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10 Fascinating Questions To Ask In a Spanish Conversation ❓❓

10 Fascinating Questions To Ask In a Spanish Conversation ❓❓

Being an interesting conversation partner can be tough in your mother tongue… ni hablar de tener una conversación interesante en español (let alone having an interesting conversation in Spanish)… through all the stammering, stuttering, and thinking about grammar! 

But shall I let you in on a secret only “professional networkers” know and that’ll help you have amazing conversations in Spanish? Being a fascinating conversation partner is not so much about what you say… it’s more about what you ASK! 

And how convenient: if you ASK the questions, you let THEM do the talking, y no tendrás que hablar tanto español (and you won’t have to speak so much Spanish yourself).
So, in this article I’ll give you 10 preguntas interesantes en español para iniciar una conversación (10 interesting questions in Spanish that you can use to strike up a conversation) with anyone and make them feel like you’re the most fascinating conversation partner ever!

1. Questions to talk about places

When it comes to breaking the ice, asking about places or experiences can help, since it’s simple, and you don’t get too personal. Also, if you’re learning Spanish you might find yourself in a new place, and you can find out more about it!

  • ¿Qué te gusta de vivir en ____? (What do you like about living in ____?)

Great question to start introducing the topic. It can also give you a hint about whether it is something the other person would like to talk about, so aprende a leer las señales (learn to read the signs).

Most people like to talk about their city and asking them for recommendations is a great way to keep a conversation flowing.

  • ¿Has visitado ____? / ¿Conoces ____? (Have you been to ____? / Do you know ____?)

This one is pretty useful, as you can ask about a particular place in the city or about a city or country. Great way to get the ball to your side of the court and practice some Spanish yourself! En fin, funciona de las dos maneras (Bottom line: it works both ways).

CHUNK ALERT!

Learn the chunk “en fin” by heart and use it whenever you want to give a conclusion to an idea. Literally, it means something like “in end” and that sounds weird, but you can see it as bottom line or in conclusion. I use it all the time in Spanish, so you know it comes from a trusted source. 

Making your own similar sentence would make you look up grammar, research Spanish culture, learn not so useful vocabulary, and it would take you hours to finally use it… En fin, apréndete este chunk de memoria (Conclusion: Learn this chunk by heart).

For more chunks like this, check out our Spanish chunking resource library with PDF lists containing the most important chunks you’ll need in ANY conversation.

2. Philosophical or existential questions

I personally like to keep things simple, but some moments or situations call for a very meaningful conversation about life, dreams, or fears, or the future. 

I mean, just picture yourself sitting on a Caribbean beach with your new best Latin friend watching the sunset, listening to the sound of the waves… Are you really going to ruin it with ¿Cuál es tu color favorito? (What’s your favorite color?) Of course not, right?! 

So, you better have your chunks ready! Let’s see some of them! 

  • Si tuvieras la oportunidad de pedir un deseo, lo que quisieras, ¿qué pedirías? (If you had the chance to wish for something, whatever you want, what would you wish for?)

Okey, vamos a calmarnos, Aladín (Okay, let’s calm down, Aladdin). No, but seriously, this is a cool way to start getting a little more personal and maybe get the chance to practice your Spanish listening, since I’m sure the answer would be pretty long.

  •  ¿Por qué cosas en tu vida estás agradecido? (What are the things you’re grateful for in your life?)

Another great question to get to know your conversation partner and what’s important to them.

  • Si supieras que vas a morir mañana, ¿qué harías hoy? (If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?)

It might come off as a little grim, but you’d be surprised about how your conversation partner would open up to you with this question!

3. Questions for a date

Special treat: One of the perks of learning Spanish is that you get to meet new people, so there’s a new chance to make new friends… y más que amigos también, ¿por qué no? (and more than friends too, why not?) 

So, I’ll leave some questions you can ask on a first date with a Spanish-speaking native to get to know them better!

  • ¿Qué cosas buscas en un hombre/una mujer? (What things do you expect in a man/woman?) 

This question might help you scan the terrain and see if you fit the profile for a second date.

  • ¿Por qué no me cuentas algo acerca de ti? (Why don’t you tell me something about you?) 

That’s right, keep them talking in Spanish while you’re practicing your listening and see if you have things in common.

  • ¿Saldrías con alguien que _____ ? (Would you date someone that ____ ?)

Very useful to know their likes and dislikes. You could ask something like ¿Saldrías con alguien más bajo que tú? (Would you date someone who’s shorter than you?) or ¿Saldrías con alguien que no se baña? (Would you date someone who doesn’t bathe?)… Although we know the answer to that, probably…

  • Para mí es importante _______; ¿qué opinas de eso? (For me, it’s important that _____. What do you think about it?)

Are you a vegetarian, republican, soccer lover, or a family person? Then, it’s important to make sure you and your date are on the same page. You could say something like: 

  • Para mí es importante la honestidad (For me, honesty is important)
  • Para mí son importantes los compromisos (For me, commitment is important)
  • Para mí es importante el béisbol (For me, baseball is important)

And finish your sentence with ¿Qué opinas de eso? (What do you think about that?) Get your date to talk about what they think about it and see if there’s a second date coming as well!

Recap: The most important questions

Yo sé que es mucho que cubrir (I know it’s a lot to cover), so let’s recap a little bit:

  1. Preguntas para hablar de lugares
    1. ¿Qué te gusta de vivir en ____? (What do you like about living in ____?)
    2. ¿Qué lugares puedo visitar en ____? (What places can I visit in ___?)
    3. ¿Has visitado ____? / ¿Conoces ____? (Have you been to ____? / Do you know ____?)
  1. Preguntas filosóficas o existenciales
    1. Si tuvieras la oportunidad de pedir un deseo, lo que quisieras, ¿qué pedirías? (If you had the chance to wish for something, whatever you want, what would you wish for?)
    2.  ¿Por qué cosas en tu vida estás agradecido? (What are the things you’re grateful for in your life?)
    3. Si supieras que vas a morir mañana, ¿qué harías hoy? (If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?)
  1. Preguntas para una cita
    1. ¿Qué cosas buscas en un hombre/una mujer? (What things do you expect in a man/woman?)
    2. ¿Por qué no me cuentas algo acerca de ti? (Why don’t you tell me something about you?)
    3. ¿Saldrías con alguien que _____ ? (Would you date someone that ____ ?)
    4. Para mí es importante _______; ¿qué opinas de eso? (For me, it’s important that _____. What do you think about it?)

Now you have asked your conversation partner all these questions, and they are just chatting away excitedly, but you don’t understand anything they are saying? Teacher Juan has got you covered! 

I prepared an article for you giving you 5 super useful tricks to understand Spanish native speakers. One of them is how you can mimic the way babies learn to understand a language. With these tips you will understand natives perfectly!

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