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Verbs & Phrases Used to Express an Opinion in Spanish

Instructor: Elena Sacramento Lechado

Elena has a PhD in linguistics from University of La Laguna (Spain). Currently, she teaches Spanish as a foreign language and creates teaching resources.

This lesson will provide useful vocabulary, phrases, and tips to express your opinions in Spanish. It will help you improve your interactions with native speakers by using the right structures.

Expressing Our Opinions

We are constantly expressing our opinions - chatting with friends, sharing our thoughts on social media, filling in surveys or participating in debates, for example. To share your opinions with native speakers of Spanish or to understand what others say or post online, it'll be useful to learn relevant verbs and phrases that are used on a regular basis.

Keep reading to learn about vocabulary and structures used to express opinions in Spanish. First, we'll see the basic structures, and then we'll hear them in a conversation about movies between friends. Let's start!

Basic Verbs & Phrases to Express Opinions

Here are some basic expressions you'll need in order to ask and express opinions. Let's take a look at the questions first:

Spanish Pronunciation Translation
¿Qué opinas de…? (keh oh-PEE-nahs deh) What do you think about…?/
What's your opinion about...?
¿Qué crees de…? (keh KREH-ehs deh) What do you think about…?
¿Qué piensas de…? (keh PYEHN-sahs deh) What do you think about…?
¿Qué te parece…? (keh teh pah-REH-seh) What do you think about…?

You can answer these questions with the following introductory expressions:

Spanish Pronunciation Translation
En mi opinión (ehn mee oh-pee-NYOHN) In my opinion
Creo que (KREH-oh keh) I think that,
I believe that
Pienso que (PYEHN-soh keh) I think that
Opino que (oh-PEE-noh keh) I think that
Me parece que (meh pah-REH-seh keh) I think that

Different ways of saying `I think that` in Spanish.
opinion

Here are some examples:

  • ¿Qué te parece la nueva película de este director? (What do you think about this director's new movie?)
  • En mi opinión, la película es un poco aburrida. (In my opinion, the movie is a bit boring.)
  • Creo que los efectos especiales son buenos, pero el guion no es muy interesante. (I think that the special effects are good, but the script isn't very interesting.)

Using the Verb Parecer

The verb parecer literally means 'to seem'. So, the expression we saw above would literally translate as 'it seems to me that.' Notice that the pronoun changes depending on whose opinion we're talking about. For example, if you wanted to say 'we think that' or 'it seems to us,' you'd need to use the pronoun nos (Nos parece que).

So keep in mind this structure:

  • Me/te/le/nos/os/les parece que + sentence in the present indicative

Take a look at these examples:

  • Me parece que este libro es bastante interesante. (I think that this book is quite interesting.)
  • Nos parece que Leonardo DiCaprio es un gran actor. (We think that Leonardo DiCaprio is a great actor.)

You can also express how you find something with a specific adjective in the structure:

  • something/someone + me/te/le/nos/os/les parece(n) + adjective

Note: Use parece to refer to singular nouns and parecen for plural ones. The adjective must also agree with the noun in number and gender.

  • Este programa me parece muy divertido. (I find that TV show very funny.)
  • ¿Esos libros te parecen útiles? (Do you find those books useful?)

Translation: I think Leonardo DiCaprio is a great actor.
leodicaprio

Expressing Likes & Dislikes

When expressing opinions, you'll probably use verbs like gustar (to like) to indicate if you like something or not. Here are some verbs to express likes and dislikes in Spanish:

Spanish Pronunciation Translation
Me gusta (meh-GOOS-tah) I like
Prefiero (preh-FYEH-roh) I prefer
Me encanta (meh ehn-KAHN-tah) I love
No me gusta (noh meh GOOS-tah) I don't like
Odio (OH-dyoh) I hate
Detesto (deh-TEHS-toh) I hate

Examples:

  • Me encanta Gabriel García Márquez. (I love Gabriel García Márquez.) Creo que es uno de los mejores escritores latinoamericanos. (I think he's one of the best Latin American writers.)
  • No me gusta mucho el fútbol. (I don't like soccer much.) Prefiero el rugby. (I prefer rugby.)

Expressing Agreement & Disagreement

Finally, use the following phrases to indicate agreement or disagreement:

Spanish Pronunciation Translation
De acuerdo (deh ah-KWEHR-doh) Alright
Vale (BAH-leh) okay, fine
Estoy de acuerdo (ehs-TOY deh
ah-KWEHR-doh)
I agree
No estoy de acuerdo (noh ehs-TOY deh
ah-KWEHR-doh)
I don't agree
De ninguna manera (deh neen-GOO-nah
mah-NEH-rah)
no way

Notice that you can use these expressions on their own after someone has expressed their opinions. For example:

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