Shopping in a foreign language can be exciting or scary, but no matter what, it will always be an unforgettable experience. Specially when you first start speaking that foreign language. In this post you will find the most common questions you will probably ask or hear in Spanish, and also the answers you should use. After studying this lesson, watching our video, or if you already know, practice with this free worksheet.
Some of the questions or words you could hear are:
¿Le puedo ayudar? This is translated as “may I help you?”.
The other important questions you might want to ask are: ¿Cuánto cuesta? and ¿Cuánto cuestan? Notice the letter N at the end of the last question. This means the items you’re asking for are plural.
All in all, it goes like this: When you want to know about the price of one item, you can simply ask: ¿Cuánto cuesta?. When you want to ask for the price of several items, it is a good idea to ask: ¿Cuánto cuestan? Remember to pronounce every letter in Spanish!
These two last questions we just saw, are basic and general questions that can be very useful and practical to say. Now, if you need to be more specific about a particular object you can do more than just point at it.
Shopping? Use your words.
Imagine the objects you are wanting to know the price of, are behind the display. Or simply hanging on a wall. Try using demonstratives to better point out what you need.
A demonstrative is a pronoun that you can use to point to something specific in a sentence. In Spanish you will use them depending on two things: How far you are from the object (distance), and if there’s only one or many items (singular or plural). Remember there’s also masculine and feminine items! (Spanish is crazy).