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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 see more about writing well in Spanish, with useful words and phrases for expressing purpose, reformulating ideas, and referring to previous ideas. We will see phrases such as A fin de… (que) (In order to…), Dicho de otro modo (In other words), and Referente a… (In reference to…). 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 third and final Spanish lesson in this series analying ways to improve your writing in Spanish. The previous two Spanish lessons looked at how to organise ideas when writing in Spanish with a solid beginning, middle and end for your text and words and phrases for adding information, contrasting ideas, and expressing causes and consequences, such as Además (Furthermore/Moreover), Sin embargo (However), and Dado que (Given that/Since).

Lesson notes:

To express purpose:

Para (que): To
A (que): To
A fin de (que): In order to

To reformulate ideas:

O sea: I mean
Es decir: That is to say
En otras palabras: In other words
Dicho de otro modo: In other words

To refer to a previous idea:

Respecto a: In respect to
En cuanto a: In respect to
En relación con: In relation with
Referente a: In reference to


Translate the following…

That is to say
In reference to
In other words
I mean

Here are the answers to the last activity:

A pesar de que
No obstante
Sin embargo
Por eso

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