How to spread gossip…in Spanish

We all like a bit of harmless gossip (chismorreo), don’t we?

No harm to anybody, right?

(Photo: G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection. 1914)

So what harm could there be in chatting about what someone else has or hasn’t got? None whatsoever! 

Join these ladies pictured above having a chat about what their neighbour has or hasn’t got…in Spanish!

Tiene una bicicleta.  She has got… a bicycle

Tiene una amiga.     She has got …a friend (who is a girl) / one friend

Tiene una casa.       She has got …a house / one house

Tiene una flor.        She he has got…a flower / one flower  

Tiene una falda.      She has got…a skirt / one skirt

Tiene una mesa.      She has got …a table / one table

Tiene una bolsa.      She has got…bag / one bag

Tiene una nieta.     She has got…a grand-daughter

Now you need to ask for a bit more information to clarify your neighbour’s situation, just so you’re  not ever accused of spreading wicked rumours.

Notice the up-side-down question mark at the beginning of the question: ¿

                                      ¿   

Also remember to put a questioning lilt (?) in the voice when you start asking questions so we all know that they are  questions, otherwise your questions  will sound exactly like the affirmative statements above! 

¿Tiene una bicicleta? Does she have/ has she got …a bicycle?

¿Tiene una amiga?    Does she have/ has she got…a  friend (who is a girl) / one frie72px-vraagteken-svgnd?

¿Tiene una casa? Does she have/ has she got…a house / one house?

¿Tiene una flor? Does she have/ has she got…a flower / one flower?  

¿Tiene una falda?    Does she have/ has she got…a skirt / one skirt?

¿Tiene una mesa?   Does she have/ has she got…a table / one table?

¿Tiene una bolsa?     Does she have/ has she got…bag / one bag?

¿Tiene una nieta?     Does she have/ has she got    a grand-daughter?

Poor lass! Now for the list of all the things she hasn’t got…

No tiene una bicicleta.  She doesn’t have/ she hasn’t got…a bicycle

No tiene una amiga.    She doesn’t have/ she hasn’t got …a  friend (a girl) / one friend

No tiene una casa.       She doesn’t have/ she hasn’t got a house / one house

No tiene una flor.       She doesn’t have/ she hasn’t got…a flower / one flower  

No tiene una falda.     She doesn’t have/ she hasn’t got…a skirt / one skirt

No tiene una mesa.    She doesn’t have/ she hasn’t got…a table / one table

No tiene una bolsa.    She doesn’t have/ she hasn’t got…a bag / one bag

No tiene una nieta.     She doesn’t have/ she hasn’t got… a grand-daughter 

So after all that chismorreo (gossip), we get to practice those sentences, saying them aloud and repeating them as much as possible. 

To remember the great advantages of repeating aloud sentences in Spanish, see my previous post : Repeat, repeat, repeat…

I hope this helps…

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