5 useful Spanish expressions for daily life

There’s a video that got popular lately. In it you can see Antonio Banderas explaining some popular Spanish expressions and how they seem to make no sense but make all of it to us 🙂

Truth is there are a few expression that he explains that I don’t find useful or even don’t know because they are used in specific areas of Spain.

So I decided I’d collect my top 5 expressions as well and share them with you . All you have to do is memorize them and understand when to use them, most of the times they really make no literal sense.

There we go:

Useful Spanish expression for daily life

#1. ¡Estás como una cabra!

We say this in informal context, instead of saying “¡estás loco!“, which means “you are crazy”. It literally means “you are like a goat”. I guess goats are a little crazy, aren’t they?

This expression is very popular in SPAIN.

#2. Vale la pena

This one is equivalent to saying “it is worth it”. Pena means sorrow or suffering, so it would be “it is worth the suffering”. I don’t like it if I see it that way, but truth is, it is a very popular expression, we use it all the time because, I guess, we spent a lot of time complaining about the efforts we make!

#3, ¡Esto es leche! 

This one talks about milk but has nothing to do with it. For some reason, milk is involved in an interesting amount of Spanish expressions… that’s curious.

We use this one when we mean something is either very cool or very dissapointing in an angry way. The real meaning is positive: “this is so, so cool!”, but we also use it ironically: “this is unbelievable, I’m so angry”.

Got that?

#4. ¡Cómo mola! 

The verb MOLAR is used only in informal contexts, it’s similar to GUSTAR. We say something MOLA when we like it, something is likable.

The most accurate translation I can make of this Spanish expression would be: “How cool is that!”. You see or do something you like and you express it by saying: ¡cómo mola!

#5. Me cago en la leche

This is the one of the expression Antonio Banderas talks about in that video I told you (see below). It’s a little too informal or even a little rude, but also very popular and well accepted.

It can be used when we are a little angry, dissapointed or joking. It’s used to emphasize a reaction, like swearing in any other language.

For instance: let’s say you are driving and someone hit you from behind but you are also late for work. You get angry and you just say “¡me cago en la leche!” before you even breath.

There’s nothing more fun and cool than hearing a foreigner who’s learning Spanish speaking with this expressions, so I challenge you to use them all!

Antonio Banderas: The video

 

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