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Monday, July 9, 2007

Learn Spanish question words using these mnemonics


The importance of knowing how to ask a question is obvious, but a large number of people tend to mix up the question words or simply can't remember them. Try to use these
mnemonic (memory) tricks to help you remember the question words. The following examples are silly and will not elicit the exact question word, but they will jar your memory.

Cómo how (How did she get into a coma?)

Quién who (Who dates Barbie? Ken!)

Qué what (What do they sell at K -mart?)

Cuándo when (When did you use a condom?)

Most questions that have a question word are created exactly like a yes or no question with the question word in front. Take the question “does he speak Italian?” ¿ Habla él italiano? There are several question words that could simply be placed in front of the question to elicit more information than yes or no. See the following sample sentences for examples on how different question words can elicit different answers:

¿ Cómo habla él italiano? (How does he speak Italian?)

¿ Dónde habla él italiano? (Where does he speak Italian?)

¿ Cuándo habla él italiano? (When does he speak Italian?)

¿ Por qué habla él italiano? (Why does he speak Italian?)

All of the sample questions can be created simply by switching the subject and the verb to create a yes or no question and then simply placing the specific question word in front.

Lynda said...

For the question words, I also teach that "Quantity has the T." so as not to confuse cuanTo and cuando. Cuando is "When are you going to DO something?"

Anonymous said...

This is awesome!! I've been having a really hard time in spanish class learning my preguntas. Thank you Thank you Thank you (or should I say Gracias!)

Anonymous said...

I use this question jingle bells song:



?POR QUE? WHY
?CUANDO?WHEN
?QUE? WHAT ?DONDE? WHERE
?CUANTO? HOW MUCH
?COMO? HOW
?QUIEN? MEANS WHO IS THERE.
HEY
(REPEAT 1 TIME, 2ND TIME DON'T SAY HEY)
WHICH IS MISSING ?CAUL?

Anonymous said...

OMG thnk you so much i was looking for the spanish question song for hours but finally

BROOKE CAULEY said...

a song

to make a statement say a subject then the verb
to make a question just say them in reverse
flip a question mark thats where the party begins
right side up one always goes where it ends

porque asks why
cuando asks when
donde asks where
to find out who ask quin
que is what
which is cual
how is como
put an accent on them all.

REPEAT TWICE

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Most questions that have a question word are created exactly like a yes or no question with the question word in front.

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There are several question words that could simply be placed in front of the question to elicit more information than yes or no.

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I am really thankful to Mr. Amit. Because of I am learning Spanish language. So this is useful to learn Spanish question words using these mnemonics.

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