How to Express Boredom in Spanish

The English speaker learning Spanish will find that "boring" and "bored" do not work quite the same way in Spanish as they do in English. Here are some guidelines to get you started and keep you out of trouble.


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    Learn the basic word for "bored" in Spanish: aburrido. It is pronounced, roughly, ah-boo-REE-doh, but if you don't know how Spanish is pronounced, it is best to hear the word spoken. [1]
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    Choose the right verb. If somebody is bored, you need to use a form of the verb estar. If you mean that somebody is boring, because he or she is that sort of person, you will use a form of the verb ser.[2]
    • Estoy aburrido. (I am bored.)
    • Es aburrido. (He is boring; he is [always] a boring person.)
    • Los libros son aburridos para mi. (Books are boring to me.)
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    Make sure the adjective agrees with the gender and number of the people
    • Los profesores son aburridos. (The teachers are boring.)also meaning in Spanish ( Teachers are boring )
    • Ella está aburrida. (She is bored.)
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    State what bores you with the verb "aburrir". Remember to conjugate this verb, and remember that it is reflexive when used with people, but not reflexive when used with things.[3]
    • Ese hombre se aburre. (This man is bored.)
    • Los libros me aburren. (Books bore me.)
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    Express a lack of interest by saying that a thing does not interest you. Remember that the verb must agree with the thing, not the person:
    • No me interesan los detalles. (The details do not interest me.)
    • No me interesa este cuento. (That story does not interest me.)
    • To say that something is interesting, simply omit the "no": Me interesa aprender más. (It interests me to learn more.)
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    Express a lack of importance in a similar fashion. In Spanish, rather than say "it is not important," you will say something more like "it does not import to me."
    • No me importa. (It is not important to me; it doesn't matter.)
    • No me importan los detalles. (The details are not important to me.)
    • No me importa aprender a nadar. (It is not important to me to learn to swim.)
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    Learn an idiom to describe indifference. To say something doesn't matter to you or makes no difference, you can use the phrase me da igual or me da lo mismo. Literally, it means "it gives me the same" or " it's all the same to me". Here is an example.
    • Lo más importante es lo interior. Lo de afuera me da igual. (What's most important is what's inside. What's outside makes no difference.)

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