There seem to be about a million different ways to say someone is embarrassed. Does anybody have any pointers about when to use which expression?
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From the course I mainly remember two:
Me da vergüenza
Personally, I prefer the latter, may it only be because I'd be less likely to say embarazada instead of avergonzada by accident.
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Depending on the context there are many different ways to express embarrassment:
- Avergonzarse / dar vergüenza / sentir vergüenza / estar avergonzado
- Abochornarse / dar bochorno / sentir bochorno / estar abochornado
- Ponerse colorado
- Dar palo / ¡qué palo! / ¡Vaya palo!
- Dar cosa
- No saber dónde meterse
- Tierra trágame / ¡Que me trague la tierra!
I think it is something you cannot learn from any language course. It is more cultural than theoretical. In my opinion, the best thing you can do is to watch movies and series in original version, and of course talk with native speakers as much as you can. You will grasp all the nuances little by little by listening to people and taking part in real-life conversations. If you are not sure which one to use in every situation, stick with me da vergüenza. You will never go wrong with this one.
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Saying embarazada instead of avergonzada is indeed a sure way to be embarrassed!
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