40 Expressions to React in Spanish

expressions to react in spanish

Would you like to be able to react naturally so you can connect better with Spanish native speakers? Then you need expressions to react in Spanish.

I’m sure you have felt stuck at some point when a native speaker gave you good, bad and surprising news.

Maybe you just replied or nodded and that was it. But from now on, you’ll be able to react as you’d do in your mother tongue.

In today’s post, you’re going to learn 40 expressions to react in Spanish. 

It’s time for you to speak Spanish beyond just using grammar correctly.

At the end of the day, we speak languages to connect with others. If you’re unable to show empathy, joy or surpise to others, you’re going to feel like something is missing or you’re not very natural.  

So, are you ready to react like a native speaker? Let’s begin!



  • Qué alegría (How nice!)
  • Qué bien (That’s good)
  • ¡Estupendo! (Amazing!)
  • ¡Qué maravilla! (That’s wonderful!)
  • ¡Me alegro (un montón)! (I’m soo glad!)
  • ¡Cuánto me alegro! (I’m glad!)
  • ¡Qué/Vaya suerte! (That’s so lucky!)
  • ¡Qué buena / gran noticia! (That’s good news!)
  • INFORMAL: Qué notición (What great news!)
  • INFORMAL: ¡Qué guay! (That’s cool!)
  • INFORMAL: ¡De puta madre! (That’s fucking awesome!)
  • INFORMAL: ¡Olé! (This is a unique Spanish expressions so there’s no equivalent)
  • INFORMAL: ¡Sí, señor! (Yes, sir!)
  • INFORMAL: ¡Brutal! (Lethal!)



  • Qué mal (That’s bad)
  • Qué mala suerte (Such bad luck)
  • Vaya (Wow)
  • Vaya suerte (que) tienes (You’re so lucky)
  • Lo siento/lamento muchísimo (I’m so sorry)
  • Qué pena (What a pity)
  • Qué rabia (Damn it!) “Rabia” means rage.
  • Qué decepción (What a disappointment)
  • Qué horror (That’s horrible)
  • Menudo desastre (What a disaster)
  • ¡Qué dices! (No way!)
  • Vaya/Menudo incordio (What a nuisance)
  • INFORMAL: Qué mala pata (Literal translation: what a bad leg / equivalent: that’s so unlucky).
  • INFORMAL: Menuda/vaya mierda (What a piece of shit)
  • INFORMAL: ¡Qué / Menuda putada! (Literal translation: what an unlucky situation/ equivalent: what a bugger).
  • INFORMAL: Mucho ánimo (Cheer up)



  • ¡No me digas! (Literal translation: don’t tell me / equivalent: no way!)
  • ¡No te creo! (I can’t believe you)
  • ¡No me lo puedo creer! (I can’t believe it)
  • ¿De verdad? (Really?)
  • ¿En serio? (Are you serious?)
  • INFORMAL: ¡Venga ya! / ¡Anda ya! (Come on!)
  • INFORMAL: ¡Ni de coña! (No fucking way!)
  • INFORMAL: No te lo crees ni tú (Literal translation: even you can’t believe it).
  • INFORMAL: Ni de lejos (Literal translation: not even far away / Equivalent: no way)
  • INFORMAL: ¿Estás de coña? (Are you kidding me?)



Now you have the right phrases to react to positive, negative and surprising circumstances like a native speaker!

As you may have seen, Spanish native speakers often use “vaya + noun”,  “menudo + noun” or “qué + noun/adjective” to react.

With this structure in mind, you can make up new expressions to suit your feelings in a specific situation.

For example, you could “qué aburrimiento”, “qué aburrido”, “vaya aburrimiento”, “menudo aburrimiento” if you’re really bored.

 Just because I used certain nouns in the examples, it doesn’t mean you can only build these phrases with those nouns (like “pena” o “alegría”).

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message here.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to get the free guide “How to Boost your Fluency in Spanish at Home”, exclusive content and blog updates.

From this week on, every email subscriber will receive content from me they won’t find anywhere else!

Now, it’s time to practice: how would you react if a friend told you she/he’s broken up with their partners? How would you react if your friend gets a new partner? Leave your reactions in the comments!

40 Spanish Phrases to Sound like a Spaniard

Join the ACC Spanish newsletter and receive this FREE EBOOK:

+ Exclusive access to fun facts, recommendations, idioms, tips, blog post updates, and much more.  

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *