Spanish Word of the Day: ‘Ganas’

Spanish Word of the Day: 'Ganas'
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This is a fantastic Spanish word that you'll keep using time and time again, and is so much easier than the English equivalent.

So, what does it mean?

The most common use of ganas is with the verb tener: “tengo ganas de…”, which in in English can be translated to “want” or “feel like” or to have the “urge” to do something. Below you can find some example sentences:

Want and/or urge:

  • Tengo ganas de comer paella.

      I want to go and eat paella.

  • Tiene ganas de comerme una pizza entera hoy .

     I've got the urge to eat a whole pizza today.


You can also use it to describe how excited you are to do something:

  • ¿Qué planes tienes este finde?
  • Vamos a ver esa película nueva. ¡Qué ganas tengo!

       What plans do you have for this weekend?

       We are going to see that new film. I can't wait!


As a verb conjugation

Ganas is also the second-person singular form of the verb “ganar”, which means to earn, or win.


  • ¿Cuánto ganas?

       How much do you earn?

  • Si ganas, ¡vamos a ir a celebrarlo!

       If you win, we'll go and celebrate!




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