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Is it habla ingles or Do habla ingles?

asked 2019-03-12 11:53:25 -0400

I am learning spanish for school, and online they told me that "Habla Ingles?" means "Do you speak english?" But I also talked with to different spanish friends, and one said that that was right, and the other said that it was "Do Habla Ingles". I'm not sure who's right, and would like to not screw up spanish. I need to be able to communicate when I go to Mexico and maybe South America! I NEED TO KNOW!

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answered 2019-03-23 21:42:48 -0400

¿Habla inglés? means 'Do you speak English?' and it is used to address a male/female stranger or elderly person respectfully. Personal pronouns seldom go before conjugated verbs in Spanish as their endings already singal their corresponding subject. Nevertheless, we may sometimes choose to add a personal pronoun before verbs as in '¿Usted (i.e. you) habla inglés?' to emphasise who we are talking to. Bear in mind that young people tend to address each other more informally so the appropriate form of this question is '¿Hablas inglés? or ¿Hablás inglés? in Argentinian/Rioplatense Spanish.

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answered 2019-03-18 10:32:39 -0400

You will be safe saying "habla Ingles" in many places in Spanish speaking countries (Living in Mexico and have been to Argentina).. Never heard of "Do habla Ingles", but obviously that doesn't mean it doesn't exist :)

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