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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?

April 30, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

FOR POSSESSION:

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. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tsurris

This is great! Thank you for this, I can refer to it while doing possessions. Possessions have always been a hard thing for me to do, whether it be French, German, anything actually. Again, thank you.

P.S. I'm a lousy teacher too. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

Haha! My joy and your welcome. I'm always happy to help where I can.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

We could start a thread that can help with that. Which animals are you getting confused on? I am level 11 on Spanish, I could help. I love the animal lessons! Just let me know!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

And remember, I'm not an expert on Spanish, so we can learn together, lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tsurris

Thank you Kezi_RL, I'm mostly confused with the ones with slightly longish names and accents like cangrejo and naranja. It turns out im bad with possesions as well...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

No problem, Tsurris! Ok, possession can be hard. It was hard for me at first. In what sentences are you confused about? Like naranja means 'orange' and cangrejo is 'crab'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tsurris

The sentences that trouble me are the ones with one animal eating another animal. I usually get them mixed up since I have to do 2 animals at once. The ones with 3 animals trouble me even more.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

I would start with tiny cards. https://tinycards.duolingo.com/ You can make flashcards to help you. Also, there are a few hints that the Spanish language carries that are in the English language, such as. Spider: Arachnid-English Arana-Spanish


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tsurris

I've tried Tiny Cards before but only for French. After a while i just forgot about it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tsurris

Shoot! Naranja means orange.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Polygl-not

Practice, practice, practice.

Keep in mind that some animals are cognates - león is lion, tortuga is tortoise, et cetera


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tsurris

I do practice, but i need a better way to get all of these words in my head..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mikemcdonald58

Try using pen and paper. Draw the animal and write out the name over and over. Go on to next one and then go back over the older ones. Good luck.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

That's so many languages you are learning!! How do you keep up with them all?! I am learning German, Spanish and French, but might quit German because it's too much and my least fave!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

You will get it, Tsurris. I believe in you! Anytime you need help, I got ya. ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tsurris

I quit German by the time I saw the word Wirklich


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

LOL, litterally just quit German. I love the language, but it's too much.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Polygl-not

I'm insane

I'm mainly focusing on Spanish in school and Portuguese at home, with everything else just being added supplementarily. Some for fun, some because I want to travel... I think two dozen is too many, I definitely made a mistake.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tsurris

Whoa! Klingon is on Duolingo now? I've been waiting for a while, i'm glad its here!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

Who or what is Klingon? Star Trek, right? That's cool!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Polygl-not

Yep, Klingon is only on the website for now, but it exists.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tsurris

Argh! Tú is you in Spanish and tu is your in Spanish. Leo is read and Leon is lion :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

Try tinycards, and I think it's the macrons that are messing you up. Pay attention to them, and you'll get it! For lion, Spanish just replaces the "i" with an "e". Just don't give up!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

For Tu and Tú: Basically the difference can be summarized as:

Tú: (a personal pronoun) You (informal)

Tu: (possessive adjective) Your (informal)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tsurris

This is really confusing since I'm learning French as well (not on Duolingo though).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

Hmm... Let me know if you need more help!

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