Spanish - You're Not From Around Here!

Hola Todos!

¿Qué tal? ¡Estoy muy bien, gracias! Today, we’ll be learning how to say where we’re from and ask where other people are from, because the person you’re speaking to might not be from mainland Spain itself! You might be talking to someone who’s from Colombia, or Ecuador, or even Argentina. There are a whole host of countries that speak Spanish, other than Spain itself. So, let’s get to know them, and how to say some of the other countries you can be from.

Now, remember, I’ll be using Spain’s Spanish, so if you’re trying to speak Latin American, you might have to look up their version of the words, because things can get tricky if you try to say one word for another. You might get a confused frown at first, but they’ll largely understand what you’re saying. It’s like American spelling verses UK spelling, in words like “colour”. I use the UK version, because I live here, Americans might use the spelling “color” instead…which I get, but I’ve grown used to “colour” since it’s the British way. Anyway, moving on! Let’s learn countries!


Where Are You From?

Ok, first, before we start listing off countries (at least the ones that you’ll find most commonly in the beginning of any Spanish class), we have to know how to ask someone where they’re from. You’ve probably seen this in my “Phrase of the Month” feature, but in case you haven’t, here it is.


¿De Dónde Eres?


This literally means “from where are you?”, of course we don’t take translations always literally, so the phrase is actually means “where are you from?”. Are you guys still following? Good, let’s move on, because we need to reply in a full sentence, at least to prove to the person you’re speaking to that you’re still new to the Spanish language.


So, how do you say, “I am from”? Well, it’s simple.


Soy De…

Or


Vivo En…


Now, there is a difference between these two. One of them means “I am from…” the other means “I live in…”. Can you guess which one is which?


If you guessed that “Soy de…” means “I am from…” you’ve guessed it right. That means “Vivo en…” means “I live in…”. Now, the reason why these two are different is because “Soy” is the first-person, present tense version of the verb “Ser”, which means “To be” and “Vivo” is the first-person, present tense version of the verb “Vivir”, which means “To live”. Don’t worry, we’ll get to verbs and grammar soon. Let’s just get the basic phrases out of the way, because I’m sure you’re all eager to speak to someone in Spanish.

So, be careful where you use these phrases. You can use “Soy de…” to indicate the country you were born in, while “Vivo en…” is the country you live in. What I mean is, let’s say for example, you were born in America, but live in Germany, you’ll probably say “Soy de Estados Unidos” and “Vivo en Alemania”. Do you see the difference? So, use “Soy de…” to indicate the country you were born in, and use “Vivo en…” to indicate where you currently live.


Are We Good? Great!

Now comes the fun part! We get to learn countries! Ok, so here are the first 10 I’ll introduce to you, keep up!


El Reino Unido – The UK

Los Estados Unidos - The United States Of America

España – Spain

Francia – France

Alemania – Germany

Italia – Italy

Portugal – Portugal

Grecia – Greece

Bélgica – Belgium

Suiza – Switzerland


So, there you go! The first 10 countries in our list. Now, some of them you can clearly tell are the countries you’d think they’d be, like “Portugal” but remember, some pronunciations are different in Spanish. If you don’t remember what they are, go back to my earlier posts, so you can understand.


The Basics: Accents


The Basics: Silent Killers


Anyway, I know I haven’t included countries from continents, other than Europe, but remember, I’ve learned Spain Spanish, not Latin American Spanish, so most of my references will come from Europe. Also, most of the South American countries are literally the same as their English counterparts, so countries like “Colombia” or “Peru” or “Ecuador” literally sound the same in Spanish.


Next Time, Cities!

Ok, I’m going to leave it there for now, because you’ll probably want to memorise those 10 countries first, before moving on to other countries and cities…actually…we’ll move to cities next. The other countries from continents like Asia and Africa will be found in The Dictionary, or shall I say “El Diccionario”, once I get around to creating the graphics for them. In the meantime, try to memorise these countries, and see if your country is up there, and if it is, practice asking someone where they’re from, and telling them where you’re from!


Well, that’s it from me today, I’ll see you guys next time. For now, don’t forget to like, subscribe and follow for more updates and the latest posts here on Feather’s Charm and on my social media accounts. Oh, and share these posts with family and friends, those who you’d think might enjoy these topics and tips! I’ll see you later!


With love,


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