The thought of having a conversation in Spanish may freak anyone out. The idea of putting into practice what you’ve learnt so far terrifies you. You don’t want to make any grammar mistakes and you are scared of the recipient not getting the message across. In other cases, you don’t even know what to say after Hola. It seems you have forgotten every Spanish expression you have been studying for such a long time
There are hundreds of conversation starters that will help you make the most of your conversations
in Spanish. The only thing you need to remember is in Spanish adjectives and nouns have masculine or femenine gender. So when addressing a man you simply add an -o to the adjective cansado or -a if you are talking to a female. As regards vos/tú/usted, usted is reserved to formal situations whereas vos/tú are in informal situations. Most Spanish speaking countries use tú when referring to you and in Argentina and Uruguay people simply use vos.
Table of Contents
|1. To Start a Converstaion When Meeting Someone you already know||2. Masculine and Femenine Gender in Coversations|
|3. When meeting someone for the first time||4. Conversation Icebreakers| Weather and news|
|5. Work, Study, travel, A Great Way to Start Conversation|When meeting someone, the first thing we do is to greet them. After that, there are many conversation starters to catch up or to simply start a conversation about trivial topics. This is the perfect way to relax and gain some confidence in the foreign language. There are hundreds of conversation starters that will help you make the most of your conversations in Spanish. The only thing you need to remember is in Spanish adjectives and nouns have masculine or femenine gender. So when addressing a man you simply add an -o to the adjective cansado or -a if you are talking to a female. As regards vos/tú/usted, usted is reserved to formal situations whereas vos/tú are in informal situations. Most Spanish speaking countries use tú when referring to you and in Argentina and Uruguay people simply use vos. After greeting someone you meet for the very first time, you may want to know a little bit about them. Whether you are a curious person or simply want to start a conversation, you need to know how to ask personal questions. In a couple of minutes, you will be engaged in a conversation without noticing it. 1 ¿A quién conoces aquí? Who do you know here? 2 A muy pocos Very few 3 ¿Está desocupada esta silla? Is this seat taken? 4 ¿Con quién viniste? Who did you come with? 5 Con (María) With (Mary) 6 ¿Ya había estado en este lugar? Have you already been to this place? 7 No, es la primera vez No, it’s the first time 8 ¿Qué opinas de este lugar? What do you think of this place? 9 ¿Sabes qué hora es? Do you know what time it is? 10 Hasta la próxima Until next time 11 Que tengas un buen día Have a nice day Talking about the weather or the latest news are the perfect icebreakers. These conversation starters may- eventually- help you give your opinion on serious topics such as environmental issues or politics. 1 Me encantan estos días de frío I love these cold days 2 ¿Cómo está afuera ahora? What’s the weather like now? 3 Está más cálido que ayer It’s warmer than yesterday 4 ¿Escuchaste/leíste sobre lo que pasó en Madrid? Have you heard/read about what happened in Madrid? 5 No, ¿Qué pasó? No. What happened? 6 Sí. Es terrible. Yes. It was terrible 7 ¿Qué piensas sobre la noticia que salió en el diario? What do you think about the news on the newspaper? 8 ¿Alguien vió el noticiero de las 8? Has someone seen the 8 pm news? 9 No, no miro noticias. No, I don’t watch the news A great way to start a conversation is talking about something you are confident: Work and study. If you are visiting a Spanish speaking country, you can also talk about your trip. 1 ¿En qué consiste tu trabajo? What does your job consist of? 2 ¿Tuviste que trabajar hasta tarde hoy? Did you have to work late today? 3 ¿Tenés noticias de la entrevista de trabajo que tuviste? Do you have any news about the interview you had? 4 Hasta ahora, nada So far, nothing 5 ¿Qué estudias? What do you study? 6 Estudio medicina I study medicine 7 ¿En qué año estás? Which year are you? 8 Estoy en 2do I’m in 2nd 9 ¿Cuánto te falta para recibirte? How long before you get your degree? 10 Me faltan 10 materias I still have to sit for 10 subjects 11 ¿Te gusta viajar? Do you like travelling? 12 Si, me encanta Yes, I love it 13 ¿Fuiste a Perú alguna vez? Yo fuí hace dos años Have you ever been to Perú? I was there two years ago 14 ¡Gua! Que lindo. Yo quiero ir algún día Wow! How nice. I want to go someday 15 Quiero aprender español para viajar a España I want to learn spanish to travel to Spain 16 ¿Qué tal el viaje a Inglaterra? How was your trip to England? 17 Estuvo genial, la pase de maravilla It was great. I had a wonderful time