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Michael Brennock
Delay devices/discourse markers in Spanish

Hi all,


I would love if you could give me some words or phrases in Spanish that you can say while you are thinking. The equivalents of "so...." "well..." "hmmm..." "Well, you know...." in English.  My speaking is quite slow and I would find them very helpful to give me time to think.  Also, do they differ much between Spanish speaking countries?


Thanks in advance!



Feb 17, 2015 1:19 PM
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Some of these below are more stalling phrases than filler words ("muletillas" in Spanish by the way), but


a ver- let's see

bueno- often used like pues. It depends on the context

digamos- used like "..., say, ..."

dejame pensar- if you want to ask for a minute to think

así que- "so" (it can buy you a few seconds while you think)

ahora que lo pienso/pensándolo bien- now that I think of it, on second thought

sea lo que sea- be that as it may


Those were the first ones that I thought of off the top of my head. I may add some more later. 

February 17, 2015

Bueno.... (Bue...)

Entonces.... ¿Y entonces?

Más bien....


Lamnetablemente.... ( para algo en negativo)





February 17, 2015

I just the other day heard the word "nombre" used like "bueno"/"pues" by a Chilango (someone from Mexico City). Can any other native spanish speakers here tell me if they too use the word like this? 

March 16, 2015

Un momento por favor.   A moment please.   

February 20, 2015

En mi opinión ... ( according to my point of view..)

February 20, 2015
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Michael Brennock
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