Spanish Question Words

In this free audio lesson, you will learn common Spanish question words. We'll give you a whole list of helpful interrogative words so you can start asking questions in Spanish. Note the upside-down question mark at the beginning of each question... can you write it?

Common Spanish Question Words

There are many helpful words to enable you to ask questions in Spanish.

The most common Spanish question words are...

Using Inflection when asking a question in Spanish

Unlike English, however, you don’t raise the pitch of your voice at the end of a question in Spanish. Rather, you ask the interrogative word in a higher-pitched voice and drop your pitch for the rest of the question.

Spanish Question Punctuation Marks

Punctuation marks in Spanish are almost exactly the same as English—except for two. If you wish to add a question mark (?) at the end of a sentence, you must also add an upside-down question (¿) mark at the beginning.

Additionally, if you wish to use an exclamation point (!), you must add an upside-down exclamation point (¡) at the beginning of the exclamation.

Using a Statement as a Question

As in English, you may use a statement to ask a question in Spanish as long as you raise the pitch of your voice at the end of the question.

Por ejemplo:

 Tienes calor ... You are hot  

 

 Estamos contentos ... We are happy
   
 

Subject and verb order when asking questions in Spanish

Note that in English the order of the subject and verb are switched when converting a statement to a question. The same is true in Spanish. When asking a question, the order is as follows:
 
¿Complete verb(s) + subject + object?

Por ejemplo:

becomes...

Por ejemplo:

becomes...

Asking “Really? Is That True?”

Often, in English, when we want to know whether or not something is true, we make a statement then add, "Right?" or "Really?" or "No?" For example:

  • You’re going to take the garbage out, right?
  • The museum is on the left, no?

You can do the same thing in Spanish:

However, instead of saying "right" or “"really," you'll ask, "True?"

Simply remember to raise the pitch of your voice when you say "¿no?" or "¿verdad?"

Por ejemplo:

El carro tiene gasolina. - The car has gas.

 
El vestido es muy bonito. - The dress is very pretty.
 

 
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