When you are pissed off and want to show how much you are
Showing you are pissed off in Spanish can be tricky. Sometimes it is a problem of vocabulary, sometimes it is a problem of intonation. However, sometimes the problem is that you are not explaining yourself as a native speaker does. People may not be taking you seriously and we don’t want that, do we? You need to be bitching and complaining accurately. Hopefully your experience in our Spanish-speaking countries will be a positive one. I really hope so. However, I can’t guarantee that everything will be rosy and people will be very friendly and polite. What if someone isn’t? Surely you don’t want to sound like a robot or you don’t want to sound devoid of the emotion you are feeling, do you? That’s what this class is all about.
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In your process from intermediate to advanced level you need to advance in vocabulary and expressions. The idea is to understand a native speaker when he/she expresses an idea without using the vocabulary and order you learn at A1, A2 and B1 level. However, it is not only about understanding a native speaker, but also about copying him/her. Imitating the native as a way to progress in your Spanish. Having a guide to advanced vocabulary. The idea is always take your Spanish to the next level.
This time we are going to get really angry and we are going to express it. We are not so concerned with being polite and friendly, we are more concerned with expressing how fed up we are and how annoyed we are with a situation. In these situations, someone might think we sound rude. OK, yes, most of these sentences are rude but they are said after a situation where we observe a lack of respect or a lack of empathy towards us. Therefore, it is absolutely legitimate to express ourselves in this way.
So far you have learned different ways of expressing emotions, of course you have. Now I ask you to express that you are fed up in Spanish. That you complain. How to be angry? I bring you several phrases to use when you are angry.
Some of them are going to sound louder than others, this is important for you to know and be consistent when using them. Others are more neutral, but still show your frustration and anger. We are also going to learn some sentences that contain swear words. This is crucial to know, especially if someone says them to you, so that you know what they are saying to you. We have to be careful with these kinds of sentences because they are strong, they are rude, they are not for children and we have to choose the right moment when we say them.
We will learn different ways of complaining. We will learn two that are more neutral, «esto es intolerable» and «no doy para más«. These two can be used in any number of situations. They show that you are tired and fed up with a situation. On the other hand, we have four structures that end with the preposition «de»: «basta ya de«, «ya está bien de«, «vale ya de» and «estoy harto o harta de«. All of them are followed by three different types of structures, as we shall see. It is essential to learn these structures in order to use these sentences well. In addition to these, there is another one which can be interchanged with different words, «Estoy hasta la coronilla«. «Coronilla» is not a swear word, but you can change it to other words which are. Let’s learn four of them. Awesome spanish curse words that will make you sound like a local!
Remember, as always, that after finishing the video, you have the opportunity to continue working on them. How? Well, in this link you can access the podcast version where I include the transcript, the translation, the vocabulary and an exercise with questions and answers. Do you dare to practise a little more? You should!