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Old December 28, 2009, 08:19 AM
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Am I Translating This Correctly?

Hey guys! I'm trying to write a simple thank you note to someone. What I have is:

"Muchas gracias por los regalos divertidos. ¡Los encanto! Esperamos su año nuevo es maravilloso."

which should translate to:

"Thank you so much for the fun gifts. I love them! We hope your new year is wonderful."

I know this should be pretty simple for me to do by now but pregnancy brain is a son-of-a-gun! Just wanted to double check my Spanish. Thanks!
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Old December 28, 2009, 08:22 AM
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Hey guys! I'm trying to write a simple thank you note to someone. What I have is:

"Muchas gracias por los regalos divertidos. ¡Los encanto! Esperamos su año nuevo es maravilloso."

which should translate to:

"Thank you so much for the fun gifts. I love them! We hope your new year is wonderful."

I know this should be pretty simple for me to do by now but pregnancy brain is a son-of-a-gun! Just wanted to double check my Spanish. Thanks!
As a chilean I would write "entretenidos" instead of "divertidos"
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Old December 28, 2009, 08:23 AM
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Hey guys! I'm trying to write a simple thank you note to someone. What I have is:

"Muchas gracias por los regalos divertidos. ¡Los encanto! Esperamos su año nuevo es maravilloso."

which should translate to:

"Thank you so much for the fun gifts. I love them! We hope your new year is wonderful."

I know this should be pretty simple for me to do by now but pregnancy brain is a son-of-a-gun! Just wanted to double check my Spanish. Thanks!
The English looks fine to me, but I question the Spanish - surely it should be: Esperamos su año nuevo sea maravilloso

Er - which way are you translating?
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Old December 28, 2009, 08:30 AM
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Thanks for the input guys!

Perikles, I see that you're using the subjunctive of "ser". I haven't done too much with the subjunctive yet.
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My Spanish is still in the beginner stages more or less, but shouldn't it be "Nos encantan"? Because you are actually saying "They (the gifts) delight us." Right?
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Old December 28, 2009, 08:38 AM
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Perikles, I see that you're using the subjunctive of "ser". I haven't done too much with the subjunctive yet.
Ah, I see now that you are translating into Spanish. (My wife has just told me that I must be insane to think otherwise).

Anyway, if you want to say literally 'I hope that ...' using esperar, you do need a subjunctive. (literally, the action of having a prosperous New Year is not certain, so you say I hope that the NY may be ....with subjunctive)
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Old December 28, 2009, 08:48 AM
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My Spanish is still in the beginner stages more or less, but shouldn't it be "Nos encantan"? Because you are actually saying "They (the gifts) delight us." Right?
See I thought that "nos encantan" would be "we love", referencing more than one person who loves xyz, no?

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Ah, I see now that you are translating into Spanish. (My wife has just told me that I must be insane to think otherwise).

Anyway, if you want to say literally 'I hope that ...' using esperar, you do need a subjunctive. (literally, the action of having a prosperous New Year is not certain, so you say I hope that the NY may be ....with subjunctive)
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OK, got it! I see why the subjunctive would be used here. Do you think a native speaker would get what I was trying to say though, even if my Spanish needs a lot of work? *bag*.
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Old December 28, 2009, 08:53 AM
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Do you think a native speaker would get what I was trying to say though, .
Most definitely
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The English looks fine to me, but I question the Spanish - surely it should be: Esperamos su año nuevo sea maravilloso

Er - which way are you translating?
Correct! I did not check the rest of the phrase, I am sorry.

it looks like she tought it in her head and wrote it directly to Spanish and then she made the translation to English.

Now, shouldn't the English version be:...I hope your New Year be wonderful?
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Now, shouldn't the English version be:...I hope your New Year be wonderful?
Nope - hope in English does not use a subjunctive. You could say "may your New Year be wonderful" because this is an optative construction which of course requires a subjunctive verb.
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