Are you an inquisitive person?
Are you always asking where people have been and where they’re going?
Don’t you just LOVE knowing what’s going on with everybody?
but even so…you really may need to ask someone this question in Spanish occasionally.
In a previous post, ‘VOY’ : Spanish for Beginners, we saw the way to use the ‘First Person’ of the verb IR (to go) so it would be really useful to look back at that post to refresh the use of VOY and its two meanings.
DÓNDE = WHERE A= TO
‘A DÓNDE`IS USED WHEN ASKING SOMEONE ‘TO WHERE’ THEY ARE GOING
(It’s a funny old world, isn’t it…but that’s what makes languages so interesting!)
We saw in the previous post VOY had two meanings in English:
VOY = I GO and I’M GOING
so in the same way VAS has two meanings in English:
VAS = YOU GO and YOU’RE GOING
(Pronunciation VAS = like BASS (as in “Sea Bass” in English)
We saw how AMAZINGLY EASY it is to turn any verb form into a question in Spanish and this is a perfect opportunity to learn by heart an extremely common pattern in Spanish conversation.
¿A dónde VAS? VOY a la tienda
¿A dónde VAS? VOY al bar
A BASIC CONVERSATION PATTERN
A basic common pattern in any language could be;
Question : “Where are you going ?” Answer: ” I’m going to the shop”
If you feel you might need to know this conversational exchange, then read on…
because it’s so easy.
VAS = YOU GO or YOU ARE GOING
To make a question out of this verb form VAS, all we have to do is add a ‘question voice’ when speaking, or up-side-down question marks when writing. SO EASY
¿A dónde VAS? VOY a la tienda Where are you going? I’m going to the shop.
¿A dónde VAS? VOY al bar Where are you going? I’m going to the bar.
A different style of question which you can easily use in the early days of learning Spanish would be……
Are you going to the ………..? Yes, I’m going to the……….
(REMEMBER; A LA = TO THE … using a feminine noun)
¿ VAS A LA TIENDA ? Are you going to the shop?
¿VAS A LA CLASE DE ESPAÑOL? Are you going to the Spanish class?
¿VAS A LA PELUQUERÍA? Are you going to the hairdresser’s?
¿VAS A LA CASA DE JANE? Are you going to the house of Jane ? (Jane’s house)
¿VAS A LA ESTACIÓN? Are you going to the station?
¿VAS A LA PLAZA? Are you going to the square?
REMEMBER: AL = TO THE when using a masculine noun
¿VAS AL TRABAJO? Are you going to (the) work?
¿VAS AL COLEGIO? Are you going to the school?
¿VAS AL BAR? Are you going to the bar?
¿VAS AL MERCADO? Are you going to the market?
Now it’s time for a real conversation:
Using feminine noun place-names:
- ¿ VAS A LA TIENDA ? Sí, VOY a la tienda.
Are you going to the shop? Yes, I’m going to the shop.
- ¿VAS A LA CLASE DE ESPAÑOL? SÍ, VOY a la clase de español.
Are you going to the Spanish lesson? Yes, I’m going to the Spanish lesson.
- ¿VAS A LA PELUQUERÍA? Sí, VOY a la peluquería
Are you going to the hairdresser’s? Yes, I’m going to the hairdresser’s
- ¿VAS A LA CASA DE JANE? Sí, VOY a la casa de Jane.
Are you going to the house of Jane (Jane’s house)? Yes, I’m going to Jane’s house.
- ¿VAS A LA ESTACIÓN? Sí, VOY a la estación.
Are you going to the station? Yes, I’m going to the station.
- ¿VAS A LA PLAZA? Sí, VOY a la plaza.
Are you going to the square? Yes, I’m going to the square.
And using masculine noun place-names
¿VAS AL TRABAJO? Sí, VOY al trabajo.
Are you going to work? Yes, I’m going to work
¿VAS AL COLEGIO? Sí, VOY al colegio.
Are you going to school? Yes, I’m going to school.
¿VAS AL BAR? Sí, VOY al bar.
Are you going to the bar? Yes, I’m going to the bar.
- ¿VAS AL MERCADO? Sí, VOY al mercado
Are you going to the market? Yes, I’m going to the market.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN
Now for thefun!
- Repeat the sentences aloud in Spanish. Get used to hearing yourself saying the different words. It really does help fix the patterns in your mind.
- See a previous post about the benefits of repetition in language learning; Repeat, repeat, repeat…
- Make up several sentences, relevant to your OWN life, using ¿VAS ? A LA or AL.
IF YOU NEED ANY HELP, OR JUST MORE CLARIFICATION, LEAVE A COMMENT IN THE BOX BELOW.
I really hope this helps. Let me know if it does.
Love this explanation -only point of correction maybe to write that
VAS pronounced as PASS rather than BASS (as BASS can be pronounced BASE as in music etc) – rest of page really useful. Thanks Marie
LikeLiked by 1 person
Hi Pauline! Yes, thanks you’re so right…
I suppose I was thinking ‘bass’ as in ‘sea bass’ , the fish! I’ll correct ASAP!
Hi Pauline, Thanks for picking up on that very important point! I changed the example to “Sea Bass” as in fish, because I thought I needed to keep the ‘soft b’ sound of ‘VAS’ in Spanish.
Thanks so much for commenting.
PLEASE keep proof-reading for me.
It really helps me to make this useful to as many as possible.
LikeLiked by 1 person