Idioms and Phrases
That's About Right!
Lesson on the use of approximations in Spanish. Most of the ways we give approximations in English have direct Spanish equivalents.
Making Polite Requests
Sometimes we get a better reception if we ask people to do things rather than telling them. This lesson explains how to do that in Spanish.
Translating "Ago" in Spanish
In English, we talk about something happening a certain time ago. Learn how to express the same thought in Spanish.
Translating 'Feel' to Spanish
The English verb 'feel' can be a tricky one to translate to Spanish, since it has several meanings that aren't closely related (at least in the mind of a Spanish speaker).
If you want to say thanks, you aren't limited to gracias.
Although Spanish has no single word that means "again," it does have at least three common ways of expressing the concept.
The verbal phrase haber de is sometimes used to express a mild sense of obligation.
Best Translations Aren't Always Literal
Article on the use of idioms in Spanish, using a sentence from a Chilean news site as an example.
Saying 'In Other Words'
Here are five ways of expressing the idea of 'in other words' in Spanish.
On the Contrary - Expressing Disagreement
Using phrases such as the equivalent of "on the contrary," you can express disagreement with what has been previously said or implied.
Say 'I Love You' in Spanish
It has been said that most important three-word sentence in the English language is "I love you." If that's the case, Spanish's most important sentence is easier, since it's only two words.
A look at several Spanish words and phrases that can be used to mean 'of course.' Sample sentences are included.
Expressions of Condition
A quick look at the Spanish phrases used for saying things such as "on condition that."
Spanish speakers often use phrases with an adverbial meaning in preference to adverbs standing alone.
Times of the Day
Spanish words for various times of the day such as morning and afternoon.