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Link: “What is something Spanish speaking children commonly get wrong? /r/learnspanish”

Original post found at: https://www.reddit.com/r/learnspanish/comments/nxhjyv/what_is_something_spanish_speaking_children/

Thought this was an interesting Reddit thread on the things Spanish-speaking kids say when they’re learning how to talk 🙂 Unsurprisingly, many of them are the same classes of mistake that English-speaking kids make, like misconjugating irregular verbs as if they were regular, or mispronouncing certain phonemes to make them easier to say.

Why I Still Find Spanish Imperatives Hard

I started learning Spanish over 11 years ago and I’m not too bad at it now, but I have to admit but one of the aspects I still find hella difficult is the imperatives – the “do this, don’t do that” form.

In English, imperatives are easy: you just use the bare infinitive (e.g. be, go, do), regardless of whether you’re talking to your best friend or your grouchy boss. …

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I came across this interesting video on YouTube, WIKITONGUES: Jack speaking Ladino. If you’re not familiar with it, Ladino is the traditional language of Sephardic Jews who were forced to flee Spain in 1492. It retains many features of Spanish as it was spoken at that time (e.g. lacking usted/ustedes; the range of sibilants – not just s and ch but also ts, sh, z, zh; a lot more word-initial f), along with some Hebrew influences.

What impressed me is how easily understandable this video is to me even as a non-native speaker (although knowing a little Catalan and Portuguese perhaps also helps!). I can hear differences from the Spanish I know, sure, but I still understand, with the words I don’t recognise being guessable from the context. If you speak Spanish – or even Portuguese – you might find it interesting to give it a listen and see what you notice.

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