Are you abroad and do you want to spend your Christmas in Spain? Well, if you stay more than a few days, you should know more about to write a Spanish letter to the Three Wise Men, or “Los Reyes Magos”.
As you may know, these three kings are from the Orient and they come and deliver gifts every year on the night of January the 5th. One of the many traditions of Spanish Christmas is to write a letter to Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar. They do have a lot of presents to prepare and many wishes to make true, therefore you need to write your letter well in advance. You do not know how to write the letter? Or you are not sure how to express your wishes? No worries. The OnSpain School team will tell you how to do it.
At first, you need to address them by saying: “Queridos Reyes Magos’‘ or “A Sus Majestades los Reyes Magos”. Next, you need to introduce yourself and the most important is to say how you have behaved throughout the last year. If you have not behaved well, we advice you to not lie, but you can soften things a bit you are not proud of. Do not lie because the Kings know everything and it is very easy for them to see the truth. For example, you can explain that, although you have not been very good, that you are willing to change it next year. And now you can start to ask for presents, but be careful.
This is the part of the letter that usually causes a lot of problems: How do we express wishes in Spanish? Here we might need to use our little friend, the “subjuntivo“ which, in fact, is not that difficult to use. Let’s see:
First choose a verb for expressing a desire, for example: QUERER (want), ESPERAR (hope for) or DESEAR (desire). Then you have two options:
- Ask for something you can do on your own. Check this example: Deseo aprobar mi examen de español (I wish to pass my Spanish exam.). In this phrase there is only one subject: The person who asks and the person who approves is YOU. Therefore, we use the infinitive.
- Ask for something you cannot influence. For example: You would like to go out with this nice boy sitting next to you. But you are shy! And you think he should be the one to do the first step. So this is what you do: First choose a verb for expressing a desire, then add a “que” and then use the verb “declarar” in subjuntivo. Like this: Deseo que mi compañero de clase se declare. (I wish my classmate would ask me out.) In this sentence there are two verbs with two different subjects (yo and mi compañero de clase). So we use the subjuntivo.
Although the Kings will do what they can to make your wishes come true, you should still help them a bit. Look into the boy’s eyes, sit down next to him… Although they are the Kings, they do not perform miracles.
Finally, you say goodbye and wish them all the best, again using the subjuntivo and like this you practice your grammar once again:
¡Que os vaya bien! ¡Que os sea leve! ¡Que no curréis mucho!
If you should still have problems, in spite of all these advices, we recommend you to come to our Spanish school in Malaga and apply for one of our courses. We shall make clear all of your questions and doubts.
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