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21 Spanish filler words

Spanish Filler Words

1) Bueno: Well

Ex: “bueno, no importa” = “well, it doesn’t matter”

2) O sea / Es decir: I mean, in other words, that is to say

Ex: “El jefe no me ha hablado todavía, o sea / es decir, de verdad no sé.” = “The boss hasn’t talked to me yet, so in other words, I don’t really know.”

3) Así que: So, therefore

¿Así que al final fuiste al restaurante? = So you ended up going to the restaurant?

4) Pues: Well

Ex: Pues… no sé, tengo mucho sueño = Well… I don’t know, I’m really tired

5) Mira = Look / look here

Ex: “Mira, sólo digo que a mí no me parece una buena idea.” = “Look, I’m just saying that I don’t think that it is a good idea.”

6) Che: Hey, hey buddy ( mostly used in Argentina but also used in Uruguay and Valencia, Spain)

Ex: “¡Che! ¿Qué tal, hombre?” = “Hey! What’s up, man?”

7)  A ver: Let’s see

Ex: A ver… ¿qué podemos hacer esta noche? = Let’s see… what can we do tonight?

8) Vamos a ver: Let’s see

Vamos a ver qué hay para hacer esta noche = Let’s see what there is to do tonight

9. Está bien / Dale = Okay, a synonym of Spanish in Spain is “vale”

Ex: “Mañana te llamo, ¿dale? – ¡Dale! / Está bien.” = “I give you a call tomorrow, okay?  – Okay!”

10) Tipo / como = Like

Ex: “Es tipo / como el pie Americano” = “It’s like the American pie”

11) Entonces: So, therefore

Ex: “Entonces, cuando vas a visitar a tu abuela?” = “So, when are you going to visit your grandma?’

12) Este: Uh, umm, ah

Ex: “Sí, este… rompí tu telefono” = “Yeah, umm…I broke your phone”

13) A propósito / por cierto: By the way

Ex: “A propósito, ¿sabes dónde está María?” = “By the way, do you know where Maria is?”

14) Luego: Then (it can also mean “later” in another context)

Ex: “Fui a la farmacia y luego a casa” =  “I went to the drugstore and then home.”

15) Por lo menos: At least

Ex: “Por lo menos no te quemaste” = “At least you didn’t burn yourself”

16) ¿Sabes?: You know?

Ex: Es muy importante para mí, ¿sabes? = It’s really important to me, you know?

17) Por fin: Finally, at last

Ex: “¡Por fin! ¡Estás aquí!” = “Finally! You’re here!”

“Por fin, tenemos la tarea de todos.” = “At last, we’ve got everyone’s homework.”

17) Quizás / tal vez: Maybe, perhaps

Ex: “Quizás/ Tal vez no debí haberme comido toda sea comida” = “Maybe I shouldn’t have eaten all that food”

18) Aunque: Although, even though

Ex: “Aunque está lloviendo, voy a ir al gym” = “Even though it’s raining, I’m going to the gym”

19) Además: Moreover, besides, also, and occasionally used as “too”

Ex: “El queso es demasiado suave, demasiado débil, y además huele muy mal.” = “Cheese is too soft, too weak, and besides, it smells terrible.”

20) Sin embargo: However, nonetheless, nevertheless

“Entiendo que el queso no es tan fuerte como el acero, pero sin embargo voy a hacer un carro con él.” = “I understand that cheese isn’t as strong as steel, but nevertheless I’m going to make a car out of it.”

21) De hecho: actually

Ex: “De hecho, nunca vi esta película pero dicen que es digna ser vista.” = “Actually, I’ve never seen that movie, but they say it is worth it.”

