qué tal

qué tal(
keh
 
tahl
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to ask about people or situations)
a. how is (singular) (present)
¿Qué tal el negocio familiar? Escuché que tienen problemas económicos.How is the family business? I heard you're having financial problems.
¿Qué tal tu madre? - Se encuentra mejor, pero debe guardar cama.How's your mother? - She's feeling better, but she needs to stay in bed.
b. how was (singular) (past)
¿Qué tal tu día? - Estuve muy ocupado con cosas del trabajo.How was your day? - I was very busy with work.
c. how are (plural) (present)
¿Qué tal tus clases de italiano? ¿Estás aprendiendo mucho?How are your Italian lessons? Are you learning a lot?
d. how were (plural) (past)
¿Qué tal las gambas que pediste en el restaurante? - Estaban riquísimas.How were the prawns you ordered at the restaurant? - They were delicious.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Qué tal el examen? - Bien, creo que aprobaré.How did the exam go? - Well, I think I'll pass.
Ayer fui a ver la última película de James Bond. - ¿Y qué tal?I went to see the last James Bond movie yesterday? - And how was it?
2. (used to make a suggestion; used with "si")
a. how about
¿Qué tal si dejamos de quejarnos y comenzamos a resolver los problemas nosotros mismos?How about we stop whining and start solving the problems by ourselves?
b. what if
Nuestro partido necesita más apoyo. - ¿Qué tal si nos aliamos a los conservadores?Our party needs more support. - What if we form a coalition with the conservatives?
3. (used to express frustration)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
a. oh, please
No haces mucho en la casa. - ¡Qué tal! Yo soy el que limpia todos los días.You don't do much around the house. - Oh, please! I'm the one who cleans up every day.
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