Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Were You Wanting To Learn Spanish?

Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague. You are talking about some of the things you had wanted to do. Talking about your decision to start learning Spanish, the other person says to you something like: "were you wanting to learn Spanish?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Querías aprender español?

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

The question is an invitation for you to say what you wanted to do. When saying what you wanted 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 aprender español (yes, I wanted to learn Spanish);
  • Sí, quería estudiar gramática española (yes, I wanted study Spanish grammar);
  • Sí, quería aprender las reglas de ortografía (yes, I wanted learn the spelling rules);
  • Sí, quería practicar el español (yes, I wanted to practice Spanish);
  • No, no quería aprender el español, quería estudiar historia de España (no, I didn't want to learn Spanish, I wanted to study Spanish history);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Querías aprender español?

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