How to Talk About Yourself in Spanish: Useful Information

There are many things a person can tell to let others know what he/she thinks about a variety of topics, describe ideologies or likes. Talking about yourself is a good way to practice your basic vocabulary, since you will need many different terms (mostly adjectives). If you want to see some great tips on learning Spanish, take a look at our website or download the app (both for Android and Apple devices) and start learning with our articles anywhere you go.

Origin: Some Easy Spanish Words

When you talk to someone you don’t know very much, you usually begin the conversation by giving some basic information about yourself, like age, marital status, origin; next you will see some words in Spanish to tell someone about your country or city, as well as the origin of your family:

  • Soy español/española = I am Spanish.
  • Nací en el sur de España, en Andalucía = I was born in the south of Spain, in Andalusia.
  • Mis padres son manchegos, pero yo nací en Madrid = My parents are Manchegan, but I was born in Madrid.
  • Aunque nací en EEUU, mi familia es de Buenos Aires, por lo que yo también tengo la nacionalidad argentina = Though I was born in the USA, my family is from Buenos Aires, so I have the Argentinian nationality, too.
  • Varias generaciones de nuestra familia nacieron y fueron criados en México = Several generations of our family were born and raised in Mexico.
  • Mi español es muy bueno porque mis abuelos eran castellanos = My Spanish is very good because my grandparents were Castilian.

Belief and Ideology: Useful Terms in Spanish

Another important aspect of your personality is your unique life philosophy. With some easy phrases, you can express your feelings, creed and ideas in order to inform your conversational partner of your ideas, for example:

  • Soy cristiano no practicante = I am a non-practicing Christian.
  • Mis padres son protestantes, pero yo me mantengo al margen de los temas religiosos = My parents are Protestant, though I keep myself at the edge of religious issues.
  • Siempre he sido una persona de izquierdas = I have always been a leftist person.
  • Tu hermano es un capitalista liberal = Your brother is a Liberal and Capitalist.
  • En realidad, a veces he tenido problemas al comentar a otras personas que soy ateo = Actually, I’ve had problems sometimes after telling others that I am an atheist.
  • Conozco a un montón de personas que son agnósticas, igual que yo = I know a lot of agnostic people, just like me.
  • Creo que todos los aspectos cotidianos tienen algo de política, por eso me interesa tanto el tema = I think all daily aspects have something of politics, that is why I am so interested in the subject.

Occupation: Basic Vocabulary

If you want to practice your Spanish pronunciation with new acquaintances, the work environment and your own career are good topics to share opinions. These sentences will help you communicate with people in several contexts (talking to your boss, relate to people in a party, etc.):

  • Soy profesor/profesora = I am a teacher.
  • Trabajo como profesional liberal, soy abogado = I work as a dedicated professional, I am a lawyer/attorney.
  • Mi tía trabaja en una oficina. Es recepcionista, por lo que trabaja mucho con el ordenador = My aunt works in an office. She is a receptionist, so she works a lot with the computer.
  • ¿A qué te dedicas? = What do you do?
  • Soy cartero/cartera = I am a postman/postwoman.
  • Él es un doctor maravilloso = He is a wonderful doctor.
  • Mi hermana es atleta profesional = My sister is a professional athlete.
  • ¿Se gana mucho dinero con un trabajo de comercial? = Do you earn a lot of money working as a salesman/saleswoman?
  • Mi empleo en el sector sanitario es muy satisfactorio. Cuido de la gente y les ayudo a recuperarse de sus heridas y enfermedades = My position in the health sector is very satisfactory. I take care of people and help them recover from their wounds and diseases.
  • ¿Estás desempleado actualmente? = Are you currently unemployed?
  • Tengo un trabajo de media jornada = I have a part-time job.
  • Soy empleado de un supermercado en jornada completa = I am employed full-time in a supermarket.
  • Mi vecino es cirujano = My neighbour is a surgeon.
  • Soy filóloga, trabajo de traductora = I am a philologist, I work as a translator. Category: How to: general (general)Meta description: Describe yourself with these useful words and phrases in Spanish.
How to Talk About Yourself in Spanish: Useful Information - By Wlingua

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