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I Have a Question for You – Parte 9

Corporate Spanish Trainer

Miércoles, 12 de julio de 2017




Buenos días,

Thanks for stopping by. It’s great to have you here today!

Have I got a question for you!

This week we are taking our verbs and applying them to asking questions.
This step really helps us to be interactive and fully participating in conversations. It’s an exciting place to be!



we learned about Shall and Do and Does in Spanish.

¿Compro este libro?
– Shall I buy this book?
¿Comemos ahora? – Shall we eat now?



We also learned how to make Do you…? or Do they…? questions such as:

¿Habla Ud. español? – Do you speak Spanish?
¿Esquías? – Do you ski?
¿Abren a las 8:00? – Do they open at 8:00?



And how to ask about another person with Does she…? or Does he…? questions such as:

¿Habla español Diego? – Does Diego speak Spanish?
¿Estudia Alicia en la Universidad? – Does Alicia study at the University?

Remember that in Spanish, since the verb ending is different for each subject, they don’t always state the subject (very different from English), so really watch the verb endings.



we are adding on with interrogativas. What a word! Interrogatives or question words.

Who? – ¿Quién?

What? – ¿Qué?

Where? – ¿Dónde?

When? – ¿Cuándo?

Why? – ¿Por qué?

How much/many? – ¿Cuánto/a/os/as?


Here is the basic formula:


Do / Does questions: Verb / subject

¿Trabaja Usted?
¿Vive él en Buenos Aires?

To anwer, just flip the word order: Subject / verb

Sí, yo trabajo.
Sí él vive en Buenos Aires.




With an interrogative the word order is: Interrogative / verb / subject

¿Dónde trabaja Usted? – Where do you work? (notice how the word “do” still shows up here)
¿Por qué estudia ella español? – Why does she study Spanish?


To anwer, just flip the word order: Subject / verb

Yo trabajo en el centro. – I work downtown
Ella necesita español en su trabajo.
– She needs Spanish at work.






Notice how these translate with the verb to be in English + an -ing ending

¿Qué buscas? – What are you looking for? (Could also be What do you look for?-get it out of context)
¿Qué lees? – What are you reading? (or What do you read? – context will tell you)
¿Dónde trabajas mañana? – Where are you working tomorrow? (Also, Where do you work tomorrow?)


¿Qué estudias?
¿Qué estudian ellos?
¿Qué miras?
¿Quién habla? (Who’s talking?)
¿Cuándo llegan? – When are they arriving?



Do / Does with an interrogative: Interrogativa / verbo / sujeto

¿Cuándo trabajas? (When do you work?)
¿Cuándo deseas comer? – When do you want to eat?
¿Por qué necesitan $5 dólares? – Why do they need $5?
¿Cuántos tamales desean Uds? – How many tamales do you (guys) want?
¿Cuántas enchiladas necesitan? – How many enchiladas do they/you (guys) need?
¿Qué cocinas? (What do cook?)
¿Qué usas para escribir? – What do you use to write?
¿Dónde pago? – Where do I pay?
¿Dónde viven ellos? – Where do they live?
¿Por qué viven allí? – Why do they live there?



Action steps: In your Spanish Blog 365 Journal…
1. Write 10 questions from above.
2. Answer them
3. Using my examples as models, write 5-10 questions of your own. (really work the 40 verbs below)
4. If you have any questions about some of the ones you wrote, please feel free to send it to me in the comment field and I’ll double check it for you and edit it if necessary.


I’d love to hear from you, let me know how you are liking these Posts and if there is a topic you’d like to see here.

Gracias y hasta muy pronto,



1. bailar – to dance
2. buscar – to look for
3. caminar – to walk
4. cantar – to sing
5. cocinar – to cook
6. comprar – to buy
7. desear – to want
8. escuchar – to listen to
9. estudiar – to study
10. ganar – to win, earn
11. hablar – to talk / speak
12. llegar – to arrive
13. llevar – to carry/wear/take
14. mandar – to send
15. mirar – to look at / to watch
16. nadar – to swim
17. necesitar – to need
18. pagar – to pay
19. preparar – to prepare/fix
20. regresar – to return
21. tocar – to play (a musical instrument, NOT a sport)
22. tomar – to ingest/eat/drink/take
23. trabajar – to work
24. usar – to use
25. viajar – to travel



26. aprender
– to learn
27. beber – to drink
28. comer – to eat
29. comprender – to understand
30. correr – to run
31. creer – to believe
32. deber – should, ought to
33. leer – to read
34. vender – to sell


35. abrir – to open
36. asistir
– to attend (an event)
37. escribir
– to write
38. recibir
– to receive
39. sufrir – to suffer
40. vivir
– to live