6 common sentences to express difficulty in Spanish Spanish language has a particular way to express things, and sometimes for students can get difficult, and lots of them will use the popular sentences “es muy difícil”, today I am going to give you some other sentences you can use to express difficulty and sound more like a native.

As a teacher, one of the sentences I listen the most, (and probably I dislike the most too) is “it is so difficult”. I have heard it so often that if I ‘d have got a penny for every time a student say it I would be a millionaire, unfortunately that does not happen, so my students are not allowed to use “es muy difícil” anymore. Why? Because most of the time it is not! We just use the “es muy difícil” as a “wildcard”, a barrier, so we don’t push enough when we think something is a bit hard. It is a bit of a way out. And often it is also a mindset, that is why today I thought I will share with you some other Spanish ways to express difficulty, as I do not like the sentence, but I know sometimes learning Spanish is a bit complicated, that is why my students, and now you, can use other ways to express the same in a better way.


6 common sentences to express difficulty in Spanish


Ok let’s start with the common sentence, the world-wide  known es difícil, it is difficult, like I said, it’s a bit of a lazy sentence, it is not elaborated and normally we just say it every time we walk into a challenge as I am not even going to try, but instead of “es difícil”, we can use a bit more elaborated ones, that will make us sound more as a native, of course, they take a bit more of effort as you need to support them with facts.

You can also watch  the video lesson here –> https://youtu.be/jellMMmQncw 


we can express difficulty saying:


  • 1-Para mí es difícil + nombre/verboFor me is difficult+noun/verb


Para mí es difícil la escucha en español- For me listening in Spanish is difficult

Para mí es difícil recordar palabras en español – For me is difficult to remember Spanish words.


  • 2-Para mí lo más difícil es-for me the most difficult is


Para mí lo más difícil es entender  a los nativos-For me the most difficult is to understand the natives

Para mí lo más difícil es la lectura-For me the most difficult is reading.


  • 3-Tengo dificultad- I have difficulty

Tengo dificultad con la pronunciación en español-I have difficulty with the Spanish pronunciation


  • 4- (a mí) me parece difícil+verbo/sustantivo– I find it difficult +verb/noun

Me parece difícil aprender español-I find it difficult to learn a new language

Me parecen difíciles los verbos irregularesI find it difficult irregular verbs.


#note-depending if you find difficult one thing, you will use “me parece” but if the things you find difficult are plural you will use “me parecen” instead.


  • 5-(a mí) me cuesta+verbo –I struggle+verb

Me cuesta encontrar tiempo para estudiar español-I struggle to find time to learn Spanish


  • 6-A mí se me hace difícil-it is difficult for me…

This is one is more used in South America than in Spain.

Se me hace difícil bailar salsa-it is difficult for me to dance salsa


#note– this form also changes for the singular and the plural, if the thing we find difficult  is singular we will use “se me hace difícil, ”, if for the opposite the thing we find difficult  is plural we will say “se me hacen difciles”



And there you have it, 6 common ways in which you can express difficulty in Spanish and they are a bit more complex than the popular “es difícil”, I hope you enjoyed this blog, now it is your turn! Come over to the comments and let me know…


¿qué es difícil para ti cuando estudias español?-what is difficult for you when you learn Spanish?


Looking forward to reading your comment.


Talk you soon, until then….have an amazing week!


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