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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 how to use derogatory demonstratives and the present tense when you are indignant and referring to things in the past in Spanish. This is the third in a series of five Spanish video lessons on the topic of expressing indignation and annoyance in Spanish. In this series of lessons we will see how to say in Spanish that something annoys you, how to say in Spanish that you are completely fed up or wound up by something, how to use derogatory demonstratives and the present tense when you are indignant and referring to things in the past, how to add something negative to previous negative information, how to react with indignant astonishment when faced with an unexpected situation, how to reject an explanation that is being given and show indifference, and how to conclude by interrupting the other person. We will see lots of examples of formal and colloquial Spanish, even some vulgar Spanish. I would never wish to encourage people to talk in a vulgar or impolite fashion, but the fact is that people do and it is worth learning Spanish expressions and phrases like the ones found in this series of Spanish video lessons so that you can follow every conversation and get things off your chest if you need to.

Lesson notes:

Demostrativos pospuestos despectivos: Derogatory demonstratives:

El tío ese: That – That guy
La tía esa: That – That girl

Use of the present tense when we are indignant:

¿Sabes lo que me pasó ayer? Pues mira, estoy en la cola de la discoteca y no me dejan entrar porque llevo zapatillas: Do you know what happened to me yesterday? Well, I am in the queue of the disco and they don´t let me go in because I am wearing trainers

Substituing “decir” for more colloquial verbs that are always in present tense, although we are referring to the past:

Y va el tío/la tía y me suelta que…: And the guy says to me…
Y me sale con que…: And the guy says to me…
Y me salta con que…: And the guy says to me…

Activity:

Translate the following…

I told him that I know that he is a liar and the guy says to me that he doesn´t care
I took the shirt back to the shop to return it and the guy says to me that I cannot return it
That girl is an idiot
You won´t believe what happened to me yesterday. I go to the pharmacy, I ask for something for my sore throat and the guy says to me: “Go to the doctor and bring a prescription”

Here are possible answers to the last activity:

¡Estoy harto de que no laves los platos!
¡Estoy que echo chispas con mis vecinos!
¡Estoy que trino! ¡Nunca apruebo mis exámenes!
¡Estoy harto de que seas tan maleducado!

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