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

Intermediate Spanish Course

In this Spanish lesson we will look more into how to write well in Spanish, with useful words and phrases for adding information, contrasting ideas, and expressing causes and consequences. We will see numerous Spanish phrases such as Además (Furthermore/Moreover), Sin embargo (However), and Dado que (Given that/Since). These will really help to structure your writings and make them sound much more polished. Be careful, however, not to fall into the trap of throwing them in all over the place in the belief that they will somehow magically transform your writing into something amazing. This is a common error that many students make and it definitely does more harm than good. When used incorrectly or too often, these Spanish phrases make you sound like you are trying far too hard. Relax. Only use the Spanish phrases when you would use the equivilant phrase in your own language. This is the second in a series of three Spanish video lessons analying ways to improve your writing in Spanish. The previous Spanish lesson looked at how to organise ideas when writing in Spanish with a solid beginning, middle and end for your text and the final Spanish lesson in the series will look at expressing purpose, reformulating ideas, and referring to previous ideas.

Lesson notes:

To add information:

Además: Also/Besides/As well/Too/What’s more/Furthermore/Moreover
También: Also/Too/As well
Asimismo: Also/Likewise
Incluso: Even

To contrast ideas:

Pero: But
Sin embargo: However
No obstante: Nevertheless
En cambio: On the other hand/In contrast
A pesar de que: Despite/In spite of/Even though
Aunque: Although/Though

To express cause:

Debido a: Due to/Because of/As a result of
Como: As/Since (Ya que: As/Since – when the other person knows the cause)
Dado que: Given that/Since
A causa de/Con motivo de: Due to/Because of (Por culpa de: Due to/Because of – less formal)
Gracias a: Thanks to
No porque… sino porque: It’s not because …. it’s because

To express consequence:

De ahí que: So/That’s the reason why
Tan.. que: So…..that
Luego: Therefore (Así que: Therefore – less formal)
Es por esto por lo que: This is why
Por eso: That’s why

Activity:

Translate the following…

Despite/In spite of/Even though
Nevertheless
However
That’s why

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Por un lado/una parte
Finalmente
En resumen
A continuación
Segundo

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