Can You Translate These Simple Spanish Phrases?

Becky Stigall

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About This Quiz

It's always a good idea to know some simple phrases in another language when you travel. It's also fun to share them with your friends. How many of these can you identify?

De nada.

"De nada" means "You're welcome." Specifically, it means, "It was nothing."

Estoy bien.

"Estoy bien" means "I am fine." You might say this in response to "¿Cómo está usted?"

Hasta luego.

"Hasta luego" means "See you later." Compare this to "The Terminator," who said, "Hasta la vista, baby."

¿Por què?

No, it has nothing to do with dinner. "¿Por què?" means "Why?"

Por favor.

"Por favor" means "please." You might say it before you say "de nada."


"¿Quièn?" means "Who?" "Por què?" means "Why?"

Lo siento.

"Lo siento" means "I'm sorry." It is pronounced low see-EHN-to.

Con permiso.

"Con permiso" means "Excuse me." One might also say "Perdóname."

Estoy perdido.

"Estoy perdido" means "I am lost." We hope you never have to use this phrase IRL.

¿Dónde está el baño?

"¿Dónde está el baño?" means "Where is the bathroom/restroom?" It is pronounced DOHN-deh ehs-TA el BAH-neeo.

Buenos días.

"Buenos días" means "good morning." It is pronounced booEHN-os DEE-as.

Hola, me llamo...

"Hola, me llamo..." means "Hello, my name is..." Simply put your own name in, in English.

Buenas tardes.

"Buenas tardes" means "Good afternoon." It is pronounced booEHN-as TAR-dehs.

¿Cómo se llama usted?

"¿Cómo se llama usted?" means "What is your name?" You can reply to this with the English pronunciation of your name.

Buenas noches.

"Buenas noches" means "good evening." It is a greeting, not a goodbye.

Mucho gusto.

"Mucho gusto" means "Nice to meet you." It is pronounced MOO-choh GOOS-toh.


"Hola" means "hello." It is pronounced OH-la.


"Adiós" means "goodbye." It is pronounced ah-dee-OHS.


"Gracías" means "Thank you." It is pronounced gra-SEE-ahs.


"Salud" means "bless you," used when someone sneezes. It is pronounced sah-LOOD.

¿Cuánto cuesta?

"¿Cuánto cuesta?" means "How much does it cost?" This is a great phrase to know if you are a tourist.

¿Cuántos hay?

"¿Cuántos hay?" means "How many are there?" Reply to this with "Hay muchos..." if there are a lot of whatever.

¿Quiere comprarlo usted?

"¿Quiere comprarlo usted?" means "Do you want to buy this?" If you are a tourist, you might want to be familiar with this phrase.

¿Qué hora es?

"¿Qué hora es?" means "What time is it?" "Hora" means "hour."


"Sí" means "yes." It is prounounced SEE.

Yo no comprendo.

"Yo no comprendo" means "I don't understand." Think of comprendo as comprehend.

Yo quiero una tortilla.

"Yo quiero una tortilla" means "I want a tortilla." Ok, this one was a giveaway.

No hablo español.

"No hablo español" means "I don't speak Spanish." It is pronounced no AB-lo es-pan-YOL.

¿Qué significa …?

"¿Qué significa …?" means "What does ... mean?" This is a good phrase to know if you are traveling.

¿Puedes hablar más despacio?

"¿Puedes hablar más despacio?" means "Can you speak more slowly?" If you barely understand Spanish, this phrase might come in handy.

¿De dónde viene?

"¿De dónde viene?" means "Where are you from?" It is pronounced de DON-day vee-EN-ay.

¿Hablas inglés?

"¿Hablas inglés?" means "Do you speak English?" This is a must-have phrase for travelers.


"¡Felicitaciones!" means "congratulations." It is pronounced fe-lis-i-ta-see-ON-es.

¡Feliz cumpleaños!

"¡Feliz cumpleaños!" means "happy birthday." We all learned this on "Sesame Street," right?

¡Hasta mañana!

"¡Hasta mañana!" means "See you tomorrow." You might also say simply "¡mañana!"

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