A useful part of knowing a language and interacting with Spanish people is being able to ask someone’s opinion and also to give your own views. Spanish people are very opinionated and love having a real discussion on any subject whatsoever; from politics and “la crisis” to food, the weather and the local supermarket prices. You may often think they are having a huge argument from their raised voices and the way they throw their arms around, however this is normally just a healthy discussion. If you want to get involved in discussions with locals, it would be a good idea to learn some of the question and answer phrases in this article.
(Yo) pienso que …: I think that …
(Yo) creo que …: I believe/think that …
Opino que …: I have the opinion that …
Me parece que … : It seems to me that …
Para mí …: For me …
En mi opinión …: In my opinion …
¿Qué crees?: What do you believe? [informal]
¿Qué cree usted?: What do you believe? [formal]
¿Qué opinas de …?: What do you think about …? [informal]
¿Qué opina de …?: What do you think about …? [formal]
¿Qué te parece?: What do you think? [informal]
¿Qué le parece?: What do you think? [formal]
Translate the following questions and answers into Spanish and then read the answers further down:
1.What do you think about this book?
I think that it is very interesting.
2. For me Spanish is easier than French.
What do you think?
3. It seems to me that children watch too much television.
What do you believe?
1. ¿Qué opinas de este libro?
Pienso que es muy interesante. (Or, Creo que … / Opino que …)
2. Para mí el español es más fácil que el francés.
¿Qué te parece?
3. Me parece que los niños ven demasiada televisión.