Spanish Phrases: How to Sound Like a Local

There are so many reasons for visiting Spain. The beauty of Barcelona, the sandy beaches of Ibiza, the cultural life of Madrid, and the mesmerizing ocean waves in Bilbao are only a few of them. If you want to make a good impression and communicate with locals, you will need to learn some of the common phrases. They will help you stand out from the rest of the tourists. Besides, every local citizen values the efforts of tourists to have a conversation in their native Spanish language. Check these categories of Spanish phrases and memorize the ones you like.

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Basic Spanish Phrases

Hola! – Hello!
¿Cómo estás? – How are you?
¿Qué tal? – What’s up?
Perdón. – Sorry.
Gracias. – Thank you.
Hasta luego. – See you later.

Advanced Spanish Phrases

Buenas! – Hello!
¿Como va? — What’s up?
No pasa nada. – Don’t worry about it.
¡Venga ya! – No way!
¡Ojo! – Watch out!
Guiri — Tourist from North Europe (in Spain)
Hasta el rabo, todo es toro. – I won’t believe it until I see it.

Phrases to Use When You Are Angry

¡Vete a freir espárragos! – Get lost!
¡Manda huevos! – Give me a break!
¡Me estás mosqueando! – You’re making me mad!
Me importa tres pepinos. – I could not care less.

Spanish Idioms

Comiendo moscas – talking aimlessly for a long time, going off the topic, jumping from one topic to another; (literally translates as “eating flies”).

Dar buena onda – to give good vibes; (literally translates as “to give good wave”). You can use this phrase to say that someone is a positive person and gives you good vibes.

Me pica el bagre – I’m very hungry; (literally translates as “the catfish is biting me”).

Ser corto de luces – not being the brightest bulb, picking up on things slowly; (literally translates as “to be short of lights”).

Dame pan y dime tonto – I have no interest in what people are saying and get what I want; (literally translates as “give me bread and call me stupid”).

Es el mismo perro con diferente collar – the situation is not changing, everything remains to be the same even if there was a minor alteration; (literally translates as “it’s the same dog with a different collar”).

Creerse la última coca-cola en el desierto – to consider oneself being on top, better than everyone else; (literally translates as “you think you’re the last coke in the desert”).

Ojo – watch yourself, be careful; (literally translates as “an eye”).

Learn more Spanish idioms to be able to have a meaningful conversation and understand your local Spanish friends.

To be continued…

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