What ways are there to give advice in Spanish?
Giving advice (good or bad) is a skill we all have in our mother tongue.
In general, knowing how to give advice to our acquaintances is important for everyone. Therefore, when we learn a new language, performing this function successfully is very useful and satisfying.
But when, to whom and how are advice given?
It is an interesting question because the answer is related to the culture of each country. However, I consider that in Spanish-speaking countries we have great similarities in this regard.
For us, it is very common to give advice to our friends and family, but also to acquaintances and sometimes also, to those not so well known.
For example, let’s imagine that we are buying greengrocer’s and we are undecided about what kind of apples to buy. It would be nothing strange that any other buyer or even the seller said: ” I recommend you buy these from here, they are very good . “
Perhaps, this type of trust does not occur in other countries and cultures. The truth is that ours is common, and if you want to learn Spanish and understand its culture, you should know these differences.
On the other hand, it is very interesting and important to know how to give advice correctly according to the context.
You have to know how to transmit advice in its different grades, that is, from more direct to less direct.
Also, this has a lot of connection with the type of relationship you have with the person you speak.
Imagine you are at the Madrid tourist office. You want to know the best way to get to the airport in the city, and the girl who serves you says: ” You have to go by taxi.”
If we listen to this answer, we would understand it as almost an obligation. However, if I told you: ” I would take a taxi ” is a much more cordial and friendly response.
Suppose you are going to travel to Argentina with your family. A friend of yours recommends visiting Perito Moreno like this: “You have to go to Perito Moreno!” .
In this close and friendly context, this answer is the most anticipated and it would be understood that you cannot miss this destination on your trip.
As you can see, the context in which you are and the structure you use is decisive to solve the situation successfully in Spanish.
Of course, if you’re wrong nothing happens. All learning needs prior mistakes ?. To facilitate the correct use of structures to give advice according to the degree, we present the following infogafía ?:
As you can see, there are several ways to give advice in Spanish. In addition, the structures change completely from one to another.
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