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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 useful Spanish expressions used to convince someone of 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:

No es que quiera decirte/decirle lo que tienes/tiene que hacer, pero…: It´s not that I want to tell you what to do, but…

Aunque tu digas/usted diga (…), yo te digo…: Although you say (…), I say to you that…

A pesar de eso, ¿no crees/cree que…?: Despite that, don’t you think that…?

Bueno, ¿ y si lo miramos desde otro ángulo?: Well, and if we look at it from another angle?

Sí, pero desde otro punto de vista…: Yes, but from another point of view…

Por favor, fíjate/fíjese en…: Please, pay attention to…

Te/Le puedo dar mil razones por las que creo que tú debes/usted debe…: I can give you a thousand reasons why I think you must…

Tienes/Tiene que darte/darse cuenta de que…: You have to realise that…

Activity:

Translate the following…

You have to realise that…
Yes, but from another point of view…
It´s not that I want to tell you what to do, but…
Please, pay attention to…

Here are the answers to the last activity:

A pesar de que lees libros de cocina, no sabes cocinar
A pesar de que leas libros de cocina, no sabes cocinar
A pesar de que leyeses libros de cocina, no sabrías cocinar
Pese a que quiere ir de vacaciones, no puede
Pese a que quiera ir de vacaciones, no puede
Pese a que quisiera ir de vacaciones, no podría
Por más que hablo con Sara, no consigo convencerla
Por más que hable con Sara, no consigo convencerla
Por más que hablase con Sara, no conseguiría convencerla

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