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Describing People in Spanish: Practice Comprehension Activity

Describing People in Spanish: Practice Comprehension Activity
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Instructor: Danielle Geary

Danielle teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds a Doctor of Education with research concentration in Study Abroad and Foreign Language Acquisition.

See how well you do on these practice activities! Test your adjective agreement and vocabulary knowledge with this interactive lesson of fill-in-the-box, listening, and reading sections.

Describing People: Practice Activities

¡A practicar! It's time to practice using 'ser' and describing people in these fill-in-the-box, listening, and reading activities. ¡Vamos! ¡A empezar!

Actividad #1: Adjective Charts

Actividad numero uno: Remember that Spanish adjectives have four forms. Sometimes they repeat themselves, but they still denote:

Masculine singular Masculine plural
Feminine singular Feminine plural

You'll see an adjective chart with words missing. Fill in the blanks to complete the chart.

1. alto - tall

alto altos
alta altas

2. inteligente - intelligent

inteligente inteligentes
inteligente inteligentes

3. rojo - red

rojo rojos
roja rojas

4. malo - bad

malo malos
mala malas

5. fácil - easy

fácil fáciles
fácil fáciles

6. rubio - blond

rubio rubios
rubia rubias

Actividad #2: Listening

Actividad numero dos: Listen to the following short paragraphs and pay attention to the adjectives being used. Then look at the lists and check the ones you heard.

Lists:

  1. poco, travieso, rubio, antipático, gordo, jóven
  2. trabajadoras, rubia, delgada, morenas, bajo, alta
  3. mucho, bueno, guapo, bonito, inteligente, feo
  4. hablador, interesante, deportista, seria, importantes, fáciles
  5. diferente, timida, baja, buena, perezosa, maravillosa

Answers:

  1. Gustavo es rubio y simpático. Es jóven y pequeño también, pero no es un chico travieso. Es muy bueno.
  2. Elena y Lola son morenas y trabajadoras también. Elena es alta, pero Lola es inteligente y baja. Y Elena es muy delgada, pero Lola no es muy delgada.
  3. Carlos es muy simpático. No es muy guapo, pero no es feo. Es interesante y tiene un perro bonito también.
  4. Marta y Mateo tienen clases importantes y difíciles. Marta es inteligente y seria, pero Mateo es muy hablador y tonto.
  5. Teresa es perezosa, pero es una persona maravillosa. Es pelirroja y diferente. No es tímida. Es muy amigable y tiene muchos amigos.

Actividad #3: Reading and Writing

Actividad numero tres: Now we're going to read and look over the paragraphs from the last exercise, but change the subject and modify the sentences accordingly. If you want, pause the video and grab a pencil and paper between each one for writing practice.

1. Gustavo es rubio y simpático. Es jóven y pequeño también, pero no es un chico travieso. Es muy bueno.

So, who are we describing? Gustavo. Is he a guy? Absolutely. So our adjectives agree with Gustavo and are masculine singular. Let's change Gustavo to Lorena, a girl. What's our new paragraph? What words do we have to change?

Lorena es rubia y simpática. Es jóven y pequeña también, pero no es una chica traviesa. Es muy buena.

¡Muy bien! Special kudos to you if you remembered to change un to una! That's easy to miss.

2. Elena y Lola son morenas y trabajadoras también. Elena es alta, pero Lola es inteligente y baja. Y Elena es muy delgada, pero Lola no es muy delgada.

Bien, for this one, let's change Elena y Lola to Ricardo y Pedro. What's the new sentence?

Ricardo y Pedro son morenos y trabajadores también. Ricardo es alto, pero Pedro es inteligente y bajo. Y Ricardo es muy delgado, pero Pedro no es muy delgado.

3. Carlos es muy simpático. No es muy guapo, pero no es feo. Es interesante y tiene un perro bonito también.

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