Essay Expressions Spanish

Do you need to write a lot of essays in Spanish? If you are, don’t worry. It’s about to get a little bit easier for you because here in this article, we’ve listed down useful phrases that you can use in your essays.

Feel free to pepper your essays with the words and expressions from this list. It would certainly elevate your essays and impress your teachers.  

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 Spanish Essay PhraseEnglish Translation
1para empezarto begin with
2en primer lugarin the first place
3al principioin the beginning
4como punto de partidaas a point of departure
5por un ladoon the one hand
6para continuarto continue
7duranteduring
8mientras tantomeanwhile
9ademásin addition; also; moreover
10tambiéntoo; also
11luegothen
12entoncesthen
13después de (+ infinitivo)after
14mientraswhile
15yand
16antes de (+ infinitivo)before
17sin embargonevertheless
18a pesar de (+ infinitivo)in spite of
19aunqueeven though; even if
20perobut
21en cambioon the other hand
22por otra parteon the other hand
23por otro ladoon the other hand
24sino que; sinobut (rather)
25en realidadin reality; really
26hay que tomar en cuentayou have to take into account
27lo importante esthe important thing is
28por esotherefore
29por lo tantotherefore
30desgraciadamenteunfortunately
31afortunadamentefortunately
32para ilustrarto illustrate
33por ejemplofor example
34a causa debecause of
35en conclusiónin conclusion
36en finin short
37finalmentefinally
38en resumenin summary; to summarize
39para concluirto conclude
40para terminarto conclude

Which phrases do you find the most useful? And do you have more phrases you would like to add? Leave your thoughts in the comments section! 🙂

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The Spanish subjunctive is a mood, rather than a tense. It’s typically taught to learners after they’ve covered tenses, so is often viewed as being quite advanced. Indeed, it can be tough for non Spanish (or non Romance language) speakers to get their heads around it, as the concept of the subjunctive is quite alien. There are many ways to learn the subjunctive (you can check out our guide to the Spanish subjunctive), but one of the best ways to start using it is to learn some common subjunctive Spanish phrases.

In this post, you’ll learn 33 Spanish phrases that all use the subjunctive, which are all incredibly common, and by which learning will help you gain mastery of the subjunctive.

A little bit about these phrases

We didn’t just invent these phrases. We’ve extracted the most common uses of the subjunctive from native speakers using a “corpus” (enormous body of native Spanish text), so we are sure that these are absolutely the most useful Spanish subjunctive phrases to memorise. Enjoy!

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