Writing, Writing Prompts

A Simple Example

I am starting to understand the architecture of Spanish sentences.

In this sentence: Cuando te cepillas el cabello? (When do you brush your hair) the verb comes after the word “you” instead of before it as in our language. The way the Spanish reads is “When you brush the hair” if read literally. The Spanish verbs come after the pronoun as in this sentence: Nosotros nos lavamos bien, which means: “We wash ourselves well.” Nosotros is “we”, lavamos is “wash”, bien is “well”, and nos is “ourselves” in this sentence. So literally, it would read: We ourselves wash well.

Of course, I am learning Spanish on the Duolingo app which teaches more like a video game that rewards correct answers, so it gives me multiple choice answers to choose from- and I would learn it faster if I wrote down useful phrases more, but I am on day 251 (in a row) of my learning streak, so I have learned over 1000 words and I don’t know how many sentences, but it is getting easier to read and comprehend for me. The hard part is remembering it long enough to speak it in practice or public.

Hay dos cepillos en el bano reads: There are two brushes in the bathroom (in English) but in Spanish it literally translates like this: Hay is “there are”- dos means two, cepillos means brushes, and en el is “in the” and of course bano is bathroom. My keyboard doesn’t let me put the accents over the “ns” so I get told all the time to watch my accents. lol

The adjective goes after the noun in this sentence: Ella se cepilla su cabello largo. “She is brushing her long hair.” “Cabello” is hair and “largo” is long. It takes a while and some practice, but it is becoming easier for me to understand it now.

In Spanish, helping words are sometimes used as well like this sentence: Ellos siempre se cepillan los dientes. “They always brush their teeth.” Los, el, la, or las” are words that come before body parts, like los dientes is “the teeth” in this sentence. It doesn’t translate that way exactly, which gets confusing without practice.

Apps like Duolingo and Babbel teach Spanish in a way that is easier to understand, so get busy and learn a new language the fast and easy way! It’s fun and to me, kind of addicting, but those of you who know me or follow my blog know that I am addicted to learning new things. How many courses have I taken now??? A bunch, I can tell you!

I hope you have enjoyed this different interpretation of the word architecture which is the Word of the Day. 🙂

Word of the Day Challenge

5 thoughts on “A Simple Example

  1. lhoke2016@yahoo.com says:

    Hi Kum. I think English is the odd ball ss far as syntax goes. German is the same way in that the noun goes last. The first sentence you quoted would read as: Wann burstest du deine Haare? Wann (when) burstest (brush) du (you) deine (your) Haare ( hair). The word burstest has an umlaut over the “u” (double dots) but this keyboard can’t do that

    Getting your mind around that concept is tough to do. We tend to structure foreign languages using English syntax.

    Good luck with your study.

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