What does knowing a country mean?
Being familiar with it.
Just to clarify... being 'familiar' with a country means you know your way around geographically and culturally.
Why is it not "a Alemania". All the other conocer sentences have it.
When you know a person you have to use the personal a. But not with things like countries
That solves my confusion. Thanks.
Because personal a is also used for moving. Example Yo voy a mi casa. I am going to my home/house. And here you don't go anywhere, so it's out. Also personal a is used for persons. Example Yo veo a Luís. I see Luís.
If you're talking about a movement to a place, that a is not the "personal a" anymore.
What is wrong with My parents are familiar with Germany?
Jorge, there's nothing wrong with that translation.
sounds like they know a person named Germany. : -)
"Germany" is not a language so this statement is confusing.
Just means they are familiar with Germany, the country.
This is a strange sentence. "My parents know Germany well" would sound more natural.
Not necessarily. I could say 'I know math.' Same sentence structure... same idea. Besides, this sentence says they only know Germany... but not necessarily 'bien'.
No one would say this English statement, ever.
Nave, I don't think Germany is that unpopular.
My parents know what about Germany??
They know what it's like because they have been there.
Why can't it be My parents are familiar with Germany?
Patricia, you're free to translate it that way, but it's a little wordy.
But then it's marked wrong.
I put 'are familiar with' and it was marked wrong.
With places that's might be familiar with but it's show wrong
So how do you say "My parents know German." Its differnt from "My parents speak German."
I thought they were saying, My parents know German.
ALEMANIA-COUNTRY OR LANGUAGE?
Alemania is the country. Alemán is the language.
Alemania is the name of the country (notice that it's always capitalised), and alemán would be the adjective and the name of the language (usually spelt in lowercase).
Why don’t you put “a” before Alemania?
Germany is not a person.