Describing yourself in a colloquial way in Spanish

Today’s blog is going to be short, sweet and super useful as we are learning a very native way to describe the kind of person you are.

As you just read we are learning how to describe yourself in a colloquial  (and native) way in Spanish, and if you are thinking we are talking about adjectives…you are incorrect! 😊

We are digging into the sentence

“ser el tipo de persona que ….” Which in English is translated as “to be the kind of person that..”

And even when using “ser el tipo de persona que ….” Is totally right, it is just too long, and you know we Spaniards are all about shorten things, so

Describing yourself in a colloquial way in Spanish

*When we want to describe ourselves we use the structure

SER (conjugado) DE + the thing that describes you, that might be a verb, in which case you will use it in infinitive or a noun .

Let’s see some examples:

-soy de madurgar – I am the kind of person who wakes up early.

-soy de cereales- I am the kind of person who likes cereal (that out of context sounds a bit weird, but yeah, I guess it describes you)

*We can also use this structure to express our preferences, which in a sense describes us too.

When you have two options you can express your preference saying

SER (conjugado) más + the preferred thing

Imagine you are shopping with a friend and she is not sure if she wants to buy a bag or a backpack and she asks you

-¿qué te gusta más? ¿El bolso o la mochila?- what do you like better? The handbag or the backpack?

Your answer could be

-Me gustan ambas, pero yo soy más de mochilas-I like them both, but I am the kind of person who prefers backpacks.

*And of course, we can use this structure in the negative too, to express something we are not, in that case the structure would be

-NO SER (conjugado) DE + the thing that doesn’t describe us in this case,

Example

-no soy de fútbol – I am not the kind of person who likes football.

ATENCIÓN-watch out! Normally we use this structure with the word mucho, like

NO SER (conjugado) MUCHO DE + the thing that doesn’t describe us in this case,  just to soften the dislike I guess…

no soy mucho de ver la televisión- I am not the kind of person who watches tv a lot

That is it amigo, as I told you quite short and straight forward, wasn’t it? But before saying our farewells, a couple of things.

Let’s practice! Leave a comment and let me know ¿de qué eres? -what kind of person are you?

Or even…¿de qué eres más? ¿De qué no eres? If you enjoy my blogs and they help you in anyway and you want to support me you can now invite to a coffee as a way to say GRACIAS in the following link https://www.buymeacoffee.com/fpVa2ms I will really appreciate it. 🙂

Lastly, but not least important a reminder about my YouTube channel where you can find today’s blog in video in video format here –> https://youtu.be/qAPqT3ttJao

Now….sadly it is time to part ways again, but only until next week.

Nos vemos en una semana.

Abrazos virtuales

2 Responses to “Describing yourself in a colloquial way in Spanish”

  1. RobyntheAuthor

    Hola Blanca, tengo una pregunta porque soy de la curiosidad. En tu ejemplo que sigue: ¿qué te gusta más? ¿El bolso o la mochila?- what do you like better? The handbag or the backpack. Me gustan ambas, pero yo soy más de mochilas-I like them both, but I am the kind of person who prefers backpacks.

    ¿Porque no usas la palabra ambos? ¿Cuando hay pronombres masculinos y femininos no se requiere que se usa el adverbio masculino? Gracias

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    • blancadt

      Hola Robyn, tienes razón cuando tenemos un masculino y un femenino el plural es masculino, pero usé ambas porque no me refería a los objetos (bolso y mochila) sino a las opciones, por eso ambas opciones

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