The title says it all, how do you say "speak one's piece"[1] in Spanish?

[1] Speak your piece means "state your opinion or view".


There is a debate if the correct phrase is "Speak one's piece" or "Speak one's peace". I have no intentions to go into details here, so I'm going to assume they are equivalent, or otherwise as explained here.

From Modismos Ingleses Para Hispanos/English Idioms For Spanish Speakers (2007), it's actually quite straight forward:

Decir todo lo que se tiene que decir.

The example the book gives is:

He spoke his piece. Dijo todo lo que quería decir.

It references someone's need to say something. I agree with the book, it would just translate to "decir lo que se tiene que decir" or "decir lo que se quiere decir".

  • Just read the Merriam-Webster link. I guess it's one of those things I've never written before...thanks for the insight. Interestingly, Google gives 36 M results for the incorrect version, and only 27 M results for the correct version. Looks like a lot of people are confused!
    – neizan
    Mar 10 '14 at 20:57
  • @neizan I'd recommend to use Google's ngram viewer instead. See here
    – Nico
    Mar 10 '14 at 21:04

It's very difficult to make a translation without any context or even a full sentence.

Let's imagine the sentence in English was:

He'd planned to speak his piece at the next meeting.

then a translation into Spanish could be:

Había planeado hablar sin reservas en la próxima reunión.

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