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Welcome to Vol. 57 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Part of the Spanish Learning Blog - your weekly lessons with mp3 files, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more. For those of you interested in cooking - my lovely assistant Sandrita posted a new recipe on the blog this week - something I've never heard of called Chilaquiles. Sure to be delicious as Sandra es una cocinera excelente. This week we are looking at one of the more complicated items for any English native: the personal & object pronouns in Spanish. We'll tackle object pronouns this week and personal pronouns next.

While I like to think of myself as a quick study...these pesky little words plagued me well into my first year of living in an all Spanish environment. I think only by coming back to the United States and studying the grammar a bit more intensely, and then going back to Latin America - did I feel like I truly had them conquered. And mistakes still manage to creep in from time to time, even after all these years! The bottom line is that you shouldn't feel bad if it takes a while for you to learn these, and even longer for you to feel comfortable saying sentences like "se me fue"...

One thing I'd like to suggest this week is that if any of you have any senior citizens who are in your circle of friends or family - please consider asking one of them to join you in your Spanish studies. I get calls every week from seniors who are learning Spanish - and I'm always amazed at how excited many seem to be about learning a new language, and how much it seems to contribute to their life. And contrary to the popular notion that language learning becomes impossibly difficult with age - I've found that many people continue learning new languages throughout their entire lives, so don't ever buy into the excuse that "I'm too old to learn a new language" :) This newsletter is dedicated to Mr. John Rogers of New York - whose ideas and encouragement have been a breath of fresh air to me. ¡Gracias don Rogers!


Identifying People & Things: Object Pronouns

Learn Spanish Object Pronouns

In order to distinguish between when you’re supposed to use “LO” and when you’re supposed to use “LE”—a lot of books categorize these words into “direct” (lo, la, los, las) and “indirect” (le, les) object pronouns. One trick is to remember that the LO, LA, LOS, LAS answers the “who” or “what” asked in the sentence, whereas LE, LES answers “to whom.”

Example: I gave my phone number to whom? To Sandra!
¿Le di mi número de télefono a quién? ¡A Sandra!

Don’t worry too much about getting them mixed up, even native
speakers do that from time to time. Do listen carefully for the word “TE.” This means someone is talking to or about you...

additional pronoun "se"

 

example:

se lo digo
her/him it I say
I say it to him or her
“SE” is used when 2 of these pronouns are used together, like when you find “LO”(the word for “IT”) before the object pronoun, since “LAS LO or LE LO” would sound pretty weird...

Worksheet: Spanish Object Pronouns

Quiz: Object Pronouns


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