Spanish Expressions with the Word ‘God’
Spanish Expressions with the word ‘God’. Although everyday expressions with religious connotations also exist in English, I don’t hear them half as much as I do here in Colombia. And if they do exist in English, they probably have a non-religious equivalent (Jesus!=Jeesh!). The language of a country is not only the way people communicate, but it gives you a cultural insight into how they think and live. This is why some words exist in one language and not in another.
I couldn’t help but notice how curious it was to hear of ‘God’ when someone first saw me ‘Que milagro de Dios!’ or when they told me a personal story ‘si Dios lo quiere’ and when they waved me off ‘Que dios te bendiga’. All these expressions are a common reminder that Colombia remains largely Catholic and conservative.
To decipher some day to day holy phrases of Hewhomustbenamed I created a chart in light to help you maneuver around a typical Colombian conversation. This is just to have a bit of light-hearted fun. I’m sure some have more than one translation and ways to use it.
Spanish Expressions with the word ‘God’
|In Spanish||Literally||What it really means||When to use it|
|Gracias a Dios||Thanks to God||Thank God/Goodness||Show relief or gratitude|
|Por Dios||For God||For God’s/Goodness sake||PG-rated swearing or to beg|
|Dios mío||My God||OMG!/My Goodness||To show surprise or horror|
|Si Dios lo quiere||If God wants it||If I’m lucky||When something you want to happen is out of your control|
|Que Dios te bendiga||God bless you||Be well, stay safe||To say goodbye|
|Ay Dios!||Oh God!||Jesus!||When excited, frightened, grossed out, etc.|
|Que milagro de Dios!||What a miracle from God||(Can have various interpretations): It’s good to see you||To show surprise or delight|
|Ni Dios…||Not even God…||Not a soul…, no one…||To emphasize ‘no one’|
|Adios||To God||Farewell||To say goodbye|
|Vaya con Dios||Go with God||See ya’ later alligator||To say goodbye|
|Juro por Dios||I swear to God||I swear to God||I swear to God|
Did I leave one out? Please leave a comment and let me know which ones I missed and how to use them!