Can You Translate These Basic English Phrases into Spanish?



By: Isadora Teich

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About This Quiz

Think you know basic Spanish inside and out? In the United States alone, more than 40 million people speak Spanish as a first language. Worldwide, these numbers are even greater. More than 400 million people are native Spanish speakers, all across the globe. In fact, Spanish is widely considered to be the second most widely spoken language on earth, after Mandarin Chinese. It can be heard throughout the Americas, Europe, and even in parts of Africa and Asia, like the Philippines.

Spanish is a romance language known for its phonetic spelling and fire and has been studied by many Americans in grade school for generations. Most American English speakers, even if they don't speak Spanish at all or haven't in years, know a few words here and there thanks to America being the ultimate melting pot. Walking down the street in any major city, you might hear 4 or 5 different languages spoken, and large communities of people from all over the world often pop up and flourish in the most unexpected parts of the United States of America.

If you are a Spanish pro who can handle basic conversation in both English and Spanish, give this quiz a shot!


Hola is a common Spanish speaker. Even many people who don't speak Spanish at all know it.


He is tall.

This means he is tall. The gender of the adjective agrees with the gender of the subject.


It's April.

Abril is Spanish for the month of April. Many of the Spanish months of the year looks similar to English.


I can cook.

"Puedo cocinar" means "I can cook." "I can't cook" is "No puedo cocinar."



This means goodbye. Literally it means something along the lines of "Go with God."


How are you?

"¿Cómo estás?" means "How are you?" or "How is it going?" You can also opt for the more casual "¿Qué tal?"


I love you.

"Te amo" means I love you. You can also say "Te quiero," which means "I want you."


How much does it cost?

This is a must-know for those who love to shop and haggle. It is how you ask how much something costs.


I'm married.

This is how to express that you are married. "Estoy divorciado" is "I'm divorced."


I need shoes.

"Necesito..." is the best way to express that you need anything. Whether it's shoes, directions, or dinner.


The car is blue.

"El auto es azul" is the correct way of saying this. "El coche" is another Spanish word for car.


I am hungry.

"Tengo hambre" literally translates to "I have hunger." However, it is the most common way to indicate that you are hungry in Spanish.


What's your name?

This is how you ask for someone's name. You can also say "¿Cuál es su nombre?"


I feel sick.

If you don't feel well, this is how you get it across in Spanish. If you are just learning Spanish, it may be helpful to point to whatever hurts.


I have a dog.

El perro is Spanish for dog. This is how to let people know that you have a dog in Spanish.


Merry Christmas!

This means "Merry Christmas." This word comes from a similar root as nativity, which is what the birth of Jesus is referred to.


It's Thursday.

Thursday is jueves in Spanish. This day is named for the planet Jupiter.


I don't eat meat.

If you are vegetarian who loves to travel, this is an important one to remember. "La carne" is meat in Spanish.


Where is the hospital?

If you like to travel, it is important to have a few basic emergency phrases on hand in case anything goes wrong. Always know how to locate the hospital.


She is pretty.

This is how to say "She is pretty" in Spanish. You can also use the words "linda" and "guapa."



"Sí" means yes. It can also be used to mean yeah, sure and OK.


I love autumn.

"Me encanta" is way to express that you really love something. El verano is summer, el invierno is winter, la primavera is spring and el otoño is fall.


I have a sister.

This is how you say you have a sister. If you do not have one, you would say "No tengo una hermana."


My eyes are brown.

In Spanish "los ojos" are eyes. "Marron" is the color brown.


I hate you.

This is how to tell someone you hate them. Less harsh is "No me gustas," or "I don't like you."


One coffee, please.

Whether you are in Spain or Mexico, you will want to know how to ask for a few key things at restaurants and cafes. Coffee is always key.


What time is it?

This is how you ask for the time. It is important to know this in any language.


She is happy.

This is how to say "She is happy." "Estoy feliz." means "I am happy."


I want to dance.

"Quiero...." is how to express that you want to have or do something. In the case of wanting to perform an action, those verbs are left unconjugated following quiero.


I don't know.

"No lo sé," means "I don't know." You can also opt for the shorter "No sé."


The cat is white.

This means that the cat is white. It is grammatically correct.


My husband has green eyes.

In this sentence, "mi esposo" meaning "my husband" is the subject. To make it "my wife" it would become "mi esposa."


The jacket is black.

"La chaqueta" means the jacket. It is a feminine noun so the color agrees.


I can't dance.

"No puedo" means "I can't." After that, use infinitives like "bailer" to show what action cannot be done.


Where is the bathroom?

Knowing how to ask where the bathroom is, is important in any language. "El baño" means "the bathroom."


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