How to say shut up in Spanish?


Although being polite generally works better, there are times when people simply don’t know when to stop talking, and knowing how to say shut up in Spanish can be a really useful.

In this short post we will take a look at how to say “shut up” in Spanish, as well as other phrases to ask people to stop talking that may be used in different contexts (depending on how rude you want to be, some of them will be less polite than others)

If you just want to know how to say “shut up” in Spanish, you can say:




Learn how to pronounce it here: 




Now, let’s look at some other options that may be used in a more formal context (in other words, these are relatively polite ways of asking people to be quiet).

They may be used with people you just met, or people you don’t know that well. They have a formal tone.

Let’s look at a few examples:


Please be quiet.

Por favor guarde silencio.


I would really appreciate it if you remain silent.

Le agradecería mucho que guarde silencio.


I’m sorry to bother you, but could you please be quiet?

Disculpe la molestia, pero ¿podría guardar silencio por favor?



Learn how to pronounce these phrases here: 


However, there are times when there is no room for diplomacy or good manners; and a more direct approach needs to be used.

So, let’s look at a few “not so polite” ways of asking people to be quiet (in other words, asking them to shut up).

Note, these are very direct phrases, they are not very polite and they should be used with caution only in circumstances when somebody is being a jerk.


Let’s look at the examples:

  • Shut up or I’ll shut you up!
  • ¡Cállate o te callo!


  • Just shut up!
  • ¡Sólo cállate!


  • You better shut up or this is going to get ugly!
  • ¡Más vale que te calles o esto se va a poner feo!


  • Shut up, I don’t want to hear about it anymore!
  • ¡Cállate, ya no quiero saber nada de esto!


  • Shut up!
  • ¡Cállate!


 Learn how to pronounce these phrases here: 


In this short post we looked at some ways to say shut up in Spanish (with different degrees of politeness) and we hope you find it to be useful.

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