This is my second post -- When I was reading azguitarist's (who happens to be my son) thread, I wanted to post, but had never registered, so I never got to say what I wanted before it reached the cut-off. Anyway someone had said that 'Como esta?' and "Como estas?" mean the same thing. They actually don't mean the same thing. The second one means "How art thou?" The 'usted' and 'tu' are left out (being understood by the verb and context), but could correctly be spoken in the phrases 'Como esta usted?' -literally 'How are you?' and 'Como estas tu?' -'How art thou?' (The accent marks are missing in these examples.) /Estas/ is in the familiar case which is the case used when speaking to God, to family members, to those younger than ones self (as children), and is used in speaking to equals (as in best friends.) It is the case used when one would be speaking to servants in a household. (But who would know about that?) It is also the case used when speaking to animals. It is commonly used today in Spanish, though we in English don't commonly use it, except when speaking to God. We of course, have this familiar case in our Bible, and use it in hymn lyrics and poetry, but we don't commonly use it in our speech in our language as the Spanish speakers do. To me this is important - in that the familiar case must be maintained in the Spanish Bible as it is in the Authorized Version. I don't claim to know Spanish perfectly, but I do know it well enough to teach children in Spanish from Kindergarten through Senior High Monday through Friday (which I do), and well enough to teach the Bible in Sunday School every Sunday (which I have done for several years). Teaching Monday through Friday entails teaching the children their own language, teaching them to read and pronounce words, vocabulary, grammatical rules, spelling rules, exceptions, etc. Hopefully, I will be able to post at least once a week with some of the very interesting things I have learned about Spanish, and especially to bring to light some of the things in the Spanish Bibles that the Spanish Christians have available to them. P.S. I am thankful for azguitarist who stands for something right and is willing to 'take the heat' at such a young age. There are not many his age who live for God, serve Him, and will stand for the right. He is a great example for the children, young people, and adults in our churches. (if I may say so myself). I didn't say he was perfect, but almost.) He is a good testimony in this community. He regularly witnesses to Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons here and in Mexico. He never misses an opportunity to invite them to church and several pairs of 'missionaries' have come to our services and come under conviction through his efforts. Pray for him.