Do you want to write a greeting card message in Spanish even though you don't know the language? Well, don't fret. You don't have to be fluent, to write a greeting card message in Spanish. To skip the grammar and get to the phrases, click here!
This post is the first of a series on how to write greeting card messages in Spanish. In this lesson, we will only deal with the pronouns "I" and "you" since greeting cards are typically "from me" and "to you".
Me, Myself, and I
Words that refer to the first person pronoun “I” include:
(To) Me=a mí
My=mi (singular), mis (plural)
Mine=mío/mía (singular), míos/mías (plural)
You, Yourself, and You
Spanish has two forms of the pronoun “you” (tú and usted). Right now, we’re only going to talk about tú, the informal form of “you”.
For you grammar fans, “[tú] is the form used in Spain and in ample zones of America for informal treatment; [tú] implies closeness to the speaker and is used in familiar, casual or trusting contexts.”
So basically, you would use tú with your intimate partner, your close friends, your family, and your contemporaries (people your age).
Words that refer to the second person pronoun "you" include:
(To) You=a tí
Your=tu (singular), tus (plural)
Yours=tuyo/tuya (singular), tuyos/tuyas (plural)
What’s up with that "mío/mía" thing?
Spanish articles, adjectives, and nouns are gendered masculine or feminine, unlike English words, which are gender neutral.
What does that mean?
That means masculine Spanish articles, adjectives, and nouns typically end with -o, while feminine Spanish articles, adjectives, and nouns end with -a.
Ok, give me an example.
the (singular masculine)=el
the (singular feminine)=la
the (plural masculine)=los
the (plural feminine)=las
a (singular masculine)=un
a (singular feminine)=una
a (plural masculine)=unos
a (plural feminine)=unas
All that grammar is boring, just give me some phrases to use.
Just wanted you to understand some basics. Here goes:
How are you?
How’s it going?
¿Qué hay de Nuevo?
I hope you are well when you receive this card.
Espero que estés bien cuando recibes esta tarjeta.
Happy Day of the Dead
Feliz Día de los Muertos
Happy Fathers’ Day
Feliz Día de los Padres
Feliz Víspera del Día de los Santos
Happy Mothers’ Day
Feliz Día de las Madres
Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias
Happy Valentine’s Day
Feliz Día de San Valentín
I love you
Yo te quiero
I miss you
Yo te extraño
Thinking of you
Pensando en ti
I hope the phrases above will help you get your first Spanish greeting card message down on paper. Good luck and if you have any questions, comments, or corrections, feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.