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Hola a todos! Soy Lucia. Hi everybody! I’m Lucia.
Welcome to SpanishPod101.com’s Español en tres minutos. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Spanish.
In the last lesson, we learned how to talk about your plans. In this lesson, we are going to deal with the verb ‘to be’ in Spanish, ser and estar. But we are going to focus on the meaning of ser.
We will also discuss how to talk about your nationality.
When you meet a new person, they might ask you ¿De dónde eres? which is the equivalent of "Where are you from?"
De means ‘from’ and dónde means ‘where’. So there is only one more thing, the verb. ‘are you’ is eres, just remember from the other lessons that the personal pronouns in Spanish can be omitted most of the time.
Ser, the verb “to be”, is the infinitive form of Eres.
Let’s try together!! ¡¡Probemos juntos!!
¿De dónde eres?
[slowly] ¿De dónde eres?
Answering this question is very easy! You just say Soy, which means "I am", then your nationality or country.
For example: Soy americano.
[slowly] Soy americano.
Just replace “americano” with your own nationality.
"I am German" is Soy alemán.
"I am Italian" is Soy italiano .
"I am Brazilian" is Soy brasileño.
Be careful, because this is how you refer to your nationality if you are male. For the feminine form, you have to add an a at the end of the nationality or change the ‘o’ for an ‘a’’.
For example, if you are an American woman, you will say: Soy americana
German women say:
Soy alemana.
For Brazilian women it is:
Soy brasileña,
and so on.
To return the question you can simply say ‘¿Y tú?’’ which is "And you?".
Another useful expression with the verb ser is when you answer the phone. To introduce your name you can say Soy + your name.
So when I pick up the phone I often say Soy Lucia. It is really simple—you just say Soy, which literally means "I am" + your name, in this example Soy would be the translation of ‘it is’.
Now it’s time for Lucia’s Insights.
Be careful because in Spanish, we don’t write nationality names with a capital letter like in English!
Another way to say your nationality is by using the preposition ‘de’ and the country name. I’ll show you how.
Soy de América, easy right? Here you are saying ‘I’m from America’, try with another example...
“I’m from Brazil.”
Soy de Brasil.
Yes that was really good!
In this lesson we learned how to talk about nationalities.
Next time we’ll continue to study the verb estar and see how to use it to talk about locations. By the way, do you know how to ask someone where they are in Spanish? I'll be waiting for you with the answer in the next Español en 3 minutos.
Nos vemos!