Pura Buena Onda’s Spanish Tip of the Week (2/1 – 2/7/16)

Pura Buena Onda’s Spanish Tip of the Week (2/1 – 2/7/16)

If you came to class this week, you had the opportunity to practice description, perhaps the most valuable of all skills, when learning a language.


Why is it so valuable you ask? Because when you’re in a real life situation, chances are you won’t have a dictionary and the other person may not speak English. So what do you do when you don’t have the necessary vocabulary? You work your way around it, you describe the words you do not know.


This week’s tip is to practice this skill in English. I know that may sound crazy, considering that you’re learning Spanish after all, but the point is to develop the skill, and not everyone is instantly good at this in their own language. By practicing on your friends & family in English, you will find out how well you do this or what it is that you need to work on. And then you can practice doing it in Spanish…



1 – Describe what it is in basic terms (a thing, a place, an animal, a color, a concept, etc.)

2 – Give details (what does it look like, when is it done/used, what size is it, similar to/opposite of)

3 – Give examples