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 (followed by the subjunctive)
2 como si
          1. conj. (with imperfect subjunctive) as if
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. a bit
          2. adv. a little
6 por qué
          1. adv. For what reason, why.
7 a veces
          1. adv. sometimes, occasionally, at times
8 hasta que
          1. conj. until
9 dentro de
          1. prep. in, inside
10 tal vez
          1. adv. maybe, perhaps.
11 de nuevo
          1. adv. again
12 a pesar de
          1. prep. in spite of
13 por eso
          1. conj. therefore, that is why
          2. interj. I mean(t) that
14 ya que
          1. conj. as, due to, since
15 sobre todo
          1. adv. above all
16 cada vez
          1. adv. every time
          2. adv. more and more, increasingly
17 a ver
          1. interj. used to encourage or challenge, go!
          2. interj. indicates the need or desire of find out, verify or demonstrate, show me
          3. interj. let me see
18 a través de
          1. adv. across
          2. adv. through
19 sin duda
          1. adv. without a doubt
20 otra vez
          1. adv. again
21 al fin
          1. adv. at last, finally
          2. adv. in the end
          3. adv. to the last
22 encima de
          1. prep. on
23 al menos
          1. adv. at least, at minimum
24 poco a poco
          1. adv. little by little, step by step, gradually
25 al lado
          1. prep. next to, beside
26 es más
          1. adv. furthermore
27 no obstante
          1. conj. notwithstanding, albeit
          2. conj. nevertheless
          3. conj. however
          4. conj. yet
28 nada más
          1. pron. nothing else
29 en cambio
          1. conj. however, but, on the other hand.
30 por lo menos
          1. adv. at least
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