Continuing our obsession with the real Spanish you’ll never find in a text book or classroom, below we’ve listed 7 of our favourite verbs and some of the cool phrases that are usually made out of them. Occasionally we’ve added a cool related noun or proverb too!
All the phrases here are pretty slang, so make sure you only use them in informal settings.
1. Fastidiar – To bother
Cool Uses of Fastidiar:
Estoy un poco fastidiado – I’m not feeling very well
Tengo el pie fastidiado – I’ve hurt my foot
No me fastidies – I don’t believe it! When someone tells you some unbelievable, and bad, news, like interest rates are going up again, or your friend got fired…
2. Aprovechar – To make the most of
Cool Uses of Aprovechar:
Te estás aprovechando de mi – You are taking advantage of me
Vamos a aprovechar la hora feliz en la barra – let’s make the most of Happy Hour at the bar.
3. Merecer – To deserve
Cool Uses of Merecer:
¡Te lo mereces! – You deserve it!
Merece la pena – It’s worth it
4. Machacar – To Crush or Grind
Cool Uses of Machacar:
¡Estoy machacado! – I’m exhausted!
5. Currar – To Work
Cool Uses of Currar:
He currado un montón esta semana – I’ve worked really hard this week!
Assosiated Slang Noun:
El curro – work
¿Qué tal el curro? – How’s work?
6. Forrarse – To get rich
Cool Uses of Forrarse:
Se está forrando – He’s getting really rich
And an associated adjective…
Forrado – Rich
Este chico está forrado – That guy is really rich
7. Madrugar – To get up early
Associated cool nouns:
Voy a pegarme un madrugón – I’m going to get up really early
El es muy madrugador – He’s a really early riser
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