"¿Estás en China?"
Translation:Are you in China?
This was presented as a dictation to be repeated into the mic so it surprised me that it was a question. This could easily have meant You are in China. Can anyone tell me how one can tell a question from a statement in spoken Spanish?
The tone, just as in English. You are correct, the pronunciation is a statement, not a question. Needs to be corrected.
All interrogative sentences in this course are pronounced as a statement. I'm a Spanish man and speaker is a Mexican woman, but I don't believe that it could be right for Mexican people neither.
A question is normally indicated by the tone of voice rising towards the end, as many questions in Spanish are word-for-word the same as an affirmative statement. In Spain, commonly used informal expressions may also indicate a question in spoken conversation, such as "¿Estás en china, no?"
There should have been an infection in the voice when she says Estas and China indicating its a question
To indicate a location you must use "estar", not "ser". You never "eres" in a place.
You can tell a statement from a question by the intonation at the end of the question. The voice goes up just a little, as it does in English.
Because of the -s on "estás." It can only mean "you." Is it in China? = ¿Está en China?