Señor Jordan

01 Comparisons (part 1) – más/menos__que

Hola. In this video lesson we’re going to be learning how to compare things that are unequal! To do that, we’ll need más (more), menos (less), que (than) and a whole lot of alligators!


General formulas for comparing in Spanish (click image to see larger version):

01 comparisons (part 1) graphic


01 present tense - ser
01 present tense - estar


descripciones (descriptions):
  • aburrido(s)/aburrida(s) – bored, boring
  • alto(s) / alta(s) – tall
  • bajo(s) / baja(s) – short
  • bonito(s)/bonita(s) – pretty, beautiful
  • contento(s)/contenta(s) – happy
  • delgado(s) / delgada(s) – thin
  • *deportista(s) – athletic
  • feo(s) / fea(s) – ugly, unattractive
  • gordo(s) / gorda(s) – fat
  • grande(s) – big
  • gracioso(s)/graciosa(s) – silly, goofy
  • guapo(s) / guapa(s) – handsome, attractive
  • inteligente(s) – smart, intelligent
  • paciente(s) – patient
  • perezoso(s)/perezosa(s) – lazy
  • pobre(s) – poor
  • rico(s)/rica(s) – rich
  • serio(s)/seria(s) – serious
  • trabajador(es)/trabajadora(s) – hard-working
  • triste(s) – sad

sustantivos (nouns):

  • el gato – the cat
  • la casa – the house
  • la clase – class
  • la novia – the girlfriend
  • la historia – the history
  • la playa – the beach
  • las chicas – girls
  • los amigos – the friends
  • los elefantes – elephants
  • los ratones – mice
  • nosotros = we, us

otro (other):

  • de – of, from
  • nuestro(s)/nuestra(s) – our
  • ¿qué? – what?
  • su(s) – his, her, your (formal), their, your (plural)

*while deportista is often used as a noun, it can be used as an adjective to describe people who are athletic / sporty

Related videos:

  1. ¿Cómo eres? – Describing your personality
  2. ¿Cómo eres? – Describing your personality (part 2)
  3. Present Tense – Estar + emotions
  4. Descripciones físicas
  5. Present Tense: Ser + descriptions and physical characteristics
  6. Comparisons (part 2) – irregulars
  7. Comparisons (part 3) – tan ___ como 

8 Responses

  1. ¡Hola Sr. Jordan! Muchísimas gracias por tus videos… me encantan! It would be awesome if you could make a video with words and phrases that go with ordering in a restaurant. And one about idioms… “sopa de tu propio chocolate”…”echar la casa por la ventana” …your work is amazing, gracias! Sra. O

  2. Hello! I appreciate your videos. Could you please upload some more of them to teachertube? Youtube is blocked at my school and I am unable to use your wonderful resources for my students. Thanks so much!

  3. Jeremy,
    Love your videos! Hope you’ll compile them or write a text. I noticed a frequently made error – in English, no less.

    “They are more intelligent than us.” I think it should be “They are more intelligent than we (are).”

  4. Ed D,
    Thanks for watching. I don’t think we’re going to cover any new ground in the argument of “better than (direct object: me, you, him, her, us, them)” or “better than (subject pronoun: I , you, he, she, we, they)”.

    I would like to point out that use whichever one you would like.

    In my understanding, “than” in this instance is a preposition and not a conjunction. Thus I am not creating an entirely different clause and use: me, you, he, she, we, they.

    If I add the verb after than, then it would function as a conjunction and I would need to use the subject pronouns.

    While you might still disagree with me, I appreciate your getting me to think on the matter further. 🙂

  5. Señor Jordan, ¡me gustan tus videos! Soy un estudiante de Señora Miller, y cuando no sé el contenido, veo un video. Me ayuden en la clase de Español III mucho. ¡Muchas gracias!

  6. This video is very helpful and I especially like all of the practice; however, it was impossible to read the responses/answers because the name of the video, 01 Spanish Lesson Unequal Comparisons, superimposed over the responses.

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