Andar vs Montar

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Alexandria, Louisiana
United States
Oct 2, 2015
May 29, 2017 at 3:31pm

I was wondering why they changed the word to ride "montar" in the old version of the lessons to "andar" to ride/walk? What's the differences between saying "montar bicicleta" and "andar bicicleta? And another thing, she never gave examples on how to use it to mean to walk, she only mentioned it also means to walk, or do you use it the same way as a verb? I am going to walk down the road "voy a andar por el camino" which could be also written "voy a caminar por el camino" as well FYI.

Apolonia D.
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United States
Jul 30, 2012
May 30, 2017 at 6:49am

Hi, we changed it because in some countries like Mexico "andar" is more common than "montar". In Spain you'd say "montar/andar en bicicleta", always with the preposition. In Latin America they use the preposition with "andar" but not always with "montar", so you'd say "montar (en) bicicleta" but "andar en bicicleta".
"Andar" also means "To walk" and you'd use it like any other verb, so your example "voy a andar por el camino" is perfectly ok. In level 4 Sonia teaches "caminar" as "to walk" and from that session you can use both "andar" and "caminar" in the workouts. Hope this helps!

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