I was just wondering how the best way to open a question in Spanish is in a loose, somewhat respectful and more conversational manner. An example lies in that prior sentence. Instead of asking:
What is the best way to open a question in Spanish?
I could ask:
I was just wondering about the best way to open a question in Spanish
Other examples could include:
- I was just curious about whether...
- I was hoping you could tell me if...
However I feel that using the past tense in this manner in Spanish doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Using the conditional (would you tell me if) also doesn't seem totally fitting.
I'm specifically looking for the best way to do these kind of "question openings" in a native tone as opposed to just strict translations of English openings.