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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hi everyone, I'm Eric.
Alex: And I'm Alex.
Eric: And welcome to Must-Know Spanish Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 9. Asking for information about something.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for asking for information about something.
PATTERN
Eric: For example,
Eric: "What do you want for your birthday? "
Alex: ¿Qué quieres para tu cumpleaños?
Alex: [slow] ¿Qué quieres para tu cumpleaños?
Eric: The pattern for asking for information about something has 3 elements. First, "What".
Alex: Qué.
Eric: Second, the conjugated verb, "do you want".
Alex: quieres.
Eric: Third, the complement, "for your birthday".
Alex: para tu cumpleaños.
Eric: Altogether, we have.."What do you want for your birthday? "
Alex: ¿Qué quieres para tu cumpleaños? [slow] ¿Qué quieres para tu cumpleaños? [normal] ¿Qué quieres para tu cumpleaños?
Eric: Start with the word "what", followed by a verb conjugated in the past, present, or future, which demonstrates to whom you are referring. Pay attention to the conjugation as it will show to whom you are referring and not to whom you are talking. At the end you can add more details about the information you want; it can be another verb, adverb, noun, and so on.
Alex: ¿Qué quieres para tu cumpleaños?
Eric: So remember that to ask for information about something, start with the word "what", followed by a conjugated verb, and a complement for more details.
Eric: Here is another example meaning, "What do I buy to eat for dinner?" First, "What".
Alex: Qué.
Eric: Second, a conjugated verb, "do I buy".
Alex: compro.
Eric: Third, a complement, "to eat for dinner".
Alex: para cenar.
Eric: Altogether we have..
Alex: ¿Qué compro para cenar? [slow] ¿Qué compro para cenar? [normal] ¿Qué compro para cenar?
Eric: "What do I buy to eat for dinner?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Qué compro para cenar?
Eric: How do you say - "What do you do on Sundays?" To give you a hint, "Sundays" is..
Alex: los domingos. [slow] los domingos. [normal] los domingos.
Eric: What do you do on Sundays?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Qué haces los domingos? [slow] ¿Qué haces los domingos? [normal] ¿Qué haces los domingos?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Qué haces los domingos?
REVIEW
Eric: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I will give you the English equivalent of the phrases and you are responsible for shouting it out loud in Spanish. Here we go.
Eric: "What do you want for your birthday?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Qué quieres para tu cumpleaños?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Qué quieres para tu cumpleaños?
Eric: "What do I buy to eat for dinner?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Qué compro para cenar?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Qué compro para cenar?
Eric: "What do you do on Sundays?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Qué haces los domingos?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Qué haces los domingos?
OUTRO
Eric: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for asking for information about something, as in..
Alex: ¿Qué quieres para tu cumpleaños?
Eric: meaning "What do you want for your birthday? "
Eric: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on SpanishPod101.com. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Alex: Hasta la próxima.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Try translating this question, "What is that?"

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Hola Blake,


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Muy bien!

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Que es esto?

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What is that?