Como te llama???? What is your name???  

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
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8/15/2005 7:21 am

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Como te llama???? What is your name???

Last night I was working at the shelter and had difficulty with one spanish speaker that was calling to the shelter who only spoke Spanish. I was referring her to another hotline and my daughter jumped in and talked to her (her 3 years of spanish classes was helpful!!).....

When she got off of the phone she stated, "Mom it is 'Como te llama?' and not 'Como se llama?'." And, all these years, I had thought it was se. lol... That is what I get from just learning Spanish through listening to others....and not taking actual classes to learn!! lol....

Do you have difficulties speaking to others in other languages at times? or all the time???? lol...

Just curious...

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
8/16/2005 3:49 pm

alice593 - Oh, thank you! I thought I was losing my mind!!! lol..

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
8/16/2005 3:48 pm

ProtonicMan - Well, thank you for clarifying that for me!!! I thought I was right... but, what do I know??? I was merely taught by my Grandma; and, my daughter had 3 years of it at school!!! lol....

I can usually get the gist of what they are saying... especially, if spoken somewhat slowly... but, if they speak it really fast, the lose me at the first utterance... lol...


alice593 71M

8/16/2005 2:03 am

Oh my, I have a hard time when they speak english sometimes. The dialecs can really make it hard to understand. But I do remember some Spanish which helps. When I took Spanish I,II,III, and IV "What is your name?" was said the way you said it. When the te was started, instead of se, I have not idea. I took Spanish in the early sixties. So don't feel bad, it was said that way at one time.

ProtonicMan 48M

8/15/2005 7:58 pm

Actually, both are correct, depending on the circumstance.

澧鏔o se llama Ud.? = What is your name? (Formal or "polite" form, used for someone older, in authority, etc. You might use this to address a teacher, an elder, a police officer, a doctor.)

澧鏔o te llama Ud.? = What is your name? (Familiar form. This is used for someone of a similar social status, like age, job title, etc.)

Spanish, like some other languages, uses two different forms for "you." There are different pronouns, possessives, and conjugations for each form. It is my understanding that the formal version is becoming less used.

I knew a woman who taught Spanish at the college level. She took an enrichment class in Spain several years ago. One of the natives told her it was delightful to listen to her, because her Spanish was so pure.


Yo puedo leer espa隳l bastante bien, y lo hablo tamb獯n, pero tengo problemas en o甏lo.

I read Spanish pretty well, and I speak it too, but I have trouble hearing it.


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
8/15/2005 7:12 pm

Lipator - I know. Should be able to pick it up without a problem after my 3-4 years of Latin!!! However, when I was in Guatemala, I was able to communicate best with a little bit of charades, etc. Unfortunately, these are not covered so well over the telephone!!! lol....

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
8/15/2005 7:10 pm

2badones30rj - Yeah... I know... and, when I went to Guatemala, it was slightly different still... lol...

I guess the dialects of the languages can be as drastic as we have the variations here in the US between the twang of the Southerner, the drawl of the Texas, the nasals of the North Westerners (particularily those in NY or NJ), etc....

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
8/15/2005 7:08 pm

girltech47 - LOL... My Mom took French in college in the 50's.... We went to Germany in the late 70's and surprised the heck out of a waiter with how much French she remembered. He was actually thinking she was from France! Too funny.....

It is suprising how much stays with us better than we expect!!

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
8/15/2005 7:06 pm

harshawj - lol... My Grandma taught me Spanish when I was little and her ranch was on a immigration pathway. Later in highschool, I took Latin, which helped me with my spelling, but certainly not able to converse with others. Now, I am finding a pet peave as many jobs are now requiring you to be bilingual; however, no free courses are available to teach one the Spanish needed to be bilingual like we teach the ESL to the primarily hispanic immigrants (ESL- English as a Second Language).

Hmmm.. better get off of my soapbox before I find that I am writing a post within the comments section!!! lol....

Lipator 56M
71 posts
8/15/2005 5:29 pm

I am always confronted with communication difficulties. I wish I spoke Spanish, because it is so much closer to the other latin languages, but alas. I have to make do with signs and individual words. I have no concept of the Spanish grammar. Often my Spanish patients start teaching me. Pretty sad alas.

rm_2badones30rj 41M/42F
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8/15/2005 4:05 pm

Most schools seem to teach the Spanish language from its origins in Spain and the dialect is slightly different than that of Mexico's. I thought it was Como se llama myself. But of course I know traditional Spanish ,however much sense that makes, seeing as Mexico is not far away. It is similar to the difference between the north and south dialects, don't get me started on Puerto Rican dialects, I can barely understand a thing even though it is the same language.

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