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"I dream about my girlfriend."

Translation:Yo sueño con mi novia.

March 8, 2013



I do not understand the use of "con" here.


Another Spanish expression where a verb needs a specific preposition after it. "sonar con" = to dream of/about something/someone.


If we are learning Spanish how are we supposed to inherently know this? Duolingo teaches thru penalties- not by actual teaching and explaining. :-(


You're not expected to get everything right the first time. Explanations come here in the comments or from another resource. I know it can hurt to lose a heart, but that should help you remember so you remember this sentence next time you see/hear it.


I love the learning format. You have to accept mistakes as part of the learning process.


I am learning spanish using only duolingo. I know so much more than I used to. It is a different way to learn a language (or math... which I teach) than is expected, but it is affective if you can accept learning through failure. I do get mad when I think I have translated correctly to find out I missed it because it means something different than the words. Example: Good morning is actually good days. But I will remember eventually.


Indeed, "tough love" in a way. But failures are definitely the best teachers.


It isn't penalties. Children learn language by making mistakes. That's life.


I get you, but I think we have to take the language as it is not as we want it to be (because that's just not realistic).

For instance, "salt" is masculine in French.. But feminine in Spanish. First time I saw "la sal", it was "Hmm, that's odd".. But it's not odd.

Another example, the "He helps the family" becomes "Él ayuda a la familia". In French, it's "Il aide la famille".. So I was "Why is it not "ayuda la familia" ".. Well, the language is made this way..

We have to accept it, and embrace these subtleties and avoid having the "stupid tourist syndrome". After all, why bother learning different languages if we're pissed at them being...different.


I think it is an excellent method of teaching, it's natural. In the real world you are going to try a combination of words, and if it's wrong, you will be corrected by amused natives, and you'll remember next time. Learning a language is so much easier, for the most part, if you just know "that's how it is," just like with your native language.


I supplement my spanish learning with grammar articles and quizzes from SpanishDict. direct link: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide Duolingo is fun and interactive and something I happily do every day. I certainly have learned the most from it and its process, but yes, sometimes I do just need a direct lesson.


We inherently know nothing. If it was inherent, you would already speak Spanish. It is like riding a bike. I don't know of children who take bike lessons. I got my bike for Christmas. I took it outside (there were no helmets in those days) and promptly got a concussion. The doctor came and told my parents that I would live. The next day I rode again and fell again, but with no concussion. I got back on and developed a feel for balancing. I was proud of my achievement and spent the next week riding faster and faster. My experience was a mixture of negative and positive feedback. If the process had been inherent, I could have bicycled home from the hospital where I was born. Teaching and explaining often leads to sleeping and snoring in the class room. Guided experimentation and trial and error are proven to work best.


Duolingo thinking of us like neural networks on training


Well thats why I come to this comment section. I share your grief but there are other resources like google that can help. When in doubt, consult the comment section, is what I say about this app.


Isn't sonar "to ring" (como un teléfono)?


Sonar = to ring, soñar = to dream.


Could I also say "Yo sueño acerca de mi novia"


But, how to say "I sleep with my girlfriend" ?!


yo duermo con mi novia


how would you then say "i dream with my girlfriend"?


Same here, to dream with your girlfriend is not to necessarily dream about her!


So how do you say "I dream with my girlfriend"?


I think: Yo y mi novia soñamos


Thanks, Pepe. So, con can have idiomatic and literal usage with that verb.


why is there not an "a" before mi nueva? like "con a mi nueva"?


The "con" substitutes for "a" in this instance. A verb can only have one preposition, and sonar is a verb that requires "con."


I included the "personal a" and lost a heart and was shown the correct answer which had neither "a persona a" nor a "con" as shown at the top of this page.


Thank you. That was extremely helpful


Prepositions are always variable from language to language. That is they never translate in exactly the same way which is another way of saying every language has its own logic. Language learning is a right brain and not a left brain process. You will go crazy trying to make English logic fit Spanish or German or Arabic language useage.


yeah I guess sometimes you just have to let go of logic and simply try and learn the way the natives speak. I know sometimes with my Spanish friends I have been unable to give a good enough reason why we might say something a particular way in English - hence at times: that's just the way it is :-)


Thank you for your logic. I'll stop beating myself up so much.


Is it unnatural to say "yo sueño acerca de mi novia"?


