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PostPosted:Sat Oct 15, 2005 9:34 pm
by mariac
Jane one for you ,I´ve just had my beautiful grandson Paddy over for two weeks ,my neighbours kept calling him la nene ,donde es la Nene or que Nene bonito they knew he was a boy No doubt about it !!!!!!
so why did they use the feminine

PostPosted:Sat Oct 15, 2005 9:38 pm
by Maria B
It's masculine

PostPosted:Sun Oct 16, 2005 8:42 pm
by Jane C
Should be "la nena" (f) or "el nene" (m). My guess is that you're hearing "Dónde está el nene" and confusing the stressed "á" of "está" for "la" (the "e" of "el" would become minimalised).


PostPosted:Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:43 am
by mariac
Thanks for that ,another when you are greeting a child How do yuo say things like Hello Pet ,Hello Chickhen,hiya cutie, I usually say Hola Guapo,Hola Cielo, are there more ?(We have loads of kids in our street) Besos Maria

PostPosted:Mon Oct 17, 2005 6:28 am
by Jane C
Sounds quite enough to me! I've always called children by their names, and having taught Spanish kids for years, it's sometimes as much as I can do to say "Hola" :? Now I get them walking in and out of my house without so much as a by your leave. Sorry to be cynical - I'm English!!