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We also look for different qualities in our friends, so here are some useful words to describe their personality and character:

alegrehappy
amablekind/friendly
amistoso/afriendly
animado/alively
cariñoso/aaffectionate
comprensivo/aunderstanding
educado/apolite
fuertestrong
generoso/agenerous
gracioso/afunny
hablador/atalkative
honrado/ahonest
lealloyal
simpático/anice, kind
valientebrave

In Spanish, adjectives must agree with the people they are describing, which means that they change depending on whether you are you are talking about a boy, a girl or a group of people. Adjectives in Spanish usually follow the patterns in this table to agree with the noun they are describing.

Adjectives ending in:masculine singularfeminine singularmasculine pluralfeminine plural
o/aamistosoamistosaamistososamistosas
efuertefuertefuertesfuertes
or/orahabladorhabladorahabladoreshabladoras
a consonantlealleallealesleales

Listen to Alejandro describing what makes a good friend.

Question

Are the statements true, false or not mentioned?

  1. He helps his friends when they have problems.
  2. They share the same interests.
  3. They tell him the truth.
  1. False. He says that his friends listen to him when he has problems.
  2. Not mentioned. Although he says his friends spend time with him, he doesn't say anything about their interests.
  3. True. He says siempre me dicen la verdad (they always tell me the truth).

Transcript:

Mis mejores amigos están dispuestos a pasar tiempo conmigo y a escucharme, especialmente cuando tengo problemas. Siempre me dicen la verdad y me entienden.

Translation:

My best friends are prepared to spend time with me and listen to me, especially when I have problems. They always tell me the truth and understand me.

Now listen to Patricia.

Question

Answer the questions in English.

  1. What does she think is the most important quality of a good friend?
  2. What does she say good friends should not do?
  1. She thinks that the most important thing is to be honest. The word honrado (honest) is used here but sometimes honesto is used as well.
  2. She says that good friends shouldn't have secrets. Be careful with negative questions - it's possible to get confused and give the wrong answer, eg good friends should share things.

Transcript:

Sin lugar a duda, lo más importante es ser honrado. Creo que los buenos amigos siempre comparten las cosas, buenas y malas, y generalmente no deberían tener secretos.

Translation:

Without a doubt, the most important thing is to be honest. I think that good friends always share things, good and bad, and generally should not have secrets.

Now listen to Enrique.

Question

What does he think true friends should share? Choose the correct answer.

Athe same tastes
Bthe same values
Cthe same opinions

The correct answer is B. He doesn't mention anything about sharing the same things and he says that a true friend doesn't have to share your opinion on everything. He says un buen amigo tiene los mismos valores que tú (a good friend has the same values as you).

Transcript:

En mi opinión, un buen amigo tiene los mismos valores que tú. Un amigo verdadero no tiene que compartir tu opinión en todo, pero debería respetarla.

Translation:

In my opinion, a good friend has the same values as you. A true friend doesn't have to share your opinion on everything, but they should respect it.

There are plenty of other words to describe friends and family, both positive and negative.

antipático/aunpleasant
atrevido/acheeky/daring
callado/aquiet/reserved
celoso/ajealous
egoístaselfish
maleducado/arude
mimado/aspoiled
perezoso/alazy
seguro/a de sí mismo/aself-assured
serio/aserious/responsible
tolerantetolerant
travieso/anaughty/mischievous