Capitalization

Capitalization in Spanish
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Mayúsculas

The use of capital letters (las mayúsculas) is far less common in Spanish than in English. Take a look at this summary of words that are capitalized in English but not in Spanish.

I. Calendar Words

Days of the week and months of the year are not capitalized in Spanish.

lunes, martes…   Monday, Tuesday…
enero, febrero…   January, February…

II. Languages

In Spanish, languages are never capitalized, whether used as nouns or adjectives.

Ella habla español y francés.   She speaks Spanish and French.
La gramática griega es muy difícil.   Greek gramamr is very difficult.

III. Nationalities

Likewise, nationalities are not capitalized.

Soy americano.   I’m American.
Compró una bandera española.   He bought a Spanish flag.
Se casó con un mexicano.   She married a Mexican.
Vi a un australiano.   I saw an Australian.

IV. Titles

For titles of books, songs, etc., capitalize the first word (and of course proper names, if any).

Cien años de soledad   One Hundred Years of Solitude
Como agua para chocolate   Like Water for Chocolate
Volveré siempre a San Juan   I’ll Always Come Back to San Juan

V. Religions

Whether used as nouns or adjectives, words related to the names of religions are not capitalized in Spanish (one exception in bold).

el budismo   Buddhism
un budista una budista   a Buddhist
un templo budista   Buddhist temple
     
el cristianismo   Christianity
un cristiano una cristiana   a Christian
una iglesia cristiana   Christian church
     
el hinduismo   Hinduism
un hindú una hindú   a Hindu
un templo hindú   Hindu temple
     
el Islam   Islam
un musulmán una musulmán   a Muslim
una mezquita musulmán   Muslim mosque
     
el judaísmo   Judaism
un judío una judía   a Jew
un templo judío   Jewish temple

VI. Subject Pronoun yo / I

The first person singular subject pronoun is always capitalized in English. Not so in Spanish.

Dijo «yo te amo».   He said, "I love you."
Sé que yo puedo hacerlo.   I know I can do it.

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