Topic: Personalities

Topic: Personalities

Familiarizing with Personality Descriptors

  • Understanding Personalities: Get familiar with a broad range of adjectives used in Spanish to describe different personality traits. Words like ‘amable’ (kind), ‘tímido’ (shy), ‘generoso’ (generous) and ‘gracioso’ (funny) can help to flesh out character descriptions.
  • Colloquial/Slang Expressions: Get familiar with some everyday Spanish colloquial terms and slang that relate to describing personality. These can add flair to your language use and show a deep understanding of real, spoken Spanish.
  • Idiomatic expressions: Learn a few common idiomatic expressions that relate to personality, to enrich your descriptions. For example, ‘ser pan comido’ (to be a piece of cake) or ‘tener el corazón de oro’ (to have a heart of gold).

Mastering Expression of Sentiments and Comparison

  • Expressing Sentiments: Learn how to express likes, dislikes, and preferences in Spanish, often using verbs like ‘gustar,’ ‘encantar,’ and ‘interesar.’
  • Comparisons and Contrasts: Develop your skills in comparing and contrasting personalities, using words like ‘más…que’ (more…than), ‘menos…que’ (less…than) and ‘tan…como’ (as…as).

Practice in Forming Sentences and Descriptions

  • Forming Sentences: Practice forming complex sentences that describe personalities. These should include subjects, adjectives, verbs, and, where appropriate, adverbial phrases or clauses to add extra information.
  • Presenting Yourself and Others: Practice giving detailed descriptions of your own personality, as well as those of your friends and family. This will often be in the first person for yourself (‘yo soy…‘) and third person for others (‘él/ella es…‘).
  • Past Tense Descriptions: Be prepared to provide descriptions in the past tense, which may be required when discussing past events, experiences and important people as part of the identity and culture component.

Perfecting Tenses and Conjugations

  • The Perfect Tense: Master the conjugation and use of the perfect tense (‘he sido,’ ‘has sido,’ etc) as it is often used when speaking about changes in personality or important personal experiences that have influenced identity.
  • Verbs and Conjugations: Remember, verbs related to thoughts and feelings often change radically depending on who the subject of the sentence is. E.g., ‘siento,’ ‘sientes,’ ‘siente’ (I feel, you feel, he/she/it feels).

Note: Remember to continually practice and revise this topic regularly to ensure that these elements become second nature in your descriptions.