Intermediate Spanish Review Lesson 41 Useful common Spanish phrases and expressions Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Learning, Spanish Culture, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

¡Hola! ¿Cómo estáis?

Hoy vamos a practicar unas expresiones muy usadas en español. Today we are going to practice some useful common Spanish phrases and expressions.

Answers to all tasks involved in this lesson will be given at the end of the post and you can also follow a link with this post to watch the original theory video lesson on the same topic.

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Intermediate theory video lesson 41

1. Let´s start by practicing some expressions which are used to convince someone of something. I will give you a sentence in Spanish and I would like you to make another one trying to convince someone of something related to the sentence. For example, if I say “Me gusta fumar” you could say “No es que quiera decirte lo que tienes que hacer, pero fumar es malo para la salud”:

Hacer ejercicio es muy aburrido.
No me gusta comer verduras.
No quiero estudiar.
No me gusta cocinar.
No quiero llevar la crema de sol a la playa.

2. Next, we will practice Spanish expressions which are used to explain the reason for something. Can you understand the following sentences?

Deja que te explique lo que vi ayer.
Me baso en hechos reales.
Estos son los pros y contras que he sopesado sobre comprar un coche nuevo.
Voy a exponerte una a una las razones por las que dejé de tomar café.

3. Now, we will practice common and useful Spanish phrases to explain that someone has convinced you of something. Please, translate the following sentences from English to Spanish:

Yes, now I think about it, what you say is true
Yes, I had forgotten about that
OK, I agree with you
You have completely convinced me
Yes, I didn´t think of that
Sorry, I didn´t think of that

4. Next, let´s practice some Spanish phrases to explain that something is wrong. I will say a few sentences in Spanish and I would like you to say that you don´t agree using the phrases you have learned:

Mañana va a llover.
Beber mucha agua es malo para la salud.
La geometría estudia la Tierra.
La Tierra es cuadrada.

5. Finally, we will practice some Spanish phrases which are used to explain that something is right. Can you understand these sentences?

Has dado en el clavo.
Me temo que estás en lo cierto.
Lo que has dicho es indiscutible.
Qué ojo clínico tienes.
Claro hombre, eso es de cajón.
Tienes toda la razón del mundo.

Bueno, pues esto es todo.

I hope you have found practicing these common and useful Spanish phrases and expressions interesting. Don´t be disappointed if you cannot remember them all right away. Have patience and try to use them little by little, here and there, when speaking with native speakers. You can even write them down on a piece of paper or notebook so you have them to hand when you are talking to somebody. It doesn’t matter if you don´t use them perfectly the first few times. The main thing is that you start getting used to them as soon as possible.

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1. Possible answers:
Aunque digas que hacer ejercicio es muy aburrido, yo te digo que es necesario.
A pesar de eso, ¿no crees que debes comer algunas?
Te puedo dar mil razones por las que creo que debes estudiar.
Tienes que darte cuenta que saber cocinar es fundamental.
No quiero llevar la crema de sol a la playa.
Por favor, fíjate en las quemaduras que tiene tu hermano por no llevar crema de sol a la playa.

Let me explain to you what I saw yesterday.
I base this on real facts.
These are the pros and cons that I have weighed up about buying a new car.
One by one I am going to give you the reasons why I stopped drinking coffee.

Sí, ahora que lo pienso, lo que dices/dice es cierto.
Sí, me había olvidado de esto.
¡Bueno!, me pongo de tu/su parte.
Me has/ha convencido completamente.
Sí, eso se me había pasado por alto.
Perdona/perdone, no había caído en eso.

4. Possible answers:
Tengo la impresión de que estás equivocado.
No tienes ni idea de lo que hablas.
Te equivocas de medio a medio.
No digas más burradas.

You’ve hit the nail on the head
I’m afraid that you’re right
What you have said is indisputable
What good judgement you have
Of course, that is obvious
You are absolutely correct

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