“Cliché” doesn’t look like an English word to me in the first place, but the Spanish equivalent is completely different. Cliché in Spanish is “tópico” which is a little misleading for us English speakers. So what exactly is a “tópico” ? Well for the Spanish, things like flamenco dancing and bull-fighting are their main “tópicos” – things that don’t necessarily correspond to the interests or ideas of many ordinary Spaniards.
For your average “Brit-in-Spain”, we have to live down the “socks and sandals” stereotype, along with “tópicos” of “tea at four o’clock”, “London fog” and obssessive punctuality, all of which spring to the mind of the Spanish as soon as the word “inglés” is mentioned.
So, how do we say “topic” in Spanish? The word is “tema” a word related to our English word “theme”.