Idiom List

This is a list of common idioms you are likely to encounter in any text. Memorizing these will help speed up translation, but since the list is long it could help to work on memorizing them in groups. For instance, idioms that containa could be one group.

acabar de + inf. to have just done something
a decir verdad truthfully, really
a despecho de in spite of
a eso de about
a fin de cuentas in the end
a lo largo de along, throughout
a lo mejor at best, most likely
al principio at the beginning
a más no poder as hard as possible
a mediados de in the middle
a menos que unless
a menudo often
a pesar de in spite of
a principios de at the beginning of
a propósito by the way
caer en la cuenta to catch on, to become aware
con respecto a with regard to
dar ganas de to feel like, to want to (do something), to get the urge to (do something)
dar lo mismo to make no difference, to be all the same
darse cuenta de to realize, to become aware of
dar un paseo to take a walk/ride
dar un paso to take a step
dar una vuelta to take a stroll/ride
de al lado next to, adjoining
debido a due to
de esta manera (in) this way/manner
de este modo (in) this way/ manner
de hecho in fact, indeed
dejar de + inf. to stop doing something, to fail to do something
de nuevo again
de pronto suddenly
de súbito suddenly
de todos modos anyway, in any case
de vez en cuando from time to time
echar a perder to ruin, to spoil, to waste
echar de menos to miss (emotionally)
echarse a + inf. to begin to do something
en alguna parte somewhere
en cambio on the other hand
en cualquier parte anywhere
en cuanto a as to, regarding, in regard to
en ninguna parte nowhere
en otra parte elsewhere
en (por) todos lados everywhere
en aquel/ese entonces at that time, in that period of time
en el acto immediately, on the spot
en seguida immediately, right away
en todo caso in any case, in any event
estar de acuerdo to be in agreement, to agree on something
hacer caso a/de to pay attention, to notice
hacerle gracia a uno to strike someone as (being) funny
hay que + inf. to be necessary to do something
he aquí here is, this is, these are
más bien rather, instead
ni siquiera not even
no bien once, as soon as
no es para tanto it’s not that serious
no obstante however, nevertheless
no más que only, nothing but
oír decir que to hear (it said) that
oír hablar de to hear about (a person, an event)
pasar por alto to overlook
pasarlo bien/mal to have a good/bad time
pedir prestado (i) to borrow
pese a in spite of
ponerse a + inf. to begin to do something
por consiguiente therefore
por eso therefore, that’s why
por lo tanto therefore
por lo visto apparently
por más + adj./adv. + que + subjunctive no matter how + adj./adv. + subject + v.
por medio de by means of
por mi parte as for me, as far as I’m concerned
por otro lado on the other hand
por supuesto of course
por todos lados everywhere
por último finally
por un lado on one hand
puede ser (que) maybe, it may be (that) **If que is used, this structure is always followed by the subjunctive
puesto que since, because
querer decir (ie) to mean, to signify
rara vez seldom, rarely
si bien although
sin embargo however
tener buena/mala cara to look well/bad/sick
tener en cuenta to take into account, to bear in mind
tener gracia to be funny
tener por to consider
tener que ver con to have to do with (something)
tratarse de to be a question of
verse bien/mal to look well/bad
volver + a + inf. (ue) to do something again



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