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January 08, 2019 Anniversary Wishes 4 comments

Something you would say to "cheer", encourage someone who has somathing to accomplish? ("Do it)", "Kouun wo inorimasu (I wish you good luck)". I don't think there's an exact translation into English or Spanish at least.

Every language has its own phrases, words, and idioms to wish people good luck. In English, even though some expressions are used more often than others, there are many different idiomatic expressions used to wish good luck that you should learn.

The idiomatic expressions are mainly used in their contracted forms. Among the most used expressions to wish the best of luck to someone are:

Good luck!

Break a leg!

Knock ‘em dead!

Blow them away!

Best of luck!

You’ll do great!

Fingers crossed!

Let’s look at the context in which these expressions to wish “good luck” are used in English.

Good Luck

In English, the most simple and common way to wish someone luck and the best for the future is by saying “good luck.” This idiom can be used both in formal and informal situations as it is quite generic.

Well, good luck to you all.

Anyway, good luck with Anna.

I’m guessing he’s not wishing her good luck.

Break a leg!

This expression literally means what it says, but, although it might seem weird, it’s a good way to wish someone the best of luck. This way of wishing someone luck in English is very common in the film industry, where, out of superstition, the expression “good luck” is not used. Here are some examples that use this expression:

Break a leg! Darling, you’ll be fabulous!

Big audition tomorrow, wish me luck!Break a leg!

I know you can do it! Break a leg!

Knock ‘em dead!

“Knock ‘em dead” is the contracted form of “knock them dead,” which literally means“kill them.”While it may sound morbid, it is actually an informal way to wish good luck that can be used in many different situations, especially when you want to encourage someone.

Go down and you knock ‘em dead, okay?

Knock ‘em dead, Ron!

Knock ‘em dead in L.A.!

Blow them away!

This idiom is similar to the previous one  and is quite informal. It’s figurative meaning is “Impress them!” while it literally translates as “Shoot them!”

Your ability to negotiate will blow them away.

Go and blow them away!

Our team spirit will blow them away!

Best of luck!

The expression “best of luck” is very similar to the expression “good luck.” “Best of luck” is an expression than can be used in both formal and informal situations.

Wish you the best of luck, dear!

Best of luck in future endeavors.

I wish you all the best of luck, boys.

You’ll do great!

Another way to wish someone “good luck” and to encourage them is by using the expression “You’ll do great,” which shows your faith in what they can achieve.

I’m sure you’ll do great!

You’ll do great here in Los Angeles.

You’ll do great!

Fingers crossed!

In this case, we are dealing with an idiom used in many countries, that is based in superstition. This wish of good luck and a message of encouragement is used mostly in informal situations.

I got a bid in, so finger crossed!

Keep your fingers crossed that we come back.

I have to do the test, so fingers crossed!

As you can see, in English there are various ways of saying “good luck,” with both formal and informal expressions that show a positive attitude towards others. When used in the correct way, these expressions send sincere messages of encouragement and enthusiasm to their recipients.Do not hesitate to use them, positive energy is contagious!

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You might say it if someone is being slow or “yanking your chain.” Since it's a pretty basic phrase, it can be used in most Spanish-speaking countries, although .

20 Super Cool Spanish Phrases You Need to Know

how do you wish goodluck to someone in spanish

Here are 90+ common Spanish phrases — the Spanish phrases to know if you want to start speaking Spanish right now.

I’ve found that the best way to learn Spanish is to speak it from day one. And the best way to start speaking is to learn Spanish phrases that you’ll use in real conversations.

(You can read about how I learned Spanish here. I honestly believe it was never my destiny to speak Spanish, but I did it anyway).

Now, back to Spanish phrases. Let’s get started!

Important Spanish Phrases to Know: The Basics

If you’re just starting out, you need to know basic Spanish greetings and introductions.

Here are a few to get started if you’re totally new to the language. Most of these are casual, so they’re best for informal situations.

Spanish Greetings

  • Hola – “Hello”
  • ¿Qué tal? – “How are you?”
  • ¿Qué pasa? – “What’s up?”
  • ¿Cómo te va? – “How’re you doing?”
  • Bien – “Good”
  • Muy bien – “Very good”
  • Así así – “So-so”
  • No tan bien – “Not so good”
  • ¿Y tú? – “And you?”
  • Me llamo… – “My name is…”
  • ¿Cómo te llamas? – “What’s your name?”
  • Mucho gusto – “Nice to meet you”
  • Placér – “A pleasure”
  • Encantado/Encantada – “Charmed”, “Likewise”

Saying Goodbye in Spanish

  • Nos vemos mañana – “See you tomorrow”
  • Hasta luego – “See you later”
  • Hasta pronto amigo – “See you soon, friend”

Polite Phrases in Spanish

  • Gracias – “Thank you”
  • De nada – “You’re welcome”
  • No hay de qué – “No problem”
  • Disculpe – “Excuse me”
  • Lo siento – “I’m sorry”

If you want to expand more on the basics, check out these really useful Spanish phrases for conversation and travel, and all the essential beginning phrases you should know.

Common Spanish Phrases for Everyday Life

The sooner you can talk about your everyday life in Spanish, the easier you’ll find it to have real Spanish conversations.

Everyday life is different for everyone, so pay attention to the things you do throughout the day. What did you say? What did you do? Then, make your own list of words that are relevant for you so you can learn Spanish faster.

Use these phrases as starters to get you going.

Interests, Jobs, and Hobbies in Spanish

Getting to know others and talking about your interests are the bread and butter of learning a language. So you have to know how to express your hobbies!

  • ¿Qué te gusta hacer? – “What do you like to do?”
  • Mi pasatiempo favorito es… – “My favourite pastime is…”
  • ¿Cuáles son tus pasatiempos? – “What are your hobbies?”
  • ¿Qué haces en tu tiempo libre? – “What do you do in your free time?”
  • Me gusta / No me gusta… – “I like / I don’t like…”
  • Me encanta… – “I love…”
  • ¿Qué te gusta leer? – “Do you like to read?”
  • ¿Que música te gusta? – “What music do you like?”
  • Mi favorito es… – “My favourite is…”
  • Me gusta ir… – “I like going to…”
  • ¿En qué trabajas? – “What’s your job?”
  • ¿Te gusta tu trabajo? – “Do you like your job?”
  • Trabajo en… – “I work at…”

With these phrases, you can say things like:

  • Me encanta café. ¿Quieres ir a tomar una taza? (“I love coffee. Wanna go grab a cup?”)
  • Trabajo en la escuela. Soy profesor. (“I work at the school. I’m a teacher.”)

Common Questions in Spanish

Once you know your basic Spanish question words, like qué and dónde, you can ask a whole number of things. These are some common questions you’ll hear:

  • ¿Cuánto cuesta? – “How much is this?”
  • ¿Dónde está el baño? – “Where’s the bathroom?”
  • ¿Qué hora es? – “What time is it?”
  • ¿Pasa algo? – “Is something wrong?”
  • ¿Es esto correcto? – “Is this right?”
  • ¿Me equivocado? – “Was I wrong?”
  • ¿Me puede ayudar con esto? – “Can you help me with this?”
  • *¿Puedes traerme … por favor?” – “Can you bring me … please?”
  • ¿Puedo entrar? – “Can I come in?”
  • ¿Quieres tomar una copa? – “Want to grab a drink?
  • ¿A dónde deberíamos ir a comer? – “Where should we go to eat?”
  • ¿Estás listo? – “Are you ready?”

Exclamations, Celebrations, and Well Wishes

It’s always good to know how to wish someone well, tell them happy birthday, or what to say when toasting at happy hour. These are simple, single-use phrases you can learn quickly.

  • ¡Cuánto tiempo sin verlo(a)! – “Long time no see!”
  • ¡Feliz cumpleaños! – “Happy birthday!”
  • ¡Buena suerte! – “Good luck!”
  • ¡Alto! – “Stop!”
  • ¡Salud! – “Cheers!”
  • Que te mejores – “Get well soon”
  • Buen provecho – “Bon appetit”
  • Cuídate – “Take care”
  • Felicitaciones – “Congratulations”
  • ¡Bien hecho! – “Well done!”
  • ¡Genio!– “Genius!”
  • Estupendo – “Stupendous” or “Amazing”
  • Genial – “Great” or “Awesome”
  • ¡Increíble! – “Incredible!” or “Impressive!”

Filler Words and Phrases

Smooth out your speech with conversational connectors, sentence stretchers and filler words in Spanish.

These words and phrases give you a moment to prepare what you’re going to say next. They’ll help you sound more natural and fluid, like how you speak in your native language. We use these types of sayings all the time!

  • A ver… – “Let’s see…”
  • Pues… – “Well…”
  • Bueno… – “Well then…”
  • ¿Sabes? – “You know?”
  • Por supuesto – “Of course”
  • *Por otra parte…” – “On another note…”
  • Pero… – “But…”
  • De verdad? – “Really?”
  • Dios mio – “Oh my god”
  • Entonces… – “So…”
  • Asi que… – “So… About that…”

Helpful Phrases in Spanish

These are your essential phrases to fall back on when you need to express your intent, your needs, or you don’t understand.

  • Necesito ayuda – “I need help”
  • Llámame cuando llegues – “Call me when you arrive”
  • Me voy a casa – “I’m going home”
  • Necesito ir a… – “I need to go to…”
  • ¿Como llego hasta ahí? – “How do I get there?”
  • No lo sé – “I don´t know”
  • No tengo idea – “I have no idea”
  • ¿Lo entiendes? – “Do you understand?”
  • No entiendo – “I don’t understand.”
  • Quiero… – “I want…”
  • ¿Puede hablar más despacio, por favor? – “Can you speak slowly, please?”

Funny Spanish Phrases

Add a little colour to your conversation with funny Spanish phrases and idioms! When you can use a well-known phrase like these, you sound much more natural in your everyday speech.

  • Ponte las pilas – “Put in your batteries”. It’s like telling someone to “look alive”, “snap out of it”, or “wake up”. You say it to a person who’s daydreaming.
  • Papando moscas – “Catching flies”. Speaking of daydreaming, that’s called catching flies in Spanish. Which is quite a visual: Your friend sitting there, so completely lost in thought, the flies have started to land on him or her. But he or she doesn’t even notice!
  • Comiendo moscas – “Eating flies”. Flies are popular in Spanish idioms for some reason. You use this phrase when the person talking to you is quite long-winded. It can be said about anyone who goes on tangents, or someone who can’t stay on point.
  • Buena onda – “Good wave”. This means good vibes. You can also use it to describe someone who has a positive outlook and attitude.
  • Me pica el bagre – “The catfish is biting me”. The catfish being your stomach, and the biting being the painful ache of hunger. In other words, “I’m starved!”
  • Hablando del rey de Roma – “Speaking of the king of Rome”. It has the same meaning as “speak of the devil” in English. You say this whenever you were just talking about someone, and then they appear.
  • Meter la pata – “To put a paw it in.” It means “to screw up”, and it’s used like how we say in English, “to put your foot in your mouth”.
  • Creerse la última coca-cola del desierto – “To think of yourself as the last Coca-Cola in the desert”. This is an interesting one to me. It means you think you’re better than everyone else, or you think you’re hot stuff.
  • Tener la cola sucia – “To have a dirty tail.” It comes from the idea of being sneaky like a fox. Doing something you know is wrong, but doing it anyway and trying to get away with it.
  • Se puso hasta las chanclas – “Puts on his flip-flops”. It’s like the saying “He/She put on his/her beer goggles.” He or she got hammered, too drunk, trashed.
  • Échale ganas – “Insert desire”. It means to try your best. “How bad do you want it?”
  • Mandar a alguien por un tubo – “Send someone through a tube”. You use this to tell someone to “shove it”.
  • Mala leche – “Bad milk”. You can say this about someone who has bad intentions.
  • Tirar la casa por la ventana – “Throw the house out the window”. Or as you would hear Donna from Parks & Rec say, “Treat yo’ self”. It means to splurge, spend a lot of money, or otherwise go all out for a special occasion.

If this is your kind of thing, you can also check out these classic Spanish puns and Spanish jokes that are so bad they’re amazing.

¡Felicitaciones! You’re Off to a Good Start

Well done! That was a lot to go through, but you made it. I hope you learned some helpful phrases to start speaking with others in Spanish. Keep practising, and ¡buena suerte!

Did I miss any phrases that you use every day? What phrases did you add to your list? Let me hear them in the comments.

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For many, the German language remains a mystery. It sounds harsh, seems impossible to learn and has absurdly long words (“Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän” may be my personal favorite). And although it’s not one of the most spoken languages in the world, it does have nearly 100 million native speakers, and another 100 million that speak it as a second or third language. Beyond that, I’d argue that it’s one of the most expressive languages out there – as these strange expressions prove.

Use these with your taxi driver in Berlin, or in conversation with that cute barista in Munich, and you’re guaranteed to get at least a smile (and possibly better service).

1. “Das ist mir Wurst”

The literal translation is: “This is sausage to me”

What does it mean and how is it used? This expressions is used if you are indifferent or don’t care about something. Germans often use this phrase as a simple response – so if someone asks you ”Was möchtest du heute machen?” (What would you like to do today?”) and you don’t have a preference, you can simply reply with “Das ist mir Wurst!” Fancy sounding even more like a local? Adapt the word “Wurst” to “Wurscht” – which is the southern slang for sausage.

2. “Nur Bahnhof verstehen”

The literal translation is: “To only understand train station”

What does it mean and how is it used? If someone tells you “Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof” (I only understand train station), it means that they have absolutely no clue what you are talking about and you will either need to explain it again or change the topic completely. In English the equivalent expression would be “It’s all Greek to me”.

3. “Jemandem die Daumen drücken”

The literal translation is: “To press your thumbs for someone”

What does it mean and how is it used? In Germany they use this expression to wish someone good luck. It is often also accompanied with someone raising their fists and showing you that they are literally pressing their thumbs for you. To say it correctly, you would word it this way: “Ich drück’ dir die Daumen!” or in English: “I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you”.

4. “Ich glaub mein Schwein pfeift”

The literal translation is: “I think my pig whistles”

What does it mean and how is it used? Before you think we’ve gone totally bonkers, we know the idea of a whistling pig is ridiculous. In fact, this is the origin of the expression – because a whistling pig would be so ridiculous that no one would believe it anyway. Germans use the phrase when they cannot believe something to be true or to express that they’re really surprised. If you are looking for an English equivalent, “I think a horse is kicking me” probably comes closest.

5. “Ich glaub’ ich spinne”

The literal translation is: “I believe I spider”

What does it mean and how is it used? Germans love their metaphors – especially if they include animals. However, since the actual origin of this idiom is debatable, the word “spinne” could also derive form the verb “spinnen” (to spin). Nonetheless, this phrase is widely used throughout Germany to express one’s surprise (both in a positive or negative way) or to show great disbelief about a situation. A comparable English phrase would be “I think I’m going crazy”.

6. “Fix und fertig sein”

The literal translation is: “To be fixed and finished”

What does it mean and how is it used? This phrase is commonly used to express that you are completely exhausted. In English, you would probably say something along the lines of “I am completely knackered” or “I am all wiped out”. If you want to use this expression correctly in German say: “Ich bin fix und fertig!” Alternatively, you could also say “Ich bin fix und alle” – where the word “alle” refers to “empty”.

7. “Na?”

The literal translation is: “What’s up?”

What does it mean and how is it used? It’s not that easy to get a German to engage in a conversation but if you know someone very well you can easily start a sentence with “Na?” and they will respond. Na is actually one of the easiest ways of saying both “hello” and “how are you?”. If you want to be a bit clearer, combine the word Na with something along the lines of “Na, alles gut?” (How are you?) or “Na, was machst du so?” (What are you doing?).

8. “Bock haben”

The literal translation is: “To have a goat”

What does it mean and how is it used? This expression derives from the old Rotwelsch word for “Hunger” (hunger) – namely “bokh”. This phrase is most commonly used to show that you either fancy something or are totally unwilling to do a certain activity.

“Ich hab voll Bock auf Bier” (I’m totally up for a beer)

“Ich hab null Bock auf Kino!“ (I have zero interest in going to the cinema!)

If you want to ask someone whether they fancy doing something, you can word the expression as a question: “Wir gehen was essen. Hast du Bock?” (We are eating out. Wanna come?)

9. “Jemandem auf den Keks gehen”

The literal translation is: “To go on someone’s cookie”

What does it mean and how is it used? Believe it or not, this German expression has nothing to do with cookies (sadly). In fact, it is used to express that someone is getting on our nerves. You will most commonly hear someone yelling “Du gehst mir auf den Keks!” – which means that they are getting thoroughly annoyed by someone.

10. “Die Nase voll haben”

The literal translation is: “To have the nose full”

What does it mean and how is it used? This expression is just another, more creative, way of saying “enough is enough”. It’s often used when someone is fed up with a particular situation and no longer wants to talk about it. For example, if you are fed up with the loud music your friend is playing you would say “Ich habe die Nase voll von der lauten Musik!” (I am fed up with the loud music.) You might often hear people say “Ich habe die Schnauze voll!” – in which case they replaced the word “Nase” (nose) with the less polite slang word “Schnauze” (snout).

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([I wish you] that the stars get aligned) ¡Que los astros te sean propicios! ([I wish you] When wishing someone good luck in Spanish: you could say: “¡Buena.

I wish you good luck

how do you wish goodluck to someone in spanish

I would say that "best of luck" would refer to something more specific, Whereas "All the best" is a generic well-wishing.

  • Best of luck in the new job
  • Best of luck with your exams
  • All the best for the future


So if you knew someone was having a job interview you might say "Best of luck for tomorrow!" but if you said "All the best" it would sound more like you were wishing them well for a long time - so you might say it if you didn't know when (or if) you were going to see them again. It's more an expression that you hope all goes well in their life.

I've also seen "All the best" used as a way of signing off in an email or letter (instead of "Sincerely" or "Best regards"), although it is not overly common. It would be strange to use "best of luck" here.

answered Jan 17 '14 at 15:53


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