50 Useful Spanish Transition Words for Everyday Speech and Writing
You use transition words regularly in your everyday speech and writing, whether you recognize it or not!
In every language, transition words are beautiful tools that help us to connect our ideas and give a natural flow to the rhythm of our speech—and they’re vital to learn to improve your Spanish fluency.
Keep reading to learn all there is to know about transition words in Spanish, what types of transition words exist, and how to use them.
What Are Transition Words?
Transition words are all those words and phrases that you use to connect ideas between sentences. These words allow you to “transition” from one sentence to other in a smooth way. They provide a sense of normalcy to the language, since without them, our ideas would instead be separated by harsh breaks and a robotic-kind of speech.
Every language has its own share of transition words, and Spanish is not the exception. Learning these words and phrases will help you to sound more natural in your speaking or in your writing.
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Types of Transition Words in Spanish
In Spanish, you can use transition words for different purposes. Depending on your purpose you get a different type of transition word:
- For time
- For place
- To emphasize
- To explain an idea
- To add an idea
- To show a result
- To contrast and compare
- To summarize
Let’s see each one of them in detail, to learn how you can easily introduce them in your Spanish speaking and improve your writing too.
Transition Words in Spanish
If your goal is to be fluent in Spanish, transition words are a crucial area of study. For that reason, it might be a good idea to keep the following list at hand, as you will always need a good transition word to make your speech sound more natural.
These words let you connect ideas regarding the moment in time when they occurred.
primero, segundo – first, secondly
Used often in recipes, processes or algorithms, these words are a good way to keep the chronological order in mind.
Primero, unta la mayonesa en el pan. Segundo, agrega el jamón.
First, spread the mayonnaise onto the bread. Secondly, add ham.
en primer lugar, en segundo lugar – In the first place, secondly
Similar to the previous one, but more common in formal speeches or everyday conversations.
En primer lugar, eso no es cierto. En segundo lugar, yo ni siquiera estaba aquí.
In the first place, that’s not true. Secondly, I wasn’t even here.
después (de) – after, afterward
Carlos hizo la tarea después del partido de fútbol.
Carlos did his homework after the football game.
ya – already
Ya is useful to express that something has already happened.
Terminé el trabajo y ya lo mandé por correo electrónico.
I finished my work and I already sent it by email.
todavía – still
To express that something is still happening at the moment, you use todavía.
Cuando se despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba ahí.
When he woke up, the dinosaur was still there.
todavía no – not yet
However, to say that something has not happened yet, you have to use todavía no.
¿Ya empezó el partido? Todavía no.
Has the game started already? Not yet.
Other useful transition words for time:
At the end
Al mismo tiempo
At the same time
These transition words allow you to connect ideas regarding their position in space.
aquí, acá – here
Ven a casa, aquí te espero.
Come home, I’ll wait for you here.
ahí, allí – there
Ya casi llegamos, ahí está mi casa.
We’re almost there, that’s my house.
al lado de – next to
Mi casa está al lado del parque.
My house is next to the park.
afuera – outside
Estoy afuera de la escuela.
My house is next to the park.
Other Useful Transition Words for Place:
To Add an Idea
Use the following transition words when you want to add a new idea to what you were just saying.
además – moreover, additionally
Estudiar español es muy interesante y, además, te abre muchas puertas.
Learning Spanish is very interesting and, additionally, it opens a lot of doors.
aparte – besides, apart from
Eso no es cierto, aparte de que ni siquiera es lo que yo dije.
That’s not true, besides that’s not even what I said.
asimismo – also, likewise
Asimismo is a perfect way to start a new paragraph building up on what you just said on the previous one. You can also use de igual manera or de la misma manera, to express the same idea.
Asimismo, las ideas de la Ilustración condujeron a la Revolución Industrial.
Likewise, the ideas of the Enlightenment sparked the Industrial Revolution.
también – also, too
Me gusta el fútbol y también el básquetbol.
I like football and basketball too.
más aún – moreover
No debiste mentirme, más aún cuando quieres que te ayude.
You shouldn’t have lied to me, moreover when you want my help.
Other Useful Transition Words to Add an Idea:
De todas formas (maneras, modos)
In any case, anyhow
De cualquier manera
In any case, anyhow
Above all, especially
To Explain an Idea
Sometimes you don’t want to add a new idea, but explain better the one you were just talking about. These transition words will help you with that:
es decir – that is, I mean
La comida mexicana es muy interesante. Es decir, me encanta como mezcla diferentes sabores.
Mexican food is very interesting. I mean, I love how it mixes different flavors.
por ejemplo – for example, for instance
Me gusta mucho tu estilo, por ejemplo esos zapatos están increíbles.
I like your style a lot, for example those shoes are amazing!
en otras palabras – in other words
En otras palabras, hiciste un gran trabajo.
In other words, you did a great job.
así – thus, thereby
Trabajé de mesero y así pude pagar mi universidad.
I worked as a waiter and thus I could pay my tuition fees.
To Contrast and Compare
When you want to contrast or compare to different ideas, you can use one of these transition words in Spanish:
aunque – although, even though
Me gusta mucho el básquetbol, aunque el fútbol es mi deporte favorito.
I like basketball a lot, although football is my favorite sport.
pero – but
Sí quiero ir al cine, pero tengo mucha tarea.
I do want to go to the movies, but I have a lot of homework.
sin embargo – however, nevertheless
Me gustaría aprender francés, sin embargo prefiero el español.
I’d like to learn French, however I prefer Spanish.
a pesar de – despite, in spite of
Ganamos el partido, a pesar de que éramos menos jugadores.
We won the game, in spite of having less players.
Other Useful Transition Words to Contrast and Compare:
On the contrary
On the other hand, instead
These transition words are useful to conclude your idea.
En resumen – to sum up
En resumen, se trata de uno de tus mejores trabajos.
To sum up, this is one of your best works.
Para terminar – lastly, finally
Para terminar, debo aceptar que fue una gran experiencia.
Finally, I have to accept that it was a great experience.
En conclusión – in conclusion, in a nutshell
En conclusión, es la mejor decisión que he tomado.
In a nutshell, it’s the best decision that I’ve ever taken.
Other Useful Transition Words to Summarize:
En otras palabras
In other words
Al fin y al cabo
All in all
Después de todo
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