Sunday, 17 November 2013

Where Are Your Parents From?

Imagine you are talking to someone who doesn't know you very well. You are getting to know each other and at some point the other person ask you: "where are your parents from?".

He/ she could choose to be less formal and ask you:
¿De dónde son tus padres?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿De dónde son sus padres?

This is a straightforward question about your parents (third person). When saying something about a third person (that is, neither you nor the person asking the question) you DO NOT need be concerned about the degree of formality in the original question. You can just concentrate on answering the question.

Questions like this one are usually answered by indicating:
  • The nationality of the parents
  • The country your parents come from
  • The city/ town your parents come from

Assuming your parents are English, from London, you could say:
  • Mis padres son ingleses (my parents are English).
  • Mis padres son de Inglaterra (my parents are from England).
  • Mis padres son de Londres (my parents are from London).
  • Mis padres son ingleses, de Londres (my parents are English, they are from London).

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿De dónde son tus padres?

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