English is complex. It’s confusing. It’s often counter-intuitive. Don’t believe me? Just check out the following videos:
LET’S START WITH HISTORY:
- History describes important events that occured in the past. It objectively narrates what took place, when and where it took place, who participated, and potentially why it happened.
- History is a subject we study in school to learn about the past.
- We can learn about the history of a place, a person or group of persons, a philosophy or religion, etc.
Practice makes perfect when it comes to gender-specific pronouns. Although Spanish has grammatical gender, Spanish personal pronouns can be gender-neutral (su, le, se, etc.).
Moreover, given that the subject pronoun isn’t obligatory, a sentence in the 3rd person could be referrering to a man (él) or a woman (ella).
The following sentences exemplify this ambiguity.
- Le invitó a su casa. He or she invited him or her to his or her house.
- Se defendió. He or she defended himself or herself.
Now, let’s take a closer look at English personal pronouns. Remember, “it” is gender neutral and refers to objects, abstractions, and most animals.
- He is a boy. Continue reading
Let’s imagine that you live in a tiny apartment with killer built-ins in the heart of Madrid…
…and someone knocks on your door. The following exchange could take place in Spanish:
Clearly, no one would ever reply saying “es yo” or “es nosotros.”
However in your cozy apartment in New York City, the same conversation would go something like this in English: Continue reading
Let’s say an English speaker asks you where you are from.
You want to say: “Soy de un pueblo cerca de Madrid.”
How do you go about saying this?