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Llegar, llenar, y llevar: how to remember them

m.tastic
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I was having a really difficult time remembering llegar, llenar, and llevar. Then I found this cool trick online. Just remember, "I arrive at the store, I fill my bag, and I carry it to the car." In Spanish this would be "Llego a la tienda, lleno la bolsa y la llevo al carro." Easy!

*I adapted this trick from something I found here.
3 years ago

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

"Llego a la tienda, lleno mi bolsa y la llevo al coche, pero llueve, así que lloro." =D Let's put in all the verbs that start with ll!

Maybe we should call ahead, then something needs to go up in flames.

I know! "Llego a la tienda, lleno mi bolsa y la llevo al coche, pero llueve, así que lloro, pero mi coche llamea, así que llamo a los bomberos." =D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wchargin
wchargin
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No olvides lo que podría hacer el fuego. Es posible que el fuego te llague (en cual caso se permite lloriquear), pero también, si llevas levadura in tu mochila, la podría lleudar. Y al fin, si empieza lloviznar, ¡el fuego se apagará pronto!

(All Spanish words matching /^ll.*[aei]r$/: llagar, llamar, llamazar, llamear, llantar, llantear, llapar, llar, llegar, llenar, lleudar, llevar, llorar, lloriquear, llotrar, llover, lloviznar, according to my wordlist. I couldn't find translations for all of them.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Agent.Logic_

Here, have my upvote for that regex (and for the funny reply). :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marygray5

lleno is easy for me. I think chili re lleno which is a re filled chili. As you travel you'll find it can be filled with anything, not just cheese. Also lleno is what you say when you want the car filled with gas,or estoy lleno if you are too full and don't want to buy someone's food.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

True! And, well, my friends in college taught me a pithy phrase I won't mention here involving lleno that I can never forget. =D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michael307373

Great. Now I'll always wonder what the phrase was.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yodydee

Hi, how is that sentence helpful? I don't get it... Also, the link is dead...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
writchie4
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I think it's supposed to be easy to remember because the sentence puts the Spanish verbs in alphabetical order. It's not super clear though, what the mnemonic is.

Edit: This page looks like the original source of the tip.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

Also, thinking of similar words in the context of a sentence is easier on the memory than trying to remember them in isolation.

What if we tweak it further by linking the "g" in llegar, the "n" in "llenar" and the "v" in llevar with the things that are arrived at, filled, and carried? Something like this (forgive the mashing of English and Spanish):

Llego a la grocery, lleno mi napsack y lo llevo cuando yo voy.

I arrive at the grocery, I fill my napsack (a kind of bag), and I carry it when I go.

...maybe it needs some work. Thanks for the suggestion and inspiration, m-tastic! Llegar and llevar are tricky for me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PoetryOtter

Good trick, though it's technically knapsack ;) But the k is silent so still works! Might need a little more work on the 'trick' for me, I don't think I can remember it like that. There MUST be some kind of way! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

Drat, you're right! So either that makes it more memorable for me, or I'll start spelling "llenar" as "lleknar."

The whole point of the mnemonic is that it works for you personally, so I don't think we're going to come up with something universal. But we can pool lots of ideas, as we're doing!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood
wildfood
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Very good trick!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/justjoeymcb

agreed! thanks for this handy little trick! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
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That's the easy bit. Wait till you grapple with the 12.879 different meanings of llevar in colloquial Spanish. Llegar is also tricky. For example, you say "¡No llego!" when you rush out the door, meaning "I'm gonna be late!"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aizhan06

thank you! they confuse me, too :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
vcel10
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Thanks, I still confuse llegar and Llevar.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carldean21

I haven't run into llenar yet, but for llegar and llevar I remember that something that is heavy needs to be carried. So v goes with carry. The other means to arrive.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KellyMJara

Thanks so much, I am always tangled up with these three. :) Tosses an ice cold lingot

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic
m.tastic
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Thank you :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arin184297

And to remember the order of the words, so that I don't think llevar is 'to carry', for example, I use the alphabet: lleGar, lleNar, lleVar if that helps

8 months ago
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