Spanish For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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Knowing how to ask basic questions in Spanish — or any other language — is essential in a global society. To ask for information in Spanish, use these basic Spanish question words and example questions.

  • ¿Quién? (¿keeehn?) (Who?)

  • ¿Qué? (¿keh?) (What?)

  • ¿Dónde? (¿dohn-deh?) (Where?)

  • ¿Cuándo? (¿koohahn-doh?) (When?)

  • ¿Por qué? (¿pohr keh?) (Why?)

  • ¿Cuál? (¿koohahl?) (Which?)

  • ¿Cómo? (¿koh-moh?) (How?)

  • ¿Cuánto? (¿koohahn-toh?) (How much?)

The following are examples of these question words in action that you may find useful:

¿Quién es él? (¿keeehn ehs ehl?) (Who is he?)
¿Qué hace usted? (¿keh ah-seh oohs-tehd?) (What do you do?)
¿Dónde viven ustedes? (¿dohn-deh bvee-bvehn oohs-teh-dehs?) (Where do you live?)
¿Cuándo llegan ellos? (¿koohahn-doh yeh-gahn eh-yohs?) (When do they arrive?)
¿Por qué está usted aquí? (¿pohr keh ehs-tah oosh-tehd ah-kee?) (Why are you [formal] here?)
¿Cuál restaurante es mejor? (¿kooahl rehs-tahooh-rahn-teh ehs meh-Hohr?) (Which restaurant is better?)
¿Cómo es su casa? (¿koh-moh ehs sooh kah-sah?) (How is their house? or What's their house like?)
¿Cuánto cuesta el boleto? (¿koohahn-toh koohehs-tah ehl bvoh-leh-toh?) (How much is the ticket?)

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Berlitz® has taught languages to millions of people for more than 130 years. Susana Wald is a writer and literary translator in Hungarian, Spanish, English, and French, and she has taught abroad in Chile and Canada. Cecie Kraynak, MA, has taught and tutored Spanish at the junior high school and college levels for more than 25 years. She is the author of Spanish Verbs For Dummies.

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