25 Useful Spanish Phrases Every Traveler Should Learn

Are you headed to a Spanish speaking country such as Spain or almost any country in Latin America? Of course, your excited for the colors, the sights, the food. and the sounds. But have you given much thought to how you will communicate with people once you are there.

NEWSFLASH: Most people in these countries don’t speak English…or French or Chinese or any language besides Spanish. That means it might be pretty useful to know a few basic phrases before heading out on your adventure.

Most people in Spanish-speaking countries are rather friendly. So if your Spanish proficiency is rather choppy, the people of these countries aren’t going to be too concerned about it. In fact, just by trying to speak in the native language, people will be more likely help you.  However, not knowing any Spanish could be a major handicap when it’s time to ask if there is a bathroom or when you are trying to explain an allergy.

Knowing the basics of a predominately spoken language of a country is important for a number of reasons. People tend to be more friendly towards you if they see you make an effort. Not only that, you won’t struggle as much when you need something. Knowing a bit of the language can also keep you from being taken advantage of in street shopping situations among others.

As for me, I’ve spoken Spanish my entire life. In fact, I grew up speaking both Spanish and English and I consider them both my first language. Sometimes I think in English but speak in Spanish or vice versa. It’s a major advantage to know a second language (though I actually know three). Sure, I don’t speak it perfectly but I can make myself be understood and that’s what matters.

That’s really all you need as well. You just need to be able to make yourself be understood. So I’ve listed, below, a number of Spanish phrases which anyone traveling to a Latin country may find useful. Just go through these everyday before you travel and remember them. It’ll make traveling through a Spanish-speaking country go a lot smoother.

1) Thank you……………………………………………………………..Gracias

2) Your Welcome……………………………………………………….De Nada

3) Thank you very much……………………………………………..Muchas gracias

4) Please……………………………………………………………………Por Favor

5) No…………………………………………………………………………No

6) Yes………………………………………………………………………..Si

7) Here……………………………………………………………………..Aqui

8) There……………………………………………………………………Alli

9) Straight…………………………………………………………………Derecho

10) Right……………………………………………………………………Derecha

11) Left………………………………………………………………………Izquierda

12) I don’t understand………………………………………………..No entiendo

13) Airport…………………………………………………………………Aeropuerto

14) Outside…………………………………………………………………Afuera

15) Inside…………………………………………………………………..Adentro

16) What’s your name?……………………………………………….¿Cómo se llama?

17) I’m Sorry……………………………………………………………….Lo siento

18) I don’t Speak Spanish……………………………………………..No hablo español.

19) Do you Speak English?……………………………………………¿Habla inglés?

20) How are you?…………………………………………………………¿Cómo está?

21) How much does this cost?……………………………………….¿Cuánto cuesta?

22) Can you help me?…………………………………………………..¿Me podría ayudar?

23) Excuse Me……………………………………………………………..Con permiso.

24) Where is the bathroom?…………………………………………¿Dónde está el baño?

25) Can you speak slowly?……………………………………………¿Puede hablar despacio?

 

J Harvey

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J Harvey is a travel writer based in North Carolina. With two masters degrees, he decided to forget working a normal 9-5 job and instead create a travel blog focusing on travel for a more inclusive community. He hopes to increase LGBT representation within the travel industry while inspiring others to travel in whatever capacity.

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