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why is the english translation of 'hablas espanol'- do you speak spanish? and not 'you speak spanish

3 years ago

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It can be both. The question mark and inflection of the voice change the meaning.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jgstcd
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Spanish, of course, let's you know right at the beginning with a reverse question mark at the start of the sentence. Duolingo seems very lax about what punctuation it accepts, but I try to be very careful anyway.

3 years ago

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It can be both - but English normally marks a question with a form of do in front of the question. I am assuming there was a question mark in the sentence you are translating. If there is no question mark, it is indeed You speak Spanish. That can also be a question in English, using tone of voice, and it usually expresses surprise, and is much less common.

You will NEVER see anything EXACTLY equivalent to Do you speak English ?in Spanish, because the verb hacer just isn't used that way in Spanish. I've actually never seen it used as a modal verb. Haces hablar español is not (as far as I know, native speakers?) a normal Spanish sentence.

3 years ago

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it is not normal, as in, you can't do it and you would sound insanely weird, it is ill-formed. The form of "do" that you're referring to in English isn't a modal anyway. In linguistics we call it a "dummy verb", because it doesn't actually do anything other than just mark that the utterance is a question.

3 years ago

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Thanks. When I teach English to Hispanics I tell my students it's like the upside down question mark in a Spanish question. The big problem with them is remembering to not conjugate third person singular when do is in the sentence.

3 years ago

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¿Hablas español? = Do you speak Spanish?
Hablas español = You speak Spanish.

3 years ago

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I think it can be both.

3 years ago

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I just had to tell you that I love your profile picture. Every time I see it in the discussions it looks like you're peaking around the corner to make a comment. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fuzzy_Eva

Thanks! =P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zChupacabraz

wow, level 25! good work. your streak is almost to 100 too! If I had lingots I would give you some more.

3 years ago

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The literal translation is "you speak spanish", but since in english you need do to specify that it's a question the correct tranlation is Do you speak spanish. Remember that translation are not based on literal meaning, instead of it in the understandbility of the translated phrase. The same as "Soy de Costa Rica" = "I'm Costa Rican", because in english you can't ommit the pronoun as in spanish.

3 years ago

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6 months ago

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6 months ago