Last week I brought back “Say this, not that” by request, which had very positive feedback, so here we go again:
Don’t say: Voy a tener divertido, for I’m going to have fun
Say: Voy a divertirme
Don’t say: Soy x pies y x pulgadas – In Spanish we “measure” our height rather than “being” our height – makes more sense, don’t you think?
Say: Mido x pies y x pulgadas
Don’t say: MAma and PApa – as in putting the stress on the 1st syllable
Say: maMÁ y paPÁ (mamar = to breast feed, so if you put the stress on the 1st syllable you are saying that someone is breastfeeding – and you’re calling your Dad a potato – awkward!)
Don’t say: No bueno (unless you want to sound like a total Gringo)
Say: No es bueno
Don’t say: Encontré a mi novia en… (unless your girlfriend was actually lost and you found her)
Say: Conocí a mi novia en… (use this if you meant to say that you met her somewhere)
Don’t say: ¿Qué haces? – when you want to know what a person does for a living – this actually means “what are you doing?” – as in right now
Say: ¿A qué te dedicas? – which is really much better because it’s all encompassing – the answer welcomes what someone does for a living, if they are a student, if they’re a stay at home parent, etc.
Don’t say: El agua es frío
Say: El agua es fría – I know, the gender doesn’t seem to match, but it actually does. Agua is a feminine word that uses a masculine article in the single but a feminine article in the plural – el agua – las aguas – but the adjective still needs to be in the feminine. This is specifically designed to confuse you or piss you off. Sorry.
Don’t say: Quizás voy al x…
Say: Quizás vaya al x… (remember to use the subjunctive after “quizás”)
Ok chicos, that’s it for today. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!