Me llamo?

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I'm still pretty new to Spanish, and I was wondering if a women says "Me llama" instead of "Me llamo". Thanks!

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updated DIC 6, 2008
posted by Sara-Beth

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Right again, Lazarus!

When I was just starting to learn Spanish, it helped to think in terms of "I call myself ..." It's something of a crutch, but I used it until I was able to walk without it.

The use of "se" here makes it look like a passive construct in English. "The city is called Guadalajara," but your rendering of it makes it easier for a newbie to understand.

updated DIC 6, 2008
posted by CalvoViejo
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CalvoViejo said:

The "llamo" is actually a verb. It might be easier to understand this if you think of the expression as meaning

"I call myself ___|__"

And what about "Esta ciudad se llama Guadalajara"? This city calls itself Guadalajara'

updated DIC 6, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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The "llamo" is actually a verb. It might be easier to understand this if you think of the expression as meaning

"I call myself ___|__"

If you're asking someone else his/her name you would say either "¿Cómo te llamas'" or "¿Cómo se llama'". Again, the literal translation into English is "What do you call yourself'"

updated DIC 6, 2008
posted by CalvoViejo
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Thanks for asking the question I was never sure about me llamo or me llama. Now I understand this.

updated DIC 6, 2008
posted by Em
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the soap=el jabón
as Jordan stated: nouns have gender. adjectives modifying nouns agree in number and gender with the nouns. verbs have no gender. llamar(se) is a pronomial verb being used reflexively here. I call myself....
Since the subject is (yo) the 1st person, singular ending of the present tense, indicative mood, o must be employed: llamo

updated DIC 6, 2008
posted by 0074b507
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Thank you very much!

jordan said:

hey!the answer is no.the phrase always ends in an "o" when your referring to yourself.so me llamo is "my name is ___|"the la and el go with nouns.nound ending in a, start with la.and ending in o start with el.FOR the most part..there are some irregulars.for example.la pluma = the penel tabon= the soapyo tengo cinco hermanos.i have five brothers.

updated DIC 5, 2008
posted by Sara-Beth
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hey!
the answer is no.
the phrase always ends in an "o" when your referring to yourself.
so me llamo is "my name is ___|"
the la and el go with nouns.
nound ending in a, start with la.
and ending in o start with el.
FOR the most part..there are some irregulars.
for example.
la pluma = the pen
el tabon= the soap

yo tengo cinco hermanos.
i have five brothers.

updated DIC 5, 2008
posted by jordan2