Week 40: Spanish Exclamations! Part 2
Expresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts
Last week, you learned some exclamatory phrases. Some of these expressions are emphasized with non-verbal communication: face and hand gestures. Today, you will learn three other exclamation phrases.
¡Que barbaridad! (keh bahr-bah-ree-dahd)
Literally means how barbaric! In the English context it would translate as – how awful! When we hear about a bad car accident we can say ¡Que barbaridad!.
¡Que bonito! (keh boh-nee-toh)
This means how beautiful! We usually use it when we see a beautiful garden, sunset or something we like. ¡Que bonito amancer! (What a beautiful sunrise!). If you go for a hike and you stop at a beautiful viewpoint you can say ¡Que bonito! (How beautiful!).
This is a popular Mexican phrase. It has several meanings depending on the context.
- It is used to encourage someone to do something. A similar expression in English is – hurry up! Or let’s go!
- It is also used to express surprise. When someone tells you that they bought a new car, you can say ¡Orale! It is similar to – wow – in English.