Today's post is going to help you in two ways. Number one, you're going to learn something new. Well, at least I hope so. Number two, and perhaps the most important thing, is I'm going to save you from making the same mistake I did.
Let's start with #2, not making the same mistake I did.
It all started when I said to my friend "Si me mata, voy a aprender español".
The she politely said "¿Cómo?". We were in a slightly noisy restaurant so I thought she didn't hear me, and I said it again a little louder. Unfortunately, I got the same response. That's when I started to get suspicious. Well, that and the confused look in her face.
I was close, but no cigar. The correct way to say this is:
voy a aprender español aunque eso me mate
I'm going to learn Spanish even if it kills me
You also have a few other options: "aunque me muera" or "así me muera".
voy a aprender español aunque me muera
voy a aprender español aunque así me muera
In these last two examples the translation is actually "even if I die", instead of "if it kills me", but it works just the same.
No it's time to move on to #1, learning something new.
Things got a little more interesting when I found out there's another option that was just as good, if not better to express what I wanted to say- "sí o sí".
Yes or yes
This is another one of those times where a literal translation is a little clumsy. A better translation would be "no matter what". "
So with that in mind....
Sí o sí, voy a aprender español
No matter what, I'm going to learn Spanish
Here's a few other examples I dug up you may find useful:
El informe hay que terminarlo sí o sí
The report has to be finished no matter what
Necesito esas facturas sí o sí mañana a primera hora
I need those bills first thing tomorrow morning no matter what
It never surprises me how many little things like this there are to learn that will help your Spanish sound just a little more natural.