Pre-Intermediate Spanish Lesson 28: Spanish transition words

This lesson is part of the Pre-Intermediate Spanish Course
(69 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 41 mins)


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In this Spanish lesson we are going to learn some Spanish transition words such as Además (Furthermore/Moreover), O sea (In other words) and Por tanto (Therefore). Spanish transition words are also known as Spanish connecting words or Spanish linking words. Transitional words improve the flow of your sentences, making sure that your ideas have coherence and that the gap between ideas is bridged smoothly. They help bring two ideas together, continue an idea, indicate a shift of thought or contrast, or sum up with a conclusion. If you don’t know any transition words in Spanish you will find yourself unable to do anything more than produce short sentence, full stop, short sentence and your writing or conversation will end up very jolted and stiff. Repeat each of the Spanish connecting words in this video lesson after me to practice your Spanish pronunciation and to help you better remember each one. Spanish linking words are not at all difficult to use, but the trick is in remembering a wide variety of them and having the confidence and skill to use them at the right moments.

Lesson notes:

Según: According to
En primer lugar: In the first place
Por esta razón: For this reason
Además: Furthermore/Moreover
Por un lado: On one hand
Por otro lado/Por el contrario: On the other hand
Es decir: In other words/I mean
O sea: In other words
También: Also
Aunque: Although
En definitiva: In short
Pero: But
Finalmente: Finally
De esta manera: This way
En resumen: In conclusion
Por tanto: Therefore
Asimismo: Also/likewise
Sin embargo: However
Para empezar: To start with

Activity:

Translate the following…

According to Sara, tomorrow is going to rain.
Finally, I have past the exam.
I am going to drink water, although I am not thirsty.
We study a lot, however we never do the exams well.

Here are some possible answers to the last activity:

No, aún no lo he leído / No, todavía no lo he leído.
No, nunca he estado en Huelva.
No, nunca he comido pulpo.
Sí, ya he hecho los deberes.
No, nunca he conocido a una persona famosa.

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