 2013


is some expressions, some verbs require a specific preposition. "empezar a" + infinitive, to begin to do, is such an expression. Just gotta have the "a" I some cases you'd think you need the "a" but you don't, as "mirar" which means "to look at"

February 8, 2013


Is there any rule for this or is it a question of learning each verb?

October 19, 2013


Thanks, swingophelia.

February 2, 2014


i think there isn´t, verb by verb

November 7, 2013


Would this also be like " you started to say "??

May 6, 2014


No not quite because "to say" would be "decir".

May 6, 2014


Also accepted: You began to speak.

June 21, 2015


could not understand empezo until i got it wrong and listened again, very difficult as have several other oral presentations been,

March 9, 2014


Does the pronunciation of the second word have a T sound at the beginning of the second syllable? I certainly cannot hear any P sound in the voice over.

March 25, 2014


The VoiceOver can be a bit glitchy, it's not always a very reliable program to listen to. It pronounces "hablar" as "haUblar", it's weird... The word "empezó" should be pronounced like ehmp-pay-ssO. The there shouldn't be a "t" sound anywhere in that word.

March 25, 2014


Actually the ó means the emphasis is at the end of the word.

May 16, 2014


Yep, the computer voice isn't stressing the right syllable here

February 14, 2015


Is this a Spanish idiom? Like "You were saying?"

December 11, 2015


The "a" is there now. However i have listened to other examples where short words cannot be heard.

September 2, 2017


Speaking about what? 0.o

October 30, 2017
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