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01 Present Tense – Ser + descriptions and physical characteristics

Hola. In this video lesson, we’re learning how to change the verb ser as well as how to use it in the present tense with descriptions and physical characteristics. Also, notice the endings of the word endings of the descriptions in the video!


Feel free to leave any questions or comments below!

verb chart:



  • bien – well / very
  • las chicasthe girls
  • los estudiantes the students
  • muyvery
  • y – and
  • alto – tall
  • artístico – artistic
  • atrevido – daring
  • bajo – short
  • blanco – white
  • bonito – pretty
  • delgado – thin
  • deportista – athletic, sporty
  • feo – ugly
  • generoso – generous
  • gordo – fat
  • gracioso – funny, silly
  • guapo – handsome
  • impaciente – impatient
  • inteligente – smart, intelligent
  • joven – young
  • ordenado – organized
  • paciente – patient
  • pelirrojo – red-headed
  • perezoso – lazy
  • rubio – blond
  • serio – serious
  • simpático – kind
  • tacaño – stingy
  • trabajador – hard-working
  • viejo – old

Related video(s):

  1. How to describe people physically in Spanish!
  2. ¿Cómo eres? – Describing your personality
  3. ¿Cómo eres? – Describing your personality (part 2)
  4. Descripciones físicas

10 Responses

  1. Hola… I watched your video about how you make your videos. I have a question – you show in the video how you hook a microphone into your computer via a preamp. How do you get that recorded audio combined with your video from your video camera (and delete the audio from your video camera)?

    Thanks so much!



  2. Mr. Jordan,

    Love your videos. Thank you so much.
    I think there is an error when you put that critical note up
    you said, “when the word after y starts with an i or hi, we change i to e. ”
    I think you
    mean, “When the word after ‘y’ starts with an ‘i’ or ‘hi’, we change “y” to “e”

    Más ayuda http://www.livemocha.com
    similar to busuu, I think the spanish is more latin than busuu. A lot less spam also.

    Thank you again for all you do.

  3. I can’t say enough about your verb chart! I don’t know why, but when I look at a white textbook page of conjugations, my brain freezes up, and feels like there is a tight band around my forehead with thumbscrews, getting tighter. It does not seem to be something over which I have much control, which makes me wonder if I have a disability of some sort. All in all, not productive. Your use of color and contrast takes the pain away. Muchas Gracias!!!

  4. PS

    Our class final (college, first level Spanish) involves speaking to a stranger holding a videocamera, telling about our lives. 1-2 minutes. Being verb-challenged is like having a big box of Tinkertoys that is mainly sticks, and few of the round ‘connectors’. This will be the longest 2 minutes of my life, nearly on a par with childbirth.
    All we are allowed to reference is the teacher’s page outlining what topics she expects to be mentioned. For study,I took a cue from your videos, and printed out what I want to say, using big, bold print, and changing the colors for long phrases/separating sentences. The color changes help break up the scary total amount of verbiage. Prayers Welcomed!!!!!!

  5. hello jordan i am a 8th grade student and i just whanted to say i love how mutch effert you put into the videos and how you helped me lern some spanish words.

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