How can I know if they (OR I'm) asking AT the school or IN the school?
En is one of those Spanish prepositions that has all manner of translations, it can be in, on, at, into, from, by etc. You just have to work it out from the context of the sentence and words used.
Good. I thought I wasn't following along properly. Thank you so much!
We have words in English that have multiple meanings as well. Some have different spellings but not all. The WIND blows the leaves on the tree but you could WIND up in trouble if you break the law...
I din't believe that is a good example because the two definitions of WIND are not even remotely similar. Therefore, context can easily be used to distinguish meaning. However, in the case of "en", all of the definitions are similar, so context is not as easy to use as a tool to determine meaning.
You have to remember that in Spanish, we translate ideas, not word for word. So really, you just have to use your best judgement and pay real close attention to the context of the sentence. "How are they using the word?" And things of that nature. It gets easier as you get better at Spanish. Hope this helped! ❤
The audio sounds like: EL ESCUELA.
Spanish is so fast! It is difficult for me to distinguish between the words. Yikes.
Since there's an E after the A, the E sort of swallows up the A, and you end up with "lescuela". Italian and French found a way around this (French l'homme and Italian l'idea), Spanish just never caught on.
I'm so slow at speaking Spanish (but I'm still learning, so I have an excuse), but natives whiz past. It's like an art form at this point
Ah, dang! I didn't listen hard enough to hear the la in the normal speed & of course, in English we say "in school" unless we are talking about a specific school. That's what I get for hurrying through the review! I do hate to get a simple sentence wrong.
She says is "En escuela" when it's played at normal speed, but she says "En la escuela" when it's played slowly. Listen to the number of syllables. She does not even say "la" in the normal speed.