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 the GCSE Spanish or any other exam, it is an absolutely must. Examiners seem to love asking about family, so make sure you are ready for it.
This is the THIRD UNIT of our beginner course and the GCSE SPANISH 9-1 course.
Los miembros de la familia – Family members
Our first goals 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 family that will help you to memorize this important vocabulary, just click on the link to star 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 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 (padres, hijos, abuelos, nietos…), family relationships and a person’s marital status. Don’t forget to repeat several times what 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.
Let see again some of the sentences in the video:
Tengo una hermana mayor que se llama Cristina (I have an older sister called Cristina).
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?).
Me llevo muy bien (I get on very well).
Mi padrastro me cae bien (I like my stepfather).
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).
El estado civil - Marital status
We usually say:
Estoy casado (I am married).
Está soltera pero tiene novio (she is single but she has a boyfriend).
It is possible to say “es viudo or está viudo” (he is a widower).
Háblame de tu familia – Tell me about your family: TEST
Remember to complete the whole lesson “talk about your family in Spanish”. You have to visit the included links and study its grammar and vocabulary and do all the exercises. Once you have finished everything, and you feel ready, it is time for you to check your knowledge with the test.
If you have less than 70%, you may need to make a revision. Your tutor will get in touch with you to give you further instructions and comments. Don’t you have a Spanish tutor yet?