Useful Linking Words and Phrases in Spanish

Just by adding in a few linking words and phrases when you are speaking in Spanish makes you sound much more native-like and it also gives you time to think! You hear these kinds of words and expressions all the time in Spain so it is worth remembering them:

Prepositions

yand
tambiénalso
perobut
luegothen / later
deof / from
desdesince / from
ato
parafor [destination / purpose]
porby / through
conwith
sinwithout
antesbefore
despuésafter
en seguidastraight away
aunquealthough
mientraswhile
sin embargohowever
de repentesuddenly
hastauntil / as far as
haciatowards
segúnaccording to
ademásbesides / furthermore
primerofirst
segundosecond
por últimolastly
por finfinally
claroof course
por supuestoof course [more formal]
cómo noof course [lit. how not]
por lo tantotherefore
así queso
no solo … sino también …no only … but also …
porquebecause
ya quesince
a causa de + nounbecause of

Time frequency

todos los díasevery day
dos veces a la semanatwice a week
siemprealways
a vecessometimes
de vez en cuandofrom time to time
casi nuncahardly ever
nuncanever
raras vecesrarely

Agreeing / Disagreeing

valeok
de acuerdook [more formal]
(no) estoy de acuerdoI agree (I don’t agree)
no pasa nadait doesn’t matter
está bienit’s ok
a lo mejormaybe
quizásperhaps
a mí síme, yes [ in reply to “Do you like …?”]
a mí nonot me [in reply to “Do you like…?”]
yo tambiénme too
yo tampocome neither

Giving your opinion

En mi opiniónIn my opinion
Para míFor me
Creo queI believe that
Pienso queI think that
Me parece queIt seems to me that
Por un lado … por otro lado …on one hand … on the other hand …

Conversation fillers

buenowell / right
pueswell
a verlet’s see
vamos a verlet’s see
vengaright
sabesyou know
vamosI mean

Likes / Dislikes

Me gusta(n)I like [add “n” if the thing you like is plural]
No me gusta(n)I don’t like
No me gusta(n) nadaI don’t like it/them at all
Me gusta bastanteI quite like
Me gusta muchoI like a lot
PrefieroI prefer
Me encanta(n)I love
OdioI hate
DetestoI hate
No aguantoI can’t stand
Me fastidia(n)It annoys me

Lo buenoThe good thing
Lo maloThe bad thing
Lo mejorThe best thing
Lo peorThe worst thing

 
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