Gift to celebrate 50 today! No, not me, but my posts on Speak Out in Spanish.

This post is going to be very short today, because I’m out partying.

I’m  celebrating 50 today, a real landmark for many people.

It’s a landmark  for me too, although this is certainly NOT about my age.

I can assure that I am NOT 50!

 

So why am I celebrating?

 

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If I had my celebration party now, I would want this! Photo Credit

I’m celebrating because, after several months of hard work, this is Post #50 on speakoutinspanish.com, this website.

I’m so excited, because I never dreamt I could get so far,  but especially I never dreamt that I would have so many loyal followers, all interested in language learning and in learning Spanish in particular.

I really hope I have helped to motivate some people to start on their fabulous language journey and others to perhaps pick up again where they left off.

 

             GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS  

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Three of my greatest achievments over these last few months, after growing a lovely circle  of new friends, have been

All of these opportunities earned me many more friends and followers who are still loyal to me even now.


But now for the next stage of this weblog for learners of Spanish…….

Some of my follower friends have suggested I put together a few of my more PRACTICAL posts, with an aim to producing a type of Spanish Handbook Series as I go along.

So I wasn’t sure because I don’t know if I can turn this little project I started not long ago into anything bigger, but I thought I would give it a try; “Nothing to lose ” mentality kicking in, I fear!

I’m trying to say that I salvaged the posts I wrote on SER , and have MERGED THEM TOGETHER to make a sort of  E-BOOK.

Click here to receive FREE TRIAL e-book  focusing on verb SER.

I’m not sure if it can work, because it might be too messy and not straight forward enough for those who love traditional Grammar Books.

I would really appreciate it if  you would sign up for this free set of all my posts (7 posts in total) on the verb SER, in a manageble PDF file, and let me know if you think it’s worth me continuing with a further set.

I can send the file once you fill in the form below.

 

Feedback is the food of motivation, in my world. If you DO give a quick look at this little e-book, and let me know if you think I’m on the right lines with this, I will gladly produce more, on whichever topic you suggest.

So as a celebratory gift, I’m making a present of this little e-book to you.

gift-wraping Click here to receive FREE TRIAL e-book 

focusing on the verb SER, with lots of practical examples to work with, plus the opportunity to ask me personally about your OWN needs for conversational Spanish. 

 

I really do count on your feedback, as it gives me the motivation to keep writing about Spanish and languages in general,  trying to help those who really love languages like me, and who want to learn Spanish in particular.

HAPPY 5Oth….. WHATEVER IT MAY BE, TO YOU ALL!

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Spanish: Ser (To be) SOMOS

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                                       Oooh,  I’m so excited!

It’s time to take SER a bit further and see what else is lurking under that cute, innocent-looking word!

Revision of SOY (I am)

Revision of ERES (you are)

Revision of ES (she is or he is)

Those three previous posts were dealing with the SINGULAR form of the verb .                                                      I am / YOU are  / SHE is or HE is.

If you don’t need to check out those posts then we’ll get straight into the next verb form for SER and when to use it.

                                    It’s all about US

 

So we humans are gregarious beings. (Well some of us, anyway).

We love to talk abut ourselves, make plans with our friends, tell others about what we are like, etc.

That’s what SOMOS is for. 

                                       SOMOS = We are /  we’re 

 

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                                         DO YOU AGREE?

 

In previous posts we saw some describing words which worked because they were in singular form .

But now, because ‘WE’ is a plural word in grammar, we have to change the desribing words, or adjectives into the plural form so that they ‘agree’.  The adjective has to ‘agree’ with the person it is describing. Singular with singular and plural with plural.

I hope you agree!

 

                           Singular and Plural of Some Adjectives

 

English (nationality )= inglesa (singular) or inglesas (plural)                                               Spanish = española or españolas                                                                                  Intelligent = inteligente (singular) or inteligentes (plural)                                                    Silly = tonta (singular) or tontas (plural)                                                                              Tall = alta (singular) or altas (plural)                                                                                            Short = baja (singular) or bajas (plural)

For the plural forms of the verb  SER we need to use…inglesas, españolas, inteligentes, altas ,  all ending with ‘s’ to show plural form.

