Learning how to talk about your family in Spanish can be particularly useful, since it is an excellent excuse to start a polite conversation. On the other hand, if you are going to take any Spanish exam, it is an absolutely must. Examiners seem to love asking about family, so make sure you are ready for it.
To do this, we are going to work with a video with subtitles «La familia de María», where a girl, María, introduces her family to her friend Sonia. You will also have a final writing task where you will have to write about your family, but first we will review the vocabulary of the family and the possessives in Spanish.
Before watching the video la familia
Our first goal will be to learn the names of the different members of the family. You will have to learn lots of words which help you to talk about your family. For this purpose, we have created 20 flashcards about the family that will help you to memorize this important vocabulary, just click on the link to start using them.
We have a video that will help you to get the most from the flashcards if you are not sure how to do it.
Mi familia, tu familia, su familia – My family, your family, his/her family
Possessive adjectives in Spanish like “my” and “your” must agree with the noun they come before.
SU or SUS could also mean “your” if you are being formal.
¿Cómo se llama tu padre? (What is your father name? – informal).
¿Cómo se llama su padre? (What is your father’s name? – formal).
Our next task will be to learn more about how possessives work in Spanish, so click on the link, review the grammar, practice with the quizzes and don’t forget to contact your tutor with any questions you have.
Cómo hablar de tu familia - How to talk about your family
In this video we will review the most important Spanish vocabulary about family members. Don’t forget to repeat several times the examples you listen.
Write down in a paper all the new words you come across in the video, memorize the new vocabulary and ask your tutor if you have any questions.
As you have seen when you talk about your family you can also say …
- their names: Mi padre se llama Carlos y mi madre Alicia.
- their professions: Mi madre es escritora (writer).
- where they live: Mis abuelos viven en un pueblo (village) de Alicante.
Now you are ready to practice what you have learned with our quizzes.
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Let see more examples that you can find useful to talk about your family:
Mi hermana mayor no está casada, está soltera (My older sister is not married, she is single).
Tengo un hermano pequeño, se llama Pedro y tiene 8 años (I have a younger brother called Pedro, he is 8 years old).
¿Cómo te llevas con tus hermanastros? (How do you get on with your stepbrothers?).
Soy hijo único, aunque tengo muchos primos, me gustaría tener hermanos (I am an only child, although I have many cousins, I would like to have brothers and sisters).
Mi abuela es viuda, mi abuelo murió hace cinco años (My grandmother is a widow, my grandfather died five years ago).
Háblame de tu familia – Tell me about your family: final writing task.
Remember to visit all the links, studying grammar and vocabulary and doing all the exercises, before doing your task.
Once you have finished everything, you have to write a short essay, of about 200 words, talking about your family and send it to your tutor for correction. Don’t you have a personal Spanish tutor yet?