"Tengo curiosidad."

Translation:I am curious.

September 19, 2013


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Could this be "I'm curious" ? in the way that other things (hunger, fear, age, etc.) use tener in Spanish but "to be' in English?

September 19, 2013


Tengo hambre = I am hungry. (I have hunger.) Tengo sed = I am thirsty. (I have thirst.) Tengo treinta años = I am thirty years old. (I have 30 years.) Tengo miedo = I am afraid. (I have fear.) Tengo curiosidad = I am curious. (I have curiosity.)

October 28, 2014


I'm curious = Yo soy curioso (in general, always) I have curiosity = Yo tengo curiosidad (for something in particular)

December 27, 2014


Yo soy curioso essentially means I am a curious person, right? It is a characteristic of my personality. I know that these temporary conditions like hunger, fear, and curiosity normally use tener, but do you ever see them with estar? I know that in German some expressions exist in both forms. Ich habe Hunger, I have Hunger, is more common, but Ich bin hungrig is also possible.

August 23, 2017


Sí. :)

September 19, 2013


¡gracias! :-)

September 21, 2013


I'm curious what makes you so curious

August 18, 2015


Tengo Curiosidad (Amarillo)

October 10, 2016


I am a little puzzled - first time through I haven't quite worked out when we use tener when we use estar for these expressions. We had estoy triste - is that where it's an ajective? And we had tiene miedo - seems more like an abstract noun in that context, but my grammar isn't great! Can someone help please?

September 25, 2015


I think I now understand this a little better, largely thanks to this article: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/tenexp.htm & PS104 below.

The Spanish use TENER in various places where we would use To Be. These include: a) To express age: Tengo veinte y uno años (I wish!); b) to express sensations - like hungry, curiousity, fear, hot or cold; There are some other examples in the article mentioned above:

Also where we would say IT IS hot or cold (to describe the weather) Spanish uses HACER! Hace frio = it is cold!

August 26, 2016


Hacer is weird...

July 14, 2017


Notice that "frío and calor" are nouns in Spanish, and "cold and hot" are adjectives in English. The grammar construction is quite different in each language.

December 15, 2017


Thanks for the link. I have been puzzled about when "tener" is used versus "estar" to express feelings. Ah, idioms!!

July 15, 2018


No, it's just language preference. Exactly which verb is favored for which feelings and concepts doesn't really have a systematic rule, it just is.

August 7, 2016


Why can't we say "Soy curiosidad"?

August 25, 2016


Others have tried to explain this already, but I will try to summarise. curiosidad = curiosity, so soy curiosidad makes no more sense in Spanish than "I am curiosity" does in English in most cases.

The Spanish use TENER in various places where we would use To Be. These include: a) To express age: Tengo veinte y uno años (I wish!); b) to express sensations - like hungry, curiousity, fear, hot or cold; There are some other examples in this article: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/tenexp.htm.

Also where we would say IT IS hot or cold (to describe the weather) Spanish uses HACER! Hace frio = it is cold!

August 26, 2016


soy curioso?

or does that mean "I am peculiar"?

September 24, 2016


You could be right there Jeffrey. I think it could mean I am curious. Curioso seems to have both meanings in the same way as it has in English. http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=curioso

September 24, 2016


I read in the discussion on a previous section that if a definite article (el, la, los, or las) is added to an object, such as 'curiosidad', then it describes a general condition of the object word. Given this, if I want to express the idea "I have curiosity," then shouldn't the Spanish be expressed, "Tengo la curiosidad?"

November 30, 2013


With these types of expressions, where Spanish uses tener and English uses "to be", the article is not used.

December 19, 2013


The " curiosidad " is a sensation like hungry, afraid, hunger. Usos especiales de TO BE: a) Para expresar la edad b) Para expresar sensciones c) Para hablar del tiempo atmosferico, que se traduce por HACER

October 28, 2014


Thank you!

December 19, 2013


So is 'estoy curiosidad' wrong? I'm a little confused why tengo is used instead of soy/estoy.

October 8, 2014


Saying "estoy curiosidad" would mean "I am curiousity" which doesnt make sense. So in spanish they use tener to mean "I have curiousity (i am curious)". Hope this helps :)

November 8, 2014


Great discussion points - thanks muchly!

March 23, 2017


Duolingo is telling me that "I am curious" is the wrong answer and that the right answer is "I am curious"

May 2, 2017


This is definitely a correct answer. Try to get back to the sentence again and carefully check your spelling (maybe you transposed one of those 3 vowels in a row?). If your spelling is correct and your answer is still not accepted, you should DEFINITELY report it

May 12, 2017


Would someone please explain the difference between ( yo tengo curiosidad and tengo curiosidad)

March 22, 2018


There is no difference in meaning. Native Spanish speakers will routinely drop the subject pronoun. In fact in the present indicative where the yo, tu, and nosotros forms are distinct, you will seldom hear them used. In fact, in many conversational contexts the referent for third person pronoun is also clear and so even third person pronouns are dropped. Duo uses subject pronouns, especially third person pronouns much more frequently than you will hear in the real world. Just like in English, any third person subject pronoun has to be tied conversational ly back to a specific person, but until some other person, let's say your mother, is mentioned and becomes the topic of the conversation in English you no longer wonder who "she" refers to. In Spanish, unless you were also talking about a he, you could simply drop the ella. But subject pronouns will be used for clarity when needed, and they are also used for emphasis. It is never grammatically incorrect to use them, but you won't hear them used a lot. If you routinely use them when they aren't needed you will be viewed as either the non fluent speaker you are or an extremely emphatic person.

March 22, 2018


Here is a typical usage.

¿Nadie tiene curiosidad?
Is no one curious?

Yo tengo curiosidad.
I am curious.

In English, we would emphasize the "I" In Spanish, by adding Yo at the being of the sentence does the same thing.

March 14, 2019



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