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This lesson is part of the Intermediate Spanish Course
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In this Spanish lesson we will learn how to express surprise and concern in Spanish and also how to calm someone down in Spanish using Spanish phrases such as ¡Qué raro!, ¿Qué pasará? and ¡No te preocupes!. Phrases like this are heard all of the time in everyday Spanish conversation and so it is really important to start getting familiar with them. They are not difficult to use at all, but if you don’t know them you can easily get lost in a conversation. When learning Spanish, like any other foreign language, it is essential to build up a good arsenal of Spanish vocabulary, verbs, phrases and expressions to use in conjunction with all of the key Spanish grammar structures. If you only know the basic grammar guidelines you won’t be able to fill out your sentences or understand all of what is being said and, on the flip side, if you only learn loose words and phrases you will never be able to construct long, flowing sentences. Try to balance out what you are studying so that you end up with a well rounded and practical skill set. Practice using the Spanish phrases in this Spanish lesson as much as you can in practice written sentences and conversation with native Spanish speakers. Don’t be afraid to throw a new phrase in here and there. It is not always easy to pick the right moment, but you will generally know right away if you have used it correctly.

Lesson notes:

To express surprise:
¡Qué raro!: How odd/strange!
¡Qué extraño!: How odd/strange!

To express concern:
¿Qué pasará?: What is going to happen?/What is happening?
¿Le/les habrá pasado algo?: Has something happened to him/her/them?

To calm someone down:
¡No te preocupes!: Don’t worry!
¡Bah!, ¡No pasará nada, hombre/mujer!: Don’t worry, it will be OK!


Translate the following…

What is going to happen?/What is happening?
Don’t worry!
How odd/strange!
Has something happened to him?

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Seguro que Carlos y Eva están estudiando.
Supongo que Carlos y Eva están estudiando.
A lo mejor Carlos y Eva están estudiando.
Creo que ayer fue a una fiesta.
Me imagino que ayer fue a una fiesta.
A lo mejor ayer fue a una fiesta.

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