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Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Spanish Season 1, Lesson 12 - What are you doing? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask what someone is doing in Spanish.
Becky: Here’s the informal way to ask “What are you doing?” in Spanish.
Laura: [Normal] ¿Qué haces?
Becky: First is a word meaning “what”
Laura: [Normal] qué [Slow] qué
Becky: Last is the word meaning “you do”
Laura: [Normal] haces [Slow] haces
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning “What are you doing?”
Laura: [Slow] ¿Qué haces? [Normal] ¿Qué haces?
Becky: Now, imagine you’re speaking to a stranger. Here’s the formal way to ask, “What are you doing?”
Laura: [Normal] ¿Qué está usted haciendo?
Becky: First is a word meaning “what”
Laura: [Normal] qué [Slow] qué
Becky: Next is the word meaning “are”
Laura: [Normal] está [Slow] está
Becky: Next is the word meaning “you” using the formal register.
Laura: [Normal] usted [Slow] usted
Becky: Last is the word meaning “doing”
Laura: [Normal] haciendo [Slow] haciendo
Becky: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning “What are you doing?”
Laura: [Slow] ¿Qué está usted haciendo? [Normal] ¿Qué está usted haciendo?
Becky: Here’s a response meaning “I am studying.”
Laura: [Normal] Estoy estudiando.
Becky: First is a word meaning “I am”
Laura: [Normal] Estoy [Slow] Estoy
Becky: Last is the word meaning “studying”
Laura: [Normal] estudiando [Slow] estudiando
Becky: Listen again to the response, “I am studying.”
Laura: [Slow] Estoy estudiando. [Normal] Estoy estudiando.
Becky: Here’s a response meaning, “I’m doing nothing special.”
Laura: [Normal] Nada en especial.
Becky: First is a word meaning “nothing”
Laura: [Normal] nada [Slow] nada
Becky: Next is the word meaning “in”
Laura: [Normal] en [Slow] en
Becky: Last is the word meaning “special”
Laura: [Normal] especial [Slow] especial
Becky: Listen again to the response, “I’m doing nothing special.”
Laura: [Slow] Nada en especial. [Normal] Nada en especial.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it’s time for a quick cultural insight.
Laura: If you don’t feel like giving an explanation of what you’re doing, you can just say no es asunto tuyo which means "It’s none of your business". But just between friends!
Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Laura: Hasta pronto.

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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What are you doing while listening to this lesson?

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Monday at 1:14 am
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Hola jean,


Muy bien!

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Hola Dorian,

Thank you for your kind words ❤️️ You can access the Checklist for every lesson by going to the 'Download PDFs' button which is the third round-shaped one next to the 'Mark complete' button on the top. The checklist is purely a help for you to track your progress and is not unique to the lessons. Hope this helps. 😉


Hola jean,

Great! Muchas gracias for studying with us! 😉


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jean
Thursday at 10:46 am
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´¡ Hola!,


focusing on the lesson.

Dorian
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Hola! I really love Spanishpod101.com so far and I have learned so much already! Pero una pregunta. The checklist refers to a review audio track. I looked all over for it on the lesson page but couldn't find it anywhere. Is the checklist referring to simply listening to the lesson again or is there some separate track on the Website? Once again, thank you for this amazing service!

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Hola Jean,


Thank you for your comment.

We're happy to have you here, please let us know if you have any question.

Sigamos practicando!


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Carla

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Jean
Saturday at 2:34 am
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Hola,


I am just paying attention to the lesson and focusing on Spanish

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Saturday at 5:13 am
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Hola Jean


Thank you for posting. If you ever have any questions, please let us know. 😉


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Jean
Sunday at 9:47 am
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Hola,

I am just listening to the lesson focusing on the lesson.

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Monday at 3:56 am
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Hola Tabitha,


Thank you for your comment.

"qué" with accent means "what" and "que" without accent menas "that".

You can also use an online keyboard.

https://spanish.typeit.org


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Carla

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Tabitha
Thursday at 2:33 pm
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If someone has already mentioned it, please disregard. But, under Lesson Notes "que" means what, but under vocabulary, "que" is defined as that.


Both que's should have an accent above the "e". I need to download the Spanish keyboard for my computer.