Thursday, 6 September 2012

Would You Like To Go Out For A Drink?


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

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Te apetece salir a tomar algo?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Le apetece (a usted) salir a tomar algo?


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 drink, 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;

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Vale, vamos a tomar algo (OK, let's go for a drink);
  • Sí, me gustaría, pero no puedo (yes, I would, but I can't);
  • Lo siento pero no puedo (I am sorry but I can't);


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Te apetece salir a tomar algo?

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