I always have trouble figuring out what break is in Spanish for the sentence "How was you winter break". I don't know if it break is vacaciones in this case. My guess is

Como es tu invierno

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Literally it would be

¿Cómo fueron tus vacaciones de invierno?

Break normally is translated as "vacaciones" into Spanish, which is more like holidays.

As a remark, we rarely say "vacaciones de invierno", at least in Spain, we always say vacaciones de Navidad (Christmas Holidays).


We translate "break" (the time for resting during vacations) as "vacaciones". The phrase whould be translated as :

¿Qué tal fueron tus vacaciones?

Note that we use "vacaciones" as a plural, cause is a sum of many days.

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    Thanks for the help but why is there a qué tal? I thought that qué tal means how are you.
    – Tia27
    Jan 22, 2015 at 22:31
  • no, it means "how is", we use, however, "¿Qué tal?" as a shortening of "¿Qué tal estás?" wich means "how are you?". You should'nt use "Que tal?" alone, as it doesnt have meaning alone, but we use it as a shorter version of "Que tal estás?" Jan 23, 2015 at 8:50
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    "¿Qué tal te ha salido el exámen?" - "How did the exam go?" "¿Que tal me queda el vestido?" - "How is this dress suiting me?" Jan 23, 2015 at 8:51

Break means descanso but depending on the context and the length of that break you can translate it as vacaciones (when it is a long period such as Christmas, Easter), recreo(when children at school take their break) o pausa (when you go for a coffee or lunch in the middle of your workday).


Receso es la traduccion exacta de break en este contexto.

Como estuvo tu receso de invierno.


How was your winter break = Como fueron tus vacaciones de invierno?


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