Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Where Is Your Mother From?

Imagine you are talking to someone who doesn't know you very well. You are getting to know each other and some point the other person ask you: "where is your mother from?".

He/ she could choose to be less formal and ask you:
¿De dónde es tu madre?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿De dónde es su madre?

This is a straightforward question about your your mother (a third person). When saying something about a third person (that is, neither you nor the person asking the question) you DO NOT need be concerned about the degree of formality in the original question. You can just concentrate on answering the question.

Questions like this one are usually answered by indicating:
  • The nationality of your mother
  • The country your mother comes from
  • The city/ town your mother comes from

Assuming your mother is English, from London, you could say:
  • Mi madre es inglesa (my mother is English).
  • Mi madre es de Inglaterra (my mother is from England).
  • Mi madre es de Londres (my mother is from London).
  • Mi madre es inglesa, de Londres (my mother is English, she is from London).

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿De dónde es tu madre?

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