Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson

Week 40 Exclamations! Part 1

Lili Normand
Expresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts

Exclamatory phrases are common in Spanish and probably in every language. Exclamations make the conversation flow. Spanish speakers are usually very expressive not only with words and intonation but with gestures. Today, you will learn some exclamation phrases. They are small phrases, but they mean a lot in a conversation.

¡Por favor! (pohr fah-bohr)
Although this expression means please. It could also be used to express anger or exasperation depending how you emphasize the phrase. A short and sharp ¡Por favor! with stress on last “or” means something like “For goodness sake!”
¡Que susto! (keh soos-toh)
It means how scary! or What a surprise! We use it when we didn’t expect something suddenly happen. It’s used to expressed shock. For example, if you are at the store and you don’t find your card to pay and after you realized you left it in the car, you could say ¡Que susto!
¡No puedo creerlo! (no pwe-doh kre-ehr-loh)
The meaning of this phrase is “I can’t believe it.” If someone is telling you an incredible story you can say ¡No puedo creerlo! Or maybe the news you are watching on TV is ridiculous, you can say ¡No puedo creerlo!

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