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Hola a todos! Soy Lucia. Hi everybody! I’m Lucia.
Welcome to SpanishPod101.com’s Español en tres minutos. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Spanish.
In the last lesson, we learned how to use the verb venir.
We will now jump into question words in Spanish. Our first one is the most commonly used question word in Spanish, and that is "What." You’ll see that is really easy to use it in Spanish.
So imagine you want to ask your friend "What are you doing?" How will you do it?
You will ask- ¿Qué haces?
[slowly] ¿Qué haces?
So let’s break down this answer.
Qué is the Spanish word to say "What".
Tu is omitted. As you can remember, we can omit the pronouns because Spanish verbs are always conjugated according to them, which in this case is “You”.
And finally haces is the 2nd person form of the verb hacer, which we already learned.
So, all together it is ¿Qué haces?
“What are you doing?”
As you can see, in Spanish, "What" is Qué
Be careful, because que without an accent on the e also means ‘what’, but is used to answer, and the version with an accent is used to ask.
The rule is simple - each time you want to ask a question starting with "What" and followed by a verb.
¿Qué comes? / “What are you eating?”
¿Qué dibujas? / “What are you drawing?”
Now it’s time for Lucia’s Insights.
Sometimes you may ask a question that enables various different answers that aren’t asked in the question, as in "Which is your favorite one?" In this case, you have to use Cuál which is in fact the literal translation of "which" or "which one".
¿Cuál prefieres? means "Which one do you prefer?"
But if you are asking for concrete answer, then “Which” is also qué.
For example-
¿Qué dia?/”Which day?”
¿Qué coche?/”Which car?”
In this lesson, we learned how to translate the word "What" depending on the grammatical situation.
Next lesson, we will talk about the interrogative word "Where".
Do you know it already? I can promise it’s as easy as "what"!
I’ll be waiting for you in the next Español en 3 minutos.
Hasta la próxima!