First things first. In Spanish, every noun has a masculine or feminine article. In most cases a article must proceed a noun. It is interesting that Spanish has so many different articles compared to English but it is still outdone by German. The reason there are so different is because Spanish has both masculine and feminine nouns. As a rule, feminine words in Spanish generally end in an "a" and masculine words generally end in an "o." There are, however, exceptions to this rule. These are the definite and indefinite and their English counterparts:
The next important step in Spanish grammar is verb conjugation. Spanish verbs end in -ar, -er, and -ir. Let's start with nadar (to swim), a regular -ar verb.
Next in our journey through the Spanish language is sentence formation. Unlike English, an adjective comes after the noun in Spanish. Where one would say "the pretty girl" in English, one would say "la chica bonita" in Spanish. This is a very obvious difference between the two languages.
¿Te gusta aprender español? (Would you like to learn Spanish?) This is an example of a reflexive verb. The reflexive pronouns are:
|Él, Ella, Ud.||se||Ellos, Ellas, Uds.||se|
When we put this into context, we find people doing things for themselves. Don't believe me? Take a look, here is a conjugation of mirarse; to look at oneself.
|Yo||Me miro.||I look at myself.||Nosotros||Nos miramos.||We look at ourselves.|
|Tú||Te miras.||You look at yourself.||Vosotros||Os miráis.||You all look at yourselves.|
|Él, Ella, Ud.||Se mira.||He looks at himself.||Ellos, Ellas, Uds.||Se miran.||They look at themselves.|