"No problemo” is a “problema”
Let’s face the facts, Spanish is not English. There are a few things that are pretty easy to muck up, so check out these common mistakes and avoid their inevitable pitfalls.
1. “No problemo”
You hear it all the time, its got a nice ring to it and has wormed its way into many a film. BUT it’s not correct. While Problema is masculine, it ends in an “a” like a chick! So how can you remember? Just recite this phrase and its common sense will astound you:
“EL Problema es masculino, pero LA solución es feminina.”
(The problem is male, but the solution is feminine)
2. “Estoy bueno”
It’s all fine and dandy that you are good, but in fact you should say: Estoy bien - Always, always, always! This is because Bien (fine) is an ADVERB, so it describes VERBS/ACTIONS. While Bueno/a (good) is an ADJECTIVE, so it describes NOUNS. This is the same in English (and also commonly misspoken) but it sounds even more Muy Mal in Español.
3. “Mucho tranquilo”
Folks won’t be tranquil when they hear this oft blunder, but they will be if instead you opine, Muy tranquilo (very relaxed). Mucho/a/os/as (a lot) is regularly confused with Muy (very).
The key to figuring this out is recalling that Mucho/a/os/as goes before NOUNS, you have “a lot” of things. While Muy is in front of ADJECTIVES, such as I’m “very” relaxed, I’m “very” bored with grammar, I’m “very” enamored with the unseen writer of this blog, etc..
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You’ll see when things end with a pink “a”, or a blue “o” and then you’ll be out at a bar, beer in hand and just POW use the right one. True story, happened to me yesterday. It was wicked cool.