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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 see how to add something negative to previous negative information and how to react with indignant astonishment when faced with an unexpected situation. This is the fourth 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:

To add something negative to previous negative information in Spanish:

Y encima,…: And on top of that…
Y para colmo…: And on top of that…
Y para más inri…: And on top of that…
Y para acabarlo de rematar…: And on top of that…

To react with indignant astonishment in Spanish facing an unexpected situation:

Yo flipo / alucino: I cannot believe it (colloquial Spanish)
Me quedé a cuadros / de piedra: I couldn´t believe it
Casi me da algo: I nearly fainted
Casi me da un ataque / un infarto: I nearly had a heart attack

Activity:

Translate the following…

I cannot believe it. He is not coming to my party! (Colloquial)
When you told me that you had had an accident I nearly fainted!
I nearly had a heart attack when I saw my daughter´s new boyfriend!
I was waiting for hours in a queue and when it was my turn the ticket office closed. I couldn´t believe it!

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Le dije que sé que es un mentiroso y va el tío y me suelta que le da igual
Llevé la camisa a la tienda para devolverla y el tío me sale con que no puedo devolverla
La tía esa es una idiota
No te vas a creer lo que me pasó ayer. Voy a la farmacia, pido algo para mi dolor de garganta y el tío me salta con que vaya al médico y traiga una receta

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