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Spanish language Spanish Capitalization - Las mayúsculas

Spanish and English capitalization are quite different, as it is much less common in Spanish. Many words that must be capitalized in English cannot be in Spanish, so read through this lesson to make sure that you're not over-capitalizing your Spanish.

1.  First person singular subject pronoun (lesson)
He said, "I love you." Dijo «yo te amo».
             
2.  Days of the week, months of the year (lesson)
Monday, Tuesday... lunes, martes...
January, February... enero, febrero...
  
3.  Titles
Only capitalize the first word (and proper names, if any).
One Hundred Years of Solitude Cien años de soledad
Like Water for Chocolate Como agua para chocolate
I'll Always Come Back to San Juan Volveré siempre a San Juan
  
4.  Languages (list of languages)
Spanish, French, English... español, francés, inglés...
  
5.  Nationalities (list of nationalities)
I'm American. Soy americano.
He bought a Spanish flag. Compró una bandera española.
She married a Mexican. Se casó con un mexicano.
I saw an Australian. Vi a un australiano.
  
6.  Religions
The name of most religions, their adjectives, and their adherents (proper nouns) are not capitalized in Spanish.

Religion

Adjective Proper Noun
Christianity el cristianismo Christian  cristiano Christian un cristiano
Judaism el judaísmo Jewish judío Jew un judío
Hinduism el hinduismo Hindu hindú Hindu un hindú
Buddhism el budismo Buddhist budista Buddhist un budista
Islam * Muslim musulmán Muslim un musulmán

*Exception: Islam - el Islam

 

  

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