It’s time to improve your Spanish with expressions of opinion.
New technologies are here to stay: now, we all spend a lot of time on the internet and it is difficult for us to imagine life without social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram.
Why not use this time to practice Spanish as well?
We like to be well informed and that is why we seek information and share opinions about products and services.
Have you ever thought about writing these comments in Spanish? It can also be a fantastic opportunity to practice and improve your language skills.
To begin with, the most important thing is to know essential expressions in Spanish to convey your opinion.
Let’s start with 4 essential expressions of opinion that you should know.
Key phrases to express your opinion in Spanish
To start with, let’s understand the most common Spanish expressions of opinion.
1. Yo opino que
This is undoubtedly the most obvious expression, as it uses the verb “opinar”. It is a very direct and definitive way of giving your opinion. Depending on the tone we use in the conversation, it can be a bit abrupt for the person who is listening to you.
+ Yo opino que aprender un idioma es importante para entender la cultura.
– Yo no opino que aprender un idioma sea importante para entender la cultura.
2. Yo pienso que
It is a widely used expression. Like the previous expression, it is a very direct way of giving the opinion and we must be careful with the tone we use if we do not want to appear categorical.
+ Yo pienso que la fiesta fue aburrida.
– Yo no pienso que la fiesta fuese aburrida.
3. Yo creo que
Undoubtedly this expression and the following are the most used in spoken language. This is a gentler way to express your opinion and a gentler way to intervene in the conversation.
+ Yo creo que Natalia es una chica muy simpática.
– Yo no creo que Natalia sea una chica muy simpática.
4. A mí me parece que
In this case, the expression is even more polite to express an opinion without offending the person with whom we are speaking.
+ A mí me parece que la película ha sido muy divertida.
– A mí no me parece que la película haya sido muy divertida.
For each of these expressions I have given you an affirmative and a negative example. Now, read the sentences again and find the difference between the two sentences.
Got it? You’re right, the difference is in the verb!
We use the indicative with verbs of opinion in affirmative sentences and we use the subjunctive with verbs of opinion in negative sentences.
More useful phrases to express your opinion in Spanish
These two expressions differ from the others because they use the indicative both in affirmative sentences and in negative sentences.
5. En mi opinión
It is a widely used expression.
+ En mi opinión, este es un buen libro.
+ En mi opinión, este no es un buen libro.
6. A mi parecer
It is a more formal expression.
+ A mi parecer, este es un buen libro.
+ A mi parecer este no es un buen libro.
These are two expressions that we normally use in a more formal context.
Now, you have a basic toolkit to express your opinion in Spanish. Would you like to learn more?
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