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Useful Spanish vocabulary related to describing someone’s personality in Spanish and how to use these Spanish adjectives with El verbo Ser. In previous Spanish lessons we have looked at describing physical appearance in Spanish and now we will focus on ones personality with Spanish adjectives such as “ordenado/a” (tidy) and “divertido/a” (good fun). Sometimes elements of the Spanish language are easier to learn and use than English (for example: making questions and negative sentences), but here we have something that it slightly trickier in Spanish: the masculine and feminine in Spanish. For example, in Spanish if a man is friendly you will describe him as “simpático”. However, if a woman is friendly you will describe her as “simpática”. Remembering to put an “o” or “a” ending is not rocket science, but it is something else to think about and something that you need to be aware of in almost every sentence. It is not just for men and women that we change the endings, but for every noun/thing and this can be a challenge for English speakers who are not accustomed to thinking of inanimate objects as male or female. Room, for example, is masculine in Spanish: “El cuarto” and table is feminine: “La mesa”, so if we wanted to say a tidy room / a tidy table we would have to say: “Un cuarto ordenado” / “Una mesa ordenada”.

Lesson notes:

Alegre: happy
Amable: kind
Divertido/a: good fun
Simpático/a: friendly
Aburrido/a: boring
Ordenado/a: tidy
Vago/a: lazy
Listo/a: clever
Soy ordenado / ordenada: I am tidy.
Somos ordenados / ordenadas: We are tidy.


Translate the following, according to whether they describe a man or a woman…

Lazy (man):
Kind (woman):
Funny (woman):
Happy (man):
Tidy (woman):

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Soy alto / alta.
¿Tienes los ojos marrones?
Tienen la nariz grande.
Somos bajos / bajas.
¿Sois delgados / delgadas?

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