https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pwhager

[Suggestion] We need a "confused words" or "difference" lesson (Por vs Para, Bien vs Bueno, etc...)

We need a lesson on when to use certain confused words. Below, I've prepared a list of some possible confused words:

Por and Para Bien and Bueno Ese and Aquel Tan and Como Qué and Cuál Hora and Vez

Many more could be added.

July 14, 2014

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drTentacle

Oh... that would be so great to have one category of "exceptions only". For example those words that are not following the rule for the articles: el mapa, la ciudad, el problema, ...

Or groups of irregular verbs with the same irregularity...

July 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pwhager

Exactly! I think Duolingo should offer more for perfecting your Spanish skills and remembering commonly mistaken parts of the language (maybe as extra courses).

July 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alices118

Yes, exactly. I know some of these because I took a few years of Spanish a while ago (for instance, el problema actually does follow a rule because almost all nouns ending in "-ma" are masculine. Likewise with la ciudad because almost everything that ends with a "d" is feminine ) but DuoLingo never gets into these sub-rules and it should.

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Denfisksson

Ser Bueno --> To be a good person. Something is nice. You enjoy something. (Marcos es muy buena persona)(Que bueno es hacer deporte).

Estar Bueno --> (SLANG) Somebody is really gorgeus, attractive (Mi monitor de gimnasio está muy bueno). Also for food (Esta manzana está muy buena).

Ser Bien --> Doesn't exist.

Estar Bien --> To feel good. To find something good. (Estoy muy bien ahora que estoy de vacaciones) (Me parece que tu trabajo está bien redactado).

I think that is it. I don't really know when I use each one as I am native and I don't even think about it but I find this somehow accurate.

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blueisland

I hear people say "Bueno" to say "Good Morning" also. Is this common?

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Denfisksson

What people say is "buenos dias" if it is morning. Tardes for evening and Noches for night. But it is very common to say just "BuenAs" at any time of the day when you met someone.

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DevonVet

If it's helpful, for 'bien' v. 'bueno' it is a question of an adverb v. an adjective. With regards to 'por' v. 'para' for the word 'for' I was taught if you could substitute 'through' or 'by way of' 'then use 'por' and if you could substitute 'in order to' use para. Lots of other niggly rules though :/

July 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S0R0USH

Hello pwhager! I personally posted a similar suggestion for "Por vs Para" which got quite popular. Hopefully more people will post discussions like ours and the DL staff make note of it.

Someone has even made a strong case for having a por and para lesson, by saying "If the Spanish tree got a lesson on Ser/Estar "To Be", the same [should go] to Por/Para"

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ggraceco

Nice idea!

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mandyturtle

personally I use duo more for practice than for actually learning as they don't explain anything lol spanishdict.com is a good free site or you can also google difference between por & para etc

July 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuroAdemola

how do i access my lesson notes? someone to help. i just join this site. thanks

July 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Douglas_W

Right on. I have a query in to the support section asking for a clarification of 'para' vs. 'por'

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aleechin

A lesson would definitely be useful. But here's something for the que vs cual issue.

http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/que_vs_cual.htm

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ellzie_belzie_xx

hello

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Molls1993

I agree, I'm learning Spanish straight from this without having ever done it in school and it is great but there are certain things as you've listed that are a little unclear!

July 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ksopuff

For ser and estar this rhyme helps me remember

"For how you feel and where you are always use the verb estar" ~Sñra Adams :)

But seriously por and para get me all the time.

July 16, 2014

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