Spanish Lesson Beginners 4 Vocabulary and phrases related to professions and an introduction to Spanish masculine and feminine Posted by Laura & Adam on Aug 25, 2010 in Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos
Buenas, ¿Cómo estáis? Espero que todos estéis bien, que estéis disfrutando de vuestros estudios de español y vayáis progresando muy bien.
I hope you are all ok and that you are enjoying your Spanish studies and progressing well.
Today, we are going to have a class for beginner level students in which we will see how to ask and state your profession. I will also be highlighting and discussing the use of Spanish masculine and feminine and some rules to help you remember which endings to use.
¿Cuál es tu profesión?: What is your profession? (informal)
¿Cuál es su profesión? What is your profession? (formal)
Soy…: I am…
Some job titles end with the letter “o” if a man does them. You swap it for an “a” if a woman does them:
Some job titles end with a consonant when they are done by a man. You add an “a” if they are done by a woman:
If a job title finishes with the letter “e”, it is the same for a man and for a woman:
estudiante de español: Spanish student
Job titles finishing in “ista” are both masculine and feminine. You cannot change them to “isto” for a man:
There are some other job titles that don´t change gender, but they don´t follow a specific rule and are exceptions:
policía: police officer
¿Dónde trabajas? Where do you work? (familiar)
¿Dónde trabaja? Where do you work? (formal)
Trabajo en…: I work in…
Un /una: a/an
Most locations finishing in “o” are masculine and most finishing in “a” are feminine”. Locations finishing in any other letter could be either masculine or feminine so unfortunately you need to memorise each one as there are no specific rules:
Remembering if a word is masculine or feminine is one of the keys to speaking Spanish well and really it is not as difficult as it looks. When you have heard a word a few times you remember it and you are able to construct your sentence automatically.
I hope you all have a great week and look forward to seeing you next time in class!
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