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La Roja’s Gringa Guide to Spanish: ¡Ahorita!

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La Roja’s Gringa Guide to Spanish: ¡Ahorita!

Gringa Guide to Spanish Lesson 3: The Meaning of “Ahorita”.

So hopefully during your lessons on diminutives (-ito/-ita) in Spanish class , your teacher explained one of the most common, yet strangely used forms: ahorita. Unfortunately for me, we never covered this specific word during our lessons, so I was left to figure it out for myself. Knowing how to use the world will make your vida easier, so here it goes…

What you know:

  • Ahora = now
  • ito/ita = diminutive which add the feeling of “small” when it’s attached to another word

What you might not know:

  • Ahorita = in a minute, in a little bit

Being the rational gringa that I am, when I first heard this term, I tried to translate it literally. My thought process is as follows: “the diminutive form of now makes it small…so that means less time…so that word means right away!”

WRONG! I quickly learned that it actually means the opposite! If someone tells you they will do something, ahorita, you better pull up a chair because it’s going to be a while. So, take it from me, if you need to express urgency, lose that ducle gringa voice and tell them: ahora mismo!


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