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Old October 19, 2008, 12:00 PM
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Comenzar Clase

Tenemos comenzar un clase de español en el vecines. Todos son retirarse y saben no españnol.
Pienso ese correspondencia aqui seríian buenoí por mi estudio, pero recuerda, viejo , paciente.

We have started a class in Spanish in my neighborhood. All of us are retired and know no Spanish.

I think that corresponding here would be good for my studies, but remember, I am old so have patience.

Any corrections or comments would be warmly welcomed.
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Old October 19, 2008, 01:58 PM
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good luck learning Spanish you will find out that a lot of words in Spanish look like their English meanings
Examples:
*fabuloso, -a
*excellente
*jardín
*plástico
*cortinas
*aire acondicionado
*microondas
*habitacíon- room, also can be cuarto
*detector
and many more

Spanish isn't that bad...just the pronounciation I have trouble with and maybe the spelling (some of them) and other troubling stuff.
Good luck! ¡Buena suerte!
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Old October 19, 2008, 02:51 PM
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Tenemos comenzar un clase de español en el vecines. Todos son retirarse y saben no españnol.
Pienso ese correspondencia aqui seríian buenoí por mi estudio, pero recuerda, viejo , paciente.

We have started a class in Spanish in my neighborhood. All of us are retired and know no Spanish.

I think that corresponding here would be good for my studies, but remember, I am old so have patience.

Any corrections or comments would be warmly welcomed.
I would have written something like this:
Hemos comenzado una clase de español en mi barrio. Todos somos jubilados y no sabemos nada de español.

Creo que ayudaría mucho mis estudios conversar con ustedes aquí. Recuerden que soy viejo y los pido que tengan paciencia.

Explanations:
Hemos comenzado = We have started (present perfect tense)
una clase = a class (clase is femenine - takes the indefinite article una)
mi barrio = my neighborhood (vecinos = neighbors; vecindario = the people that live in a neighborhood)

Todos somos jubilados = All (of us) are retired
y no sabemos nada de español = and we don't know any Spanish (a double negative, no sabemos nada, is proper grammar in Spanish)

Creo que = I believe (I think) that
ayudaría mucho mis estudios = (conversing) would help my studies
conversar con ustedes aquí = conversing with you here

Recuerden que = remember (imperative, third person plural) that
soy viejo = I'm old
y los pido = and I'm asking you (asking, wishing, desiring, wanting - all are verbs of volition and require the subjunctive mood in the subordinate clause that follows)
que tengan paciencia = that you have (subjunctive) patience

If you've questions, just ask!
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if you have questions, you can ask me, but sometimes I may not be able to answer them :P
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Old October 19, 2008, 03:40 PM
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Thanks to both of you. All of this will go into my notebook!
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Old October 19, 2008, 04:34 PM
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I'm having trouble with "Hemos comenzado." I'm guessing "hemos" is a verb form, probably of "hacer," but I can't find it. If it is of "hacer," when is it used rather than "tener?"

I don't want to bother you with a lot of questions, but the rest of what you told me I can follow real well and it's a lot of help.
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Old October 19, 2008, 04:42 PM
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Rusty -
Forget about that question re "hemos." I found it in "haber." Wow, how man "have" verbs does Spanish have?
Thanks!
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Old October 19, 2008, 05:11 PM
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Look at verb tenses. I said hemos comenzado is the present perfect tense. This tense is formed from the conjugated form of haber plus the past participle.

Spanish and English share the same structure in this tense. They both use 'have' and a past participle to form the present perfect tense. Don't forget that there are seven compound verb tenses, all using the haber + past participle structure. Don't stop with learning only the present perfect! You'll soon need to know how to say 'we had started,' 'we will have started,' 'we would have started,' etc. before long.
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Old October 19, 2008, 06:38 PM
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Thanks.
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