Explanation

Quick Answer

¡Hola!(Hello!) Do you want to communicate en español(in Spanish) on your first day of school? Talking to your compañeros(classmates) about your clases(classes) and your profesores(teachers) is a great way to start! This article will help you master the main phrases that you will need on your first day of school!

Spanish Classroom Vocabulary

Let's start off with the vocabulary words in this skill! First, let's look at the different classes you may take at school.

Class Names in Spanish

SpanishEnglish
Español
Spanish
Literatura
Literature
Biología
Biology
Matemáticas
Math
Física
Physics
Ciencias
Science
Francés
French
Alemán
German
Química
Chemistry
Informática
Computer Science
Estadística
Statistics
Historia
History
Geografía
Geography
Arte
Art
Música
Music
Religión
Religion
Educación Física
PE

Just like in English, words like Música (Music) and Historia (History) are capitalized in Spanish when they refer to the name of a class. When they're used in general, they are not capitalized.

For example:

examples

Mi clase favorita es Música.
My favorite class is Music.

Me gusta tocar música.
I love to play music.

Want to practice these words? Check out the following vocab list!

School Supplies in Spanish

Let's look at the words related to material escolar(school supplies) that you will need on your first day of school.

SpanishEnglish
la mochila
the backpack
la pizarra
the board
la tiza
the chalk
el cuaderno
the notebook
el libro
the book
la mesa
the table
la silla
the chair
la puerta
the door
el bolígrafo
the pen
el lápiz
the pencil
el papel
the paper
el estuche
the pencil case
la agenda
the planner
el diccionario
the dictionary
la computadora
the computer
los rotuladores
the markers
la goma
the eraser
la calculadora
the calculator

Want to practice these words? Check out the following vocab list!

Finally, let's look at some more words that will definitely come in handy once you start interacting at school.

Useful Spanish School Words

SpanishEnglish
el profesor
the (male) teacher
la profesora
the (female) teacher
el compañero
the (male) classmate
la compañera
the (female) classmate
el amigo
the (male) friend
la amiga
the (female) friend
el salón de clase
the classroom
el despacho
the office
las horas de oficina
the office hours
el edificio
the building
el gimnasio
the gym
la residencia
the dormitory

Want to practice these and other school words? Check out the following vocab lists!

Grammar

Ready to review the grammar you'll need to talk about school life in Spanish? Let's get to it!

Short-Form Possessive Adjectives in Spanish

Short-form possessive adjectives are the most common way to express possession in Spanish. They must agree with the noun they describe in gender and number. This doesn't end up being too complicated, because only nosotrosand vosotroshave distinct masculine and feminine forms.

Remember that these adjectives match the possessed entity in gender and number, not the possessor.

List of Short-Form Possessive Adjectives

EnglishMasculine Singular FormMasculine Plural FormFeminine Singular FormFeminine Plural Form
my
mi
mis
mi
mis
your (singular, informal)
tu
tus
tu
tus
your (singular, formal)
su
sus
su
sus
his, her, its
su
sus
su
sus
our
nuestro
nuestros
nuestra
nuestras
your (plural, Latin America)
su
sus
su
sus
your (plural, Spain)
vuestro
vuestros
vuestra
vuestras
their
su
sus
su
sus

Let's look at some examples:

examples
Mi profesor es Ramón.
My teacher is Ramon.
Mis clases favoritas son Español y Biología.
My favorite classes are Spanish and Biology.

Want to learn more on possessive adjectives and pronouns? Check out the following skill!

Ser in Spanish

You can use the verb ser(to be) to talk about your teachers, classes, and classmates. Let's review the present tense conjugation of ser!

Ser Conjugation

SubjectSpanishEnglish
yo
soy
I am
eres
you are
usted
es
you are (formal)
él, ella
es
he/she is
nosotros
somos
we are
vosotros
sois
you are
ustedes
son
you are (plural)
ellos/ellas
son
they are

Check out these examples of sentences with short-form possessive adjectives and the verb ser.

examples
Mis profesores son Paulina y Roger.
My teachers are Paulina and Roger.
Mi mochila es amarilla.
My backpack is yellow.

Want to learn more about the verb ser? Check out out the following skill!

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