Basics of Expressing Opinions

  • Understanding how to express opinions in Spanish is crucial for effective communication.
  • The most common way to express opinions is using phrases like “creo que” (I believe that), “pienso que” (I think that), or “opino que” (I believe that).

Using Verbs to Express Opinions

  • With these phrases, you would usually use the verb in the indicative mood. For example, “Creo que el libro es interesante” (I think the book is interesting).
  • To express an opinion in the negative, you can simply add “no” before the verb. For example, “No creo que el libro sea interesante” (I don’t think the book is interesting). Notice that in this case the verb is in the subjunctive mood.
  • If you want to say someone else’s opinion, use verbs like “dice que” (he/she says that), “opina que” (he/she thinks that), or “cree que” (he/she believes that).
  • The ending of the verb shows who is having the opinion. For example, “creo” means I believe, “crees” means you (informal) believe, “cree” means he/she believes, etc.

Expressing Strong Opinions

  • If you want to express a stronger opinion, you can use phrases like “estoy convencido de que” (I am convinced that), “estoy seguro de que” (I am sure that), or “no cabe duda de que” (there is no doubt that).
  • Adverbs can also be used to express the strength of your opinion. Some useful ones include “verdaderamente” (truly), “realmente” (really), “definitivamente” (definitely), “probablemente” (probably), and “posiblemente” (possibly).

Improving Opinion Expression Skills

  • Practising these structures and expanding your vocabulary will allow you to express a wider range of opinions in Spanish. It’s also important to practise reading and listening to Spanish to get familiar with how these phrases are used in context.