Spanish Lesson Intermediate 19 Spanish expressions of agreement and disagreement

Posted on 20. Jul, 2011 by in Pronunciation, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

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¡Hola a todos!

Hoy vamos a ver cómo expresar acuerdo o desacuerdo en español. Today we are going to see how to express agreement or disagreement in Spanish.

 

Algunas de estas expresiones son expresiones coloquiales. Creo que en los cursos intermedios es muy importante saber más sobre cómo habla la gente en la calle realmente, porque a veces es un poco diferente de como se explica en los libros. Some of these expressions are colloquial expressions. I think in intermediate courses it is very important to know more about how the people in the street really speak, because sometimes it is a little different to how things are explained in the textbooks.

To agree:

• Estoy de acuerdo: I agree
• OK/Vale: OK
• ¡Claro que sí!: Of course!
• ¡Muy bien dicho!: Well said!
• En efecto: Indeed
• Por supuesto: Of course
• Estoy a favor: I am in favour
• Evidentemente: Evidently
• Lógico: Logically
• Es indudable: There is no doubt about it
• Es obvio: It’s obvious
• Soy de la misma opinión: I am of the same opinion

To express partial agreement:

• No estoy de acuerdo al cien por cien: I don’t completely agree
• No lo veo muy claro: I am not very sure
• No es que lo vea mal, pero…: It’s not that I think it’s terrible, but…
• Puede ser, pero…: It could be, but….

To disagree:

• No estoy de acuerdo: I disagree
• No lo veo bien: I don’t think it’s right
• Eso no tiene sentido: This doesn’t make sense
• Yo en eso discrepo: I disagree with that

Let´s see now some colloquial ways to say no or disagree in Spanish:

 

To say no:

• ¡Jamás de los jamases!: Never ever!
• ¡Nunca en la vida!: Never in my lifetime!
• ¡Anda ya!: Get away! / What are you talking about!
• ¡Ni de coña/broma!: No way!
• ¡Ni lo sueñes!: Don’t even dream/think about it!

To disagree:

• ¡Estás mal de la cabeza!: You’re crazy!
• ¿Y eso, de dónde lo has sacado?: Where did you hear that?
• ¡Deja de decir chorradas!: Stop talking rubbish/trash!
• ¡Esto no tiene ni pies ni cabeza!: That doesn’t make sense!
• ¡No me vengas con historias!: Don’t give me that rubbish/trash!
• ¡No digas tonterías!: Don’t talk rubbish/trash!
• ¡Tú estás loco/a!: You’re crazy!
• ¡Que te crees tú eso!: Even you can’t believe that!
• Pero, ¿qué dices?: But, what are you saying?
• ¡No sabes lo que dices!: You don’t know what you’re talking about!

Pues esto es todo por hoy. You can try to use these expressions every time you want to agree, disagree or partially agree to someone. Try to mix them up and not use always the same ones, as you will forget the others. I suggest that for the moment you leave the colloquial expressions we have learned here for conversations you have with people you are friendly with or people who know how to take a joke, as some of the colloquial expressions could come across as sounding a bit rude if you don’t use them in exactly the right moments and with exactly the right tone of voice. Using colloquial Spanish correctly takes time and practice. It is good to listen to native speakers talking together as often as possible to get a feel for how we use the expressions. Try to watch Spanish TV programs or listen to Spanish Radio if you don’t live in an area with Spanish speakers.

Que paseís una semana genial y hasta pronto.

¡Adiós!

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I am from Bilbao in northern Spain. I qualified as a Spanish Language Teacher in 2004. I have taught Spanish in England and Spain and now really enjoy teaching the Spanish Language via the internet to students from all around the world. I love my job and the intricacies of the Spanish Language. I currently live in Alicante in south eastern Spain (where the sun shines a lot more than in the north!). My main personal interests are music, photography, travelling, reading and cooking. I studied music for twelve years in Bilbao and I play the piano. I also enjoy singing and I try my best to sing more in English now. I hope very much that you enjoy my Spanish video lessons and welcome any comments.

One Response to “Spanish Lesson Intermediate 19 Spanish expressions of agreement and disagreement”

  1. Libresco 21 August 2011 at 3:06 am #

    Hello! Thank you for the lesson. I made flashcards for myself from it: http://www.brain-scape.com/study?pack_id=17987 :)


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