7 Spanish Filler Words to, Umm, Help Your Conversations Flow

panish Conversation Fillers

Learn These Spanish Conversation Fillers to Keep Your Conversations Moving

Once you get over your fear of speaking Spanish and start having conversations on a regular basis, you may start to notice some awkward pauses and uncomfortable moments of silence.

Those times when you are thinking of what you want to say next, but want to make sure your grammar is on point.

Or when you are desperately trying to remember the word for that thing.

You know, the thing that you learned how to say 5 times already but keep forgetting when it’s time for you to use it in a conversation.

Or maybe you just need to a moment to think about what you want to say.

You can be more confident in handling these situations if you have the vocabulary to express yourself effectively.

To get through these uncomfortable moments that will inevitably happen at some point during a conversation in Spanish, you may want to use a filler word or phrase to keep things flowing and connect your thoughts.

Fillers add a more natural feel to the conversation and buy you time while you’re thinking of what to say next.

They are the way to prevent those moments of awkward silence.

Incorporate these Spanish conversation fillers into your vocabulary to keep your conversation flowing and sound more like a native speaker:

1. Pues… (Well…)

Example: Pues, yo voy al supermercado mañana.

Well, I’m going to the store tomorrow.

2. Bueno, (Well, Good)

Example: Bueno, ¿Que quieres hacer?

Well, what do you want to do?

3. Es que… (It’s just that, The thing is)


-¿Por qué no vino Ana al concierto?

-Es que tuvo que cuidar a su hermana.

-Why didn’t Ana come to the concert?

-It’s just that she had to take care of her sister.

4. Lo que pasa es que… (What happened is that…)

You can use this phrase when you are about to offer an explanation or when beginning to tell a story.

Example: Lo que pasa es mi perro esconde mis calcetines.

What happens is that is my dog hides my socks.

5. Te cuento que… (Let me tell you…)

This is used when you are about to tell someone a fact or a story.  You can also use it to emphasize what you are saying is true.

Example: Te cuento que nunca voy a hacer eso otra vez.

I’m telling you that I will never do that again.

6. Te digo que (I’m telling you…)

Similar to the filler before, use this to add more flow to your conversation when you are telling a story.

Example: Te digo que vi a Juan en la biblioteca.

I’m telling you that that I saw Juan in the library.

7. Entonces… (Then…, Therefore…)

Use this filler to connect two thoughts, or to pause when you’re telling a story and want to tell what happened next.

Example: Entonces, fui a la casa de mi amigo.

Then, I went to my friend’s house.

There you have it, 7 easy ways to pause and collect your thoughts during a conversation in Spanish without bringing the conversation to a standstill.

Try out a few during your next conversation.

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About by Tamara Marie (Negringa)

¡Hola! My name is Tamara Marie. I'm a Certified Language Coach specializing in hacking the brain for ways to learn languages faster and better. I speak English (US native), Spanish (advanced), and Brazilian Portuguese (beginner). I am a traveler, Latin dance addict, and lifelong learner that loves helping people learn languages.