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How do I say "On second thought" in Spanish?

Pensándolo bien, ¡no vamos al cine!

Are there any alternative for this?

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"al pensarlo mejor"? – vartec Dec 11 '13 at 12:40
up vote 7 down vote accepted

The expression «pensándolo bien» is a very good translation and pretty common. Also «pensándolo mejor».

Some alternatives:

  1. reconsiderándolo
  2. por otro lado (sería mejor)
  3. ahora que lo pienso (suggested by Alexis and SysDragon)
  4. repensándolo (suggested by Diego Andrés)
  5. si lo pienso (bien/mejor) (suggested by Diego Andrés)
  6. al pensarlo mejor (suggested by vartec)

(I'll keep posting if I remember more)

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Ahora que lo pienso is also a good candidate. – Alexis Pigeon Dec 11 '13 at 13:27

Pensándolo bien, the one that you gave, is the most common in my opinion, but you could also use:

Pensándolo mejor, ...

Ahora que lo pienso, ...

Mejor pensado, ...

And some sentences that should be used with context, but can have similar meaning:

Ya que lo dices, ...

Ahora que caigo, ...

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There is an informal use which is dando una vuelta más, an even more informal dando una vuelta de tuerca. Also you can use:

  • Si lo pienso mejor
  • Ahora que lo pienso mejor
  • Ahora que lo pienso bien
  • Pensando mejor
  • Repensándolo
  • Desde otro punto de vista
  • Pensando nuevamente
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rebobinando el casete – Emilio Gort Dec 11 '13 at 18:05
vuelta de tuerca tiene un significado distinto a "pensándolo mejor". Es más bien como "giro sorprendente" – Diego Dec 3 '14 at 20:16

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