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Having trouble seeing "yo" as "I" when it's so similar to "you"

I don't know why this has stuck with me, but I consistently think "yo" means "you" because they are so similar. Does anyone have any tricks to unlearn this?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

Same here. I used to confuse "yo" with "you". Eventually, you get used to it. Just hang on ;-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding
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Partially as a joke I have been getting into the habit of using "yo" as "I", like when someone calls me and I turn around and say "yo!"

Wouldn't be the first time I played with words either, trying to use thou/thee for casual use and you/ye for formal and plural.

Join the revolution!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Drop-The-Bass

yea. me 2

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

just pretend your name is Joe, and when you see "yo", just think of your name Joe, and its "I"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vSkyguard
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This was helpful for me because my name IS Joe.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

no way. I thought of that as I typed to you. not possible. if thats true, jajajajajajajajajaj

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vSkyguard
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Well, I'm not the guy who started the thread, but I was just saying.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ashleeg01

I do the same thing often times. But one way that helps me is saying the sentence out-loud because then you are hearing what the word "yo" sounds like. Then, hopefully, you will not think it means "you" based off the sound of the word. It works for me most of the time. And of course, practice, whether your saying or reading a language, is always the most helpful.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michiness
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When I was in middle school, my best friend was Mexican-American. Occasionally she would teach me random words so we could giggle to each other during class and whatnot. One day at lunch she taught me some swear word (let's say stupido, but it wasn't that), so when the first person I didn't like walked by, I yelled "yo! stupido!" She facepalmed and said, "yo means 'I'..."

Never going to forget that one.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SamohtSMA
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Here is another one for the confusion file: He comido. I have eaten.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/delapouite
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I had a similar issue in Portuguese where "a" == "the", for feminine nouns.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexsandroeco

Many Portuguese natives have this problem too. You must exercise, if you hear someone speaking a feminine (in Portuguese) word, translate and repeat in your head using the "a" article, for example, if you hear "tree", translate it to "a árvore", if you hear "tongue" translate to "a língua"...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diggabyte
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Try as much as possible to stop thinking in english when you speak spanish, it's very difficult at first, but you need to feel how sentences flow in spanish the same way they do in english, which of course is probably going to take a while; I would recommend watching movies, listening to music and reading books in spanish, after a while you won't have to use english as a crutch while speaking and you will have no problem understanding when someone says "yo" :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ahmadhadd

It gave me a headache so every time I need to use (Yo ...) I do so while pointing at myself to make it stick

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ahmadhadd

or as you would know by now since the verb conjugation changes according to the subject, you can just say (Soy bien) instead of (Yo soy bien) and forget about the (Yo) for now.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rgruver
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In actual Spanish, this is usually what's done. 'Yo' is only used to add emphasis, such as: 'Ella no habla, yo hablo', to emphasize who.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ic1male

That's right. You can even leave out the yo, tú, el, etc when you type a reply in Spanish in the app.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CoySythe

Thanks folks

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JackedTortoise

That's an advantage for me who speaks french, as so many spanish words look like french ones. Tu is the same in spanish: tu :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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How about a rhyme? Yo is I, tú is you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jenn362790
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Same here. I don't have any tricks, I just kept working and it went away on its own.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eggplantbren

Just keep practicing. Later in the tree when we learned the word "nos" (basically "us") I kept writing the opposite of what the sentence meant. For example, instead of "they gave us a gift" I would write "they didn't give us a gift" because the "nos" made my brain think of not.

You get over it eventually. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mshaeff0325

I think as you immerse yourself more either it will get easier or you won't be expected to use it in most situations.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/caccolaverdeblu

OMG i always swich the italian "come" (=how) with the spanish "come" (=eat). It makes me sooo angry >:(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelaFrai

tú sounds more like you

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ray-Hunter

Sigmacharding is right. I'm pretty sure that most people who speak English and use Yo to get someones attention. Like "Yo, Whats up?" Use Yo and don't realize it is actually slang. It just happens Yo is a VERY popular slang from a nearby Spanish speaking country. Yo!

4 years ago