Gringos and gringas, are you ready to build some sentences? Learning any language can be slow to start with, but it’s slow for a reason. Your brain is a sponge and is absorbing small bits of vocabulary. In this guide, we will be talking about putting these words together to make our very own sentences.
Let’s start off by describing some nouns, we will start by using la cama or ‘the bed’.
La cama es roja
The bed is red
Now, let’s make this sentence personal.
Mi cama es roja
My bed is red
Tu cama es roja
Your bed is red
Su cama es roja
His bed is red
Her bed is red
Your bed is red (formal)
If you want to see more about the red bed, check out the guide on Adjectives One, to learn how to start describing things in Spanish.
Okay! Now we are going to do this shopping basket style. I presume you have no idea what I’m talking about, right? Well, it’s actually very straightforward. Below you will see 4 ‘baskets’ filled with words, you have to pick one word from each basket and build a sentence. Sound easy? We will start easy with the verbs comer and quierer and build a sentence consisting of a verb, then a noun, then a connector and then a reason. Let’s give a try!
The Verb Basket
The Noun Basket
las patatas fritas, el pollo
son deliciosas, es delicioso, es barata, es barato
Time to build some sentences!
Como las patatas fritas porque son deliciosas
I eat chips because they are delicious
Quiero las patatas fritas porque son deliciosas
I want chips because they are delicious
Quiero el pollo porque es barato
I want chicken because it is cheap
Como el pollo porque es barato
I eat chicken because it’s cheap
Now, let’s take it up a level. With 2 verbs and then a noun, then a connector and then a reason.
Quiero comer el pollo porque es delicioso
I want to eat the chicken because it’s delicious
Are you ready to continue? Let’s try again, but this time including someone else in the sentence.
Quiero comer el pollo porque es delicioso y quieres comer el pollo porque es barato
I want to eat the chicken because it’s delicious and you want to eat the chicken because it’s cheap
Como las patatas fritas porque son deliciosas y comes el pollo porque es delicioso
I eat the chips because they are delicious and you eat the chicken because it’s delicious
Finding it easy?
Let’s add some more verbs and connectors into the mix!
Here are some more connectors for you: y (and), pero (but)
Necesito ir al restaurante pero quieres ir a casa
I want to go the restaurant but you want to go home
Quieren comer pasta porque es barata pero no me gusta la pasta
They want to eat pasta because it’s cheap but I don’t like pasta
The guide is only the first and is an introduction to building sentences in Spanish.