We recently got an email from Phil, who lives in Andalusia, about a bit of a problem:
“…one of the problems I have with my Spanish neighbours is just exchanging pleasantries, especially showing appreciation for things without just repeating ‘muchas gracias’ over and over again – as the British are wont to do!
They are forever giving us little gifts, inviting us to join them for meals etc, and sometimes we do , and other times we can’t. But I’d love to have a few more ways to say: That’s very kind of you; What a nice thought; What a lovely idea!; Oh, that would be lovely; Oh thank you, but we can’t today etc etc.”
Hopefully the audio above gives you a few more phrases for your arsenal Phil!
Here are the phrases we discuss in the audio above:
Que detalle mas bonito – What a lovely thought
Gracias por haberos acordado de nosotros – Thanks for thinking of us
Que buena idea – What a great idea
Que buen plan – What a great sounding plan
Nos encantaría – We’d love to
Nos encantaría, pero no podemos porque ya hemos quedado – We’d love to but we can’t as we’ve already made other plans
Estamos muy agradecidos estaba todo riquísimo – Thanks so much, it was all delicious
Es que no puedo porque tengo que ir al dentista – I can’t as I have to go to the dentist
Es que no me viene bien - It’s not convenient
For more on making excuses and ‘Quedar’, Listen to:
Inspired Beginners 14 – “Quedar”
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