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 Phrase||English Translation|
|1||para empezar||to begin with|
|2||en primer lugar||in the first place|
|3||al principio||in the beginning|
|4||como punto de partida||as a point of departure|
|5||por un lado||on the one hand|
|6||para continuar||to continue|
|9||además||in addition; also; moreover|
|13||después de (+ infinitivo)||after|
|16||antes de (+ infinitivo)||before|
|18||a pesar de (+ infinitivo)||in spite of|
|19||aunque||even though; even if|
|21||en cambio||on the other hand|
|22||por otra parte||on the other hand|
|23||por otro lado||on the other hand|
|24||sino que; sino||but (rather)|
|25||en realidad||in reality; really|
|26||hay que tomar en cuenta||you have to take into account|
|27||lo importante es||the important thing is|
|29||por lo tanto||therefore|
|32||para ilustrar||to illustrate|
|33||por ejemplo||for example|
|34||a causa de||because of|
|35||en conclusión||in conclusion|
|36||en fin||in short|
|38||en resumen||in summary; to summarize|
|39||para concluir||to conclude|
|40||para terminar||to 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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Janey is a fan of different languages and studied Spanish, German, Mandarin, and Japanese in college. She has now added French into the mix, though English will always be her first love. She loves reading anything (including product labels).
To improve your writing you need to make sure that your ideas, both in sentences and paragraphs, stick together or have coherence and that the gap between ideas is bridged smoothly. One way to do this is by using transitions - words or phrases or techniques that help bring two ideas together. Transitional words and phrases represent one way of gaining coherence. Certain words help continue an idea, indicate a shift of though or contrast, or sum up a conclusion. Check the following list of words to find those that will pull your sentences and paragraphs together.
For continuing a common line of reasoning:
in the same way
following this further
pursuing this further
in the light of the... it is easy to see that
To change the line of reasoning (contrast):
on the other hand
on the contrary
For opening a paragraph initially or for general use:
to be sure
at this level
in this situation
For the final points of a paragraph or essay:
Transitional chains, to use in separating sections of a paragraph which is arranged chronologically:
first... second... third...
generally... furthermore... finally
in the first place... also... lastly
in the first place... pursuing this further... finally
to be sure... additionally... lastly
in the first place... just in the same way... finally
basically... similarly... as well
To signal conclusion:
in final analysis
in final consideration
To restate a point within a paragraph in another way or in a more exacting way:
in other words
point in fact
Sequence or time
as soon as
first... second... third
in the first place
in the meantime
These pages are from various handouts and excersises that I've collected from school over the years - I did not write them myself. If anyone ever finds the original teachers who wrote these (probably at some point in the 70s or early 80s), please let me know so I can credit them!If you wish to copy, print, link to or use these pages in any way, you do not need to ask me for permission.