Tuesday, 9 October 2012

When Are You Going To Go To Spanish Lessons?

Introduction


This post deals with talking about the future in general, and saying when you are going to go to Spanish lessons in particular.




SCENARIO


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague. You are talking about each other's future plans. Perhaps you have intimated that you intend going to Spanish lessons. At that point, the other person says to you: "when are you going to go to Spanish lessons?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Cuándo vas a ir a clase de español?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Cuándo va a ir (usted) a clase de español?


OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to say when you are planning to go to Spanish lessons. When you say what your plans are, you DO NOT need to be concerned about the level of formality in the other person's question.


Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Voy a ir a clase de español mañana (I am going to go to Spanish lessons tomorrow)
  • Voy a ir a clase de español el lunes (I am going to go to Spanish lessons on Monday)
  • Voy a ir a clase de español los lunes (I am going to go to Spanish lessons on Mondays)
  • Voy a ir a clase de español a las siete de la tarde (I am going to go to Spanish lessons at seven in the evening)
  • Voy a ir a clase de español por la noche (I am going to go to Spanish lessons at night)
  • Voy a ir a clase de español dos veces por semana (I am going to go to Spanish lessons twice a week)

*Notes
Please note two common ways of expressing this future in Spanish:
1. Using the future tense, as in:
  • Iré a clase de español mañana (I will go to Spanish lessons tomorrow)
  • No iré a clase de español el lunes (I will not go to Spanish lessons on Monday)
  • Iré a clase de español por la noche (I will go to Spanish lessons at night)

2. Using the verb ir + an infinitive, as in:
  • Voy a ir a clase de español mañana (I am going to go to Spanish lessons tomorrow)
  • Voy a ir a clase de español el lunes (I am going to go to Spanish lessons on Monday)
  • Voy a ir a clase de español por la noche (I am going to go to Spanish lessons at night)


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Cuándo vas a ir a clase de español?

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