Una Perspectiva

One thing I like a lot about Spanish is the expression for certain human conditions. In English, we say, “I’m sleepy.” Or, “I’m hungry.” I will need to get used to using the Spanish verb tener, to have. Instead of I’m hungry, I would think, “I have hunger.” And I would say:

Tengo hambre.

Or if the young miss has been up late studying for her final exams, instead of “My daughter is sleepy,” it would be “My daughter has sleepiness.” I would say:

Mi hija tiene sueño.

It makes more sense to me for people to say they “have” these conditions, rather than to say they are these conditions.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to Una Perspectiva

  1. crystal says:

    When I took Spanish in high school, I liked all the odd idioms, like “pulling your hair” instead of pulling your leg :)

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