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01-025 Nouns, definite articles, and classroom vocabulary

Posted by Señor Jordan on Oct 19, 2008 in basics, grammar, vocabulary, year 1 |

¡Hola! This lesson is jam packed with usefulness because it talks about nouns, definite articles AND I throw in useful classroom vocabulary.  Perhaps in the future I’ll be able to do vocabulary videos.  For now, enjoy and please be kind about my artistic attempts. 🙂

In this lesson we talk about nouns and definite articles.  If you’re not sure what those are, you might check out the dictionary on the site where I define grammatical terms.  The definite articles (way to say ‘the’) in Spanish are: el, la, los, & las.  Enjoy!

Please let me know if this was helpful.  Also, questions, comments, & suggestions are always welcome.

Vocabulario:
el chico – the boy
la chica – the girl
el hombre – the man
la mujer – the woman

el armario = the locker
el bolígrafo = the pen
el cuaderno = the notebook
el diccionario = the dictionary
el lápiz = the pencil
el libro = the book
el marcador = the marker
el pupitre = the desk
el reloj = the clock (watch)
la mesa = the table
la calculadora – the calculator
la carpeta = the folder
la mochila = the bookbag
la regla = the ruler
la bandera = the flag

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Related video(s):

  1. How to say “the” in Spanish
  2. Nouns + indefinite articles + classroom vocab
  3. Noun gender in Spanish

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11 Comments

John
Nov 10, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Hi Senior Jordan. Angela and I just want to say Muchas Gracias. We are Canadian snowbirds who like to travel through Mexico during the winter months. We try to speak spanish whenever we can when in Mexico but find it difficult to practice in Canada as there are so few spanish speaking people. Your lessons have made a huge difference in our abilities. Su lecciones son la mas facille manera que yo he encontrado a aprendar la lengua espanol. (Hope that was close). You sir, are making a difference. Thanks again and I would love to shake your hand someday.

John and Angela


 
simon grant
Dec 13, 2010 at 4:01 am

hi again
i think what might have been useful is the exception
for feminine nouns like agua
which are use the definete article el
as la agua would not sound as nice
el agua fria for example does not appear to match gender which confused me


 
randy ballweg
May 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm

When the exercise is to translate from English to Spanish, many times the definite article (el or la) is part of the answer, but the word “the” is not in the sentence to be translated, while in others, the answer is what I expected, with no “el” or “la”.

Example: “wears used clothing”
answer: “lleva la ropa usado” definite article added

” spends all her money on cosmetics and clothing”
answer: ” gasta todo su dinero en los cosmeticos y la ropa” articles added

But
example: “some of them don’t have paper”
answer : “varias no tienen papel ” No article for paper

Just a couple examples of many.
What am I missing here ? I don’t see the logic/reasoning.
Thanks


 
Ybbil Yoj
Jan 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

Senor Jordan,
Do you have books or videos or something like that you sell?
Thanks,
Ybbil Yoj


 
Frederik
Jan 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

Hey Senor Jordan!
Why does every noun have to be a certain gender? It doesn’t make sense to me.
Thanks dude!
Frederik:)


 
Dave
Apr 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Hello Sr. Jordan greetings from Philippines. Thanks for this video. I would be glad if you could clarify my confusions about definite article. How do I know when to use definite article and when not to? There are some English sentences that doesn’t use ‘the’ but it does when translates to Spanish like the example given by randy ballweg

(” Example: “wears used clothing”
answer: “lleva la ropa usado” definite article added

” spends all her money on cosmetics and clothing”
answer: ” gasta todo su dinero en los cosmeticos y la ropa” articles added

But
example: “some of them don’t have paper”
answer : “varias no tienen papel ” No article for paper”)

Gracias Sr. Jordan and more power to you!


 
Omar
Jun 24, 2012 at 4:12 am

Hi Senor Jordan,

thanks a lot for your videos it made a difference, but i had something to ask you couldnt i use : “el nino o la nina”.


 
Shannon
Jan 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm

The video from the definite articles seems to be missing… the indefinite video pops up, so I am pretty sure that it is settings on my computer…


 
Señor Jordan
Jan 29, 2015 at 5:57 am

Thanks for letting me know! I fixed it!


 
Christy
Aug 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Thanks!


 
Wendy Stuck
Dec 1, 2016 at 8:32 pm

My students asked for extra help about nouns, articles, masculine and feminine. Your video fit right along with our current curriculum.


 

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