If you’re from the US, this is for you, because I’m going to teach you some Spanish chunks you can use to talk about your beloved home country, the USA.
Why is that important? Well, because when somebody asks you “where are you from?”, you could say more than “Yo soy de los Estados Unidos” (I am from the United States). I want you to feel confident next time you want to share some fun facts about the USA and yourself.
Where do you come from?
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like to brag about their own country? There are popular songs, rhymes, books and many more resources where we can get amazing facts that we could share with foreigners (or with the locals when you travel to another country, say Mexico).
With my help, pasito a pasito (step by step), you will manage to speak in Spanish, about everything that makes you feel proud about your country of origin.
Let’s start with the basics:
- Yo soy de los Estados Unidos or yo soy estadounidense.
This is the correct way of saying “I am from the USA” or “I am a citizen of the USA”. If you say “Yo soy americano” (I am American), you are referring to the continent and this could be confusing because Canadians, Mexicans, Colombians, Argentinians, Brasilians, etc. are Americans as well.
So, if you are proud of your country rather than your continent (which is okay too, I guess), then say “Yo soy estadounidense“.
Where do you live?
You could complement the previous phrase with “Yo vivo” (I live). You may use this chunk when referring to el estado (the state) you live in, such as:
- Yo vivo en Texas / California / Nuevo Mexico / Nueva York / Florida, etc.
To talk about the specific area you live in, you may say:
- Yo vivo cerca de la playa (I live by the beach)
- Yo vivo por las montañas (I live by the mountains)
- Yo vivo en una ciudad (I live in a city)
- Yo vivo en un pueblo (I love in a town)
This magical set of words could be applied in various situations. Let's see a full example:
- Yo vivo en una ciudad de California, cerca de la playa. (I live in a city in California, by the beach.)
Providing information about the USA
Share fun facts about the USA by saying:
- La capital de los Estados Unidos es Washington, D.C. (The capital city of the USA is Washington, D.C.)
- El presidente de los Estados Unidos es _________. (The president of the USA is _______.) — and then insert the name of whoever is the president of the USA at the moment.
- El día de la independencia es el 4 de julio. (Independence day is 4th of july.)
- Nos gusta celebrar con desfiles y fuegos artificiales. (We like to celebrate with parades and fireworks.) — Just like Mexican do on September 16th… not Cinco de Mayo! 😅
- Tenemos dos partidos políticos: demócratas y republicanos. (We have two political parties: democrats and republicans.)
If you want to say which political party you belong to, then you say: “Yo soy demócrata” (I'm a democrat) or “Yo soy republicano” (I'm a republican).
The democrats' symbol is un burro (a donkey), while republicans have un elefante (an elephant)!
Talking about sports
If you want to talk about your favorite American sport, you could use the chunk: “Mi deporte favorito es _______.” (My favorite sport is _________.) and then you would say either:
- fútbol (soccer)
- basquetbol (basketball)
- fútbol americano (American football)
- golf (golf)
- tenis (tennis)
- beisbol (baseball)
If you want to refer to a specific sports team, then you would say:
- Mi equipo deportivo favorito es ________. (My favorite sports team is _______.)
- Yo soy fanático/a de ________. (I am a fan/follower of ________) — and then insert your team, e.g. Yankees, Miami Heat, Patriots, Packers, etc.
- Mi deporte favorito es el basquetbol, y soy fanática de los Lakers. (My favorite sport is basketball and I am a Laker fan.)
Talking about food
American food is everywhere and it is part of the culture. I know that there is quite a variety depending on el estado (the state): los beignets de Nueva Orleans (the beignets from New Orleans) or la carne de cerdo de Texas (the pulled pork from Texas). ¡Qué rico! (Yummy!)
So, ¿cuál es tu comida favorita? (Which is your favorite food?) A mí me gustan las hamburguesas de California (I like the hamburgers from California.) ¿Y a ti? (And you?)
By the way, the following chunks will also prove useful when talking about your hometown:
- Me gusta viajar (I like to travel)
- Crecí en Las Vegas (I was raised in Las Vegas)
- Nací en Houston (I was born in Houston)
- Me gustaría visitar México (I would like to visit Mexico)
But wait, what is a chunk? Well, at Spring Spanish, we use the chunking method to teach the language in a fun and practical way.
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