Olicity Drabble 5x17 ~Holding

Sometimes the hardest tests bring about the greatest gifts. This episode while emotionally heart-wrenching was also an amazing gift. This is just me hoping for an Olicity scene even it it wasn’t needed. (Gif: not mine)

Originally posted by whoeveryoulovethemost

“Darkness doesn’t just happen…

Like a endless nightmare darkness spreads through you slowly like a disease. At first the changes are slight and go unnoticed. But eventually the snow of the cold winter melts and, the scars of it’s punishing season are forever left behind…” 

Felicity let those words spread through her slowly like the very disease she feared would soon consume her. Seeing the blood along his open wounds for her was like looking in a mirror. His beaten battered body felt like a true reflection of her soul. Hearing him declare he was done sent shivers of cold relief through her rigid spine because, for once she didn’t feel that she’d emotionally been left behind. For once his soul, heart, mind and, body clearly matched her own…

The elevator doors slid together slowly, the room seemed to grow colder now that only their two shattered hearts remained. She heard his shuffled steps along the cold, unforgiving floors as she let her fingers dance slowly over the worn keys. She tried to shut down the world around her body as her eyes danced along the faded E. She heard him wince when his fingers slid down the side of the gray and green walls. Her heart thumped in agony as her thumb brushed over the worn space bar numbly. 

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anonymous asked:

This might seem like a stupid question but I've run into a little bit of a problem in my writing. I have no idea how to write a single character who's alone in an isolated house without sounding super boring and filling space with too detailed exposition. Do you have any advice ?

Thanks for your question, love!  I do have some advice for you, but first, I have a few questions:

  1. What is the purpose of the scene?  Is something happening in the scene to progress the plot, or is it just marking the passage of time?  If it’s a matter of plot, go to the next question.  If it’s just a filler scene (e.g. your character getting ready in the morning), your problem is less that you need more characters, and more that you need more plot.  Otherwise, a scene like this can feel lost.
  2. Why is the character alone?  Do they have to be alone?  Would the plot be able to progress with other characters in the scene?  Does the fact that the character is alone add anything to the scene (e.g. introspection, insight into the character’s life, plot progression that couldn’t happen with other characters present), or does it only seem to take from the scene?  If they need to be alone, go to the next question.  If the scene would benefit from more characters, give this a shot.
  3. What kind of person is your character?  Some real people aren’t even comfortable being in a room by themselves!  Despite what fiction would have us believe, not all people are introspective, reflective, and completely comfortable with themselves when others aren’t around.  If they’re the kind of person who draws from other people – who gets wrapped up in other people – who needs to distract themselves when they’re alone – then this kind of scene will struggle without a plot or direction (unless you’re using it to highlight this personal tendency).  If your character does feel comfortable in isolation, continue reading.

These scenes can be used in a few different ways to benefit your story, but they all depend on the character involved and their situation in the plot.  When a main character is isolated, you can use that time to:

  • Reveal backstory on the character and the environment – through the character’s thoughts and actions, to make it seem natural.
  • Show the character processing prior experiences – recognizing how they felt when Character B said this or Character C did that; learning why the main character did something peculiar in a previous chapter.
  • Show the character’s personality – through their sense of humor, the way they conduct themselves in private, the traits that show through when under no social pressure.
  • Think of this as gardening space – a quiet place between busy scenes to plant seeds and to harvest; to tie up loose ends and answer questions, as well as to create more confusion and foreshadowing.
  • Establish your relationship with the character – when there’s nothing else in the way, all that’s left is you and your character.  Show whether or not you’re a reliable narrator – if you’re omniscient or limited to the character’s knowledge – what your opinion is of your character and their actions – if you’re looking at them from the lens of someone who knows what the character will become, or someone who only sees who the character is now.

Now, don’t misinterpret this advice.  While these are all important aspects of the story, you shouldn’t carve extra time out of your story just to plant seeds and reveal backstory.  Think of these tips as seasoning – spread them all over the story, and maybe use a lot of them in scenes that are particularly bland (such as the one you’re describing).  But no one wants to eat a bowl of salt, pepper, paprika, and basil.  There has to be some substance – some plot – in every scene, period.

I hope some of this helps you with whatever scene you have in mind, and any in the future!  If this didn’t answer your question, be sure to send another ask with any more information and we’ll gladly help you out.  Until then, thanks again, and good luck!

- Mod Joanna ♥️


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