Questions / Preguntas
In Spanish, we often say “preguntando se lleva a Roma”. In other words, if you have any doubts, you should not be afraid to ask. This is a philosophy which we try to stick to, and when you are learning it is important that you take this on as good advice as well! While you are in Spain, you will have to ask plenty of questions in all sorts of situations, and you will have to ask them in Spanish, so that people can understand you and so that you can practice the language. After all, you never know when you may need to ask a question, and your Spanish tutor will not be there to help you at all times!
There are a lot of situations in which you will have to ask questions, especially when you have just arrived and you are not yet used to the way that things are set up or do not know your way around the city yet. You will probably have to ask for directions at one point or another, as even when you are reading a map it can be easy to miss something that you are looking for, so you will need to know how to ask where something is; you might want to ask about something that you are looking at, for example if you see a monument in a Spanish city you can ask who it is for and what they did to deserve it. If you see something that is new to you, such as a traditional dish, you might want to ask what it is; if you are arranging a trip or a night out, then the question of “when” becomes very important to know about. In a shop where something is not labelled properly you will have to ask how much it costs if you want to buy it, and in many situations you may need to ask the question of why something is the way that it is.
In this list, we have brought together for you all of the questions which you will want to use the most during your stay. You will see that they are short and simple but they will be of great help to you! You can use them to start off all of your questions, so once you have them down you can learn other kinds of vocabulary from our lists – such as learning the different words to do with a town if you want to be able to ask for directions towards something in particular. Note them all down to help you memorise them, and do not be afraid to ask when you are in Spain. We will be happy to answer them for you after you arrive.