Category: Ser&Estar

Physical appearance

Physical appearance Source: Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Vocabulary (Practice Makes Perfect Series) by Dorothy Devney Richmond This aspect of “estar” indicates how someone or something is appearing now, in a specific situation. While many aspects of one’s appearance remain constant over the long haul (for example, tall, short, big nose or small nose), well, certain aspects of appearance change easily and frequently (bold, clean, dirty, hairy, etc). Think of any house…

Physical condition

Physical condition This characteristic refers how a person or an animal is physically feeling. Too much or too  little air conditioning, comfy clothes there, a nap, a massage, a trip to the hairdresser—all these things change how a person feels or looks physically. Let’s see some examples here: Juan esta dolorido (he is sored) – never es dolorido (becasue it means he is a sored person, doesn’t make sense)   Marina…

Emotional state

Emotional state: current mood, how you are feeling emotionally now Your emotional state or mood refers to how you feel right now; it is when you talk to you friends how do you feel that day, like tired, bored, hungry, ungry, etc. Or what you express in you therapy session or in Church. The point is that is a state “estar”, you are not always bored, or tired or hungry…

Characteristics of ser and estar

Characteristics of ser and estar Source: Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Vocabulary (Practice Makes Perfect Series) by Dorothy Devney Richmond Ser and Estar mean the same as “am”, but how we do realise about this if we do not know characteristics about them in order to distinghish them form each other. Let’ see them now, one by one. Characteristics of estar (click on each one for more detail) Emotional state: current mood,…

Conjugation of ser and estar

Conjugation of ser and estar Source: Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Vocabulary (Practice Makes Perfect Series) by Dorothy Devney Richmond Below you have listed the conjugations of the verbs “to be” in English and Spanish. Be careful with the accent marks, they are crucial for the verb estar Try to memorized them when you read them.  Perhaps you can already see why the “am” in “I am tired” would come from…

Ser and Estar

Ser and Estar Ser and Estar are very important to study in a different section because it doesn’t exist an exact translation in English of them. For me saying I am, in Spanish is Yo soy, but also for me saying you are tired, in Spanish es “tu estas cansado”. Do you see that we use them depending on the different cases. This is why we are going to stop…