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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
2.
3.

4.

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

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