Spanish can be fatal.
But not necessarily deadly.
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In Spanish, these phrases are common.
La comida está fatal
María canta fatal
Me siento fatal
Fortunately, if someone says “la comida está fatal” it probably didn’t kill anyone. It’s like saying, the food was terrible in English.
Likewise, while Maria’s singing is also terrible, (María canta fatal) it’s not so bad that it kills.
And the most common expression of all, “me siento fatal” is like saying “I feel awful or I feel terrible”.
These nuances of the language are the key to fitting into daily conversations.
They are NOT “slang”.
Slang is often a fad that comes and goes.
Expressions like these are an everyday part of Spanish life.
In fact, it’s right there in the most authoritative dictionary, the Real Academia Española.
3. malo = bad
6. rematadamente mal = absolutely bad
It’s a living breathing part of Spanish life from the Iberian Peninsula to Patagonia.
It’s essential to fitting in with your amigos.
Once you pick up the most common nuances, your Spanish comes into focus.
You understand your amigos better, even when they speak at full speed.
You keep up with conversations.
You blend into daily Spanish life.
You enjoy Spanish more.
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