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Imageauntanne
Feb 14, 2010 10:49 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
Moved to Word of the day forum
Imageauntanne
Feb 16, 2010 8:45 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
2/16/10

Me encanta* - I really like. In this case the thing you really like is said after this. For example: Me encanta la flor. I like the flower.
(may en-cahn'-tuh)

* If the thing you really like is plural add an "n" to the end. For example: Me encantan las flores. I like the flowers.
Imagestormyla
Feb 16, 2010 9:03 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Me encanta this thread!
Imagedgal
Feb 16, 2010 11:39 PM CST
Name: Don Galaway
Baytown, Texas (Zone 9a)
Si, es bueno.
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Imagestormyla
Feb 16, 2010 11:42 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Now I learned, another line!!
Imageauntanne
Feb 17, 2010 2:53 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
Qué bien! I'll put in another this evening when I get home.
Imagedgal
Feb 18, 2010 12:41 AM CST
Name: Don Galaway
Baytown, Texas (Zone 9a)
Este la thread. *Blush*
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Imagestormyla
Feb 18, 2010 1:18 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
OK folks, what is este?
Imagedgal
Feb 18, 2010 9:40 AM CST
Name: Don Galaway
Baytown, Texas (Zone 9a)
"Este" is this or these. I probably used the wrong grammar though. I just know a few words and throw them around like I know what I'm doing.
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Imageauntanne
Feb 18, 2010 2:03 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
este can be the word "this" assuming that "this" whatever is singular and masculine. It can also be the direction east. Depends on how it's used.
Imageauntanne
Feb 20, 2010 9:31 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
Ok new word. We've learned how to say "I really like" but what if you just "like" something? In that case the phrase you want is:
"Me gusta" (may goo' stah). For example, "Me gusta el carro" I like the car. Like the other word with similar meaning, the subject follows and if plural an "n" is added to "gusta". For example: Me gusta el carro, I like the car but "Me gustan los carros" I like the cars.
Imagestormyla
Feb 21, 2010 12:55 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Me gusta la flor.

Me gustan los floros

Is this right?
Imageauntanne
Feb 21, 2010 3:41 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
almost. To make a noun (or adjective) plural add an "s" if the word ends in a vowel. If the word ends in a consonant use "es". For example: la flor las flores. To summarize: vowel - s, consonant - es

Not to heap too much information into one short little lesson, all nouns have gender. That is to say they're either masculine or feminine. There are rules as to what makes a word one or the other, but it's a long list and too confusing to memorize, imo. The easiest way is to just memorize the word "la" (fem.) or "el" (masc.) with the word. Dictionaries will put an "m" or "f" behind the translation to tell the learner which is which.
Imageauntanne
Feb 21, 2010 3:41 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
almost. To make a noun (or adjective) plural add an "s" if the word ends in a vowel. If the word ends in a consonant use "es". For example: la flor las flores. To summarize: vowel - s, consonant - es

Not to heap too much information into one short little lesson, all nouns have gender. That is to say they're either masculine or feminine. There are rules as to what makes a word one or the other, but it's a long list and too confusing to memorize, imo. The easiest way is to just memorize the word "la" (fem.) or "el" (masc.) with the word. Dictionaries will put an "m" or "f" behind the translation to tell the learner which is which.
Imagestormyla
Feb 21, 2010 3:54 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Anne, I'm used to that with other romance languages. Problem is they all get jumbled up in my head together.

I wonder, if a word is masculine in italian or french, is it also masculine in spanish? That would make it a lot easier.
Imageauntanne
Feb 21, 2010 5:05 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
I couldn't say for sure. I know that words in Spanish that end in "ma" are masculine because that's the way it is in Arabic. Which is due to the Muslim occupation of Spain at one time. As to any other commonalities I do good to know Spanish and English, lol.

Ordinarily words that end in "a" would be feminine, and words that end in "o" would be masculine. All others will simply have to be memorized with their respective articles: el or la
Imagestormyla
Feb 21, 2010 5:16 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That's a good rule to remember.

Here's how I will try to make it easy for me.

Anna is a lady

Otto is a man
Imageauntanne
Feb 21, 2010 5:47 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
Good one. Just remember Anna isn't a lady 100% of the time nor is Otto a gentleman 100% of the time. However, as a general rule your memory device will work.
Imageauntanne
Feb 21, 2010 6:05 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
Ok, so while I'm here let's do another word. Let's revisit yesterdays word. While "me gusta/gustan" means "I like" a slight spelling change can give you the phrase "I would like". "Me gustaría la floreria": I would like the flower pot. Same rule with the "n" makes it "Me gustarían las florerias": I would like the flower pots.

pron: may goo' stah ree uh
ImageMarylyn
Feb 22, 2010 11:15 AM CST
Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX
Does the accent mark over the i mean that the emphasis is on that syllable? goo stah REE uh, not goo STAH ree uh? (I took French in high school, and the accents meant something completely different. Now that I live in Texas instead of Ohio, I really wish I had taken Spanish!)

This is a wonderful forum, by the way, Anne. Thank you!!!

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