In English, if children are misbehaving, someone might correct them by saying, "Be nice!" How is this normally said in Spanish?


In Spain, the most common ways that come to my mind are:

¡Pórtate bien!

¡Sé bueno!


I would say that "pórtate bien" is more common probably.

  • Same in Argentina (only different stress, because of voseo: "portate bien" = "comportate")
    – leonbloy
    Jan 18 '12 at 18:13
  • @leonbloy yeah ¡Compórtate! is also another one, thanks
    – Javi
    Jan 18 '12 at 18:15
  • I had a friend from Mexico who commonly said "Pórtate bien, chica," when we were saying goodbye.
    – Rachel
    Mar 7 '12 at 2:41

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