"My brother speaks with my friend."
Translation:Mi hermano habla con mi amigo.
I thought that if you are showing possession of a living thing then you need to put an "a" in front of mi, su etc.
I'm not sure of the rules. But I assume the preposition "con" eliminates any need for the preposition "a" here.
Have the same question. On previous discussions in this lesson everybody talks that I should use "a" before live object. So I have wrote "Mi hermano habla a con mi amigo." and that is not correct. Please explain.
When you wish to say "I speak with a friend" or "I speak to a friend" the proper way would be "hablo con un amigo/amiga". Similarly if you want to say "I speak English", you should say "hablo inglés". When you wish to say "I say something to my friend" that would be "Le digo algo a mi amigo/amiga". If you ask "What did she say?" you would ask "¿Qué dijo?". "Decir" is a verb with a meaning more similar to "to say" and "hablar" a verb more like "to speak".
They really should have had a lesson on direct/indirect objects before this lesson. The whole "a" thing seems kind of arbitrary.