Today’s Vine is by Allan Sigman, from Mexico City.
The character thinks he’s having a conversation with his girlfriend, but then realizes his mom is listening in too.
- Guy on the phone: Oye mi amor, dime cosas sucias.
- Other voice on the phone: ¡¡Tus calzones!!
- Guy on the phone: Mamá, ¡cuelga!
- Other voice (which we now know is his mom): ¡A ver si así los lavas!
- Guy on the phone: Hey my love, tell me dirty things.
- Other voice on the phone: Your underwear!!
- Guy on the phone: Mom, hang up!
- Other voice (which we now know is his mom): Let’s see if this way you wash them!
Remember the phrase a ver = “let’s see”? It was also used in this lesson about Enrique Iglesias.
- Mi amor = My love. Term of endearment.
- Dime = Tell me.
- Pronunciation: DEE-meh
- di is the command form of decir (to say/to tell).
- it’s another one of those exceptions like haz (from hacer) and pon (from poner) (see last Wednesday’s lesson)
- This is a common way to answer if someone calls your name.
- “Oye, Katherine!”
- “Sí, dime!” (yes, tell me!) (like saying “what is it?”)
- ¡Cuelga! = Hang up!
- this is the command form of colgar (to hang/to hang up).
- cuelgas = you hang up (statement of fact)
- ella cuelga = she hangs up (statement of fact)
- ¡cuelga! = hang up! (this time we’ve co-opted the 3rd person version to make a command, just like besame = kiss me from a previous lesson)
- colgar is an example of a verb that changes its middle letters when conjugated for I, you, he/she/it, or them. This is called a stem-change verb and you can read all about it here.
- you’ve already been using stem-change verbs without knowing it.
- tú quieres = you want (querer –> quieres)
- tú tienes = you have (tener –> tienes)
See if you can identify these words/phrases in English.
- las cosas
- las cosas sucias
- los calzones
- los calzones sucios
- lavas los calzones
- los lavas (hint: los is a direct object, representing los calzones)
- a ver…
- dime una cosa
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