Friday, March 02, 2007

No tienes idea quién soy yo.

You have no idea who I am.

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Anonymous said...

The correct use is "No tienes idea quien soy yo". Eliminate the "de". What youre saying is closer to You have no idea of who I am or who I belong to, which wouldnt make any sense.

Anonymous said...

I am only a learner of Spanish and so am not sure about what is right, but the verb form here seems to be "tener idea de", as some example sentences on use, too. So it would be correct. also says you would say "No tienes ni idea". If the ni is necessary, I don't know.

And -
Your blog is great! I am a High School student and started teaching myself some Spanish a while ago; and these somehow random sentences are just interesting and often useful! They also help me in expanding my vocabulary. I guess I probably wouldn't normally learn them with usual language courses. Thank you a lot!!

Dana Law said...

I am correcting the phrase to eliminate "de" because I think that is correct.
The "No tienes ni idea" would work to but it is not what I heard in normal conversation so I will not use it but it would be fine.
Last night I said to some Spanish speakers as a joke. "No hablo ni una palabra de español." A good use of this form.
Thanks for the input.
Dana Law
Spanish Phrase of the Day

Ignacio said...


Esta frase me recuerda un chiste que oí hace poco tiempo:

Estaban unos alumnos rindiendo un examen en la universidad. Eran cerca de 500 alumnos.

Al cabo de cuatro horas, cuando todos los demás alumnos habían entregado, quedaba solo uno escribiendo su examen.

El profesor le dice: "No corregiré su examen. Ha tardado demasiado."

Entonces el alumno se acerca al profesor y le dice: "Pero profesor, ¿tiene usted idea de quién soy yo? ¿sabe con quién está hablando?"

El profesor responde: "No tengo idea de quién es usted."

Entonces, el alumno pone su examen en el medio de la pila de exámenes entregados y le dice: "¡Genial! ¡Qué tenga un buen día!", y se va.


Ignacio said...

By the way, the use of "ni" in this case only emphasizes the sentence.

No tienes idea (You've got no idea)

No tienes ni idea (You don't have the faintest idea)

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