One, two, three, go!

This is how we would start a running race, or other games or competitions in the UK, so that everyone starts together. What is the Spanish equivalent?

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It is going to be difficult to find a "source" for this... But what I am used to is

  • Preparados... Listos... ¡Ya!

as a translation for "Ready... Set... Go!" (see for example a newspaper article titled like that), or

  • Tres... Dos... Uno... ¡Ya!


  • Uno... Dos... Tres... ¡Ya!

as a translation for "three, two, one, go!" or "one, two, three, go!" respectively. There even seems to be a Spanish learning book titled "Uno, dos, tres, ¡ya!".


In Latin America the common translation is:

En sus marcas >> Listos (Preparados) >> Fuera(Ya)

  • 1
    This seems like a direct translation of the American English "On your mark, get set, go!"
    – Barmar
    Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 14:44
  • Yes, i do think they share the same origin. Still have not found any convincing document to prove it, tho.
    – DonCharlie
    Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 19:14
  • 1
    It is more or less an international standard. Olympic races start "On your marks, set, <gunshot>"
    – mdewey
    Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 14:28

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