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Tip of the Month - Words ending in -ción or -sión.


Talking about Spanish nouns (substantives), we already have a general rule: words ending in -a are feminine. (Yes, we know there are some exceptions, like 'tema', 'emblema' or 'anagrama', which are masculine nouns).

So, we have feminine words ending in -a, like:

la casa (the house) la impresora (the printer)
la vida (the life) la ventana (the window)

But another rule on Spanish genre nouns is that all words ending in -ción or -sión, are feminine.
Easy, isn't it? Some examples:

Ending in -ciónEnding in -sión
la canción (the song) la pasión (the passion)
la emoción (the emotion) la ilusión (the illusion)
la lección (the lesson) la televisión (the television)
la información (the information) la profesión (the profession)

Recommended material:
You can find below some materials / web pages that, from my point of view, can be useful and interesting:

Think Spanish Magazine I write monthly articles for 'Think Spanish' ('Piensa en español') about Spain, its culture, travel issues... But this magazine also covers all Latin American countries. Articles include a glossary. You can also listen to all the articles as they also publish a monthly CD.

Puerta del Sol - Audio Magazine A very interesting way of learning or reviewing not just Spanish grammar and vocabulary, but also a great way to find out about Spain and its culture.

Lo más TV Such a funny, intelligent and useful way to learn and enjoy the Spanish language!! It is a web based activity and offers new videos, on a weekly basis, with Spanish / English captions, dictionary and games.


Visual Link Spanish™ - Just click, listen and repeat! Don't just learn Spanish; put it into practice with a unique guided, step-by-step system. I've tested it and I wish I'd had something similar when I studied English!!

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Gender of Nouns: Part II
Wikipedia.org: Genre of nouns
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