Yo-EgoistaOne of the hardest problems for our students on www.spanishviaskype.com is the verbal conjugation. As you know, we use endings to express the time, the person and the mode (indicative or subjunctive). That is why we don’t use the subject personal pronouns (yo, tú, él, ella…) as often as our students do. The person is already in the verbal form: como a las dos y media (I eat at half past two).

However, it’s not true that we don’t use those pronouns. We do, but in several situations. Let’s see them:

  1. After an infinitive or gerund if the subject is diferent from the main verb:

Nada más llegar él, lo llamé por teléfono. (After he got home, I called him).

  1. When the verb is not repeated.

¡Tengo hambre! (I’m hungry)

–  Yo también. (Me too)

  1. Answering a question that requires someone’s identification. If there’s a verb, the pronoun is after it.

 – ¿Fernando Pantoja? (Fernando Pantoja?)

 –  Soy yo. (It’s me)

  1. Distribution or task assignments:

¿Dónde os vais de vacaciones? (Where are you going on holidays)

–  Yo a Barcelona y ella a Sevilla. (I’m going to Barcelona and she’s going to Sevilla).

  1. Taking the floor.

– ¿Quién quiere decir algo? (Who wants to say something?)

–  Yo quiero decir que… (I want to say that…)

  1. Contrasting opinions.

Yo pienso que la política es una mentira. (I think policy is a lie)

–  Pues yo, no lo creo. (Well, I don’t think so).

  1. Emphatic use.

Yo lo único que quiero es que me dejen en paz. (I just want everybody to leave me alone).

To sum up, we use the subject pronouns if we want to make clear who we are talking about or put the spotlight on that person.

So, ¿quién quiere aprender español por Skype en www.spanishviaskype.com? (Who wants to learn Spanish via Skype?

This is one of the situation where you can answer Yo, quiero.