"Buenosdías,¿cómotellamas?"

Translation:Good morning, what is your name?

5 months ago

48 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel996280

Just to help my understanding, in English we typically ask, "What is your name?" which would be more literally translated to, "Qué es tu nombre" But in Spanish to ask the same question, it's more typical to say "Cómo te llamas" which more literally translates to "What do you call yourself?" in English. Am I correct here? Thanks in advance for any correction or clarification.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jah5z6

that is my understanding. my question, however, is when to use "se" instead of "te".

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel996280

You would use 'te' for the informal second person 'tú' form and use 'se' for formal seconds person usted, as well as any singular third person él/ella, and of course 'me' for first person 'yo'. There used to be a lesson for direct and indirect objects that covered this, but I don't see it on the tree anymore since they recently restructured it.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisWhatever

Yes, you're correct.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam896977

Right on the money Dan

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kmpala
kmpala
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I'm wondering why you would ask someone what their name is in the familiar form. Wouldn't you be "unfamiliar" with that person by definition?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lefki12

What if you are asking a little child?

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kmpala
kmpala
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Good point.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Bingbang
Mr_Bingbang
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You might be vaguely familiar with the person you are wishing good morning, but not remember the name or how how you got there from the bar...

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BeccaEdnie

"What's your name" should be accepted

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skepticalways

Yes, you should report that, so Duo will begin to accept the way "what is" is normally spoken. It usually accepts "I'm" for " I am," for example, or "it's" for "it is." (Don't confuse "it's" for "its." I mention it here because in most cases, the apostrophe is used for two reasons: (1) for a missing letter, as we saw in addressing a lady as "Ma'am" instead of spelling it out as "Madam," or when you use "don't" for the shorter form of "do not"; (2) when you are showing POSSESSION. If you say "That is Jeff's pen," for example, or that is the baby's spoon.") In formal papers you may be required to write at school or at work, contractions are discouraged, but it's usually the way conversation is heard! :-)

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DJdkI9R8

Let me guess Skepticalways, you are an English teacher.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatsyAnn27

Just wondering: if you do not know the person's name, wouldn't the correct format for meeting a stranger be, "Como se llama usted?" (Please excuse the lack of accents.)

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
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That depends on how you feel about strangers. It is common among young adults to use the form with each other, even if they're unfamiliar with each other (as long as it's not in a workplace environment and one of them is of a higher rank). Minors are also generally addressed with the form.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yohanes905252

Llamas : "yamas" or "jamas" ?

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
RyagonIV
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That depends on the dialect. In most places the letters 'll' and 'y' are pronounced like the English 'y', but in Argentina and Uruguay they tend to sound more towards the English 'j' and sometimes even 'sh'.

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angel21555924
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I don't really understand it anymore. I just learned this phrase as what is your name. But I also learned: Como se IIama usted. What is the difference between them? And which should I use?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jacqui40302

Technically this is more accurately translated as 'what are you called' which is sometimes used in English. The difference is the familiarity used for 'you'. 'Se llama' is for él/ella/usted 'Te llamas' is for tú. Afaik, when to use usted vs tú is kinda complicated. Normally if you didn't know someone you'd use 'usted'. But I think you can use tú for those of inferior status (eg children) or your peers.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/joel32524

you ddon't offer a way of inverting ? and !

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kmpala
kmpala
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alt + 168 ¿ alt 173 ¡

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rosalina760700

what is the difference between llamas and nombre???????

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
RyagonIV
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Llamar is a verb, "to call", and nombre is a noun, "name". Specifically, the different expressions translate as:

  • ¿Cuál es tu nombre? - What is your name?
  • ¿Cómo te llamas? - How do you call yourself?
3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BayzidFaisal

when will i use como te illamas & when como se illama.this sentence make me confused.plz help me

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
RyagonIV
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There is no 'i' in llamar.

"¿Cómo te llamas?" is the informal version ( form). You use it with friends, family, minors, and basically anyone you'd address on a first-name basis.

"¿Cómo se llama?" is the formal version (usted form). You use that for higher-ups, older people, and people you're not familiar with.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sumanyu5

"Cómo" has been referred to as "how" untill now. So how to know when to use it as "what".

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
RyagonIV
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Well, cómo still means "how" here, but it doesn't translate too well into English. "¿Cómo te llamas?" literally translates as "How do you call yourself?"

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JPatFenton

two factors: The translation provide "...what has your name?" not is your name. but would llamas be plural?

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
RyagonIV
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Someone probably added "...what's your name?" to the list of answers, and Duolingo makes automatic expansions. "What's" is a contraction of both "what is" and "what has", so sometimes it messes up.

Llamas is not plural. It's just the form of llamar. conjugations usually end on -as or -es. It's as little plural as "he makes" is in English.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roos517135

When do you use "te" and when "se" in the sentence Cómo se/te llama (usted)?

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
RyagonIV
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Te and se in this case are reflexive pronouns, translating as "yourself" to English.

Te belongs to , the informal singular "you". The proper sentence here is "¿Cómo te llamas?", using the conjugation of llamar.

Se goes with any pronoun that uses 3rd-person grammar, in this case usted, which is the formal singular "you". The proper sentence here is "¿Cómo se llama (usted)?", because usted uses the same conjugation of llamar as él/ella does.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkRendon2

french is hard

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
RyagonIV
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Glad you made the right choice, then. :)

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilkeston
IlkestonPlus
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I translated buenos diás as 'good day' why is this marked wrong?

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
RyagonIV
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"Good day" is a direct translation of "buenos días". It should be accepted.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenjaminTu966470

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2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MajorJnos
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What is your name = Cómo se llamas usted

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
RyagonIV
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The usted form needs a different conjugation, llama.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chelsea472549

I put "Good day, what is your name?" and got it wrong... Whats the difference?

1 day ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
RyagonIV
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I guess the problem is that "Good day" is not a common greeting in English. But your translation is perfect.

18 hours ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenjaminTu966470

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2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bob6465

The phrase before this one was "Good morning Miss. What is your name? My response in Spanish was "Buenos dias Senorita, como te llamas? (Using all of the accents) and Duolingo said that was incorrect. So what is the difference in this phrase except the "Senorita"?

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
RyagonIV
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The problem might be that señorita is a formal addressing, so continuing with the form there is quite odd.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kmpala
kmpala
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I get marked wrong every time I use a word that isn't there in Spanish. I don't see any difference and if you left out "Señorita" it should have been marked correct.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Emrys86
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Things you say after a 1 night stand. ;)

  • "Buenos días, ¿cómo te llamas?"
  • "Espera... ¿quién eres?
  • "Necesitas un taxi?

Haha

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeffrey855877
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That's a line from "2 1/2 Men". Or "The Hangover, Part …"

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sharon919702

What?

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HuiChanPar

Why this lesson is longer sentence...

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sethvin

where is the whats

5 months ago
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