So just when I think a bridge lesson is going smoothly, something comes along which is confusing to a beginner in a bridge text book! Here it is:
"Your partner leads A against 4" and a student in my class asks what this means. I was momentarily flummoxed but soon understood the problem and explained it like this:
When the suit symbol is first it means the card. So A means the Ace of Hearts. When the suit symbol is second, it means the contract. So 4 means the contract is 4 Spades.
Another lightbulb moment on the journey to learning bridge!