Preguntas de la Semana #1

Lo que & Spain vs Latin America


Here is the link to the Youtube video on 'Lo que':

- How to use 'lo que' in Spanish

Here are the examples from this week's PDLS:

English: I don't have what you need.
Español: No tengo lo que necesitas.

English: Ask me whatever you want.
Español: Pregúntame lo que quieras.

English: All that I want is to spend time with you. 
Español: Todo lo que quiero es pasar tiempo contigo.

English: They didn’t acknowledge what we said three years ago.
They didn’t acknowledge that which we said three years ago. 

Español: No reconocieron lo que dijimos hace tres años. 

English: What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.
English: That which doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.
Español: Lo que no nos mata, nos hace más fuertes.

English: There was a storm last night, similar to that which destroyed the island in 2002.
Español: Anoche hubo una tormenta, similar a la que destruyó la isla en 2002.

English: This culture is very different to that which I grew up in.
Español: Esta cultura es muy diferente a la que yo crecí.

Please leave your questions or comments below.

Please share your questions, comments and general feedback below:


  • Andrew Barr

    Reply Reply October 28, 2020

    What did you think of Pregunta de la Semana #1?

    • Paul

      Reply Reply January 23, 2021

      You are the best of the best.
      I would like to take your course but time does not permit me at this time.
      But as soon a time is available I definitely will sign up.

      • Andrew Barr

        Reply Reply January 23, 2021

        Thanks Paul 🙂

    • Priscilla Todd

      Reply Reply January 31, 2021

      Loved this Andrew. Thank you.

      The comments on “that which” were really useful.

      • Andrew Barr

        Reply Reply February 1, 2021

        Thanks for the feedback Priscilla! 🙂

  • Sue Meyers

    Reply Reply October 28, 2020

    Qué buena idea! Disfruté esta primera ‘Pregunta de la Semana’. El uso de ‘lo que’ y ‘el que/la que’ puede ser muy confuso y por fin pienso que entender la diferencia! :-). En cuanto a la frecuencia.. una vez a por semana sería bueno si es posible para tí. Gracias Andrew!

    • Andrew Barr

      Reply Reply October 28, 2020

      ¡Muy bien! Gracias Sue 🙂

  • Bret

    Reply Reply October 28, 2020

    As a self-study student, I think this format is great. Any additional engagement like this is super helpful and keeps me encouraged. I also appreciate the email notifications. Thanks!

    • Andrew Barr

      Reply Reply October 28, 2020

      Thanks for the feedback Bret! 🙂

  • sylvia arsenault

    Reply Reply October 29, 2020

    As always, you make things crystal clear. what I liked:

    that I could see you during the 20 min video. I felt like you were sitting across from me.
    the phrases – words would appear and then I could concentrate on what you were saying.
    You were also very gentle when making the difference between Latin and Spain spanish.

    Overall, I think this is a fabulous idea because as a learner, I too have questions that just dont make sense to me until it is explained.

    I would love to see it weekly but I also recognize how much time it must take to come up with the video.

    I would keep it under 20 min, probably 15 would be good.

    As always, thanks for making my spanish fun to learn! Warm socially distant hug, Sylvia

    • Andrew Barr

      Reply Reply October 29, 2020

      Thanks for the feedback Sylvia! 🙂

  • Mike

    Reply Reply October 30, 2020

    I love this! I come everyday and watch videos on Spanish through YouTube anyways so watching these from you is even better!

    • Andrew Barr

      Reply Reply October 30, 2020

      Thanks Mike! 🙂

  • Joe

    Reply Reply October 30, 2020

    Preguntas de la Semana is a great idea Andrew! I was recently introduced to the topic of el que / la que in the live level 3 class and I was a bit confused. This video cleared it up for me.

    Regarding the frequency of these videos; I think twice a month would suffice.  Producing a video once a week seems like a lot of work and I don’t want you to get burned out and stop doing them completely.  However, if you do decide to produce these every week, I will most certainly watch them because you teach in a way that makes topics like these easier to understand.  

    Keep up the great work and I look forward to your next video.


    • Andrew Barr

      Reply Reply October 31, 2020

      Thanks for the feedback Joe!! 🙂 Twice a month or once a month (preguntas del mes) might be a possibility if it becomes too much work, thanks for the suggestion!!

  • david courts

    Reply Reply November 13, 2020

    Andrew this is a GREAT idea!! As stated above you are so gentle and patient.
    Once a week is a treat. Thank you so much. Love your explanation of LA to Spanish difference.

    I am sad for language teachers who face having to deal with students who are hung up on trying to catch out the language “oh but you say this there- but not here”.
    I would say to them firstly check your own language’s inconsistencies there will be loads, Just look at the word ‘bow’ in English – is it round your neck?, Are you taking it after a performance? with an arrow for shooting? or on the front of a ship? Why is it the same word for such disparate things and spelt the same but pronounced differently.
    Secondly, when learning by just being in the actual country, one just accepts and absorbs without constant questioning the structure.

    • Andrew Barr

      Reply Reply November 13, 2020

      Thanks for your feedback David and thanks for sharing! 🙂

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