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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 the most common greetings in Spanish. Do you remember them?
In this lesson we’re going to learn a very useful phrase: “Do you speak English?”
If you’re in a situation where you need help in English, this phrase can be a lifesaver.
Here's the formal way to say it.
¿Habla inglés?
[slowly] ¿Habla inglés?
Again, this means : Do you speak English?
The word habla is a form of the verb hablar, which means “to speak”. This is the formal way to say “he speaks”
Hablar is known as an A•R-verb, because it ends in “a-r”. Most A•R-verbs conjugate in a similar way.
To learn how to properly conjugate A•R verbs, like hablar, please check out our Absolute Beginner series on SpanishPod101.com.
Now, let’s make this sentence informal. This is done by adding an “s” to the end of habla.
When we do that, we get: Hablas. All together:
¿Hablas inglés?
[slowly] ¿Hablas inglés?
This is the informal way to ask “Do you speak English?”
The responses you receive could be one of these three:
Sí, hablo inglés. "Yes, I speak English."
[slowly] Sí.
Sí, hablo un poco. "Yes, I speak a little."
[slowly] Un poco.
No, no hablo inglés. "No, I don’t speak English."
[slowly] No, no hablo inglés.
In all of these, hablo means “I speak”.
In the last one, we have No hablo, which is the negative form. It means “I don’t speak”.
Now it’s time for Lucia’s Insight.
If you want to ask about a different language, just change the word inglés. Here are some language names to get your started:
Italiano for Italian.
Ruso for Russian.
Francés for French.
Alemán for German.
And of course, Español, which is Spanish.
Do you know how to say “I’m sorry” in Spanish? In the next lesson, you’ll learn how to apologize and more!
Hasta la próxima! See you soon!