6 Spanish Expressions Everybody Knows, But Only You Will Say RIGHT!

By Juan G. Cortez

In our quest to learn Spanish, we are always looking for new things to say. Many times disregarding those phrases that we ALREADY use in our English speaking day to day. Here's a list of 6 phrases commonly used in English... however, if you want to use them when speaking Spanish AND sound like a Spanish speaker, some phrases could be slightly modified for proper use.

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1.- Hasta La Vista Baby

This was Arnold Schwarzenegger's greatest contribution to the learning of Spanish as a second language. Somehow he introduced the phrase "Hasta la vista Baby" when the kid main character was teaching the now-good Terminator how to casually say "so long." By proper Spanish language standards, the phrase is correct. If you really want to sound like a native, just drop the "baby" part.

2.- Mi Casa Su Casa

Nothing beats being a welcoming host... well, except being so in Spanish. That is why someone had the great idea of saying "My house is your house" in Spanish. The only problem is that they forgot the verb "is." For future proper usage when speaking Spanish, just say "Mi casa es su casa."

3.- Mano A Mano

This phrase becomes very handy if you have to challenge someone, face to face, just you and me. Now, for the sake of clarification, "man" is "hombre" in Spanish. Therefore this phrase does NOT mean "Man to Man." The literal translation of the phrase is "Hand To Hand" as "mano" means "hand." There are no changes required for proper usage in Spanish.

4.- No Problemo

Now, here's a problem! The correct way to say "No problem" in Spanish is "No hay problema" ("hay" is pronounced like "eye" or "I" in English). Why? Well, for one you cannot use "no" in front of a noun - you might want to take Spanish classes for more exact details, click here).

Bottom line, in English we say "No problem" and in Spanish we say "No hay problema" (There is no problem).

5.- Que Sera Sera

Who's not in love with this beautiful song made famous by Doris Day? If only they had placed a "lo" at the beginning to say "Lo que será, será." You see - and I don't want to bore you with too many explanations - but in Spanish "what" is "que" but sometimes it's "lo que." This is one of those cases. So, when speaking Spanish, and wanting to say "Whatever will be, will be," just say "Lo que será, será" and you will sound like pro... or native.

6.- No Comprende

Imagine if you were speaking English to a foreigner and he replied by saying "Doesn't comprehend!" Not "I don't comprehend," or even better "I don't understand!" In the future, you can greatly improve (and make sense) by saying either "No comprendo" (I don't comprehend) or "No entiendo" (I don't understand).

From now on just say any of the following and you will be fine:

  • Hasta la vista
  • Mi casa es su casa
  • Mano a mano
  • No hay problema
  • Lo que será, será
  • No comprendo/No entiendo
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