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Tengo? I am hot

If "tengo" means "I have".....then why is "I am hot" = "tengo calor"? Rather than "soy". Like soy caliente?

Isn't tengo calor --> I have hot? I don't understand this verb use.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Macjory
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Remember that translation is not "word for word." It has to take into account how native speakers of the target language express themselves through idioms. Think about age: in English, we say "I am 25." However, in Spanish, expressing age also uses the verb 'tener', as in "Mi madre tiene cincuenta años." (My mother is 50 years old.) No doubt we have idiomatic expressions in English that sound strange to other ears.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jjp09419

Oh okay, thanks very much! It would be much easier if there was a universal overtone to language. It amazes me how different corners of the world came to speak the way they do!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Macjory
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That's why learning language is so important: it gives us a new way of thinking about things, a glimpse of the world as others see it. Challenging, but worth it, at least to all of the Duolinguists!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlejoPF
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Macjory1 is right. But bear in mind that estoy (or soy) caliente means "I'm horny", so you could be easily misunderstood. lol

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jjp09419

That one deserves a lingot. Made me laugh. I'll be sure to save soy caliente for the ladies. ; )

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StefanoSolgreno
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"I have heath".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

I think it has to do with weather related terms, we would use "hace calor" to say that it's hot (temperature). It literally means "it makes heat." Once you make something, you have it, too. So if you are outside and it is made hot, it gives you heat to be outside in the sun in the middle of summer: "Tengo calor". Likewise, "hace frío" and "tengo frío" mean that it's cold and to be cold. While Ser and Estar are both used to mean "to be" one is not always hot or cold at all times, so it wouldn't fit to use soy or estoy in the sense of "I am".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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Well, it's Spanish. It's similar to how you say Tengo quince años for I am fifteen.

3 years ago

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Yeah, I understand. I'm a beginner so I am trying to comprehend the irregularities.

3 years ago
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