How do you talk about having fun and enjoying yourself in Spanish? Today's lesson will cover several ways!
There are several Spanish verbs that mean "to have fun," "have a good time," "enjoy oneself," etc. Let's take look.
The Spanish verb pasarlo bien can be translated as "to have fun" or "to have a good time." By extension, pasarlo muy bien is "to have a lot of fun" or "a great" or "really good time." Let's see these in action:
Mucho calor, pero lo pasamos muy bien.
Very hot, but we had a really good time.
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Sometimes we hear the reflexive version:
Nos lo pasamos muy bien. -Ah.
We have a great time. -Oh.
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Other times, we might hear the alternative version pasarla bien:
la pasamos bien y pudimos avanzar.
we had a good time and we were able to move forward.
Caption 56, Eduardo y Luciana de Argentina Historia del RioPlay Caption
While all of our examples thus far have been in the preterite tense, now, let's see how we can use this verb to tell one or more people to "Have fun!" using either the command form or the present subjunctive form with que, as in the following captions:
pásenlo bien, hagan del mundo un mundo más bonito y
have a good time, make the world a nicer world, and
Caption 41, Víctor en Caracas Santa ClausPlay Caption
Por supuesto que no. ¡Qué lo paséis bien!
Of course not. Have fun!Play Caption
By the way, there are many, more slangy verbs to say you had a lot of fun in Spanish that involve the verb pasar and might be thought of as similar to the English expression "to have a blast." These include, but probably aren't limited to: pasarlo re bien, pasarlo super (bien), pasarlo bomba, and pasarlo de diez.
The Spanish verb divertirse also means "to have fun" or "have a good time." Let's see a couple of examples, one in the infinitive and another in the preterite:
Recuerda que lo importante es divertirse.
Remember that the important thing is to have fun.
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¡Nosotros nos divertimos un montón!
We had a ton of fun!Play Caption
Now, let's see the informal singular command form of this verb:
Eso es: Diviértete.
That is: Have fun.
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The Spanish verb disfrutar means "to enjoy." Let's take a look at it in action in its present indicative and subjunctive forms:
Disfruto tanto dibujando en acuarela o bocetando,
I enjoy watercolor painting or sketching so much
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Pues, que disfruten su estancia,
Well, [I hope] that you enjoy your stay,
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Note that the Spanish verb disfrutar will often be accompanied by the preposition de to indicate what's being enjoyed:
nos vamos a disfrutar de la fiesta.
we are going to enjoy the party.
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The Spanish verb gozar also means "to enjoy" or "have a good time." Let's take a look at an example in the present indicative:
Lloran, se ríen, gozan;
They cry, they laugh, they enjoy;
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Like disfrutar, the verb gozar in Spanish is often accompanied by the preposition de to indicate what's being enjoyed, as in the sentence "Gozamos mucho del tiempo que pasamos en la costa" (We really enjoyed the time we spent on the coast).
Now, let's look at a couple of nouns that mean "fun" in Spanish. Note their similarity to some aforementioned Spanish verbs.
Pero a veces, la diversión no les dura ni diez minutos.
But sometimes, the fun doesn't last even ten minutes for them.
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El placer es una sensación de goce o satisfacción
Pleasure is a feeling of enjoyment or satisfactionPlay Caption
Let's conclude with some Spanish adjectives that mean "fun" or "entertaining." Remember that adjectives must agree in terms of number and gender with the nouns they modify.
¡Guau! Eso sí que era divertido
Wow! That really was fun,Play Caption
pero en los libros vas a encontrar palabras nuevas en historias muy divertidas y entretenidas.
but in books, you're going to find new words in very amusing and entertaining stories.
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On that note, esperamos que hayan disfrutado de esta lección (we hope you've enjoyed this lesson), and don't forget to leave us your comments and suggestions.