"I am well, I can walk."
Translation:Estoy bien, puedo andar.
Both mean to walk. "Andar" is used mostly in Spain, "Caminar" in Latin America. Both would still be understood, but for example in Latin America, "andar" is considered more poetic or metaphorical.
And just to confuse things a little more there is also "pasear", which means roughly "to go for a walk".
To complicate things more, andar can be used like estar both with how someone is are (ej. ando cansado) or with gerund (ando tranajando). Check out definition number 3 in both Harrap and HarperCollins - http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/andar
So in theory this could be "Ando bien, puedo andar"
Sorry! I hope this clears things up: "andar" means "to go (about)", not to be confused with "ir" which literally means "to go (somewhere)". "Andar" is used more frequently with sentences like, "I want to go by horse" or "you go around town". It can mean "to walk" in the exact literal sense, or it can mean to go. It's like in English, when we say, "I am running around town doing errands". We don't mean that we are literally sprinting or jogging through downtown, but that we are going around.
I notice a great many examples in Spanish, both in the exercises and on the discussion board, which would be considered a run-on sentence (or in need of a semicolon) in English. (But then, people generally do write very casually on internet forums and consider punctuation optional. So it's the examples in the practice sentences I wonder about more.) I'm holding out until I'm actually reading Spanish literature to see what flies (another figurative use of motion verbs!) by actual standards.
This is conversation. When you speak with your friends and family you don't always use grammatically correct sentences or complete sentences for that matter. Always try to think conversationally. "whoa, that fall looked painful. Are you alright? Do you need help?" "I'm well, I can walk."
Run-on sentences are more a matter of punctuation, so not something that would necessarily matter to conversation. You'd write what you said as "I'm well—I can walk" or "I'm well. I can walk" or "I'm well; I can walk." (At least, when trying to satisfy an English teacher.)
Already is in the dictionary; alright is not. "Are you all right?" Is grammatical, but alright is not even though DL changes it to alright when I say all right. The times they are achangin', so if we use alright often enough it will eventually be accepted, and how is that for a run-on sentence?
The best reference I can find for this phrase is:
Johnny movió la cabeza con una sonrisa.
—No, está bien. Estoy bien, puedo andar libremente sin tener a alguien queriendo saber en todo momento dónde estoy y lo que hago.
- from http://creepypasta-esp.tumblr.com/page/10
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If you are of a nervous disposition, don't look this up at 2am like I did ... in a thunderstorm. (And that's true!)
… and if you are really sensitive, STAY AWAY ALTOGETHER!!!
PS If this is one of the references that the DL authors/programmers used, then it could explain many of the weirder phrases.
They both mean "I am" but "estoy is used to talk about your condition or location, and "soy" is used to talk about who you are. Examples:
Estoy: I am happy. I am tired. I am in the garden.
Soy: I am a teacher. I am tall. I am a Canadian.
For more information, look up Ser and Estar in a grammar book.
Duo generally doesn't like it when you reverse the expression like that, in large part because it can subtly change the meaning of the sentence: there's almost always a slight emphasis on the first part, as compared to the rest.
For example, picture the difference between "I had cake yesterday," and "Yesterday I had cake." The first sentence places the importance on the cake, while the second one emphasizes that it happened yesterday.
Similarly, Estoy bien, puedo caminar means, "I am well, [so] I can walk," while Puedo caminar, estoy bien is more like, "[Since] I can walk, I am [doing] well."
I hope this helps.
andar - to walk, go, travel, work, be about, be around, feel, date, go out with.
But you can check the dictionary as well as I can! Try http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=andar
It's the difference between ser and estar. Like the difference between por and para. A peculiarity of the language. Personally, I try to do enough examples that the usage I choose isn't defined by a list of right or wrong but rather the sense that his word "sounds right" in a given situation. The very short form of the answer is that ser is about permanent things and estar is about temporary things, so health/emotional state is "estar". "Soy bien" sounds like you are saying that you are a person of good character. "Estoy bien" means "I am feeling ok" (which isn't necessarily permanent, to be sure).
The "permanent/temporary" division has confused many students of Spanish. I reckon it is better to at least be aware of DOCTOR PLACE right from the beginning. Once it is in our notebook we will refer to it frequently before we get the hang of it.
Use ser for:
Use estar for: