It’s easy to learn how to say no in Spanish, it’s the same word as English. 🙂

However, consistently answering with a short “no” in response to questions may be perceived offensively.  At minimum, it can get a little boring and repetitive in your conversations.

Just by adding a few of these words and phrases to your vocabulary, you can politely disagree in any situation.

Let’s review 10 ways to say “no” in Spanish to add a little more variety to your conversations:

1) Creo que noI don’t think so.

¿Vas a ir a la fiesta de Amalia?

– Creo que no.

Are you going to go to the party with Amalia?

– I don’t think so.

2) La verdad es que no Truthfully, no.

¿Quieres ir a nadar mañana?

– La verdad es que no.

Do you want to go swimming tomorrow?

– Truthfully, no.

3) No puedo I can’t.

¿Vienes de compras el sábado conmigo?

–Lo siento, no puedo.

Are you going shopping with me on Saturday?

– I’m sorry, I can’t.

4) No estoy de acuerdoI don’t agree.

Dicen que comer fruta es malo.

– No estoy de acuerdo. La fruta es muy saludable.

They say that eating fruit is bad.

– I don’t agree. Fruit is very healthy.

5) Me parece que noIt doesn’t look like it.

¿Vas a terminar el proyecto para mañana?

– Me parece que no.

Are you going to finish the project for tomorrow?

– It doesn’t look like it.

6) No tiene sentido →  It doesn’t make sense.

Voy a caminar a la tienda en la lluvia.

– No hagas eso, no tiene sentido.

I am going to walk to the store in the rain.

– Don’t do that, it doesn’t make sense.

7) De ninguna manera No way.

¿Tu crees que debo lavar mi ropa blanca con mi camiseta roja?

–¡De ninguna manera!

Do you think I should wash my white clothing with my red shirt?

– No way!

8) Yo tampocoMe either. (Note: Although this is a negative response, you usually use it when you agree with another person about something they disagree with :))

No quiero ir al gimnasio hoy.

– Yo tampoco.

I don’t want to go to the gym today.

– Me either.

9) Nunca en la vidaNot in this lifetime.

¿Vas al cine conmigo?

– ¡Nunca en la vida!

Do you want to go to the movies with me?

– Not in this lifetime!

10) Ni lo sueñesNot even in your dreams.

¿Me das un beso?

-¡Ni lo sueñes!

Will you give me a kiss?

Not even in your dreams!

 

There you have it, now you know 10 different ways to say “no” in Spanish.  Use one of these phrases the next time you have a conversation, and you will sound much more natural speaking Spanish.

Tamara

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