"Yo quiero este vestido."
Translation:I want this dress.
I have some very old editions of Nancy Drew stories - she wears "frocks".
Esta for feminine nouns, and este for masculine ones. Just like una and un.
Within this course, este/esta/esto always means "this", and ese/esa/eso always means "that".
Ese was this in one flash card and este was that IN ANOTHER. I DON'T UNDERSTAND!
Well in English this and that has to do with your tone of voice. Also has to deal with how you want to portray yourself. Such as if you say I want this hat your saying your more polite and have less attitude. If you say I want that hat it sounds demanding and will sound rude. So please tell us which means which.
"This" and "that" usually has to do with how far away some object is. (Or rather, how far away it is perceived.) "This" is used for objects that are close to the speaker, and "that" for objects that are farther away. "Would you put this book into that shelf there?"
In Spanish it's fundamentally the same, but there are three of these demonstratives instead of just two:
- este, esta, esto are the equivalents of "this" in English. They are used for things that are close to the speaker.
- ese, esa, eso are always translated as "that" in this course. They are usually used if an object is closer to the listener(s).
- aquel, aquella, aquello are also translated as "that" here. They are not used often, but are usually applied when something is out of reach for both speaker and listener(s).