Become a fluent Spanish speaker
1-¿Con qué frecuencia?-how often?
Such a popular sentences but still a lot of people I know struggle everytime I ask them ¿con qué frecuencia hacen algo? –“how often do they do things”
So get your notebook and write this one down, it is a must
2-De ninguna manera-no way
Again quite a typical one, when there is no way to do something, like there is no way you going to visit your in-laws during the weekend…-De ninguna manera vas a hacerlo” no way you will do it”
3-De todas maneras-anyway,
A lot of time people get stuck when they have done a break from their speech and they realize they lost the plot and want to come back to the main point, imagine you are planning a trip with some friends and you are planning the transport but some of them starting to talk about everything you could see in your destination, when he realized he would want to come back to his main point
in English is easy
“Anyway as I was telling you I think travelling by train is better”
In Spanish too 🙂 De todas las maneras como te estaba diciendo, creo que viajar en tren es mejor”
We use as well to make sure the other person gets the point we want to make
In the party was a lot of people and it finished quite early but it was a good party anyway.-“había mucha gente en la fiesta y terminó bastante pronto, pero de todas las maneras fue una buena fiesta”
4-No importa/da igual-never mind
To show that something is not important, if you go to see a friend for a coffee but they are busy and can not make it, they will apologized and if it is not a big deal for you you would say
Never mind, we will meet another day, I just passed by because I was close-“No importa, quedamos otro día solo he pasado porque estaba cerca”
5-Lo consultaré con la almohada-I will sleep on it
Pretty much the same, in English you sleep on it, in Spanish we consult it with the pillow.-
If you have an important decision to make, you can ask for more time saying
Ok give me some time I will sleep on it-“vale, dame un poco más de tiempo, lo consultaré con la almohada”
6-¿Cuál es el truco?-whats the catch?
If someone is telling you something too good to be real you will ask
What is the catch? It is impossible something is that good– “¿Cuál es la trampa? Es imposible que algo sea tan bueno.”
7-Cuanto antes mejor-the sooner the better
If you want to get something done because is annoying, it will take time and you can not stop thinking about it, cuanto antes lo hagas mejor-“the sooner you do it, the better”
8-cara o cruz- Heads or tails
Here is a good one
If you are at home with your flatmates on a Sunday afternoon and you need something from the supermarket and you are too lazy to go you could play “cara o cruz”, heals or tails to see who is the unluckiest one 🙂
9-Aprender de memoria-learn by heart
A good example to describe what you need to do with these sentences 🙂
10-Que yo sepa-As far as I know
Useful if you want to give your opinion but you are not quite sure…
Que yo sepa el restaurant cierra a las 8, pero podemos ir-“as far as I know the restaurant closes at 8 but we can go”
If you meet someone you like and he is quicker than you saying nice to meet you, instead of “nice to meet you too” you can say “igualmente”-likewise , shorther!
12-no lo aguanto-I can’t stand it
When something or someone is not your cup of tea, or let’s say you can’t stand them…time to use “no le aguanto”
And the last one
13-!Cuánto tiempo sin verte!-long time no see you!
I know I know…there are more and more, and I will keep giving them to you, but for this week, I think you have enough study material,
But if you have a burning sentences you use it in English so much and it is not on the list, feel free to ask it on the comments and I will give you the equivalent in Spanish, in the meanwhile, enjoy and learn some Spanish.
HOMEWORK-Practice-Because as I said every language is different with its own twist, and there is not way to master a language if you haven’t lived in the country or have constant contact with the language, or….you have a weekly dose of Spanish to read and take action, read it is good (until you forget) that is why practice become an important thing in the learning process, so come over to the comments and leave a note using one of the expressions we learned above.
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!Feliz día!Hablamos pronto
Happy day, we will speak soon