Sunday, 9 September 2012

Would You Like To Go For A Walk?


SCENARIO
Imagine a relative, a friend or colleague calls you on the phone. The other person wants to invite you to go for a walk. After exchanging the customary greetings, he/ she says to you something like: "would you like to go for a walk?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Te apetece dar un paseo?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Le apetece (a usted) dar un paseo?


OUR TIP
The question means an invitation which you can accept or reject. When you say whether or not you will accept going for a walk, you DO NOT need to be concerned about the level of formality in the other person's question. Your main concern should be about communicating your acceptance or rejection. Perhaps you want to say that you:
  • Accept the invitation;
  • Refuse the invitation (giving reasons/ excuses);

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Vale, vamos a dar un paseo (OK, let's go for a walk);
  • Sí, me gustaría ir a dar un paseo, pero no puedo (yes, I would like to go for a walk, but I can't);
  • Sí, me gustaría ir a dar un paseo, pero tengo que hacer los deberes (yes, I would like to go for a walk, but I have to do my homework);
  • Lo siento pero tengo mucho que hacer (I am sorry but I have a lot to do);


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Te apetece dar un paseo?

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