Bernie Sanders en Español: Progresivo [sic], Honesto… and the Spanish Subjunctive is a Bitch

Bernie Sanders Hispanic Spanish campaign

I believe they meant: ‘Quiero que votes por este hombre’

Bernie Sanders this week launched a new campaign ad in which we hear the Senator speak some Spanish at the end.

While saying “Soy Bernie Sanders y apruebo este mensaje” is not a very difficult thing to say and have him practice, Bernie’s Hispanic campaign — and Bernie’s supporters — would be well advised to take a better look at their Spanish-language print and online copy.

Take the above promo by a Bernie Sanders advocacy group, which perfectly shows what many non-native Spanish speakers have known for years: The Spanish subjunctive is a bitch.

Oh… and DON’T get me started on “Progresivo” por favor.

UPDATE: This blog post was updated on Sunday February 21, 2016 to reflect the promo is not an official Bernie Sanders ad, but one created by advocacy group Women for Bernie.

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3 Responses to Bernie Sanders en Español: Progresivo [sic], Honesto… and the Spanish Subjunctive is a Bitch

  1. MarceloSalup says:

    This is too funny, but, especially, the illustration, which is nasty.

  2. Quevedo says:

    Paisana, no sea tan requisitera. La conjugación española es un asunto complicado (usted misma lo reconoce). El manejo del modo subjuntivo es confuso, pues se usa en oraciones subordinadas. Quien escribió ese mensaje asumió que el verbo “votar” debía conjugarse en presente simple de la primera persona, como es el caso del verbo “querer”. Está en lo correcto. Sin embargo, le falló el modo: éste debe ser subjuntivo y no indicativo.
    Hay que apreciar la intención de acercarse a los hispanoparlantes… y entender que no es fácil dominar una lengua con una conjugación verbal tan compleja.
    Saludos!

  3. nicoparcoc says:

    no es tan tan horrible la equivocación, Bernie de los los progres más progre!

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