Ch 32: Nouns and Gender in Spanish

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the grammatical rules for nouns and gender in Spanish. Brief quizzes at the end of each lesson can measure your learning.

In English, articles don't indicate gender. The articles the, a and an can be used in front of any noun. However, in foreign languages, like Spanish, nouns carry a gender, and there are specific gender forms of articles that must be used. This chapter will discuss this concept and teach you how to identify the gender of a noun and choose the correct article to go with it. Gender rules are quite simple once you begin to grasp the concept. It can be confusing at first because it isn't clear how gender relates to nouns like 'eyes' or 'house.' How can they be feminine or masculine? That's just part of the grammar rules of Spanish and something you will learn as you learn the language. These lessons will help you get a good start in identifying the gender of nouns so that you can properly use the Spanish articles. Some of the things you will learn will include:

  • Tips on how to figure out the gender of a noun
  • How to make nouns and articles match in the plural forms
  • Vocabulary for parts of the body and household items
  • How to say 'how much' or 'how many'
  • The difference between indefinite and definite articles

VideoObjective
Definite Articles & Gender Rules in Spanish Grammar Discover the rules of gender in Spanish grammar. Also look at definite articles.
Making Nouns Plural in Spanish: Grammar Rules Explore how nouns are made plural in Spanish.
The Parts of the Body in Spanish Learn the vocabulary for parts of the body, including arms, legs, head, shoulders, feet, knees, eyes, ears, mouth, hair, hands, fingers and neck.
Hay: Saying How Much & How Many in Spanish Examine the Spanish word hay and discover how to use it.
Matching Articles and Nouns: Spanish Language Practice Practice how to match nouns with the proper article according to gender rules.
Spanish Vocabulary for Household Items Learn words like cama, lampara, mesa, escritorio, sofa and estante, which are names of household items.
Indefinite Articles in Spanish: Un, Una, Unos, Unas Study indefinite articles and the difference between definite/indefinite, masculine/feminine and singular/plural articles.
Using Spanish Indefinite Articles: Practice Activity Take a shot practicing the use of indefinite articles.
9 Lessons in Chapter 32: Nouns and Gender in Spanish
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Definite Articles & Gender Rules in Spanish Grammar

1. Definite Articles & Gender Rules in Spanish Grammar

Are there really girl words and boy words in Spanish? Find out about masculine and feminine nouns and their sidekick, the definite article, in this Spanish lesson.

Making Nouns Plural in Spanish: Grammar Rules

2. Making Nouns Plural in Spanish: Grammar Rules

One is great, but more is better! In this lesson, find out how to make Spanish nouns and their definite articles plural in this lesson on Spanish grammar rules. Plus, discover one weirdo rule that might catch you!

The Parts of the Body in Spanish

3. The Parts of the Body in Spanish

Head and shoulders, knees and toes! Learn how to say body parts in this Spanish vocabulary lesson, from la cabeza to los dedos del pie and everything in between. Then, gain some practice by saying what body parts you use to do certain activities.

Hay: Saying How Much & How Many in Spanish

4. Hay: Saying How Much & How Many in Spanish

In this lesson, you'll discover why the Spanish 'hay' is so unique. It describes how much, how many, and even forms part of a popular expression you can add to your conversation repertoire.

Matching Articles and Nouns: Spanish Language Practice

5. Matching Articles and Nouns: Spanish Language Practice

Practice makes perfect...or at least better! Grab a pen and paper, and practice matching nouns with their definite article sidekicks - el, la, los, and las - in this video.

Spanish Vocabulary for Household Items

6. Spanish Vocabulary for Household Items

'Hogar, dulce hogar.' This Spanish lesson will teach you how to talk about your 'home, sweet home,' show you some new vocabulary, and discuss how cognates and letter/word association can help you remember new words!

Indefinite Articles in Spanish: Un, Una, Unos, Unas

7. Indefinite Articles in Spanish: Un, Una, Unos, Unas

'A' dog? 'The' dog? Why are they called 'definite' and 'indefinite' articles, and why do they matter? Find out the answers to these questions when you add un, una, unos, and unas to your Spanish language vocabulary in this lesson.

Using Spanish Indefinite Articles: Practice Activity

8. Using Spanish Indefinite Articles: Practice Activity

Put on your thinking caps! Grab a pen and paper, and match nouns with their indefinite articles in a paragraph exercise. Then mix it up in a speaking activity that combines indefinite and definite articles in this Spanish lesson.

Spanish Prepositional Pronouns

9. Spanish Prepositional Pronouns

In this lesson we explain how pronouns are used after prepositions in Spanish, providing common examples from daily life situations. Improve your Spanish and feel more confident with the adequate use of prepositions and pronouns.

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