Spanish Every Day Phrases

January 22, 2010 · Posted in Middle School Spanish, Spanish Vocabulary · Comment 

Wish you an/or you and your students could just start using and speaking Spanish immediately? You can and you will if you use what are called FUNCTIONAL CHUNKS OF THE LANGUAGE.  Present, learn, or practice functional chunks of practical Spanish without going into all of the tricky grammatical detail.  Just dive in and Just Do It  ¡Hazlo!

Every Day Spanish Phrases

  • ¿Me puede ayudar?= Can you help me?
  • Dónde está = Where is . . . ?
  • No comprendo= I don’t understand
  • Dígame otra vez= Tell me again

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Learning Spanish: Describing People & Olympic Athletes

August 20, 2008 · Posted in Spanish Vocabulary · 1 Comment 

Describing People: The Olympians en español

How about those Olympic athletes? Everything about them is so impressive; they’re fun to talk about. Michael Phelps, Shawn Johnson, Udain Bolt, Misty-May Treynor, & so many others are perfect for practicing personal descriptions, or descripciones personales, en español. Describing people in Spanish is a vital skill, so let’s get started.

Word Key

Es= is son= are

Blue Spanish descriptors, adjectives, are for males.

Red Spanish descriptors, adjectives, are for females.

  • Atlético (a)=athletic
  • Fuerte=strong
  • Rápido (a)=fast
  • Increíble=incredible
  • Diligente= diligent, hard-working
  • aplicado (a)=focused
  • Humilde =humble
  • Alto (a)=tall
  • Petita=petite

Michael Phelps es humilde. Michael Phelps es diligente. Michael Phelps es rápido.

Udain Bolt es alto. Udain Bolt es muy rápido.

Shawn Johnson es petita. Shawn Johnson es fuerte. Shawn Johnson es incredible.

Misty-May Treynor es fuerte. Misty May Treynor es alta. Misty May Treynor es aplicada.

Notice some similarities in the descriptions? Lots of es for is. The descriptors, or the adjectives ending in –e are the same for males and females.
What about the differences? Aha. Males need an adjective like alto, atlético, rápido, and fijado to end in –o.

Females need an adjective like alta, atlética, rápida, and fijada to end in an –a.

Here’s a table for some practice for what we grammar geeks call adjective agreement, or la concordancia. Either in your head or on paper, fill in each column with the feminine –a form or the masculine – o form.
femenino masculino.

Feminine adjectives/ femeninos Masculine adjectives/ masculinos
1.  alta                                                 alto


Come back for tomorrow’s post on describing more than one Olympic athlete at a time, or plural descriptions.

Learning Spanish: Beijing Olympics Geography

July 26, 2008 · Posted in Spanish Vocabulary, Uncategorized · Comment 

Geography Review: un repaso de la geografía

The Olympics are the best way to review geography in fun ways.  Here are some ideas:

  • Each time a country is mentioned, the first person to say the capital scores
  • When a country’s team or player is featured, naming the bordering countries scores.
  • Naming the closest capital to a capital scores.
  • Naming the furthest country on the same continent scores.
  • Naming a country that speaks the same language as another country scores.
  • Ball tossing and passing with country name add-ons, or capital add-ons.




The continent- el continente

Countries and Capitals- los países y las


Washington, Los Estados Unidos de América

Londres, Inglaterra

Paris, Francia

Madrid, España

Roma, Italia

Atenas, Grecia

Istanbul, Turquía

Beijing, China

Berlín, Alemania

La Ciudad de México, México

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Santiago de Chile

Brasilia, Brasil

Bogota, Colombia

Lima, Perú

Quito, Ecuador

San Salvador, El Salvador



  • Go to to get a free outline map of European and World countries.  Kids can then write down the Spanish countries, and then their capitals.  Be sure to use the word bank above for beginning learners!
  • Country of the day-país del día.  Have each person chose a country mentioned on the Olympics.  He or she then has to list: capital, bordering countries, and continent.

Tomorrow look for some quick facts on China and Beijing – - en español

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