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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 everyday Spanish expressions used to say that someone is wrong translated from English to Spanish. To speak Spanish well you have to do more than just learn Spanish grammar and lots of individual Spanish words translated from English to Spanish. 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 English to Spanish. 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 English to Spanish 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:

Vas fresco/a: You are doing everything wrong (colloquial)

Estás arreglado/a: You are doing everything wrong (colloquial)

Tengo la impresión de que estás/está equivocado/a: I have the impression that you are wrong

Eso que dices/dice es una aberración: What you say is outrageous

Me parece que te has/se ha hecho un lío: I think that you are very confused

No digas/diga más burradas: Don´t say stupid things

Te equivocas/Se equivoca de medio a medio: You are completely wrong

No tienes/tiene ni idea de lo que hablas/habla: You haven’t got a clue what you are talking about

Activity:

Translate the following…

I have the impression that you are wrong
Don´t say stupid things
What you say is outrageous
You are completely wrong

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Me has/ha convencido plenamente
Sí, ahora que lo pienso, lo que dices/dice es cierto
Sí, eso se me había pasado por alto
¡Bueno!, me pongo de tu/su parte

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