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1. To be

 

I am going to start the lessons with to be: 

In English you conjugate the person as 1st person singular etc, in the way you see below. On the right you see the translation of it.

I                                               Yo   
                 
You                                         Tú

He                                            El

She                                          Ella 

It                                               Es

We                                           Nosotros

You                                          Vosotros       
Here we are talking about you in the plural form.

They                                        Ellos/Ellas     Ellos is used when refering to a group of males or a mixed group.
                                                                         Ellas is used when reffering to a group of females. 


You have to know this when you are learning how to conjugate the verb "TO BE"
I am going to write down how you conjugate it in English at the left, and then Spanish under.


English: 
[ I AM ]             I am Paola                                                            

[ YOU ARE ]     You are Paola                                                    

[ HE IS]           He is Pablo                                                           

[ SHE IS]        She is Paola                                                       

[ IT IS]             It is Paola                                                           

[ WE ARE]       We are Paola and Pablo                              

[ YOU ARE]      You are Paola and Pablo                       

[ THEY ARE]      They are Paola and Pablo 

Spanish:                       
In spanish you don't have to write yo, tu, ++ in front of your sentence like you have to in English. So if you want to say "I am Paola", you just say " soy Paola. Because you know that is just (yo) that's using "soy". But if you really want to, or think it's easier you can have the person in front. " Yo soy Paola".

[ YO SOY]                         ( Yo) Soy Paola
[ TÚ ERES]                        ( Tú ) eres Paola)
[ EL ES]                              ( El ) es Pablo)
[ ELLA ES]                         ( Ella) es Paola)
[ ES]                                    ( Es)  Paola)
[NOSOTROS SOMOS]    ( Nosotros) somos Paola y Pablo                    PLURAL
[VOSOTROS SOIS]          ( Vosotros) sois Paola y Pablo                         PLURAL
[ELLOS/ELLAS SON]       ( Ellos) son Paola y Pablo                                 PLURAL and a group of mixed genders then we use Ellos instead of Ellas.

Summary:
You don't have to have Yo, tu etc, in front of your sentences. It's enough to write for example : " soy Paola" Since it's SOY, you know that it's I AM.
At the last sentence " Ellos son Paola y Pablo" You have to use ELLOS instead of ELLAS because it's a group of mixed genders. If you want to say " They are Lisa and Paola", you are using "Ellas" because it's a group of females. When you are talking about a group of men you are using "Ellos".
"Y" Is the same as "AND" in English. " Paola and Pablo", Paola y Pablo"

If you did'nt understand send me a letter, and I will try to explain to you

Jun 28, 2008 7:32 PM
Comments · 9
yeah, i know Pablo. It's really important that you remember that SER is a verb that don't change. ESTAR change during time, Here Im talking about the verb SER. I can post out the difference later on, during this day. Hope that will help. 

-Elín
October 30, 2008
Hello,
very good explanation. But in spanish, we use to verbs for "to be", "ser" and "estar".

example:

I'm Spanish -> Soy español.
I'm in Spain -> Estoy en España.




Sorry for my english.
October 15, 2008
Gracias! I want to learn Spanish too and I think that's a fantastic start!  
August 8, 2008

mucha gracias!
spanish has too many laws of grammars, sometimes this beats me,keep on ......

 

August 3, 2008

gracias,. britt, tats  helpful

July 31, 2008
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Britt
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English, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish
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