How to say what is that? in Spanish: ¿qué es eso?

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How to say what is that? in Spanish: ¿qué es eso?

Learning Spanish for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say what is that? in Spanish: ¿qué es eso?
Say it out loud: “kay ess essō?

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Some more helpful words in our Spanish Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – el baño  (el bahn yo)
come with me – venga conmigo  (vayn gah cone me go)
do you speak english? – ¿habla inglés?  (ah blah een glāce?)
excuse me – perdón  (pear dōn)
good / bad – bueno / malo  (bway no / mah lo)
how do you say…? – ¿cómo se dice?  (coe moe say dee say?)
how much is this? – ¿cuánto?  (kwahn toe?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – puedo?  (pway doh)
maybe – tal vez  (tahl vays)
no problem – no problema  (no pro blame uh)
please – por favor  (pore fah vore)
sorry – lo siento  (low see in toe)
thank you – gracias  (grah see ahs)
what is that? – ¿qué es eso?  (kay ess essō?)
where is… – dónde está  (dōn day ess tah)
yes / no – sí / no  (see / no)
you are welcome – de nada  (day nah dah)

And here’s how to say what is that? in other languages!

Arabic–Ma Haza?  (ma ha za)
Chinese–Nà Shì Shénme?  (Na Shr Shuh Muh?)
Croatian–što je to?  (shtoe yay toe?)
Czech–co to je?  (so toy eh?)
Finnish–mikä tuo on?  (mi kah t uh oh on)
French–Qu'est que c'est  (kehs kuh say)
German–was ist das?  (vahst is dahs?)
Italian–che cos'è?  (chay koh say?)
Japanese–Are Ha Nandesuka?  (Ah Reh Wah Nahnn Dess Kah?)
Korean–Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo?  (Jo Go Nun Mo Ae Yo?)
Polish–Co to jest?  (Tzo to yest?)
Portuguese–Que É Isso?  (kay eh ee-soo?)
Russian–chto eto takoe?  (shto etah tah koh ye?)
Spanish–¿qué es eso?  (kay ess essō?)
Swahili–nini hiyo  (nee nee hee yo)
Thai–Nan Arai?  (NAHN ah-rai?)
Turkish–bu ne?  (boo nay?)
Vietnamese–Cái Gì Vậy?  (Kay Yee Vuhy)

Dining? On Safari? See something strange? Then you want to ask "what is that?" (¿qué es eso?) to your host or tour guide in Spanish before deciding whether you want to engage or take a run! That is the fun part of experiencing other cultures. For more fun phrases, get instant access to the Spanish Language Set.

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