How can I remember Spanish better?
I need some help on remembering Spanish better. Mainly on the animals, they are confusing for me. Does anyone have any strategies or tips?
Use the Word "de" In Spanish use the word de to show when something belongs to someone
El libro es de Maria. The book is Maria's. El carro es de mi amigo. The car is my friend's.
Notice in the examples how English always uses an apostrophe and Spanish uses the word de. A literal translation of the Spanish would be to say: The book is of Maria, and in English it is understood as Maria's book.
Showing Possession in Spanish using Possessive Adjectives The other way to show possession is Spanish is through the use of Possessive Adjectives. In English these are words such as my, your, his, her, etc. In Spanish, these possessive adjectives are mi, tu, su, nuestro.
tu libro your book mi papel my paper su pluma his/her pen nuestra casa our house
Be Aware of Singular and Plurals Pay special attention to this section because it talks about another important way that possession is Spanish is different from what we're used to in English. When using the English language and saying my book, the same word my is used for the plural of book like this my books. Spanish possessive adjectives in their plural form look like this: mis, tus, nuestros
When using these possessive adjectives it's important to use the plural form when it refers to a plural noun. Here are some examples for you to look at:
tu libro -- becomes tus libros mi papel -- becomes mis papeles su pluma -- becomes sus plumas Be Aware of Masculine or Feminine Spanish possessive adjectives also change endings for masculine and feminine nouns like this:
nuestro libro -- becomes nuestros libros nuestro papel -- becomes nuestros papeles nuestra pluma -- becomes nuestras plumas
Hope this helps! I'm a lousy teacher sometimes, It's a lot–tell me what you think. :)