Monday, 18 March 2013

Were You Wanting To Have An Afternoon Nap?


SCENARIO
Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague. You have had a full lunch,and the time comes when in Spain a little catnap is quite common. You are not known for sleeping in the afternoon, so when it transpires that you might be wanting to do so this time, the other person says to you something like: "were you wanting to have an afternoon nap?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Querías echar una siesta?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Quería (usted) echar una siesta?


OUR TIP
The question is an invitation for you to say what you want to do. When saying what you want to do, you should not need to be concerned about the level of formality in the original question. Your main concern should be about saying what you wanted to do.

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Sí, quería echar una siesta (yes, I wanted to have an afternoon nap);
  • Sí, quería descansar un poco (yes, I wanted to have a little rest);
  • No, no quería echar una siesta, quería escuchar la radio (no, I didn't want to have an afternoon nap, I wanted to listen to the radio);
  • No, no quería echar una siesta, quería ver la tele (no, I didn't want to have an afternoon nap, I wanted to watch TV);
  • No, no quería echar una siesta, quería tomar un café (no, I didn't want to have an afternoon nap, I wanted to have a coffee);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Querías echar una siesta?

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