This lesson is part of the Upper-Intermediate Spanish Course
(74 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 3 mins)

Upper-Intermediate Spanish Course

In this free Spanish lesson we will look at common Spanish expressions used to explain the reasons for something translated from Spanish to English. To speak Spanish well you have to do more than just learn Spanish grammar and lots of individual Spanish words translated from Spanish to English. To speak and understand Spanish in a wide range of situations you also need to be aware of typical Spanish expressions and phrases. There are certain Spanish expressions and phrases that you will hear a lot and they will stick in your head automatically. Others will take more work to remember them. It is really worth pushing yourself to learn five to ten new Spanish expressions and phrases daily. As I have said before, be careful with translating from Spanish to English. The only way to fully understand a Spanish expression or phrase is to understand its use in Spanish. It is obviously much slower to translate everything in your head from Spanish to English and back again and it also runs you the risk of misinterpreting what is being said. I know it is hard, but try to cast aside your native language and immerse yourself in Spanish. To speak Spanish well you have to think in Spanish and understand the people and their culture. You can’t get to this stage over night, but you definitely can get to this stage through dedication and the right kind of study.

Lesson notes:

Me baso en…: I base this on…

Deja/Deje que te/le explique: Let me explain to you

La cosa va así, mira/mire…: It is like this, look…

¿Que por qué? Pues mira/mire, por el simple hecho de que…: You ask why? Well look, due to the simple fact that…

Voy a exponerte/exponerle una a una las razones por las que…: One by one I am going to give you the reasons why…

Estos son los pros y los contras que he sopesado: These are the pros and cons that I have weighed up

Activity:

Translate the following…

Let me explain to you
You ask why? Well look, due to the simple fact that…
These are the pros and cons that I have weighed up
I base this on…

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Tienes/Tiene que darte/darse cuenta de que…
Sí, pero desde otro punto de vista…
No es que quiera decirte/decirle lo que tienes/tiene que hacer, pero…
Por favor, fíjate/fíjese en…

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