Los zumos - Eva Hache

Spanish online reading and listening practice - level C1

Eva Hache is a Spanish comedian and actress. Her real name is Eva Hernández Villegas, so Hache is in fact the initial of her first surname (the letter H - hache). This video is taken from the Spanish television show El Club de las Comedias, a popular comedy show featuring stand-up comedians that's unusual in that over the years it's been broadcast by all the general terrestrial channels in Spain. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise idiomatic expressions with ni and ya. It is suitable for level C1 Spanish students because of the pace of speech and the number of idiomatic expressions.

Exercise: Los zumos

Watch the video, then read the transcript. Click any phrase for the translation and links to related grammar lessons which you can add to your Kwiziq notebook to practise later.

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Q&A relating to this exercise

Jenk

Kwiziq community member

6 April 2019

2 replies

Could you explain the structure of the first sentence pls? "Me teneis esto como una leonera" What is the use of "me" here?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

6 April 2019

6/04/19

Hola Jenk,

This "me" here in this sentence is what is called "dativo ético". We sometimes use indirect object pronouns (me, te, le, nos, os, les) to indicate who the action of the sentence is indirectly affecting somehow. "Me" here is saying who is being affected. So the comedian in the video is trying to make a joke about the state of the stage where she is, as it if was messy (como una leonera) and it somehow that affects her. 

Have a look at other sentences using the pronouns in the same way:

"Mi hijo pequeño no me come nada"
My little boy doesn't eat anything

The "me" here again is making a point about how this not eating is affecting the mum (the speaker). You could perfectly say the same sentence without "me", but with it, it will add that nuance to the meaning.

"¿Qué dices? ¿se te ha muerto tu gatito?
What are you saying? your kitten died?

Again, here, "te" reflects who is affected by what happened.

I hope this helps. 

Interesting stuff!

Un saludo

Inma

Jenk

Kwiziq community member

7 April 2019

7/04/19

Hola Inma,This is a very interesting indeed! I'm amazed and want to practice it more.  Thank you so much for the explanation. It helps a lot. 

Jenk

Kwiziq community member

6 April 2019

1 reply

This is a very good exercise. Thank you for this.

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

6 April 2019

6/04/19

Glad you enjoyed it!

Getting that for you now.