If you’re a beginner starting out to learn Spanish, then you might have felt sometime that there are so many more words in Spanish than in English.
The famous novel by Cervantes, Don Quijote, boasts exactly 327,360 words!
Don’t worry, you don’t need o learn so many words…yet!
Actually experts consider that English has double the amount of words compared to Spanish! If you are interested in reading more about this, here is an interesting article Does Spanish have more words than English? to find out exactly what the experts say.
Let’s get back to this lovely little word : HAY
In my previous post : Hay: “There’s” a really useful Spanish word about HAY (pronunciation : AYE, as in “Aye Aye Captain”), we saw it can mean There’s… as in the examples below…
Hay una mesa. There’s a table
Hay una televisión. There’s a television
Hay una cocina. There’s a kitchen
Hay una silla There’s a chair
Today’s post is about ANOTHER use of HAY , which shows how cool, how useful this word is.
HAY also means THERE ARE !
IMPORTANT NOTE: Very often, simply adding ‘s’ to a singular noun converts that noun into a plural form ….That’s easy !
Hay mesas. There are tables
Hay gafas. There are reading glasses
Hay niñas. (Pron: NINYAS) There are girls
Hay sillas (Pron: SEEYAS) There are chairs
Your task here will be to repeat these sentences out loud, even though other people think you are going mad…
Then invent some of your own, which are relevant in your own life (vida). You can look around your living room (salón) or the whole house (casa) and make a few sentences (frases) about what you can see. Write these down. Say them, learn them, shout them, whisper them…whatever it takes…
A good online dictionary (diccionario) to find the words you need is Spanish.Dict.com
If you need help ayuda to make up your own sentences (frases), let me know in the comments below what you need .
THERE’S… (THERE IS…) = HAY
THERE ARE …. = HAY
OR ANOTHER WAY TO EXPRESS THIS AMAZING POINT IS:
HAY = THERE’S…(THERE IS…)
HAY = THERE ARE…
One little word HAY in Spanish doubles up for a few words in English!
So don’t ignore this great ‘little’ word in Spanish. Try and incorporate this word into your own Spanish learning life and use it as much as you can. It really can help you out in a lot of situations.
Try it and see.
If you need any help making your own relevant sentences, let me know in the comments below and I will help you.
We’re not quite finished with HAY yet.
More next time!
Thanks for all those examples for “hay” Marie they are a great starting point!
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Thanks for comment, Angela. I hope this helps!
“Hay” is such a small, simple yet useful word. Once you get it into your head you can say so much!
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Yes, Angela, once you get the idea, it’s such a useful word!
Bonito blog. E interesante. I will be back. 🙂
Double the words in english? I am amazed. I mean, 60-70% of the vocabulary comes from French. Is that because of the famous (Walter Scott-mentioned) two word “thing”? Ox and beef (boeuf). Saxon and Normand?
Thank you for that note.