3 years ago

Cuánto = How much
Cuántos = How many
Cuándo = When

My little trick when I was learning was Cuánto = CuANTITY = Quantity (Edit: Thanks for the correction!)

3 years ago

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Cuánto = how much...cuántos = how many

3 years ago

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Cuanto = means how much, for example: How much is it? (Cuanto es? o Cuanto vale?)How much do you want? (Cuanto quieres? o Cuanto deseas?) it will always be an amount.

Cuando = means when, for example: When is the party? (Cuando es la fiesta)

3 years ago

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It's pretty much just one of those things that you have to practice until you feel it in your bones. I suspect people learning English have a devil of a time with why vs who.

Look at your keys and ask yourself "¿cuántos?" and then count them. Look at your money and ask yourself "¿cuánto?" Look at a crowd of people, the cars in a parking lot, a flock of birds and ask yourself "¿cuántos?" Do this until you're sick of it.

Look at the clock on the wall and ask yourself "¿cuándo?" Look at your watch, the microwave, all time measuring devices you can find, and ask yourself "¿cuándo?" Look at your class schedule, a sports schedule, etc. and ask yourself "¿cuándo?" Do this until you´re sick of it.

Do it all again the next day. Do this for a week, as you go about your day. Just get into the habit of asking ¿cuánto? and ¿cuándo?

Until then, I guess you could try relating the "to" of "cuánto" with the "to" of "total". It's lame but it's all I can come up with. But seriously, drive yourself crazy practicing those words every day for a week or so. Get it into your body.

3 years ago

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+1 Good post. I relate the "t" of cuanto to the "t" of "count," or "quantity," as mentioned prevously.

3 years ago

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Thanks :) CUANT(ity)O is a much better mnemonic! Mine is pretty lame in comparison, lol.

3 years ago

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"Cuándo" means "When".

"Cuánto" means "How much".

3 years ago

what about the pronunciation? Do they sound similar?

3 years ago

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You seem to be a native English speaker, so I'll explain in those terms:

Yes. The small difference in their pronunciation is the exact same as it would be in English...not too confusing at all. It's the FIRST part (prefixes) of those words that an English speaker might find a little confusing, since we use the prefix "quan-" instead of "cuan-", but even that's not too far off. As far as pronunciation is concerned, those prefixes are both the exact same in each language. The pronunciation is (/ˈkwän/, quan-, cuán-) like the English words quantity, quality, quarrel, etc...

In Spanish, most consonants will be pronounced similarly to how they are in English (as in the case of "d" and "t"). The vowels are what may take some effort to get down at first. Fortunately, they are easier than English! They can only be pronounced one way (they will always sound the same), unlike English vowels, which each can be pronounced at least 2 or 3 ways.

And here is a link where someone much smarter than me will explain all this to you in much greater detail: http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/114

3 years ago

Thanks a lot for your help

3 years ago

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No fue nada. I'm going to read that pronunciation guideline from SpanishDict myself, just to make sure I have my head wrapped around all that correctly : )

3 years ago

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Here's a guide specific to vowels (the most important letters concerning pronunciation in my opinion): http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/115

3 years ago