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Old January 26, 2009, 05:10 AM
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I am VERY new to learning Spanish, and have been using a popular software package, as well as Tomisimo.org for all of my learning. Yesterday I sent the following e-mail to a friend. Please tell me what my mistakes are, and if the e-mail makes sense and clearly states my point. Thank you!!
Sue,

Gracias por el saludo en Español esta mañana. Estoy trabajando y practico mucho - en el computador y en el carro. ¡Estoy leyendo la Biblia (en el internet) y también estoy memorizando Isaías 55:8-9! Fui al servicio de los "Hispanos en Christo" la semana pasada.

Pero no tengo la oportunidad a practicar con otra persona. Necesito a apreder conversación..... Iré probablamente a Ciudad de Mexico en Mayo. Quiero estar lista.

¿Consideras a ayudarme? Quizá podemos encontrarnos por café y conversación en Español. Le pagaré como (¿como se dice "tutor"?). Solamente si tienes el tiempo...

¿Qué piensas?
¡¡Gracias otra vez!!
Bendiciones,
Lou Ann
(P.S. Tenía una poca ayuda con algunas palabras y tiempos de los verbos en el internet. Escribí la mayor parte de esto mismo.)
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Old January 26, 2009, 06:16 AM
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Sue, Querida Sue, Buenos días Sue,

Gracias por el saludo en español esta mañana.


Estoy trabajando y practico mucho - en el computador y en el carro. ¡Estoy leyendo la Biblia (en el internet) y también estoy memorizando Isaías 55:8-9! Fui al servicio de los "Hispanos en Christo" la semana pasada.

Pero no tengo la oportunidad de practicar con otra persona. Necesito aprender conversación..... Iré probablemente a Ciudad de Mexico en Mayo y me gustaría estar preparada.
¿Consideras a ayudarme? Quizá podemos encontrarnos en un café y tener conversación en español. Por supuesto te pagaré por tu trabajo como tutor.
Solamente si tienes el tiempo, no quiero obligarte...

¿Qué piensas?
¡¡Gracias otra vez!!
Bendiciones,
Lou Ann
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Old January 26, 2009, 06:40 AM
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Fabulous! Thanks, Sosia!
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Old January 26, 2009, 08:09 AM
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can't you add "Quierda" in front of "Sue" to make it "Dear Sue"? or is that only put in a letter, not an email?
btw, some words in there I haven't learned yet. So....:P
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I'm with Jessica. Maybe someone can comment on starting/ending messages like e-mails. I know Sue - because she attends my church and she and I have some mutual friends. But I thought that "querida" is more of a term of endearment, to be used for a very, very close friend or family member. Sue isn't that close to me. So how would I begin and how would I end an e-mail to an acquaintance?

I guess that I'm looking for some different salutations and closings for e-mails/letters for different kinds of relationships......

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Querida Sue is perfectly fine for everyday use, just like Dear Sue is acceptable first-contact language in a formal letter.
What we regard as a term of endearment in English is used much more often in the hispanic world. People will call you amor (love) at the drop of a hat.
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So how would you address a note to someone who is truly special - just to make that fact stand out?
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One thing that wasn't corrected is "el computador" which needs to be "la computadora" or "el ordenador".
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Doh! Thanks, David - that's one that I DO know. What would most Latin Americans use, computadora o ordenador?
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Hi very, I bid you welcome, firstly I wanna tell you, you have made a great endeavor writing yourself the letter for a friends, but as it's normal you made it up some mistakes in your redaction above, then I want help you to correct your text together, now I hope my help to being of great useful for you, and if you have more questions above, please you feeling free to ask me.

Sue,

Gracias por el saludo en Español esta mañana. Estoy trabajando y practico mucho - en el computador y en el carro. ¡Estoy leyendo la Biblia (en el internet) y también estoy memorizando Isaías 55:8-9! Fui al servicio de los "Hispanos en Cristo" la semana pasada.

Pero no tengo la oportunidad de practicar con otra persona. Necesito a apreder a conversar en español..... probablamente íre a la Ciudad de Mexico en Mayo. Quiero estar lista.

¿Consideras que puedas ayudarme? Quizá podemos encontrarnos en un café y conversar en Español. Te pagaré como si es necesario. claro si tienes el tiempo...

¿Qué piensas?
¡¡Gracias otra vez!!
Bendiciones,
Lou Ann
(P.S. Tenía poca ayuda con algunas palabras y tiempos de los verbos en el internet. Escribí la mayor parte del texto yo sola)


You keep improving your Spanish. Good luck.
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