Spanish Classroom Questions and Phrases

¿Puede repetir por favor? This is a very common classroom question for any level. In this lesson, you will learn how to ask your teacher basic things using Spanish classroom questions and also how to use some important expressions such as “Disculpe”(excuse me) that will certainly help you in class and real life situations. Let’s begin…

Preguntas y frases para el aula de clases

Introductory video: 10 Basic Questions to Learn Spanish

Firstly, we will ask you to spend a few minutes watching this video. It presents ten Spanish questions that are very useful in the classroom in a clear and simple way. Remember that you can activate the subtitles if you need them.

A Few Useful Spanish Classroom Phrases – Expresiones del aula

There are many expressions in the language that can be very useful in class. Some of them are single words and others phrases such as “No sé” (I don’t know). “No sé” could be a proper answer when someone asks “¿Sabes cuál es la tarea?”(do you know what the homework is?) or for “¿Cómo se deletrea esa palabra?” and you do not know. A few other important Spanish classroom phrases are “No entiendo” (I don’t understand) and “Repita por favor” (please repeat). Read and listen to more expressions for the Spanish class in the chart below:

No entiendo
I don’t understand
Explique de nuevo por favor.
Please explain again.
Disculpe (formal)/Disculpa (informal)
Excuse me
Profesor, hable más despacio por favor.
Teacher, please speak more slowly.
¡Tengo una pregunta!
I have a question
Thank you
Es fácil / Es difícil.
It is easy/It is hard

Common Spanish classroom questions – Preguntas del aula

Most Spanish classroom questions, “las preguntas de la clase”, follow the same rules for any other question in the language. First, they need a question mark at the beginning and one at the end. The intonation of your question should change a bit depending on what you mean to ask. Some new verbs you will often find in Spanish classroom questions are: EXPLICAR (to explain), REPETIR (to repeat), DECIR (to say), PRONUNCIAR (to pronounce), SIGNIFICAR (to mean) and PODER (can, be able to).

Explicar, hablar, significar, pronunciar” are regular verbs so you only need to learn a few rules to conjugate them. On the other hand, the verbs “repetir, poder, decir” are irregular verbs, which means they vary their stem with some pronouns. Know that questions beginning with the verb PODER are requests, a topic that is explained with more details in a different lesson.

Listening to a list of basic Spanish classroom questions

¿Puedo entrar? – Si/No
May I come in?
¿Puedo ir al baño? – Si/No
May I go to the bathroom?
¿Puede explicarme esto por favor? – Si/No
Can you explain this to me please?
¿Podría repetir por favor? – Si/No
Could you repeat please?
¿Podría hablar más despacio?
Could you speak more slowly?
¿Cómo se dice “house” en español?HOUSE se dice CASA en español
How do you say HOUSE?
¿Cómo se pronuncia esta palabra en español? – Se pronuncia corazón, con acento en la “o” de la última sílaba
How do you pronounce this word?
¿Qué significa esta palabra? – Corazón significa HEART en inglés
What does this word mean?
¿Cuál es la respuesta correcta? – La respuesta correcta es la A
Which one is the correct answer?

Listening Activity No. 1: Asking questions in the Spanish Class

Listen to a student asking some Spanish classroom questions to his teacher – “haciéndole preguntas al maestro”. This is just a sample conversation to show how we could make question in class. Take notes of the important information. Press PLAY to listen to the conversation.

Key expressions in the conversation:

  • Hoy vamos a aprender… means “Today we are going to learn…”
  • Disculpe maestra… means “Excuse me teacher”
Read conversation script: In the Spanish class
Maestra: Bien, Hoy vamos a aprender los colores en español. ¿Cuáles creen que son los colores más comunes?
Estudiante: Yo creo que son negro, blanco y ummm… ¿Cómo se dice “blue” en español?
Maestra: Se dice azul. También son colores comunes el rojo, verde, el amarillo y el celeste.
Estudiante: Profesor, ¿Puede hablar un poco más despacio?
Maestra: Si claro.
Estudiante: Yo sé escribir uno, pero no sé cómo se pronuncia… Se deletrea T.U.R.Q.U.E.S.A… ¿Cómo se pronuncia esa palabra?
Maestra: Se pronuncia Turquesa…
Estudiante: Disculpe, ¿Puede repetir por favor?
Maestra: Si, este color se pronuncia turquesa… ¿Qué otros colores les gustan?
Estudiante: A mí también me gusta el color lila…

Practice: A few more verbs for the classroom in Spanish + quiz

There are many other important verbs you could use in the Spanish class including DELETREAR (spell), HACER (do), DIBUJAR (draw), COMENZAR (begin) and TERMINAR (finish). The key is conjugating the verbs correctly and knowing when they will be accompanied by a reflexive pronoun, as it is the case for DECIR, which will be used as “SE DICE”. Right now, try to memorize Spanish classroom phrases and questions presented above and work on the grammar behind them in future lessons.

8 thoughts on “Spanish Classroom Questions and Phrases”

  1. Dhessica Rezende

    Eu amo sus contenidos ! muchas gracias por compartir, estoy ganando mucho conocimiento pues puedo estudiar inglés mientras estudio español !!! Gracias desde Brasil !!!

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