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This lesson is part of the Intermediate Spanish Course
(69 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 8 mins)

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In this Spanish lesson we will look at some Spanish expressions of annoyance and resignation such as ¡Qué rollo! (What a pain!/How boring!) and Me molesta que… (It annoys me that…). These are really useful expressions that you will hear everyday in Spanish conversation. Expressions are tricky because if you don’t know them you can quite easily get lost in a conversation and there are so many that it takes time to learn them all. Just like with collecting Spanish vocabulary, I suggest that you concentrate on trying to learn no more than ten to fifteen new Spanish expressions in any one day and you practice as much as you can with all of the new expressions you learn. The good thing about Spanish expressions is that they are usually great fun to use. Here with these Spanish expressions of annoyance and resignation you can really let yourself go with the likes of: ¡Qué agobio! (How stressful!) and ¡Qué pesadez! (What a pain/How boring!). You need to really hear how Spanish people use these types of phrases and the passion they put into their delivery. Don’t be afraid to immitate Spanish speakers you hear and have fun playing out the theatre.

Lesson notes:

Expressions of annoyance:

¡Qué agobio!: How stressful!
¡Qué rollo!: What a pain!/How boring!
¡Qué lata! / ¡Vaya una lata!: What a pain!
¡Qué pesadez!: What a pain/How boring!
Me molesta que…: It annoys me that….
Me fastidia que..: It annoys me that….
¡Jo!¡Qué palo!: What a mess!

Expressions of resignation:

¡Paciencia!: Patience!
¡Qué le vamos a hacer!: What can you do!
Ya nos arreglaremos: We’ll manage
Se veía venir, era sólo cuestión de tiempo: You could see it coming; it was just a question of time


Translate the following…

What can you do!
How stressful!
We´ll manage
It annoys me that…

Here are some possible answers to the last activity:

Ya que hace buen tiempo, vamos a la playa
Ha aprobado el examen por estudiar mucho
Voy a cocinar porque quiero no porque me lo pidas
Como hace mucho frío, voy a ponerme el abrigo

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