They’re Spanish! ¡Son españoles!

When you look at it, from an outsider’s point of view, it must seem a funny old word:


But there you have it, and it is what it is!

Of course in English, that word even has a meaning, as in progeny, e.g., “I met your youngest son at Julia’s wedding.”

None of that is going to help us here…let’s get back to the Spanish word:


They are Spanish! ¡Son españoles!

Son inglesas                    They’re English

Son españolas                They’re Spanish

Son inteligentes            They’re intelligent

Son tontas                      They’re silly

Are they English?  ¿Son  ingleses?        source

                                                  Are they, really??

¿Son inglesas?                    Are they  English?

¿Son españolas?                Are they Spanish?

¿Son inteligentes?           Are they intelligent?

¿Son tontas?                       Are they silly?

I know we don’t want to be negative here, but there is a time in learning Spanish when you need to be able to deal with a bit of negativity!

                                          No, They’re not!

They aren’t English. They’re Spanish No son ingleses. Son espanoles.

No son inglesas                    They’re not English (They aren’t English)

No son españolas                They’re not Spanish (They aren’t Spanish)

No son inteligentes            They’re not intelligent (They aren’t intelligent)

No son tontas                      They’re not silly (They aren’t silly)

All of this could lead to some interesting observations and more complex sentences about people! When learning a new language, it helps immensely to make your  very own sample sentences to practise the language with.

A typical conversation could go something like this:

You: Son inglesas?

Friend: No, no son inglesas. Son españolas.

You: Son inteligentes?

Friend : No, no son inteligentes. Son tontas.

Make up your very own sentences, relevant to you, your family and friends, other collective groups you want to talk about. eg. “My daughters are wonderful.”  “My teachers are intelligent” etc. Use to find suitable words to use in your context.

You can look back on my previous posts about all the other forms of the verb SER (TO BE) in the Present Tense where I show SOYERES,ES, SOMOS, and SOIS

Was that confusing for you?

Have I not been clear enough?

                 Do you need more examples and more vocabulary?

Everyone’s different and that’s ok!



I hope this helps…

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