I just had what I thought was a strange conversation so I need some input from the spanish experts at Word Reference. I was talking with someone from Colombia and they asked me if I was familiar with "bandeja paisa (a type of Colombian food for those who aren't familiar with it). I responded by saying "en general" and they jumped all over me for using that term in that context. This is basically how the conversation proceeded: Me: Can you give me an example of how to use "en general". Her: Mmm let me think of an example. Better u don't use this word. In normal speaking we never use that word Me: Just in writing? Her: Is a technical word about professions or for classes teachers. Neither don't write. Is for science or technicals books, is not common. You can use in a class but it's not common when talking to people in the street. Me: Hmmm..that's weird. I would think it's similar to saying "in general" in english. Her: No is not similar. We never use that word with friends or family, not on the street Me: Okay. So how would I say "in general" in spanish? Her: We don't use that word in a conversation. Is so different. Don't use. Just talk like people talk So now I'm totally confused. Certainly there must be some way in speaking spanish to express the concept of "in general". Can someone help me out here? Thanks!