I’ve got a local station on, Tejano music playingI do my best to sing along but I don’t know what they’re saying
No le puedo entenderbut you know that it's alrightI’m headed down to San Antone, runnin’ with the night—Robert Earl Keen Jr.
One of the problems I have speaking Spanish is remembering the gender of inanimate objects and concepts. (When writing, I have more time to think about it and look it up as needed.) In Spanish, everything has gender.
- A car (
carroor coche) and the sky ( cielo) are male.
- A hamburger (
hamburguesa) and the earth ( tierra) are both female—but dirt ( suelo) is male.
Of course, the sky and the earth retain their pagan genders in many languages. Even in the English spoken in predominantly Christian nations, we refer to Mother Earth.
And Spanish has examples of gender confusion:
La radio(the radio) — a masculine noun with a feminine article El policia(the policeman) — a feminine noun with a masculine article that indicates a male
Today when I was buying coffee, one of the staff dropped a big pile of pans. The other workers all made exaggerated noises of shock, but she calmly said, “