Before starting seeing these interjections keep in mind that I am giving you the interjections and a sentences after that so you get a better understanding of the meaning and how to use them, but many times you can use the interjection by its own as they already have a meaning. 🙂
The same way, using the common example we previously saw, if someone says to us, or we read somewhere “Shhh”, we know to be quiet, they don’t need anything else.
Ok , so I will give you the 7 interjections written and I also recorded a video so you can hear how to pronounce them too.
1-¡Uy! –Used to express several things, the most common : to express moan, regret or surprise
Moan- ¡uy! ¡Qué díficil!
Regret- ¡uy! Lo siento, no te había visto
Surprise- ¡uy! ¡Qué sorpresa!
2- ¡Hala! – Used to express surprise
Imagine a friend is telling you an unbelievable story, or one that is quite intense, you could say
-¡Hala! ¿Qué dices?
3- ¡Bah! – we use it as indifference.
Imagine your friend is telling something you don’t care at all, you could say
-¡Bah! No me importa…
4- ¡Puf!- we use it meaning annoyance
Imagine you can’t find your phone anywhere and your flatmate asks you what’s wrong, you could use it there:
-¡Puf! No encuentro mi móvil
5- ¡Ay! – it means pain.
If you walked into a door, or hit yourself with something you will say:
-¡Ay! Qué daño! Or -¡ay! Qué dolor!
6-¡Puaj! –we use it to express repugnance or displeasure
If your friend is eating something you don’t like at all you could say
-¡Puaj! ¡Qué asco! ¿Cómo comes eso?
We can use it as well when talking about an unpleasant situation, person etc…to express our dislike
7- ¡Ojalá!-express wishes
Imagine your friend is telling you that she has heard that the weather during the weekend will be amazing, you express that you wish that to happen, you could say
Before part ways, here is the video where you can check the pronunciation and practice a bit of listening 🙂
And that is all for today!
I hope you enjoyed today’s blog, now it is your turn, I would love to hear from you.
-Have you heard/used these words before?
-Do you know any other interjections in Spanish?
I am looking forward to reading from you.
Have a good day and I will write you soon.