Personal information in Spanish


Hello again! Today we are going to learn how to meet people in Spanish. One of the best things about traveling to a foreign country is to come back with news friends.

Let’s have a look to the table below, there you can find many question to start a conversation in Spanish.

This article is a continuation of the lesson about greetings in Spanish. Please check it before you continue on this lesson, so you’ll have more vocabulary.

Attention: All sentences in this lesson use “informal” situations. Please see the differences below.

Información personal – personal information

A: ¿Cómo te llamas?
B: Me llamo…
What is your name?
My name is…
A: ¿Cuál es tu apellido?
B: Mi apellido es…
What is your surname?
My surname is…
A: ¿Cómo se escribe?
B: Se escribe…
How do you spell it…?
You spell it…
A: ¿Qué lenguas hablas?
B: Español e inglés
What languages do you speak?
Spanish and French
A: ¿De dónde eres?
B: Soy…
Where are you from?
I am …

** When talking about nationality you can choose between “soy español/a” and “soy de España”, two different structures.

Estructuras / Structures

Soy + adjective of nationality (in Spanish you don’t need to use capital letter as in English) = Soy español / española.

Soy + de + Country (in Spanish you need to use capitalized names of countries and cities) = Soy de España.

Frases útiles – Helpful phrases

A: ¿Cómo se dice…?
B: Se dice…

(How do you say…?
You say…)

A: ¿Puedes repetirlo…?
(Can you repeat it…?)

A: ¿Como se deletrea?
(How do you spell it?)

Spanish survival kit about personal information

YoÉl / Ella
Me llamo…
(My name is)
¿Cómo te llamas?

(What’s your name?)
¿Cómo se llama?
Se llama…
(What’s her/ his name?
Her/ his name is …)
Apellidos (Surnames)Mi apellido es…

(My surname is)
¿Cómo te apellidas?
(What’s your surname?)
¿Cómo se apellida?
Se apellida… (What’s her/ his surname?
Her/ his surname is …)
Nacionalidad (Nationality)
Origen (Origin)
Soy + nacionalidad
Soy inglesa
Soy de + lugar
Soy de Inglaterra (I’m from + place)
(I’m from England)(I’m + nationality)
(I’m English)
¿De dónde eres?
(Where are you from?)
¿De dónde es?
Es italiano / a
Es de Londres
(Where is she/ he from?
She is Italian
He is from London)
Residencia (Residence)Vivo en Madrid

(I live in Madrid)

¿Dónde vives?

(Where do you live?)

¿Dónde vive?
Vive en Barcelona
(Where does he/ she live?
He/ she lives in Barcelona)
Profesión (Profession)Soy periodista

(I am a journalist)

¿En qué trabajas?
¿A qué te dedicas?
(What’s your job?)
(What do you do?)
¿En qué trabaja?
Es camarero
¿A qué se dedica?
Es médica
(What’s his job?
He is a waiter)
(What do she does?
She is a doctor)
Dirección (Address)Vivo en la calle Salitre nº 12
Mi dirección es calle Salitre nº 12
(I live on Salitre street , 12)
(My address is Salitre street, 12)
¿Dónde vives?
¿Cuál es tu dirección? (Where do you live?)
(What’s your address?)
¿Dónde vive?
Vive en la calle Salitre nº 12¿Cuál es su dirección?
Su dirección es calle Salitre nº 12
(Where does she live?
She lives on Salitre street, 12)
(What is his address?
His address is Salitre street, 12)
Teléfono (Phone)Mi número es 912345678
(My number is 912345678)
¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono?

(What is your phone number?)

¿Cuál es su número de teléfono?
Su número es 912345678
(What is her / his phone number?
Her/ his number is 912345678)
Correo electronico (Email)Mi correo electronico es

(My email is

¿Tienes correo electronico?
¿Cuál es tu correo electronico?
(Do you have email?)
(What’s your email address?)
¿Tiene correo electrónico?
¿Cual es su correo electronico?
(Does he has email?)
(What is her email address?)
Edad (Age)Tengo 32 años

(I’m 32 years old)

¿Cuántos años tienes?

(How old are you?)

¿Cuántos años tiene?
Tiene 32 años
(How old is him / her?
He/ she is 32 years old)
Estado Civil (Civil Status)Estoy casado / a
Estoy soltero / a
(I’m married)
(I’m single)
¿Estás casado / a?

(Are you married?)

Si, está casado / a
No, está soltero / a
(Yes, he is married)
(No, she is single)

¡Vamos a practicar! Let’s practice!
Look at the picture below. What questions would you make to get this information?

Penélope Cruz

What happens when we want to get information about a third person? To speak about other people in Spanish, we are going to use this questions. As you know, Spanish language uses different verbal forms depending on the person, so we have a verbal form for each pronoun (yo, tú, él / ella, nosotros, vosotros, ellos / ellas). Have a look at the following structure and compare with the one before? Can you see which forms are different?

Para hablar de otras personas (talking about other people):

A: ¿Cómo se llama?
B: Se llama…

A: ¿De dónde es?
B: Es… / Es de…

A: ¿Cuál es su apellido?
B: Su apellido es…

A: ¿Qué lenguas habla?
B: Habla…


yoMe llamoSoyHablo
Te llamasEresHablas
él ⁄ ellaSe llamaEsHabla
NosotrosNos llamamosSomosHablamos
VosotrosOs llamáisSoisHabláis
ellos / ellasSe llamanSonHablan

To finish the lesson we are going to analyze these verbs. We have already used them to ask for personal information. As you can see, Spanish language uses conjugations, and depending on the person (pronoun) we use a given verbal form.

In this case, we have three types of verbs:

Regular verbs such as “hablar”: this type of verbs use a given structure known as conjugation that repeats in this type of verbs. Irregular verbs like “ser”, these types do not follow any rule. You must learn them by heart. Reflexive verbs like “llamarse”: You need a reflexive pronoun to conjugate them. Don’t panic, we will study them one by one in the following lessons :-).

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