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Expressions That You Can Often Hear in Spanish

Learning a language is a great experience that opens multiple doors. On the other hand, it can also become a challenging process; especially if the vocabulary is so rich that sometimes you notice some variations in how you convey your message. A remarkable example of this is the Spanish language, which can seem complex for learners having to distinguish these subtle changes that don’t exist in their native language. However, there is nothing to worry about.

The following Spanish colloquial expressions can provide good guidance for you in your learning process:

Calladito te ves más bonito

This expression is a discreet but direct threat. It is said in reply to someone who is talking nonsenses or even revealing sensitive information. It is a polite way to say “shut up”.

Aquí hay gato encerrado

If somebody uses this phrase, it is most likely because he noticed that some important information is missing or it is purposefully is not shared.

Te estás ahogando en un vaso de agua

This refers to someone who is overreacting to a situation that isn’t as complicated as he thinks, or being unnecessarily dramatic.

Lo dejó plantado(a)

When a person uses this expression, it means that he had an appointment with somebody who didn’t show up.

Tiró la casa por la ventana

This means that somebody spent a lot of money on something, probably on a huge celebration or by buying a luxury item.

No hay rollo

This is a common expression used to make somebody feel more at ease about something or a situation in particular. It means: “No problem”.

Me importa un bledo / Me importa un rábano

Someone saying this implies that he doesn’t care at all about someone else’s problem or the situation he might be going through.

No tiene ni pies ni cabeza

This phrase indicates the opinion that a situation doesn't make sense.

Cantar las cuarenta

It means that somebody is going to scold someone else for something he has done wrong and the guilty person is already aware that he has done something wrong.

Hacer la vista gorda

This speaks of a person who is deliberately ignoring a situation (that is not right or legal), even though he knows what is going on (partially or at a full extent).

Learning Spanish online offers a whole new world full of diversity. Knowing these and many other phrases and expressions will draw us closer to the culture we are learning about and help us understand their way of communication.

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