Author’s note: I’m so excited to have been able to add audio files to this article.
Read on and listen below to how real Spanish people speak real Spanish!
The white lace curtains are twitching in ‘suburbia’.
We’re all wanting to know where’s she going? With whom? For how long? When will she be back?
And so on, and so on…
Would not that be great to be able to say in Spanish?
Maybe not. You’re not a gossip peeking out from behind those lace curtains.
But you really MIGHT need to talk about where someone goes or where they are going in Spanish at some time soon.
To revise the verb IR : TO GO, take a quick look at a previous post of the First Person Singular of IR : ‘VOY’ : Spanish for Beginners (I go / I’m going)
Also Spanish for Beginners: ¿A dónde vas? can help with an overview of the Second Person Singular of IR : VAS (You go / you’re going)
Moving on now to the Third Person Singular of IR : VA
(Pronunciation note: The ‘V‘ sound in Spanish is more like a soft ‘B’ sound in English, so VA is pronounced almost like the exclamation in English ‘BAH!
We’ve seen a few times now how Spanish can double up many times for several meanings in English and that’s what makes it so simple!
The single word VA can have several meanings which should make things simple, but it could be confusing, if you know what I mean?
Let’s look at this great word VA,
- SHE GOES = VA
- SHE’S GOING= VA
- HE GOES= VA
- HE’S GOING= VA
- IT GOES (like a dog a cat, a car, a train, an aeroplane etc.)= VA
- IT’S GOING (like a dog a cat, a car, a train, an aeroplane etc.)= VA
Is that not amazing??
Remember: IN CONTEXT it will probably be very clear WHO is being referred to…
but if in doubt you can always add SHE = ELLA or HE = ÉL to your sentence. but Spanish people rely on context and often don’t bother with the HE or SHE words!
VA even can be used instead of VAS which we saw above, to mean
- YOU GO
- YOU’RE GOING
but this use is limited to very polite or formal situations.
(I’ll talk about this issue ‘polite‘ and ‘formal‘ forms of the Spanish verb in a future post.)
So it’s all very clear now how extremely useful this little unassuming word is…
Let’s have some fun making sentences with VA
Listen to a native Spanish speaker, my daughter Araceli, pronounce each phrase. Repeat what she says and then listen to the phrase again.
- Listen to each recording…repeat the phrase in the space provided and then wait to hear the phrase again. How close were you?
Note: Remember “to the…. shop” = A LA…TIENDA (for feminine nouns with ‘ la‘)
- Va a la tienda
She goes /She’s going /He goes / He’s going …to the shop
- Va a la clase de español
She goes /She’s going /He goes / He’s going…to the Spanish class
- Va a la peluquería
She goes /She’s going /He goes / He’s going…to the hairdresser’s
- Va a casa de Jane
She goes /She’s going /He goes / He’s going…to the house of Jane (Jane’s house)
- Va a la estación
She goes /She’s going /He goes / He’s going…to the station
- Va a la plaza
She goes /She’s going /He goes / He’s going…to the Square
Remember “to the…work” = AL…TRABAJO (for masculine nouns with ‘el‘)
- Va al trabajo
She goes /She’s going /He goes / He’s going…to (the) work
- Va al colegio
She goes /She’s going /He goes / He’s going…to (the) school
- Va al bar
She goes /She’s going /He goes / He’s going…to the bar
- Va al mercado
She goes /She’s going /He goes / He’s going…to the market
For more on A LA and AL , see previous post How to say ‘To The’ in Spanish: A la or Al ?
I’m so excited to have been able to add audio files to this article.
Does it really help to listen to a native speaker carefully and repeat what (and HOW) they speak?
Please let me know in the comments below if you would be interested in listening to more native Spanish speakers in my posts.
I really hope this helps…