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Hola! Hello, and welcome to Mexican Spanish Survival Phrases, brought to you by SpanishPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Mexico. You'll be surprised at how far a little Spanish will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by SpanishPod101.com and there you'll find the accompanying PDF lesson note and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment!
Mexican Spanish Survival Phrases Lesson 4- Refusing in Mexican Spanish
This lesson will teach you how to refuse in Spanish. There are many situations in our daily life when we want to refuse, especially when we do not like or want something. Other than that , Mexican people consider refusing as a form of being polite, in which case refusing becomes a good manner.
In Spanish, “No thank you” is:
No, gracias.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) No, gra-ci-as.
Once more:
No, gracias.
The first word no means “no”
(slow) no
no
After that comes gracias which means “thank you”.
(slow) gra-ci-as.
Gracias.
Let’s hear the expression again:
(slow) No, gra-ci-as.
No, gracias.
This expression is the equivalent of “No, thank you!” and it is used in the same situations as in English.
Let’s say you want to emphasize that you appreciate the offer, but you have to refuse it. You can use the word muchas between no and gracias, forming the phrase No, muchas gracias. It literally means “No, thank you very much”.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) No, mu-chas gra-ci-as.
Once more:
No, muchas gracias.
When you feel that what was offered to you is too much, say Es demasiado.
Let’s hear that again:
(slow) Es de-ma-si-a-do.
Es demasiado.
In this sentence, the word es is a form of the verb that means “to be”.
(slow) es.
Es.
Next we have demasiado which is translated as “too much”.
(slow) De-ma-si-a-do.
Demasiado.
Let’s hear the phrase one more time.
(slow) Es de-ma-si-a-do.
Es demasiado.
The translation is “It is too much”.
A combination between the two expressions we just covered is also possible - No gracias, es demasiado.
During your stay in Mexico, you may be invited to a person’s house. In most cases, you will be offered food. There is a custom in Mexico to offer more food when the guest finishes eating everything that is on his or her plate. In that case, you may politely refuse using the phrase, No gracias, estoy satisfecho which means "No thank you, I am satisfied".
"No gracias, estoy satisfecho"
Let’s break it down:
(slow) No gra-ci-as, es-toy sa-tis-fe-cho.
Once more:
No gracias, estoy satisfecho.
In this sentence No gracias means “no thank you”.
Estoy means “I am”.
(slow) Es-toy.
Estoy.
Satisfecho is an adjective that means “satisfied”.
(slow) sa-tis-fe-cho.
Satisfecho.
One more time.
(slow) No gra-ci-as, es-toy sa-tis-fe-cho.
No gracias, estoy satisfecho.
“No thank you, I am satisfied.”
To close out today's lessons, we’d like you to practice what you have just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so !buena suerte! which means “Good luck!” in Spanish.
“No, thank you.”
(3 sec) No, gracias.
(slow) No, gra-ci-as.
No, gracias.
“No, thank you very much.”
(3 sec) No, muchas gracias.
(slow) No, mu-chas gra-ci-as.
No, muchas gracias.
“It is too much.”
(3 sec) Es demasiado.
(slow) Es de-ma-si-a-do.
Es demasiado.
“No thank you, I am satisfied”
(3 sec) No gracias, estoy satisfecho.
(slow) No gra-ci-as, es-toy sa-tis-fe-cho.
No gracias estoy satisfecho.
Alright! That's going to do it for this lesson. Remember to stop by SpanishPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF lesson note. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment! Hasta luego.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hi listeners! Let's practice accepting and refusing here!

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Monday at 5:42 pm
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Hi Judith,


Thank you for posting.

In the "back" of every Flashcard you should be able to see "view sample sentences". If you click on it, you should be able to see all the related sample sentences. If you have any problems, please let us know!


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I would like to be able to put the entire phrase not just one word on a flash card but I do not know how to do this.

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Hola Lisa,


Yes, good job!

Keep practicing your doing good.


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Lisa
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Tengo una pregunta. Would a female say, "Estoy satisfecha"?


Thanks for the Mexican Spanish series! Since I live in California, I'm much more likely to hear Mexican Spanish.


Muchas gracias.