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fug

Jan 7, 2012, 1:26 PM

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How do you say it in Espanol? My gardener is returning from his first ever trip to the US to visit a son and daughter. He stayed for two months and did not like Los Estados Unidos. His wife did and she is staying until May. Just want to give him an appropriate welcome. What do I say after Bienvenidos? Thanks, fug



mazbook1


Jan 7, 2012, 1:46 PM

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Bienvenido a su hogar unico, + name of town or city. That would do the job nicely since it recognizes that he feels his only home is the one in his town or city in México.


esperanza

Jan 7, 2012, 4:13 PM

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Bienvenido a casa.

Not bienvenidos, because that would mean that two or more people have returned.

A casa=home.

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mazbook1


Jan 7, 2012, 5:20 PM

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esperanza, Your suggestion is just right and would be considered the normal thing to say. I only extended it using hogar instead of casa to recognize the fact that he was unhappy away from his true "homeplace". I think casa is the sort of generic home, as in "house", and hogar to be that "home is where the heart is" sort of home. At least that's the way I understood it when it was explained to me. Much like the semantic difference between house and home in English.


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tashby


Jan 7, 2012, 7:07 PM

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This is interesting to me because I've often mentioned to Spanish speakers trying to learn English that we have the very common "Welcome back!" phrase for anyone returning (to anything/anywhere) after an absence. Whether it be to home.....or English class in my case....or wherever.

Is there an equivalent to that generic in Spanish, I wonder? Or do you just a default to bienvenido(s).


esperanza

Jan 7, 2012, 8:36 PM

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esperanza, Your suggestion is just right and would be considered the normal thing to say. I only extended it using hogar instead of casa to recognize the fact that he was unhappy away from his true "homeplace". I think casa is the sort of generic home, as in "house", and hogar to be that "home is where the heart is" sort of home. At least that's the way I understood it when it was explained to me. Much like the semantic difference between house and home in English.


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fug

Jan 8, 2012, 1:04 PM

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Thanks Esperanza. I learn something from every one of your posts. Did not know that bienvenido(s) depended upon the number of folks I was welcoming. fug


La Isla


Jan 8, 2012, 2:41 PM

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Thanks Esperanza. I learn something from every one of your posts. Did not know that bienvenido(s) depended upon the number of folks I was welcoming. fug


Since "bienvenido" is an adjective, it has to agree with the person or persons being welcomed home by gender as well as by number. So if the person returning home is a woman, that would be "bienvenida .


fug

Jan 9, 2012, 1:34 PM

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Thank you La Isla. Thought bienvenidos was bienvenidos, did not realize it went through sex change surgery when addessing a female. What if it is a male and female couple that I am welcoming? My guess is that it goes to the masculine, but don't really know, and have not been right so far. Do not tell anyone that I have lived here for close to 7 years. Let's keep it our little secret. fug

PS Said bienvenidos a casa to my gardener today after his first day back on the job after two months in Phoenix. Guess he thought I had learned Spanish in his two month"s absence, as he went off on a litany of things he did not like about the States. I nodded and smiled like the illiterate gringo that I am. Anyway, he is happy to be home and I am happy to have him back.


La Isla


Jan 9, 2012, 1:57 PM

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Thank you La Isla. Thought bienvenidos was bienvenidos, did not realize it went through sex change surgery when addessing a female. What if it is a male and female couple that I am welcoming? My guess is that it goes to the masculine, but don't really know, and have not been right so far. Do not tell anyone that I have lived here for close to 7 years. Let's keep it our little secret. fug



I have a headstart on using Spanish correctly since I began my adult life as a Spanish teacher many moons ago : ) . Your guess is correct: if it is a male/female couple you are greeting, you would say "bienvenidos".
 
 
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