  TIME TO MAKE SOME MUSIC SENTENCES!

 

Remembering :  We are /  we’re = SOMOS

SOMOS inglesas = We’re English (for females)

SOMOS inteligentes We’re intelligent

SOMOS  bajas We’re short

 

¿SOMOS inglesas?  Are we English?

¿SOMOS inteligentes o (or)  tontas?  Are we intelligent or silly?

¿SOMOS altas?  Are we tall?

 

     No  SOMOS españolas…somos inglesas. We aren’t Spanish…we’re English.

      No SOMOS tontas…somos inteligentes. We aren’t silly…we’re intelligent.

                   No SOMOS altas…somos bajas .    We aren’t tall…we’re short.

NOW MAKE IT MATTER TO YOU!

I KNOW THIS MAY SOUND STRANGE, BUT DON’T TAKE ANY NOTICE OF THESE SENTENCES ABOVE.

Well not exactly that, but what I want to stress is that you need to make up your OWN sentences…using SOMOS but elaborating a sentence that makes sense in YOUR life. 

Doing this will make the connection in your brain stronger and strong connections will make the memory process much more efficient.

That’s what we’re striving for here.

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       I want to help you make those connections!

If you need help inventing your own personal sentences using  SOMOS (or any other) drop me a note and  leave the sentence you require in the comment box below and I will help you out. 

 

Making it easy!

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You know when you have been waiting and waiting for something but you don’t know what it is exactly? You have been waiting for something that would help you clarify confusion and consolidate true understanding.

You never know, this could be it.

This might be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. This is a short, sharp, quick, summarised version of patterns with SER and ESTAR we have seen so far.

How more exciting could things get?

 

When to use SER …(SOY / ERES / ES)

 

Soy / eres/ es        inglesa                   I’m/ you’re / she’s   English

Soy / eres/ es        española               I’m/ you’re / she’s    Spanish

Soy/ eres/ es         inteligente           I’m/ you’re / she’s      intelligent

Soy / eres/ es        tonta                      I’m/ you’re / she’s    silly

Soy/ eres/ es         baja                        I’m/ you’re / she’s    short

Soy/ eres/ es         alta                        I’m/ you’re / she’s      tall

Conclusion: Choose SER (SOY = I’m /ERES = you’re /ES = she’s) if you are going to use adjectives which describe inherent personality traits or characteristics of people or things. i.e. English, Spanish, intelligent, silly, short , tall, etc.

 

When to use ESTAR  (ESTOY / ESTÁS / ESTÁ )

 

Estoy / estás / está     cansada                 I’m/ you’re / she’s     tired

Estoy / estás / está     enfadada               I’m/ you’re / she’s    angry

Estoy / estás / está     tranquila              I’m/ you’re / she’s    calm

Estoy/ estás / está      casada                  I’m/ you’re / she’s     married

Estoy / estás / está     divorciada            I’m/ you’re / she’s    divorced

Estoy / estás / está     enferma                I’m/ you’re / she’s    ill

Estoy /estás / está     borracha                I’m/ you’re / she’s   drunk

Conclusion : Choose ESTAR   (ESTOY = I’m / ESTÁS = you’re / ESTÁ =  she’s) if you are going to use adjectives which refer to the temporary state  of people or things. I.e. tired, angry, calm, married, divorced,  ill, drunk, etc…..

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SER or ESTAR…Which way to go?

SUMMARY

Spanish people must have quick-thinking minds (but then so have you!) First, they think about the describing word (adjective) they are going to use AFTER the verb TO BE when they describe someone or something. Depending on which type of characteristic they are referring to, they choose to use SER; (SOY/ERES/ES) or ESTAR;  (ESTOY /ESTÁS / ESTÁS).

Please let me know if this helps.

More next time…..