17 useful Spanish expressions

17 April 2016 0 Comments Category: blog, Just Landed, Living in Spain

¡Hola! welcome to Spain.

Every country has their ways to communicate and their unique phrases that only natives use. If you’ve just landed on Spanish soil, there are a few things you need to learn, and the most important of all is the language.

That’s why we bring you 17 of those expressions, so that you don’t feel lost living among Spaniards.

Let’s start with 10 useful ones:


Hello – Hola

Please – Por favor

Thank you – Gracias

Sorry – Lo siento

Do you speak English? – ¿Hablas inglés?

What time is it? – ¿Qué hora es?

How much does it cost? – ¿Cuánto cuesta?

How are you? – ¿Cómo estás?

Where is…? – ¿Dónde está…?

Bathroom – Aseos


Now, enjoy yourself with 7 Spanish expressions that only they know and use:


Estar hecho un Cristo –  Being made ​​a Christ.

What this actually mean is that you are a plain mess. We all know that Jesus Christ’s last days on earth were far from pleasant so, Spanish people use this expression to tell someone that they have to put their things together.


Tener mucho morro –  To have a real nerve.

Although “morro” means snout or nose, this has nothing to do with a physical distinction. What this means is that you really have a cheeky attitude. When they tell you “tienes mucho morro”, they’re letting you know that you are shameless for something you said or did.


Currar –  To work.

A word made up by Spaniards that is now a synonym for work. It’s actually more used than “trabajar” and it’s even registered on their official dictionary, RAE.


Mola un huevo –  Cool as an egg

When something is more than good. For you can be cool, super or awesome, in Spain, all of those can fit in one expression: “Mola”. If it’s more than amazing, you can add “an egg” to it and it will transform to: “Mola un huevo”. You will definitely sound like a local using this expression.


Estar a dos velas – Being by two candles.

How long has it been since you had a physical encounter with someone? Well if you’re in need of human touch then you’re actually “en dos velas”.


Potar –  There’s not an actual translation for this word.

Throwing up after a night of heavy drinking is exactly what “potar” means. So, in Spain when they feel ill after partying, they don’t vomit, they “potan”.


Es coña –  Just kidding.

No, we are not kidding, these are typical phrases that Spaniards use and definitely will be a part of your new vocabulary. Now is your turn to practice.


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