Expressions With Parecer


The verb parecer means to appear or to seem.

La idea me parece bien.  (The idea seems good to me.)

But there are a few expressions with this verb that are translated a little differently into English.

The first is ¿Qué te parece?  Literally, it means How does this seem to you?   But it also means What do you think of?

¿Qué te parece la idea?  (What do you think of the idea?)

Me parece bien.  (It seems o.k. to me.)  Me parece mal.  (I think it’s a bad idea.)  (I don’t think much of it.)

¿Qué te parece este cuadro?  (What do you think of this painting?)

Me parece muy feo. (I think it’s really ugly.)

Another expression with parecer is ¿Qué te parece si…?  This is translated as How about if … or Do you think it would be a good idea to…?

¿Qué te parece si vamos al cine esta tarde?  (How about if we go to the movies this afternoon?/Do you think it would be a good idea for us to go to the movies this afternoon.)

A third expression using parecer is parcece mentira.  This is literally translated as It seems a lie, but is better translated as It doesn’t seem possible, or it’s hard to believe.

Parece mentira que estemos en plena primavera.  (It doesn’t seem possible that we are in the middle of spring.)

You can listen to the use of parece mentira in a new video called El cambio de hora put out by Ben and Marina at the Notes in Spanish blog.  Daylight Savings Time starts on the last Sunday of March in Spain.  They talk about how difficult it has been for them to adjust to the time change.  They say that given the difficulties of their adjustment to Daylight Savings Time, it doesn’t seem possible (parece mentira) that it is only a one hour difference.  Notes In Spanish is a wonderful podcast site.

Well, that is all I have to say about parecer today!


La Aceitera -My Spanish Word Of The Day 1/14/2017


My Spanish word of the day is:

la aceitera

olive oil bottle, cruet

Example Sentence: La aceitera siempre debe estar en la mesa junto a la vinagrera.

My word of the day comes from a Notes In Spanish video where Ben and Marina discuss Spanish table settings.  The first half of the video is in Spanish.  The second half is in English and is where they discuss some vocabulary and grammar structures that came up in their conversation.  Notes In Spanish has wonderful podcasts and videos for Spanish students.

¡Hasta Luego!

Un Chapuzas – My Spanish Word Of The Day 1/7/2016

¡Hola Spanish Language Lovers!

My Spanish word of the day is un chapuzas which means a botcher, or someone who botches things up.  If you are a female botcher, then you would be una chapuzas.

I discovered this word while watching a video from Ben and Marina at Notes In Spanish.  It is entitled Learn Spanish…Table Manners!  Ben and Marina discuss the differences between Spanish and British table manners.

Toward the end of the video, Ben talks about how he always tends to forget something every time he sets the table.  He says of himself, “Soy un chapuzas”.  He means that he sets the table in a half-way or shoddy manner.

Un/una chapuzas also has a more positive meaning.  It can also mean a handyman or a do-it-yourself type person.  This type of chapuzas may actually do good work.  It does not necessarily mean a bad handyman.

Ben and Marina have a Spanish Language Learning Website called Notes In Spanish which provides podcast audio conversations with accompanying notes and worksheets.  The first half of each audio lesson is in Spanish, and then an analysis of the conversation is presented in English.  Notes In Spanish also provides some videos.  Here is the video about Table Manners.

¡Hasta Pronto!