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"Corto" is an adjective which can translate in English to: short , brief , narrow , curt , skimpy , scanty , timid , stumpy , bashful.
Duolingo just uses: short.
Spanish has two words for English "short." Corto and bajo.
"She has a short skirt" translates to Spanish as: Su vestido es corto. (Her skirt is short.)
But "He is short" translates as : Él es bajo.
Bajo translates as an Adjective: low , lower , bass , small , base , short , deep , subdued , menial , humble , despicable , low-lying , low-down
As an Adverb: low , down , lower , below
Preposition: under , beneath , underneath
As a Noun: bass , bottom , basso , depth
See how there a fair difference between corto and bajo? They are not interchangeable.
Soy bajo doesnt make sense , i only say this because im hispanic and my parents wouldnt use that phrase. Unless thats only me, i would say " yo soy chicita, or some would say chaparrita. Duolingo should add a sort of historical lesson so people know that there are different ways to say certain phases. Example some people in mexico that are from the city say it one way and some from el pueblo say it another. Same as people from N.Y say things differently from people from texas or idk if anyone gets my point but yah
KatrinaMac4 to further explain why, it's good to mention that ser is used for things that are permanent. so, because "I am short" is something that will describe you permanently, you'd use ser: "soy bajo (a)". estar is used for temporary statements. so if you're trying to say "I am under" (that being for only now) you'd use estar: "estoy bajo (a)". hope this helps! :)
I have a pronunciation question. It sounds like she is pronouncing the "b" in bajo more like an English b, not like the soft Spanish sound between the English b and v. Is this a glitch or is bajo pronounced with a harder "b" sound, or maybe I'm just not hearing it correctly?
So my husband grew up in a mexico-spanish speaking home, and he said if i say "soy baja" i should be saying "estoy baja" as in "i am low". He expressed that baja is more like placement - low or under. He said said corta sounds like getting a cut. Like a short hair cut. And if i want to properly express that i am short i would say "soy chica!" I am (a) small (girl). Can someone comment on this?