Translation:My wife and I live in a nice house.
Agree completely. I think we have situation in which the speakers of Spanish are not native Spanish speakers. Poor pronunciation of other languages seems to be trait with Americans. I live in Thailand and Americans are not understood when they try to speak Thai. Maybe this course should be renamed Spanish (US).
Spanish verbs get conjugated to contain three characteristics: grammatical person of the subject (who does the action: I, you, he/she/it, we, you (pl.), they), tense (when the action happens: present, preterite, imperfect, future), and mood (the circumstances of the action: indicative, conditional, imperative, subjunctive). Depending on how much detail you put in, the conjugation tables can get quite big.
Vivo, vive and vivimos are all present-tense indicative conjugations. So the action happens now (or in the near future), and it is a stated fact that it happens. The conjugation for this tense looks like this:
- yo vivo
- tú vives
- él/ella/usted vive
- nosotros/as vivimos
- (vosotros/as vivís)
- ellos/ellas/ustedes viven
- (vos vivís)
(The forms in parentheses are not used in most variations of Spanish.)
So vivo always means "I live", vive means "he/she/it lives" or a formal "you live", and vivimos can mean "we live" or "we lived".
Regular verbs whose infinitive (base) form ends on -ar or -ir (like hablar or escribir), have the same form for the nosotros conjugation in both present and preterite tense, so vivimos can refer to either present or a point in the past. The full preterite conjugation looks like this:
- yo viví
- tú viviste
- él/ella/usted vivió
- nosotros/as vivimos
- (vosotros/as vivisteis)
- ellos/ellas/ustedes vivieron
- (vos viviste)
Interesting RyagonIV... I've seen conjugation tables that include vosotros, and was curious why Duo did not show us that form. I thought maybe it was coming in more advanced lessons, but you say that it isn't a form that is used much. Is that just a pecularity of how people speak in Spanish, or is there a different way to say "you (plural)" in Spanish, like the American slang "ya'll"?
The vosotros form is simply not used in Latin America - they use the ustedes form whenever they're talking to multiple people - but it's a standard form in Spain and Equatorial Guinea, and probably wherever else Spanish is spoken.
Outside of LatAm, vosotros is used to address multiple people informally ("you guys"), and ustedes is the formal counterpart ("sirs and madams").