on 2015-06-26 01:50 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] niqaeli
Oh god I remember my first attempt at learning spanish through an online program and going UP the FUCKING WALL with ser vs. estar, which they NEVER EXPLAINED THE DIFFERENCE and i was losing my mind because i could NOT intuit the damn distinction between the two verbs as both seemed to mean 'to be'. which of course, they do, but there's an inflection of meaning beyond that that makes the distinction.

the fact that neither has standardised conjugation didn't help, but honestly I didn't mind that as much -- not being able to tell when the fuck to use which one was what made me go round the twist.

it makes sense once you have it EXPLAINED but -- well I, at least, could not pick that one is used to reference permanent states of being and the other transient ones, not from the "drown less" method of language acquisition. I got that one explained to me by someone here on Dreamwidth as it turns out.

(I did acquire a pretty decent working understanding of Spanish pronunciation from it, at least. But pronunciation is a shit-ton easier for me than grammar is. One is sound, and I have a pretty good ear. The other is conceptual.)
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