Saturday, 8 October 2011

Are You English?

Introduction



This post deals with answering a question about your nationality.





SCENARIO


If you are a male*, imagine you are exchanging personal details with someone.

The other person wants to know if you are English and asks you: are you English?


In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Eres inglés?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Es (usted) inglés?



OUR TIP

You DO NOT need be concerned about the degree of formality in the question you are asked. Whether the other person uses the more/ less formal question is irrelevant to your choice of answer. Your answer depends only on what you want to say. There are many different ways in which this question could be answered. Perhaps you want to choose between saying that:
  • You are English
  • You are not English but American

Here are a couple of examples which deal with those two basic possibilities:
  • Sí, soy inglés (yes, I am English)
  • No, no soy inglés, soy americano (no, I am not English, I am American)

*Note


Please see a separate blog entry if you are a female





Now you should practice answering the question:
¿Eres inglés?


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