Advanced vocabulary | Spanish linkers

Do you want to improve your speaking or writing skills in Spanish?  Are you looking for new linkers to create better essays or expositions? Whether you preparing for an exam or looking to improve your overall Spanish skills, this entry was made for you.

What are linkers?

Linkers are words that  introduce the logical relationship between different sentences or ideas in the text. They help us relate ideas and they also guide our listener/reader. They are used both in  speaking and writing tasks and help us achieve cohesion. They make a text “flow”.

We use them naturally in every language. Take for examples of words y, pero or porque.  I’m sure the word among the first ones you learned in Spanish. However, it is common to keep using the same words even in more advanced levels. Indeed, despite having a large number linkers to choose from, we tend to repeat them quite often.  

Why should we use different linkers?

In writing,  a high repetition of these linkers makes your text plain, dull and even confusing.  Take this text, for example:

Vivo en un pueblo pequeño, pero me gusta. No hay muchas actividades, pero es tranquilo porque todos nos conocemos. Y creo que es bonito conocer a tus vecinos. Por eso, no lo cambiaría por nada.

And compare it to this one:

A pesar de vivir en un pueblo pequeño, me gusta. Aunque no hay muchas actividades, es tranquilo ya que todos nos conocemos. Además, considero que es bonito conocer a tus vecinos. De hecho, no lo cambiaría por nada.

Notice the difference? The first one seems quite plain, while the second one adds structure, clearness and focus to our writings.

How to avoid repeating linkers?

Today we have prepared an infographic which will help you learn and use new linkers in your texts.

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