Common Spanish Phrases: Express Wants, Desires & Cravings in Spanish

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1. No ver la hora – to not be able to wait

No veo la hora de mudarme.
I can’t wait to move [as in to a different home, house, apartment, etc.].

Ella no ve la hora de ver a su marido.
She cannot wait to see her husband.

No veo la hora de que llegues.
I can’t wait for you to arrive.

The expression “no ver la hora . . .” literally means “to not see the hour . . .” But instead of using the expression “no ver la hora,” you can also literally translate and say the following:

No puedo esperar a mudarme.
I can’t wait to move.

Ella no puede esperar a ver a su marido.
She cannot wait to see her husband.

No puedo esperar a que llegues.
I can’t wait for you to arrive.

Depending on the situation, I sometimes prefer to use “no ver la hora” instead of “no poder esperar.” I think it sounds a little more . . . poetic. For example, I have been in the States for nearly two weeks now visiting family. When I texted my “novia” (girlfriend) in Medellin, Colombia today I wrote:

No veo la hora de besarte.
(I can’t wait to kiss you).

2. Tener ganas – to feel like (action)

Tengo ganas de comer algo dulce.
(I feel like eating something sweet.)

Ella tiene ganas de dormir.
(She feels like sleeping.)

Be careful when using the phrase “tener ganas.” Depending on the context, the phrase “tener ganas” by itself can suggest that you have sexual desires.

Tengo ganas.
(I want to make love/Quiero hacer el amor.)

3. Tener antojo – to have a craving

Tengo antojos de chocolate.
I have a craving for chocolate.

Ella tiene antojos de cosas dulces.
She has a craving for sweet things.

By the way, earlier today when I sent my “novia” in Colombia a text message saying “no veo la hora de besarte,” (I can’t wait tokiss you),” she responded by texting “Tengo antojo de un beso tuyo” — which means “I have a craving for your kiss.”

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This Spanish lesson about some common Spanish phrases is courtesy of  Patrick Jackson – LearningSpanishLikeCrazy