What does ‘Ni Modo’ mean?

Transcript of the video lesson:

Hey this is Joel from worldspanishteacher.com. In this lesson, I want to talk about a really cool Spanish idiom. It’s one of my favorites actually. The idiom is “Ni modo.” In some places they say, “Ni modos” with an “s” at the end, but that’s not quite as common. So I would just stick to “Ni modo.”

Now, this can translate a few different ways into English. It just kind of depends on the context and what the speaker really wants to say. But in general, it translates into something like:

“No big deal”

“That’s just the way things are”

“That’s just how it is”

“There’s nothing we could have done about it”

“There’s nothing we can do”

So usually you say this after getting some bad news. You know, not really bad news like a death in the family or something like that… more like if you lose 10 bucks, if you stain your shirt, if you’re going to be late for a party. You know, kind of minor setbacks, minor problems, Something you can easily overcome but still not good news.

Well, I hope this was helpful and that you can start using this idiom in your daily Spanish practice. And don’t forget, check out my website worldspanishteacher.com for more lessons, my mp3 conversational course, and native Spanish speakers who you can practice your Spanish with.

Thanks for watching.

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