I know the feeling when you travel and you do not get a word of a foreign language. And the worst if when they do not get a word of English or whatever other language you speak.
I want to help you with a really wide spoken language – Spanish. There are few phrases that will help you on your next trip to a Spanish speaking country. As I speak some Spanish too so I will share phrases that are most useful during my trips.
Basic Spanish greetings
Hola is “hi” and you can say that with people you know.
¿Cómo está? is “how are you?” if you don’t know someone and ¿Cómo estás? if you do know them.
When they ask you how you are, you can say “good, thank you” – “bien, gracias” because you, too, of course are a polite person.
Please – Por favor – and Thank you – Gracias . These are VERY IMPORTANT words in Spanish.
When you are introduced to someone, you say “Mucho gusto” and they will say the same thing back to you. It means, “nice to meet you.”
¿Habla inglés? – Do you speak English? you can not just assume someone speaks English.
No hablo español – I do not speak Spanish, it will be useful when after 2 phrases you just said in Spanish a person will start talking fast and a lot.
Phrases to use in many cases
I want, I don’t want – Yo quiero, yo no quiero
I would like (more polite) – Me gustaría
Where is – ¿Dónde está?
How much does it cost – ¿Cuánto cuesta?
What time is it? – ¿Qué hora es?
Do you have? – ¿Tiene?
I have, I don’t have – Yo tengo, yo no tengo
I understand, I don’t understand – Yo entiendo, yo no entiendo
Do you understand? – ¿Entiende?
How do you say…? – ¿Como se dice…?
I want… – Yo quiero… (You can use it to express I need too)
Does not work… – No funciona…
If you get a bit lost or unsure of how to get somewhere, you need some simple ways of finding how to find your way. “Where is” is the simplest way of asking. The phrase is “¿dónde está?” and here are some examples for you:
Where is the bus train station (or bus station) – ¿Dónde está la estación de tren? or “autobuses”.
Where is a restaurant? – ¿Dónde hay un restaurante?
A train? – ¿Un tren?
The street … ? – ¿La calle … ?
A bank? – ¿Un banco? We all need money at some point. 😀
Where is the bathroom? – ¿Dónde está el baño?
I’m looking for a hotel – Busco un hotel
I need – Yo necesito. Very useful, and you can supply the noun.
After all it is even more important than to be able to ask where something is, is to understand the answer that is given to you.
Right – A la derecha
Left – A la izquierda
Straight ahead – Derecho
At the corner – En la esquina
So now I hope you can survive your trip. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Also do not forget to use the body language, be positive and enjoy your travels.
Hasta luego amigos!