Spanish4Lawyers- How do you say “Let’s eat!” ?

All right, I realize that today’s post may apply to Thanksgiving, and that this won’t be a sentence that you will need very often with a client (unless you are going to lunch with Señor(a) Cliente.)

However, the first word of this command is extremely useful.  For example, you can say “Let’s go over to court now!”  or “Let’s prepare now!” or the most common usage of “Let’s see (what happens)”.  In any of these, you are using the “we” form- “Let’s see” really means “We will see.”

The way we will use this “Let’s + a verb”  is to use the words “Vamos a” and then put the infinitive verb that you want to use.  So, “We will see” is “Vamos a ver” and “Let’s eat” will be “Vamos a comer.”  (You can also use the “vamos a”, or any of present tense of the “go” verb, which is “ir” to make a convenient future tense, but I’ll save that for another post.  For a post on “We will see”, search this blog for the October 26, 2012 entry.)

“Vamos” is two syllables- the first is “va” as in the first two letters of the word “volume”.  The second syllable is “mos” which is the same pronunciation as the first three letters of the word “most”.   The accent or emphasis is on the first syllable because of the general rule in Spanish that the last syllable doesn’t get the accent or emphasis if the word ends in a vowel, “s” or “n”.

The word “comer” means “to eat”.   The  first syllable sounds like the “comb” you use to straighten out your hair.  The “er”, which is the second syllable, is pronounced the way you would say “air”.  The accent is on the second syllable.

Copyright, 2012, Jeff Scholnick, Esq, and Law Offices of Jeffrey R Scholnick, P.A. All rights reserved.


Spanish4Lawyers- How do you say “we will see” or “let’s see”?

Here’s a fun little phrase that you can use- your client asks you what will happen when she goes with you to court tomorrow.  You express your confidence in her case.   Next, your client asks you who the Judge will be.  Unfortunately, you won’t know who the Judge is until you get to Court in the morning.  So, you could tell your client “We will see.”  Or, you could tell it to your client in Spanish.  The translation is pretty easy and actually rolls off your tongue.  It  is fun to say and it makes you look like an expert.  The translation is “vamos a ver.”

“Vamos a” is translated as “we will”.  “Ver” is the verb “to see”.

To pronounce “vamos”, think of “vah´- mose”, (“Va” sounds like the first syllable of the word “vavoom”.  The second syllable sounds like the first “most” without the “t”.)  The accent is on the first syllable because the second/last syllable ends in an”s”.

The second short word “a” sounds like a short “a” as in the first letter of “aha”.  The third word sounds like the first syllable in the word “verify”.

Now you know a helpful Spanish idiom.  Let’s see if you get to use it soon.

Copyright, 2012, Jeff Scholnick, Esq., and the Law Offices of Jeffrey Scholnick, P.A.  All rights reserved.


Spanish4Lawyers- Here’s a fun, new word- “rápido”.

This is a blog that was created to help attorneys communicate with their Spanish speaking clients. When I am looking for an online dictionary to help me translate for my blog entries, one of my favorite resource is http://www.spanishdict.com/translate. It’s easy, it’s fast and I have added it to my list of favorites, so I can easily access it. They even have an audio-video component, so you can listen and see the word pronounced and used is a sentence.  Very cool.   I highly recommend this website. One of SpanishDict.com’s features, is that you can receive a “word of the day” directly to your email. Some of the entries are extremely helpful for lawyers. So, when I see these entries, I will try to blog about these, so that you can learn them also.

 Yesterday’s entry was a word that lawyers can definitely use. “Rápido” means “quick” or  “fast”.  “Rápido” is even a fun word to say because it starts with a “double r” sound.   (Do you remember the commercial ‘Ruffles have rrrridges”?)
Below is a sentence that was in the video link to entry.  It’s just the kind of upbeat, proactive type statement that you like to use with clients.
In Spanish:  “Vamos a buscar una solución lo más rápido posible.”
In English:  “We will find a solution as quick as possible.”
Let’s analyze this sentence.  “Vamos” means “we will” or “we are going”.  The root word is “ir” which means “to go”.   The present tense form of “ir” (voy/va/vamos/van) followed by the letter “a” as a separate word is very typically used as the future tense of the verb that comes next in the sentence, here “buscar”.  Wherever the “ir a” phrase it used, it is followed by the infinitive of the verb that follows.  So, here we say “vamos a buscar” to mean “we will find”.  “Buscar” means “to find”.  (Another typical sentence is “Vamos a ver.” which means “We will see.” “Ver”  means “to see”.  So, if someone says “I think tomorrow will be a better day”, your response could be “Vamos a ver.”)
We next know that “rápido” means “fast” or “quick”.  ” Más rápido” means “faster”.  If we add to this a couple of words, “lo más rápido posible”, it becomes “as quick(ly) as possible”.
Here is the link to the video of this Word of the Day so you can listen to how the word is said in a sentence:
http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/rápido?utm_source=MailingList&utm_
medium=email&utm_content=Word+of+the+Day
Here is the full entry for the Word of the Day:
rápido

rrah’-pee-‘dohadverb ( quickly, quick, fast )

Examples1:

  1. Esta receta es fácil. Se puede hacerlo rápido.

    This recipe is easy. You can make it very quickly.2:

  2. Habla demasiado rápido.

    He speaks too quickly


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