Monday, 3 September 2012

Would You Like To Go To The Cinema?


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

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Quieres venir al cine?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Quiere (usted) venir al cine?


OUR TIP
The question is a request for you to respond to an invitation to go to the cinema. When you say whether or not you want to go to the cinema, you DO NOT need to be concerned about the level of formality in the other person's question. Your main concern should be about saying whether or not you accept the other person's invitation. So perhaps you want to say that you:
  • Accept the invitation;
  • Refuse the invitation;

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Sí, me gustaría (yes, I would like to go to the cinema);
  • Sí, me gustaría, pero no puedo (yes, I would like, but I can't);
  • Lo siento, pero no puedo (I am sorry, but I can't);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Quieres venir al cine?

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