One critical element of conversation hacking is being able to share your thoughts and ideas as quickly as possible. A common set of ideas that you may want to able express is talking about the future.
In this episode of the real fast spanish tips podcast we add a further piece of the puzzle to conversation hacking theory.
We will look at another sentence from the 13 Spanish Grammar Hacking sentences. In the previous theoretical episode we looked at one sentence that allowed you to express actions that occur in the past without having to memorise every past tense verb conjugation.
Today, in this tip we discuss a very similar idea. Using a compound expression, we will hack talking about actions in the future without having to memorise all future tense verb conjugations.
Expression for hacking the future:
Ir + a + infinitive = something is going to happen
Infinitives are verbs in their most basic form, for example in english “to speak”, “to eat”, “to want” in spanish “hablar”, “comer” and “querer”
Conjugations of the verb ‘ir’
I go – Yo voy
You go – tu vas
He goes – él va
She goes – ella va
We go – nosotros vamos
You-all go – vosotros vaís
They go – ellos van y ellas van
As a general rule of thumb, the spanish drop the pronoun:
I go – Voy
You go – Vas
We go – Vamos
You-all go – Vaís
They go – Van
Grammar hacking sentence:
I am going to know tomorrow – Voy a conocer mañana
Also the sentence could be:
I am going to get to know it tomorrow – Voy a conocerlo mañana
I am going to get to know Barcelona tomorrow – Voy a conocer Barcelona mañana
Examples from the episode:
Are you going to the market today? – ¿Vas a ir al mercado hoy?
I am going to go tomorrow – Voy a ir mañana
When are you going to be ready? – ¿Cuando vas a estar listo?
I will be ready in two minutes – Voy a estar listo en dos minutos
Voy a estar lista en dos minutos (female)
This afternoon I’m going to speak with my friends – Esta tarde voy a hablar con mis amigos
Do you want to eat now? – ¿Quieres comer ahora?
I’m going to eat later – Voy a comer despues
When are they going to leave? – Cuando van a salir?
They are going to leave next week – Van a salir la semana que viene
The week that comes (next week) – la semana que viene
This episodes quote:
“Todo va a estar bien.” – Bob Marley
In today’s episode, we talked about another sentence from the Spanish grammar hacking sentences. To see the others check out the conversation hacking guide.
How can you use today’s tip to talk about the future?