First of all, I want to remind you that I insist that English is NOT easier to learn than Spanish. Spanish is easier to learn than English.
But in this blog post, I will cover some of the reasons that people say English is easier to learn.
Some people argue that Spanish has so many many different ways to express the same words or phrases in Spanish. For example, I only know one word in English in order to describe a “room used for sleeping.” And that word is called a “bedroom.” But I have heard Spanish speakers use 6 different words for “bedroom.”
2. pieza (used often in Colombia)
How To Say Lock The Door In Spanish
I also only know of one way to say the command in English “lock the door.” I mean “lock the door” as opposed to just “close the door.” But I know at least four different ways to give the command “lock the door!” in Spanish.
a. Ponle seguro a la puerta.
b. Colócale seguro a la puerta.
c. Échale seguro a la puerta.
d. Cierra la puerta con llave.
The last one literally means “close the door with key,” but the phrase is commonly used in Latin America in order to say “lock the door.
Since there are familiar and formal commands in Spanish, I can easily think of four more ways to tell someone to “lock the door.”
e. Póngale seguro a la puerta.
f. Colóquele seguro a la puerta.
g. Echele seguro a la puerta.
h. Cierre la puerta con llave.
And if I think about the fact that Spanish also has third person singular and plural commands, I guess that’s four more ways that I can say “lock the door” in Spanish:
i. Pónganle seguro a la puerta.
j. Colóquenle seguro a la puerta.
k. Échenle seguro a la puerta.
l. Cierren la puerta con llave.
So that’s 12 different ways to give the command “lock the door” in Latin American Spanish. And 16 different ways to say “lock the door” in Spain where they also have a familiar plural command.
That’s so unfair! We only have one way to say “lock the door” – that I can thing of – in English.
Well, I still insist that Spanish is a lot easier to learn than English.
But with all this evidence stacked up against me, it is going to be a little harder than I thought building a case to prove my point. In a future blog post, I will explain why I insist that Spanish is so much easier to learn than English.