¡Hola y bienvenidos a Spring Spanish! I’m Juan el profesor de Español (the Spanish teacher), the most beautiful language in the world! Do you agree? If not, what do YOU think about Spanish?
If you can’t say what you think about Spanish or anything else for that matter, then read this article because today you will learn how to express your opinion in Spanish! Whether something is good or bad, popular or a little infamous, you will learn very important chunks to express your beliefs and disbeliefs like a native.
Basic Chunks to Express an Opinion in Spanish
Knowing how to express opinions in Spanish will help you go into deeper conversations and have a rich cultural experience. First, let’s learn the basics about how to express your opinion:
- Yo pienso que… (I think that…)
- Me parece que… (It seems to me that…)
- Yo creo que… (I believe that…)
- Yo opino que… (My opinion is…)
CHUNK ALERT: In Spanish, “to opinion” is expressed as a verb, so this sentence literally means “I opinion that…”
That sounds a little weird in English, right? What I’m trying to say is that you can’t always translate directly between English and Spanish… AND you don’t even HAVE to!
You now know that “yo opino que” is correct, so instead of always inventing your own sentences in Spanish based on literal translations from English, just learn Yo opino que… by heart and use it every time you have to give your opinion in Spanish! I guarantee it works! You have my word as a Spanish native speaker!
Want to know more about chunks? You should definitely follow this link to sign up to a free Spanish chunking training on our website, where you’ll learn how we use the Chunking method to have our students speak Spanish quickly and without complications! No grammar rules or long vocabulary lists needed!
Asking Others What THEY Think
Now that you know how to state your opinion, a way to engage the other person in a conversation could be to ask them what they think, so let’s see some ways to do that:
- Yo pienso que el fútbol es un gran deporte. ¿Y tú? (I think that soccer is a great sport. And you?)
- Me parece que hoy hay mucho frío, ¿no crees? (It seems to me that today is really cold, don’t you think?)
- Yo creo que el dos mil veintiuno será un gran año. ¿Tú qué opinas? (I believe that 2021 will be a great year. What’s your opinion?)
- Yo opino que, si te subscribes a nuestro canal, aprenderás español muy rápido. ¿Estás de acuerdo? (It’s my opinion that if you subscribe to our channel, you’ll learn Spanish very fast, do you agree?)
How to DISAGREE
Now my favorite part: Disagreeing! Yes, you can have a nice, linear conversation agreeing to everything… BORING! Best way to make friends and have fun in a conversation en mi opinión (in my opinion) is to disagree!
There are some chunks you can use to partially agree with an opinion (more about that further in this article), but first, let’s learn how to properly disagree in Spanish!
- No estoy de acuerdo (I disagree)
- ¡Por supuesto que no! (Of course not!)
- Sí, pero… (Yes, but…)
- Estás equivocado (You’re wrong)
- ¡Te odio y tienes mal aliento! (I hate you and your breath stinks!) —Just kidding here!
How to Agree to Disagree
Okay, so if you’re talking to Latinos, you’ll notice stuff like politics, religion or culture can be very important to us, and as I said before, si la conversación se pone muy complicada o es un tema sensible (if the conversation turns too complicated or it’s a touchy subject) you can always tap out and try to get to a middle ground with the other person.
If that’s the case, then you can use the following:
- Entiendo tu posición, pero… (I understand your position, but…)
- Estoy un poco de acuerdo, sin embargo… (I somewhat agree, however…)
- Por una parte… por otra parte… (on one hand… on the other hand…)
Accepting a Different Point of View
Another thing you have to keep in mind is we Latinos can be very persuasive, so don’t be surprised if in one of these conversations you actually change your mind and have to use one of these:
- Es un buen punto; no lo había visto de esa manera. (That’s a good point! I hadn’t seen it that way!)
- ¿Sabes qué? Creo que tienes razón. (You know what? I think you’re right.)
- No sabía eso; pienso igual. (I didn’t know that. I think the same way.)
Así que ¿qué opinas? (So, what do you think?) Do you think you can start expressing your opinion in Spanish now?
Remember: usually you’ll be talking about things you like and dislike, so the next article you should read is the one about the verb “gustar”, which means “to like”, to make your conversations in Spanish even more interesting.