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to call and to be called

If the word call is llamar then when asking someone what their name is, can you say... como te llaman? (what are you called) with the response me llamo Fredrick (im called fredrick)

curious

6 months ago

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It’s a little advanced but llamar in the context of a name is reflexive (llamarse) so you’re asking someone “what do you call yourself?” and they answer with “I call myself........”. The little “se” changes to a pronoun to show that the action of calling/naming is being directed to someone (“me” is my[self] or me, and “llamo” is I call, so “me llamo” is “I call myself”). I hope it makes sense, I know that it’s a little confusing grammatically at first but you can learn it with practice.

6 months ago

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I didn't quite understand that. So you mean that is I add the 'Se' at the end of the llamar it can be used during introduction?

and I'd use the same 'Se' after me llamo?

Sorry im native English but even my english is bad lol i dont know what reflexive means and when i looked it up i was bombarded with other words i dont know lol

6 months ago

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Okay so when a verb is reflexive the se at the end changes to another pronoun (me, te, se and so on) and then gets moved at the beginning of the verb to show that an action is done to the person who is also doing the action, such as calling yourself by your name,

This link will probably explain it a little easier with examples: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/reflexive-verbs-and-reflexive-pronouns

6 months ago

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I call myself Camilla. =

"Me llamo Camilla".

You call yourself laraliz. =

"Te llamas laraliz." – or if I want to be more formal, I say to you (usted): "Se llama laraliz."

He calls himself Pedro. =

"Se llama Pedro."

(notice when we talk about the third person we also use se - in the same way as when I say you in a formal way (usted).

Don't worry about reflexive. It's easier to just learn these, and they make sense. :-)

6 months ago

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Great answer....

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oh, thanks! :-)

6 months ago