Hola!

Yo tengo una pregunta sobre la palabra "español".

Since the word "español" means both "Spanish" and "Spaniard", how do you know if you are using it correctly?

For example:

If I were to say "He estado practicando español" would I be saying "I have been practicing Spanish" or "I have been practicing Spaniard"?

Also, do I need to use an article before español?

For example: "He estado practicando el español"?

Muchas Gracias!

- Corrie
Spaniard is about 1 person, male or female. Spanish is about 2 people and to talk about the language.

She's a cool Spaniard.
He's a cool Spaniard.
The Spanish are cool.

Spanish is cool. > language

You use the article when expresing your likes or dislikes.

Me gusta el español. No me gusta el español.

And it's commonly said: "He estado practicando español". If you add "el" there's no problem.
Thanks so much for the help!

I'm still a little bit confused though.

For instance, if i were to say "me gusta el español". How would the person I was talking to know that I was talking about the language and not using the term "spaniard"?
Very helpful. I like Spanish and I use this English-Spanish dictionary, which is a good study tool.

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CorrieFor instance, if i were to say "me gusta el español". How would the person I was talking to know that I was talking about the language and not using the term "spaniard"?
Hola, Corrie:
The only times you don't use "el" before Español are:
1. Yo hablo Español
2. No comprendo Español.

It's always better to be specific with what you mean:

1 Me gusta el idioma Español = I like the Spanish language.
2. Me gusta la gente Española or los Españoles = I like Españoles.
Hi Corrie,

If you say "me gusta el español" to some person the meaning would be depending on the contex. For example if you are talking with someone about men from other countries and you say "me gusta el español" the other person probably would understand that you are atracted to the spaniard but if you are talking about languages the would be that you like the spanish language.

Hope that helps.

Have a great day.
¡Gracias mucho! ¡Fue de mucha ayuda!

- Corrie
¡Muchas gracias! ¡Fue de mucha ayuda!

- Corrie