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Identificación Personal:
¿Quién soy yo?

This is really basic, introductory stuff.  There is a little more as this progresses, so scroll down as far as you need to to get to "your level".

Note:  As I always recommend- do NOT print this page.  It would take too much ink and paper.  If necessary, copy and paste into a document, then print.

  • Imagine you are in a Spanish speaking country and across the room (or the pool or the beach) is the person of your dreams.  How do you introduce yourself to him or her?
  • How do you get her/his name? 
  • How would you tell him what you are or where you are from? 
  • What if you had a pen-pal in a Spanish speaking country?  How would you impress her with a basic introduction of yourself? 
The following should help you learn or review how to introduce and describe yourself.

The following are some common questions used to obtain very basic personal identification.  You should be able to both ask and answer questions.

¿Cómo te llamas?  (What is your name? [=How do you call yourself?]) Me llamo...{Manuel} (My name is...[=I call myself...])
¿De dónde eres? (Where are you from?) Soy de...{México}( I am from...)
¿Dónde vives? (Where do you live?) Vivo en...{Bogotá}  (I live in...)
¿Qué haces? or ¿En qué trabajas? (What do you do [for work]? Soy...{estudiante} (I am a ...)
¿Cuántos años tienes? (How old are you? [=How many years do you have?]) Tengo ...{dieciséis} años. I am [have] ...years old.
¿Cómo eres de personalidad? (What are you like (personality)?) Soy...{inteligente, serio y aventurero} (I am...)
¿Cómo eres de apariencia física? (What are you like (appearance)? Soy...{alto y flaco} (I am...)
Tengo...{los ojos azules} (I have...)

Other expressions you should know, and use in conversation

Actividad:  Create a mini-dilaogue in which two people meet each other and gather personal information.

Describing yourself:  Personality
The following words can be used to describe people in terms of personality or character traits.  If the word ends in "O", change it to "A" when describing a girl.  When describing a group, add "S" to a vowel, or "ES" to a consonant.  This list is not complete, but it's a good start.


aburrido boring
agresivo aggressive
amable kind, nice, friendly
antipático mean
aventurero adventurous
bueno good
cómico funny, comical
confiable confident, trustworthy
cooperativo cooperative, agreeable
creativo creative
cruel cruel
diligente diligent
elegante elegant
estúpido stupid
extrovertido outgoing, extroverted
generoso generous
honesto honest
inteligente intelligent
introvertido introverted, shy
malo bad
malvado evil
misterioso mysterious
optimista optimist (a noun, actually)
organizado organized
pesimista pessimist
romántico romantic
serio serious
simpático nice
sociable sociable
tímido timid
tranquilo tranquil, calm, quiet
valiente brave

Describing Appearance

The following is divided into two sections.  The first section provides basic, general descriptions (I am), and so use the word "Soy".  The second section uses "Tengo" (I have) because they talk about specific body parts.

"Soy" words

alto tall
bajo short
de talla mediana  average height
gordo fat
flaco skinny
delgado slender
débil weak
fuerte strong
atlético athletic
feo ugly
bonito pretty
guapo handsome
grande big
pequeño small
calvo bald
canoso grey-haired

The same "rules" of changing "O" to "A"  work on these words, too.  So a tall girl is "alta", and so on.  You may look at these words and see that between this list and the preceeding there are are words that describe your personality, but you might want to say that you are "very" this, or "sort of" that.  Here's how to do it:

So someone who is very short is "muy alto(a)", someone who is pretty fat is "bastante gordo(a)" and someone who is kind of athletic is "poco atlético (a)".

Go check to see how you can make comparisons with these "soy" words- personality and appearance.


In more detail now.  These words/expressions start with "Tengo". Complete the expressions with the words after the body part- the word order is a little different from the English, but it is correct.  Unlike the previous two lists, no words will change from masculine to femenine, so don't make any changes!

largo - long, corto- short, mediano- medium
liso -straight, ondulado - wavy, rizado- curly
rubio- blonde, moreno- brown, rojo- red, negro- black
azules- blue, verdes-green, de color café - brown, de color avellana- hazel
larga- long, redonda- round, cuadrada- square, angular- angular, ovalada- oval

Enseñas particulares: (Distinguishing features)

Can you describe yourself now?  Try.

Make flashcards and do similar sorting activities as you did for the personality words.

Just for fun, get a game of "Guess Who?" going in Spanish with a friend.  Play a live game of guess who in a room full of people.  Describe someone to a friend and see if s/he can guess whom you are describing.

Go visit "" with a friend, and play a game like "Guess Who?"

¿Cómo son?
Can you give some characteristics of the following?.....
Click to review- You may have used words I didn't.  That's okay.  There are no single "right" answer- but there are some wrong ones, so be careful.


Now do some compositions

Making comparisons:

In English we compare people by usually aadding "er" to the adjective, and using the comparative word "than".  In Spanish we also make comaprisons, but we do it differently.  You have to think what "er" means.  taller = "more tall", right?  If you can remember this, you should do OK when making comparisons in Spanish.  Instead of using a suffix (er) to make the comparison, we just say "more", which is "más" before the adjective.  Then, the comparative word for "than" is "que".  So the "formula" to follow is:

más + adjective + que

Compare yourself to people you know.  Write down these expressions, and complete the sentences.

Be able to compare yourself to other people- practice by creating ten of your own sentences comparing yourself to other people.

*You can also compare in Spanish the other way- meaning less instead of more.  Just use "menos" instead of "más". Are you tall?  Is someone taller than you?  Then you aer "menos alto (a) que" that person.  Get it?

Just like English, there are a few exceptions to this.  We don't say "gooder" or "badder", ¿verdad?  Neither do the Spanish.

better = mejor
worse = peor
older = mayor
younger = menor

Now, finish these sentences:

Now you should be able to introduce yourself to someone, and understand what someone else is saying when describing people.  ¡Buena suerte!

alto y bajo

gafas, el pelo rojo y liso

los ojos verdes

una barba (grande)

el pelo rubio, largo y ondulado (o poco rizado)

fuerte y atlético



los ojos azules



atlética y fuerte

el pelo rojo y las pecas

los bigotes

el pelo muy largo, moreno y ondulado; los ojos de color café