A basic conversation in Spanish may include greetings, sometimes a simple introduction, numbers, countries and many other things we have studied in previous lessons. Using the right questions and expressions to start and finish a conversation in Spanish is very important. In this lesson you will learn how to make a good first impression in Spanish and how to hold a simple conversation in Spanish.
Spanish video: Basic Spanish phrases and questions for beginners
The following video includes some very important phrases and questions we use in everyday conversations in Spanish. You will learn how to use simple questions like “¿Dónde vives?” (Where do you live?), “¿De dónde eres?” (Where are you from?) and some others. This is summary of the most important questions and phrases you need to learn to hold simple a conversation in Spanish, which will be explained with more details in the rest of the lesson.
Spanish Listening: More about useful Spanish questions and phrases
There are some questions and expressions in Spanish that people usually learn to talk about basic things like their age, where they live and other things. When asking a question in Spanish, remember that some Subject pronouns are more formal than others and the main verb of the question usually changes its form according to some rules. Most of these examples are explained in detail in other lessons. Click on play to listen to the examples.
|English question/expression||Spanish expression/question||Listen|
|Welcome to my new house||Bienvenido a mi nueva casa|
|Where do you live? – I live in California||¿Dónde vives (tú)? – (Yo) vivo en California|
|How old are you? – I am 24 years old, and you?||¿Cuántos años tienes (tú)? – (Yo) tengo 24 años, ¿y tú?|
|Where were you born? – I was born in Texas||¿Dónde naciste (tú)? – (Yo) nací en Texas|
|Where are you from? – I am from Nicaragua||¿De dónde eres (tú)? – (Yo) soy de Nicaragua|
|Are you married or single? – I am single||¿(Usted) es casado o soltero? – (Yo) soy soltero|
|Do you have any children? – Yes/No||¿(Usted) tiene hijos? – Sí/No|
|What do you do? – I am a doctor||¿A qué te dedicas? – Soy doctor|
|What is your favorite color? – Blue||¿Cuál es tu color favorito? – El azul|
|Do you like football? – Yes, I do||¿Te gusta el fútbol? – Si me gusta|
|Thanks for coming today – Thank you!||Gracias por venir hoy – Gracias a ti.|
Communicate in Spanish: Making a good first impression in Spanish
The key to a good first impression in Spanish is giving enough information about you, using the right greetings and farewells in Spanish:
- Begin the conversation with a simple Spanish greeting like “¡Hola!” (Hello) or “¡Buenos días!”(Good morning!). To make it even better, add the name of the person you are greeting at the end, for example: ¡Hola Sra. Gonzalez! Also, ask the other person how he is doing in Spanish using “¿Cómo está?”. You may hear the answer “Bien” plus the question ¿y tú? so be polite and answer “Estoy bien” or using a similar expression.
- Now introduce yourself in spanish using one these two expressions: “Mi nombre es” + your name or saying “Me llamo” + your name. Ask the other person the question “¿Cuál es su nombre?” or “¿Cómo se llama usted?”. It is common to say “¡Mucho gusto!” or “¡Es un placer!” after hearing someone’s name. Try to find an interesting topic to talk about in Spanish with that person and enjoy your time together.
- Before saying goodbye in Spanish, use a simple expression telling him/her that you had a good time using “¡Fue un placer hablar con usted!” or “¡Ha sido un placer conocerlo!”. Then say “Adiós” or “¡Hasta pronto!”