had a nice basic spanish convo in a store today, thanks DL!
hola companeros y companeras!<pre>
I was fortunate enough to have a nice basic conversation in spanish today at a local store, and it went like this... Store clerk: Hola! como estas? Me: Muy bien, gracias. Y tu? SC: Bien, quieres Café? Me: No hoy pero gracias. after buying my lunch, i met up with the store clerk again at the counter and the rest went like this.. Me: Hoy es frio SC: jaja, si ME: gracias, hasta luego To the seasoned-veterans out there this might seem like a small accomplishment but not to this eager rookie. Hey Duolingo! ... thanks.</pre>
Me: Hoy es frio
Hoy hace frio. :)
Great job, nonetheless. I haven't had many opportunities yet to speak my Spanish, but it's always fun to eavesdrop when I get the chance. Thanks for sharing your story :)
Estas seguro? (are you sure) i did use "hoy es frio" last week with a native spanish speaker and he didn't say it was wrong either and knew exactly what i meant.
"Today is cold" meaning "today has a permanent quality of being cold." which you don't mean. It's "hace frio" but obviously since the other one doesn't make sense they know what you mean :)
Thanks eagle, "hoy hace frio" o "hace frio" it is. I expect to make many more rookie-mistakes haha.
Making those mistakes is how you learn. It lets you ancor those times in your mind and associate them with what's correct. Keep up the good work, it's worth it!
I am a native spanish speaker and is "Hoy hace frio", because if you say "Hoy es frio" would be "Today is cold"
That is why the clerk laughed. Hoy es frio is incorrect. But you will not make that embarrassing mistake again. You did great. If you can, go back tomorrow and say something else. Buy some coffee and say:: El cafe es frio!
It is a description of the coffee, so I thought it may take SER. But I guess because it is a temporary status, ESTAR is used. Gracias.
It's not as bad as saying estoy caliente or something. Of all the temperature-related blunders this one was small, haha.
Thanks for the correction writchie, yea i'm lucky where i live spanish is spoken by a lot of people so a spanish conversation is usually right around the corner so to speak. Before i focus mostly on conversational spanish, priority number 1 for me is to finish my tree. That being said i try and speak it with native speakers when possible. I appreciate the reply and thanks for letting me know it's "hoy hace frio"
That's great! Being able to exchange small pleasantries is far better than muttering, mumbling or not speaking. Have a Lingot!
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Reminds me of the time I ordered green tea in Korean. I was on that high for weeks! Keep at it :)
See what I mean? You had a real conversation. Simple but appropriate for what it was. I'm glad you shared this. It really is motivating. This kind of story helps us all be more brave.
Greatly appreciate the reply, it's a somewhat simple concept. The hardest thing to do (in my opinion) is to learn the material, once that's aquired the only thing left to do is jump right in. Figured i'd throw my self to the wolves so to speak and try to converse with people anytime i can. The way i see it if im spending a lot of time learning, i don't want shyness or embarassment be the reason i don't use it. Buenas suerte the rest of the way pal.
Glad to hear that, my friend. Best of luck for the future. I cannot wait until I am good enough to speak a decent conversation with one of my Spanish speaking friends (there aren't many where I live and so I only know three, all of whom speak it as their first language). :)
Gracias for the kind words amigo. Keep at it, and impress your spanish speaking friends with your conversation skills one day soon.
it's good when there are more opportunities for practicing the language That happens very rare to me :(