"I am vegetarian."
The "a" isn't translated in this case.
To be a vegetarian - Ser vegetariano/a
Right, but the question was posed in English and "I am a vegetarian" doesn't have any gender clues. So I think Hameem.s' question is still good -- how were we supposed to know to answer with "vegetarian_a_" if we didn't know to use feminine?
Yes, the real world answer is, match to your gender. I think Hameen S and I had the same trouble -- we used the male gender, and the duolingo only accepted the female gender when checking the answer, and there does not seem to be a real world reason for this.
Estoy is for temporary things, such as being hungry or happy. Soy is for permanent things, such as being vegetarian, or being short. Does this help?
isnt being a vegetarian considered temporary though? you can choose whether or not you eat meat
I think the idea is that it's a longer lasting state and a life choice. With "estoy" it would sound like you are vegetarian right now but might consider having a cheeseburger later today.
You can look up the different usages of Ser and Estar, but I believe being vegetarian would require Ser because it is a physical characteristic, even though it is technically temporary.
Saying estoy Is for temporary IMHO is a bad way of describing things almost everything can be though as temporary. This question has been answer many times on duo and the best explaition I saw used doctor for ser. Description,Orientation,Cariristic, Traits etc. or something to that likes I going by memory and can't memories like that. But basically it boils down to ser being used because it describing the person character as a person. Estar Is often used as emotion and location.
Another suggested solution was "Soy vegetariana" (my "yo soy vegetariano" was accepted, too) - when do you say vegetariano/a? depending on your gender?
"yo soy vegetariana" should be accepted, don't you think? But everything else is good, great job ^^
why does the pronunciation of vegetariano seem to differ from when you hover over the word itself and then the phrase as a whole? when she says the word by itself it almost sounds like the r is pronounced with g sound
It is a regional thing--
like pronouncing "playa" as though it were "plaja" (like the "j" in "judge").
vegan is when you eat nothing from animals at all, vegetarian is when you just don't eat meat, but still eggs, milk, etc.
Vegans are those who don't eat anything made from animals, some vegasns don't even wear leather clothes, bags, shoes.
And we, vegetarians, don't eat meat, fish (some people eat fish and chicken, they are other type of vegetarian) but eat cheese, milk, eggs, butter...
can someone explain why the masculine translation has "yo" at the start but the feminine translation does not? does this matter?
It's just showing you that both sentences are correct, but Spanish speakers usually omit the pronoun.
"Yo" is unnecessary unless one is putting extra emphasis on the pronoun, to emphasize or differentiate--
- "Yo soy vegetariana, pero él come carne.
- ( "I" am a vegetarian, but "he" eats meat!)
Note that the English that I speak, in the region of the world where I live, we do NOT say "I am vegetarian". (That sounds too much like the stilted English that some of my Russian friends speak when they say...
"I am vegetarian. You are meat-eater." And, "I am engineer; you are ditch-digger".
VERY stilted, all of the above!)
Because that literally means "I vegetarian". You should use the verb "am" - "soy".
It can be just "soy vegetariano/a" but not "yo vegetariano/a"
Said my Russian friend to me:
"I am vegetarian; you are meat-eater, comrade!"
"I am astronaut; you are engineer, comrade!"
Know what I mean?
It's correct too. But maybe because in Spanish and some other languages people usually avoid saying "I" and the other pronouns because it can be understood without them too. But you should've reported it.
Pescatariano/Pescatariana Vegetariano/Vegetariana Vegano/Vegana
I do not think anybody uses basado en plantas, but I could be wrong.
Also, omnívoro and carnívoro. Should be easy to remember.