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"El español es una lengua interesante."

Translation:Spanish is an interesting language.

June 15, 2018



¿Cuál es la diferencia entre un idioma y una lengua?


I want to know as well.


Technically idioma = language and lengua = tongue. That said in either Spanish or English a language can also be referred to as a 'tongue' though I don't believe it is common in either case.


In Spanish, "lengua" also can mean the actual tongue in your mouth.

In English, referring to a language as a "tongue" is somewhat archaic. "What is your native tongue?" = "What is your native language". In Spanish, however, it is sufficiently common that "lengua" and "idioma" are practically synonyms.


In portuguese we have these similar words too: ("idioma and língua") "Língua" is your tongue (part of the body) And "idioma" means your language I think this is valid for Spanish too


Duolingo clearly translates 'lengua' as 'language' so I don't think this fully answers Unepersona37's question, unless you're implying that 'lengua' should be used in the same context as 'tongue' in English when discussing language (i.e. 'mother tongue', 'native tongue'). If that was your intention, I don't think it works out here, because I would rarely say 'Spanish is an interesting tongue'.


Great question, I came to ask the same but of: Lengua vs Lenguaje. So lengua, lenguaje y idioma. Tres palabras!


You are a saint.


Why does the article "el" come before español?


It's the subject of the sentence, and we're talking about Spanish in general, as a whole.
Life is beautiful. La vida es hermosa.
Cigarettes are dangerous. Los cigarrillos son peligrosos.


That's super helpful, thank you. You lifted some fog for me there.


Marcy, I understand that articles are used when talking about something in general however I noticed you also specified that spanish is the subject in this sentence (which is true of course). I'd like to know if that (being the subject) is also a requirement for the 'general' rule regarding articles or does it also apply when the noun in question is the object of the sentence?


It's not precisely a requirement, but general statements* are only made about subjects in the vast majority of cases. Objects* are usually more... precise? Non-general. Objects* are mostly defined, small-portion things.

* These are generalised subjects, by the way.

But in something like "Horses like apples", you can have both items generalised. "A los caballos les gustan las manzanas."


in romanian we say limbă (tongue) aswell like in spanish :)


"El español" but "La España"? The language is masculine but the country is feminine?


Country names don't usually take articles, but yes, España is feminine. In fact, most country names are feminine and I think all names of languages are masculine. I think you also speak about your "mother country" in English sometimes, no?


Thanks. I read somewhere that countries ending in an unstressed 'a' were feminine. Some countries use the definite article as a matter of course in English too. eg The Philippines, The Netherlands, The Ukraine (less so now). I've never seen Salvador without the El.


Any correct an answer?

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