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anyone know Spanish?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm doing my project for Spanish and need some help with my words. I don't know if I trust the online dictionaries though and I can't find ours. every once and a while I will post a word I need help with.

right now I need to know the word Carpenter (as in my Dad is a carpenter).
post #2 of 14
It's (el) carpintero. (El is the masculine "the").

Glad to be of help!

MargeCat
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
thanks! do you know how to say "cuddly" and "playful" (now I'm trying to describe the cats). I do know some Spanish but I think they go about teaching it in school wrong. They should start us earlier and teach us conversational Spanish not so much the grammar, especially during the beginning. So i know the basics but not the words we are not taught.
post #4 of 14
Sounds like you need to contact member CoolCat/Rigel. He lives on the Yucatan peninsula in the city of Merida.
post #5 of 14
I agree with you about how Spanish is taught. Small children can pick up new languages, including the grammar, simply by being around it long enough. It's effortless for them. Once you've hit puberty it becomes hard work and you will never become native-speaker fluent. The way they teach foreign language now is a throwback to teaching Latin and Greek, etc, as part of the curriculum to become 'learned' (talking about the days when English was still the language of peasants and people didn't think English had a grammar because we don't conjugate our verbs, not so long ago, maybe 100 years). I mean, the goal isn't to really teach you the language to communicate effectively.

Off my soapbox.

A good number of us speak Spanish, including me. I think we even have some Spanish teachers and obviously a few native speakers as gemlady pointed out.
post #6 of 14
I know just enough to get me into some serious trouble in a bar in any Latin country
post #7 of 14
I know a little bit ever since my parents went to the Dominican Republic. They were given a couple sheets of paper with some basic words and phrases on them and I memorized those and every once in a while I like to learn some new stuff so I have a little English - Spanish dictionary with me.
post #8 of 14
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I know just enough to get me into some serious trouble in a bar in any Latin country
Ha, ha, I know how to order drinks in Spanish and ask where's the bathroom.
post #9 of 14
I don't know what all of this says about us, but I can work my way around some bars in Spanish, too . And the Bathroom!! And napkins because of my clumsiness!!
post #10 of 14
I can tell them please and thank you And I can ask you your name and age in spanish!!!

And sometimes when I'm in Mexico people will ask me where i'm staying- I can say that i'm at my dad's house at the playa de san jorge in puerto penasco!!

(Ok so I know I dont know much )
post #11 of 14
I get my spanish and german mixed up! I know it makes no sense but I do it. I can say bad things in spanish thanks to my coworker oh and I can say "Voy de vacationes en Septiembre" (I am going on vacation in September). But that is about it!
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Maxy24 View Post
thanks! do you know how to say "cuddly" and "playful" (now I'm trying to describe the cats). I do know some Spanish but I think they go about teaching it in school wrong. They should start us earlier and teach us conversational Spanish not so much the grammar, especially during the beginning. So i know the basics but not the words we are not taught.
playful:
something like...mis gatos son unos juguetones. (my cats are very playful)

cuddly:
cariñoso...mis gatitos son muy cariñosos. (my cats are very cuddly)
post #13 of 14
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I don't know what all of this says about us, but I can work my way around some bars in Spanish, too . And the Bathroom!! And napkins because of my clumsiness!!
Hey at least you can get a drink in ya and once you do that...I'm sure the Spanish just flows right out.
post #14 of 14
I took Spanish for three years in high school and now know nada I know indivdual words but not how to string them together
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