Ask a Question

(Create a thread)
Go Back   Spanish language learning forums > Spanish & English Languages > Grammar



This is the place for questions about conjugations, verb tenses, adverbs, adjectives, word order, syntax and other grammar questions for English or Spanish.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old April 30, 2022, 06:07 PM
estoy estoy is offline
Join Date: Apr 2022
Posts: 4
estoy is on a distinguished road

I have just started studying Spanish (for about 2 weeks).My main foreign language is English (I've been speaking English for a long time). I really find it difficult to associate the pronoun 'yo' with 'I'. Whenever someone starts a sentence with 'yo' or I read a sentence with 'yo'; it feels like 'you' to me. I know the personal pronouns 'yo', 'tu' etc. are usually omitted but still I really don't know how to over come this situation. Has anyone else had this problem before? What would you advise in order to internalize this pronoun? Thank you.
Reply With Quote
Get rid of these ads by registering for a free Tomísimo account.
Old April 30, 2022, 07:06 PM
Rusty's Avatar
Rusty Rusty is online now
Señor Speedy
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 11,131
Native Language: American English
Rusty has a spectacular aura aboutRusty has a spectacular aura about
Welcome to the forums!

I associate words when learning, and it sounds like you do, too. Word association is a great way to learn.
For some Spanish learners who are native American English speakers, the problem with 'yo' may be that there is a colloquial greeting, spelled exactly the same way (the Spanish pronunciation is NOT the same, however).

As you mentioned, it isn't necessary to use the subject pronoun 'yo' (or the second person familiar subject pronoun ''). This is because the verb's ending tells you the same information. But this is NOT always the case.

I never had the same problem as you, associating 'yo' with 'you', so can't offer any help except to say that you can make another association. The 'oo' sound in 'you' happens to exactly match the sound of the Spanish vowel 'u', which occurs in '' and 'usted' (the subject pronouns that do mean 'you').
Reply With Quote
Old April 30, 2022, 07:27 PM
AngelicaDeAlquezar's Avatar
AngelicaDeAlquezar AngelicaDeAlquezar is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Mexico City
Posts: 8,823
Native Language: Mexican Spanish
AngelicaDeAlquezar is on a distinguished road
I agree with Rusty.

Also, practice.
When I was learning German, I used "wo" as if it were "who" and "wer" as "where".

It's just a matter of practice. The more you make sentences with the difficult words, the more familiar they'll become. Write a lot, speak a lot, read a lot.
A conjugation manual is essential to me as a learner. Try this one: Conjugación Verbal de la Lengua Española
Ain't it wonderful to be alive when the Rock'n'Roll plays...
Reply With Quote
Old April 30, 2022, 11:14 PM
wrholt's Avatar
wrholt wrholt is offline
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 1,372
Native Language: US English
wrholt is on a distinguished road
Yep, confusion can happen early in learning the language, but in my experience that goes away with time. I already knew Spanish fluently when I started studying Mandarin Chinese, only to discover that the Mandarin word for "I" is pronounced "wo", and then I found myself occasionally saying "wo" instead of "yo" when speaking Spanish. That did eventually stop, but it was frustrating until then!

Last edited by wrholt; April 30, 2022 at 11:18 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old May 01, 2022, 03:52 PM
estoy estoy is offline
Join Date: Apr 2022
Posts: 4
estoy is on a distinguished road
Thank you Rusty,
I wasn't sure if someone would take my question seriously and reply. It may seem an unimportant issue to some but it is frustrating.
As you mentioned, 'tu' and 'you' sound similar so I am quite happy with 'tu'
Reply With Quote
Old May 01, 2022, 03:59 PM
estoy estoy is offline
Join Date: Apr 2022
Posts: 4
estoy is on a distinguished road
Thank you for your reply Angelica,
You are right, time and practice will help I guess. Thank you for the link as well, I will check it out. Luckily, I happen to have a friend whose Spanish level is B2. I've already started showering her with messages using every phrase I learn in Spanish
Reply With Quote
Old May 01, 2022, 04:05 PM
estoy estoy is offline
Join Date: Apr 2022
Posts: 4
estoy is on a distinguished road
Thank you wrholt for your reply,
When I was younger, I started to learn German. Then I met a German couple and asked them this question: "Was is your arbeit?" Well, they were nice people and replied me anyway..Languages do overlap sometimes.. I hope I can overcome this issue soon.
Reply With Quote
Old May 01, 2022, 06:20 PM
poli's Avatar
poli poli is offline
rule 1: gravity
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: In and around New York
Posts: 7,725
Native Language: English
poli will become famous soon enoughpoli will become famous soon enough
In many languages the letter Y plays a part time job as a stand-in for the letter I. In fact the Spanish word for the letter Y is I griega. So, if in your head you think io instead of yo, you will see a closer cognate to
Me ayuda si corrige mis errores. Gracias.
Reply With Quote
Old June 04, 2022, 11:41 AM
Tomisimo's Avatar
Tomisimo Tomisimo is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Location: North America
Posts: 5,662
Native Language: American English
Tomisimo will become famous soon enoughTomisimo will become famous soon enough
Another way to help associate things is to learn other related vocabulary words. For example, look up "yo" in the dictionary and see what else is there. Used as a noun, what do you think "yo" means?
If you find something wrong with my Spanish, please correct it!
Reply With Quote



Link to this thread
HTML Link: 
BB Code: 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Site Rules

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:48 AM.

Forum powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.