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Common Spanish Phrases

A list of the most common Spanish phrases ordered by their frequency of use. Normally these phrases have meanings that are more than the sum of their parts, more than their component words would indicate, so they are good to learn even if you know their individual words.

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1 para que
          1. conj. so that, in order that, in order for (followed by the subjunctive)
                Preparé la comida para que podamos cenar - I prepared food so that we can eat supper.
2 como si
          1. conj. (with imperfect subjunctive) as if; as though
3 sin embargo
          1. adv. however, notwithstanding, nevertheless, in spite of, nonetheless
4 si no
          1. prep. if not
          2. prep. otherwise
5 un poco
          1. adv. (modifying an adjective) a bit, a little, kind of, slightly, somewhat, kinda
                Es un poco tarde para almorzar. - It's kind of late for lunch.
          2. adv. (modifying a verb) some, a bit, a little
                Estoy tratando de dormir un poco aquí. - I'm trying to sleep a bit here.
          3. adv. a little bit, a little, a bit, some (when followed by de)
6 por qué
          1. adv. why, for what reason
                ¿Por qué no viniste ayer a la fiesta? - Why didn't you come to the party yesterday?
                No comprendo por qué te pones así. - I don't understand why you're angry like that.
7 a veces
          1. adv. sometimes; occasionally; at times
                A veces es necesario hacer cosas que no te gustan. - Sometimes, it is necessary to do things you don't like.
8 hasta que
          1. conj. until, till
                Quiero ver cuanto antes aquella película nueva, pero no hasta que termine de leer el libro en el que se basa. - I want to see that new movie as soon as possible, but not until I finish reading
9 dentro de
          1. prep. in, inside
10 tal vez
          1. adv. maybe, perhaps
11 de nuevo
          1. adv. again, over again, all over again
                Hazlo de nuevo, y mejor esta vez. - Please do it again, and also better this time.
          2. adv. back
                Me olvidé de ponerlo de nuevo. - I forgot to put it back.
12 a pesar de
          1. prep. in spite of, despite
                Cumplirás tus sueños a pesar de todo. - You will fulfill your dreams, regardless.
13 por eso
          1. conj. therefore, that is why
          2. interj. I mean(t) that
                Por eso, debo comprar los boletos antes. - I mean, I must buy tickets beforehand.
14 ya que
          1. conj. as, due to
          2. conj. inasmuch as, since, because, given that, in that, now that
15 sobre todo
          1. adv. especially, above all
16 cada vez
          1. adv. every time
          2. adv. more and more, increasingly
17 a ver
          1. interj. show me!; let me see!; let's have a look!
                Me he comprado unos zapatos. – ¿A ver? - I bought some shoes. – Ooh, let me see!
          2. interj. (a general lead-in, often to get someone's attention before asking a question or before giving an order); all right then; so; now...
                A ver, escúchame. - Okay now, listen.
                Bueno, a ver, cuéntame más. - All right, so, tell me more.
18 a través de
          1. prep. across
          2. prep. through, via
19 sin duda
          1. adv. (idiom) without a doubt, no question
20 otra vez
          1. adv. again
          2. interj. encore!
21 al fin
          1. adv. at last; finally
          2. adv. in the end
          3. adv. to the last
22 encima de
          1. prep. on, on top of
                El libro está encima de la mesa. - The book is on the table.
23 al menos
          1. adv. at least, at minimum (at any rate)
24 poco a poco
          1. adv. little by little, bit by bit, step by step, gradually
25 al lado
          1. prep. next to; beside
                Mi cuarto de baño está al lado de mi dormitorio. - My bathroom is next to my bedroom.
                ¿«Dónde vives»? «Al lado de Martes». - “Where do you live?” “Next to Mars.”
26 es más
          1. adv. furthermore, what's more
                No pido salvación, es más, no la deseo. - I don't ask for salvation, furthermore I don't wish it.
27 no obstante
          1. conj. notwithstanding; albeit
          2. conj. nevertheless; however; yet
28 nada más
          1. pron. nothing else
          2. prep. (formal) Just after, right after, upon
                Nada más llegar, le besé. - Upon arriving, I kissed him.
29 en cambio
          1. conj. instead, however, but, on the other hand, in contrast, by contrast, conversely, on the contrary
30 por lo menos
          1. adv. at least
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