I think that's ok, but I've never heard it said that way except by native English speakers.


It is not something terribly unnatural, but not very natural either. Normally you say "Soñé con mi perro, novia, vecino..." or "Soñé que estaba volando, comiendo, viajé a Europa...)


Wouldn't that be saying, "I dream near my girlfriend"?


Y cuando desperto’ su sueno habi’a desaparecido. (And when he woke up, his dream was gone.)


What about acerca?


Acerca: Bring closer

Acerca de: About

These two aren't the same.


This is the most fantastic learning tool I have discoveted. Pimsler left me so frustrsted I litterally screamed. I had no previous Spanish but now I can understand and actually carry on a bit of conversation with my neighbors. YAY -- I love DL <3


Would anybody be able to explain why it isn't "a mi novia" in this instance?


My question too. Answered by pepe001 above.


I used "sobre" instead of "con" and it was correct.


too many people complain...


Is it wrong to say - " Yo sueno sobre/acerca de mi novia" ?


They say if you use "sobre" this makes the sentence mean that you are laying on the novia and dreaming ))) And "acerca de" is possible and ok, but as for native speakers - they will go with "con"


Explained above. . .just Spanish idioma. English has the unexplainables, also.


How do we know he is dreaming about his girlfriend and not with his girlfriend. They could be dreaming together about thier future.


You cannot tell without context.


Duolingo, you forgot the word imaginary


Prepositions often don't translate literally--certain verbs just go with certain prepositions. This particular one is difficult, and I would never have gotten it. My dictionary agrees that so~nar con is best. It also gives "en" which is what I would have used on one of my better days, similar to "pensar en" for thinking about someone. "Sobre" and "acerca de" both sound awkward to me in this case. I thought "por" would work here but it marked it wrong, and after some thought I guess I agree.


Con can mean with.


Doesn't con mean with?


Yes but soñar is one of those verbs that needs a specific preposition after it.


Can you give some other examples of verbs that use "con" like this? I think it might help me recognize more of them when they appear in sentences.


Esposa is wife not girlfriend


I dream about having a girlfriend. :(


Now I finally understand a line from the theme song to Rubí that I didn't know I didn't understand!

"Se que sueña conmigo, pero amanece en otra cama..." -> "I know she dreams about me, but wakes up in a different bed"

Makes much more sense than what I thought -- sleeping with me and waking up in a different bed. Thought it was being more abstract than it was!


How would "Yo sueño como mi novia" be translated?


I dream like my girlfriend.


Please read the top voted comments that explain the grammar before complaining that the app is wrong

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Why not- Yo sueño con a mi novia?


In this idiomatic usage, you just don’t need two prepositions back-to-back like that. It is just the way Spanish works. Drop the “a” here, but golden stars to you for knowing that in many sentences, one is absolutely necessary. Felicidades.


Thank you. I'll remember the coupling.


Good! You only have a hundred or so to go! ;)


"sobre" works as well.


Do i can say "sueño sobre mi novia" or "sueño con mi novia", I am asking this because when the verb means to be about i we can say without the "yo". Does it's wrong?


What about the use of DE versus CON


Prepositions in every language are strange. It's just something you have to memorize. Like tener and que.


Why is "Yo sueno de mi novia" not acceptable? Is it not normal to also say "I dream of my girlfriend?"


"De" expresses possession or that something is made out of something else, but it does not work the way your trying to use it.

El perro de mi vecina - My neighbor's dog.

La casa de madera - The house made of wood.


I have read the comments and am at a loss for why there is no personal a used in this example. Can someone help me out please?


Cuz the preposition (con) here displaces the personal a. But 100 points for you, TOS, for recognizing that normally an a would be needed for a person who is an object of a sentence. Bravo.


I added the personal 'a' before 'mi novia' (a mi novia), and is marked wrong. Please explain why.


Ok I understand the expression "sueño con" meaning "dream about" but then como se dice "dream with" - like, to say "I dream with my girlfriend" wouldn't that also translate as sueño con mi novia?


Duolingo is a bloody amazing app. Aren't we lucky to have such a valuable resource for free, there may be some 'faults' but in my opinion it's better than most things you have to pay for.


If you dream about your girlfriend you are probably in a deep relationship.

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When is the personal 'a ' used..por favor?


Can someone explain why the personal "a" isn't appropriate here? I understand everything else.

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