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This lesson is part of the Advanced Spanish Course

In this Advanced Spanish lesson we will look more at “expresiones coloquiales de modo” – colloquial Spanish expressions of manner – such as “De pe a pa”, “De carrerilla”, “En un santiamén”, and “De oídas”. This is the final Spanish lesson in a series of four lessons on the topic. These are all very common Spanish expressions that are made up of a preposition with a noun phrase or a preposition with an adjective or a preposition with an adverb. These combinations all function like an adverb. As is often the case, these things often sound more complicated when explained in gramatical terms like this. When you have heard the examples a few times and practised using the expressions yourself you will see that they are really quite straightforward. They are certainly the type of Spanish expressions that you will hear every day in Spain so it is well worth trying to remember them and trying to get into the habit of using them in your own conversation or writing. I hope very much that you are enjoying this FREE Advanced Spanish Course. This is lesson 27 so far. Please click here to catch up on all the other lessons in the course.

Lesson notes:

Vamos a ver más locuciones adverbiales de modo que se usan mucho en español.

De pe a pa: todo
Leer un libro de pe a pa
Ejemplo: Ejemplo: “Me he leído el libro de pe a pa en un día”

De carrerilla: de memoria, sin reflexión
Aprenderse algo de carrerilla, por ejemplo las tablas de multiplicar
Ejemplo: “Se lo sabe de carrerilla”

En un santiamén: rápidamente
Hacer algo en un santiamén
Ejemplo: “Voy a limpiar la casa en un santiamén”

De oídas: vagamente
Conocer a alguien de oídas
Ejemplo: “Conozco a Carmen de oídas”

Sin ton ni son: sin motivo
Hacer algo sin ton ni son
Ejemplo: “Pedro habla sin ton ni son”.

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