Lessons in Spanish: what is laísmo?
Our online Spanish students ask questions like: “La dije la verdad, is it correct?” They had heart that from native speakers or they had read it somewhere. The right answer is: I said her the truth —- La dije la verdad. Does it make sense?
On today’s Spanish lesson we want to warn you about laísmo. What is it? It is the wrong use of la and las pronouns referred to an indirect object. Some Spanish native speakers want to give to LE (which is the right pronoun to be used in these cases) a femenine nuance that it doesn’t have. Pronoun LE is the only correct option.
I give her an advice —- LE di un consejo.
I gave him an advice —- LE di un consejo.
Please, avoid this mistake! It is very common among native speakers. Don’t imitate them.
REMEMBER: LE — HIM/HER LES — THEM
I told him/her the truth —- Le dije la verdad
I told them (to my sisters/ to my brothers) the truth — Les dije la verdad.