Ola,

I have been watching some Spanish television lately and although I have been listening hard or havingit on in the background. One thing stands out for me. Spanish people talk really fast. The more I listen the more it starts to make sense but still, that was slightly worrying for me. "How am I ever going to speak that fast" I thought.

Anyway, I digress.

I was watching a program called "AMAR EN TIEMPOS REVUELTOS III

So I thought I would try and work outthe title.

I knew "Amar" is "to love" and I knew "tiempos" is "times" but i didnt know what revueltos is or how it sounds. I got my dictionary out and found out it meant "scrambled" "mixed" "messy"

So "Love in messy times"? "Love in Scrambled times" etc

Just to confuse me further I looked up Tiempos and to my amazement it said "Weather"

No I dont know,

Love in messy weather
Love in scrambled weather

How do I know what this means and is there a formula to worj this out in the future?

Cheers people

Gee
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According to the second dictionary at WordReference, it can be translated as "unsettled times" (http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=revueltos ). The English language Wikipedia calls it "To Love in Troubled Times" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amar_en_tiempos_revueltos ).

It's also Hola instead of Ola ;-)
Emotion: smile
I new Hola, just an typing mistake. Lo siento.

So are you saying that I have to guess whether they are talking about Time or Weather depending on the context ? Dual meaning?
My second question is about learning verbs.

I understand that this is very very important and needs a lot of practise.

Do you basically learn them off by heart like you would a times table or a poem. Or is there another method you would use.
Well, in this case the word tiempo can have multiple meanings depending on the context (http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=tiempo ). Just like "bank" in English, it's usually clear from the context whether the speaker refers to something you can sit on or a financial institution. In this case, the dictionary tells me that 'revuelto' can be used with 'tiempo' which means 'unsettled times'. Usually, tiempo refers to time but in specific context, it can refer to the weather. So it would be an "educated guess" :-)

I'm learning Spanish as well so I wouldn't know how to say "to love (each other) in troubled weather".. but it's probably possible to distinguish that from "to love in troubled times".
Thanks for your help Simeon. You are obviously further down the line than I am.

Now you have explained it with that example it is a bit clearer.

Interesting though, anyone know how to say " To love in trouble weather"?
I'm using Anki (http://www.ichi2.net/anki / ) and I enter sentences into the program so it can quiz me about them. So I don't learn verbs by heart but by seeing them frequently, they tend to stick in my memory. It's worthwhile to study the grammar of verbs at some point but nobody uses the grammar rules to construct their sentences. Recently I read about the grammar rules of my own native language (Dutch) and it appears there are rules for how to construct the stem of a verb (given the infinitive) and such - but I've never used those rules yet I still speak the language ;-)
See thats the whole point right there.

You have infinitives, stems etc etc and that makes the whole learning experience more difficult.

Like you I speak my native language (English) naturally and did not spend a lot of time learning the construct of a verb.

I am going to spend a lot of time getting this rightI think Emotion: smile
Como en cualquier idioma hay palabras que tienen muchísimos significados y además distintos. Se tendrá que ahondar más en el tema como es el caso del simple título de una película. Ya en la lectura, conversación, etc. las demás palabras darán el sentido exacto.

Tiempo: hour, time, weather, moment, a while, how long...
¿Puede decirme la hora?
¿En cuánto tiempo estará lista mi orden de comida?
El tiempo me parece tan largo
Hace un tiempo magnífico
Hace un momento que estaba aquí.
Hace rato que se fue.
¿Cuánto se tarda?
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