Video Spanish frases #11: Tirar la toalla

In English, we have a direct equivalent of this week's phrase but Toni also gives us a couple of synonyms here — me rindo, lo dejo, no continuo.

His example is: Me he presentado cinco veces al carnet de conducir y no consigo aprobar: tiro la toalla.

The carnet de conducir is your driving licence and we also have the phrase sacar el carnet de conducir. Watch out for those stop signs!

Chances are you'll meet Toni on your first morning here at IH Barcelona: one of his many responsibilities is making sure you go into the right level on your Spanish course.

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Video Spanish phrases #6: Erre que erre

If you do something erre que erre you're doing it stubbornly or pigheadedly, no matter what.

Eugènia, who teaches on our intensive Spanish courses in Barcelona, gives us this example in the video:

Ya le dije a Luisa que no quería quedarme a cenar en su casa y ella, erre que erre… Al final tuve que acceptar.

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Video: Useful Spanish expressions #2

You are almost certain to meet Toni Martin on your first morning here at IH Barcelona: one of his many responsibities is making sure you go into the right level on your Spanish course. Here, he explains the expression se te ve el plumero.

Once you reach a certain level (we suggest B2), knowing the sort of expressions Spanish people actually use is probably what is really going to make the difference to getting your Spanish up to proficiency.

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See also El último de la fila: Nuevas mezclas, one of Toni's favourite records (remember records 😉 ?)

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Video: Useful Spanish expressions #1

¿Qué tal la fiesta de ayer?
¡Me aburrí como una ostra!

In the first of our new series of useful Spanish expressions, Susana Ortiz explains how we'd say "bored out of your mind" in Spanish — literally, "to be as bored as an oyster".

Intended for those with a intermediate level of Spanish (B2 or above), the series is once a week on our YouTube channel.

Susana is a tutor in our Spanish Teacher Training Department as well as teaching Spanish on our intensive courses in Barcelona.