Help a gringo: La amiga vs el amigo
Yo tengo muchas amigas en esta clase. Is translated as: I have a lot of friends in this class.
Why would I use amigas and not amigos? Should this be understood as that I have a lot of female friends in class or that the person saying this is female?
Hi, as Songve indicated, this is the general "Duolingo" forum, and most people on Duolingo do not study Spanish. Could you please edit your original post and use the drop-down list at top left to change the topic from "Duolingo" to "Spanish"? That way it won't clutter up the general forum, and the answers you get might help others who are learning Spanish and browse through the forum looking for new info.
The professor just led us into a room in a church that was not meant to be entered without permission as it was considered particularly sacred locally. Could hear the people ranting about gringos as we were being ushered out. It's not often the students on their own are better behaved than the professor.
Anyway, IME, if you're being called a gringo or a gringa it's because you're acting like an obnoxious/entitled tourist. And when we were being called that, we'd earned it. Sort of. I mean, the professor had earned it. He knew perfectly well we were not welcome into that area of the church. The rest of us were under the false impression he had permission.
In English, we have words like mankind. This is referring to men and women, though. I suppose it is a little rude and demeaning to woman but that is not the point. In Spanish , it is the other way round. Woman are the summary of people. Amigas is friends in Spanish, male and female ones. Amiga is female friend and amigo is male friend. Hope that helped.