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Some questions :)

Hi! I have a couple of questions to ask.

This first one may seem like a silly question, but I was wondering what the difference is between y and e. For example, on one of the lessons, there was a question asking me to translate Father and Son into Spanish. I put Padre y hijo and got it wrong. I was corrected with Padre e hijo. Can anyone explain to me when I should use each of them, and why I was incorrect?

Secondly, I was wondering if there are any Spanish cartoons that you would recommend me watching (preferably something in which the people speak quite slowly) as I find that it is a great way to learn. Also if you can recommend any Spanish children's e-books then that would be great too!

By the way, I started Duolingo 10 days ago and I absolutely LOVE it. I had to drop Spanish in school because of my health (it resulted in me getting too tired for the workload of all my subjects) and I've been missing learning Spanish ever since. Duolingo has allowed me to teach myself at my own pace, and I'm finding that I'm understanding sentences a lot more than when I did it at school (in my school they just shoved a vocab sheet under your nose and left you to it - we were taught just to sit exams, not to have conversations). This site is a lot of fun, and so engaging!

One last thing: if there is anyone who is trying to learn Spanish like me who would like to message me and have conversations in Spanish, that would be great also.

Thanks a lot guys! :)

S-J

3 years ago

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"and" is "y" except before an "i" sound, where it becomes "e" instead. Same for "or" being "o" except before "o" sounds, where it becomes "u" instead.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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And that's why "┬┐Las conjunciones son u y e, u o e y?" is technically correct.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sarah-JayneOgden

Thank you!

3 years ago

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You can give the BookBox videos a try. Welcome to Duo! ^^

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sarah-JayneOgden

The videos look great! Muchas gracias!

3 years ago

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De nada!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

Hola! The "e" is used for the same reason we put a "n" before "a" in words that start with a vowel. Think a bird, but an apple. Because hijo, and hija, start with the same sound that "y" does, it changes to a "e" to separate the sounds! I do not know of any cartoons. Sorry. Happy learning!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sarah-JayneOgden

Hola! Ohh I see now! So I'm guessing when you say the 'e' you say it like 'eh'? Thanks a lot!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahBecraft

Exactly! The same thing happens with 'o' (it can be replaced with a 'u' if the 'o' is awkward.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sarah-JayneOgden

Gracias! Would you mind giving me an example as to when the 'o' would change to a 'u'?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahBecraft

Where the next letter sounds like an o already. Either because it is also an o, or because it has a silent letter like h in front of it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sarah-JayneOgden

Ohh I see! Thank you!

3 years ago