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Beginner Spanish Review Lesson 12 Using Ser and Estar to make descriptions in Spanish Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

¡Hola a todos!

Today in our Spanish review lesson we will practice using the Spanish verbs To be – El verbo Estar and El verbo Ser – and describing personality and feelings in Spanish.

Answers to all tasks involved in this lesson will be given at the end of the post and you can also follow a link with this post to watch the original theory video lesson.

To go back and watch the original video lesson please follow this link:

Descriptions in Spanish related to personality and feelings

1. First, let´s see if you remember the Spanish verb El verbo estar I will say a person (yo, tú, nosotros, etc) and you have to make the correct conjunction of the verb Estar. For example: “Ellos” = “Están”:

– Nosotros
– Ella
– Yo
– Vosotros
– Ustedes
– Tú

2. Next, please translate the following sentences:

– Estamos enfadados
– No estoy contento
– María está nerviosa
– Carmen y Sonia están preocupadas
– ¿Estáis cansados?
– Estoy tranquilo
– ¿Estás triste?
– ¿Ustedes están contentos?

3. Let´s see now if you remember the Spanish verb Ser. I will say a person (yo, tú, nosotros, etc) and you have to make the correct conjunction of the verb Ser. For example: “Ellos” = “Son”:

– Tú
– Yo
– Él
– Nosotros
– Ustedes
– Vosotros

4. Next, please translate the following sentences:

– Carlos es vago
– Alfredo y Carla son listos
– ¿Eres ordenado?
– Somos amables
– Ana no es vaga
– Eres divertida
– Ustedes son simpáticos
– Sois alegres

5. Now translate these sentences from English to Spanish using Ser or Estar:

– I am sad
– Pedro is boring
– Pedro is bored
– We are not worried
– Are you lazy? (to one person/formal)
– You are good fun (to one person/friendly)
– They are calm
– Lola is clever

This is all for today.

I hope you are clear on when to use Ser or Estar when describing people. I recommend that you write lots of descriptions of people using what you have practiced in this lesson so that everything sticks in your head.

Have a great day and … ¡Hasta pronto!

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– Nosotros estamos
– Ella está
– Yo estoy
– Vosotros estáis
– Ustedes están
– Tú estás

– We are angry
– I am not happy
– María is nervous
– Carmen and Sonia are worried
– Are you tired? (group/friendly)
– I am calm
– Are you sad? (one person/friendly)
– Are you happy? (group/formal)

– Tú eres
– Yo soy
– Él es
– Nosotros somos
– Ustedes son
– Vosotros sois

– Carlos is lazy
– Alfredo and Carla are clever
– Are you tidy? (one person/friendly)
– We are kind
– Ana is not lazy
– You are good fun
– You are friendly (group/formal)
– You are happy people (group/friendly)

– Estoy triste
– Pedro es aburrido
– Pedro está aburrido
– No estamos preocupados/as
– ¿Es usted vago?
– Eres divertido/a
– Están tranquilos
– Lola es lista

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Laura & Adam have been blogging and creating online Spanish courses for Transparent Language since 2010. Laura is from Bilbao in northern Spain and Adam is from Devon in the south of England. They lived together in Spain for over 10 years, where their 2 daughters were born, and now they live in Scotland. Both Laura & Adam qualified as foreign language teachers in 2004 and since have been teaching Spanish in Spain, the UK, and online.