Do you Know These Basic Spanish Phrases for Travelers?

By: John Miller
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Do you Know These Basic Spanish Phrases for Travelers?
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"Donde esta el hospital?" That's one phrase we hope you don't need when you're traveling in a foreign country. How much do you know about basic Spanish phrases for travelers?
What's the word for "please"?
Burrito grande
Nuevo
Por favor
"Por favor" is another critical word in Spanish. If you say, "please," you're much more likely to get what you want.

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Muchas gracias
"With great sadness"
"On your mother's grave"
"Thank you"
Here's another basic but critical phrase: "muchas gracias." It means "thank you."

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"Hablo despacio por favor"
"Speak slowly, please"
If you're struggling to understand someone's rapid-fire speaking style, ask them to speak slowly, please. "Hablo despacio por favor."
"I'd like the snails raw, yes"
"I think I soiled my undergarments"

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Como se llama?
"What's your name?"
"Como se llama?" This is what you ask when you want to know someone's name.
"I just ate a llama."
"Can I pet your gerbil?"

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Perdone
"Pardon me."
"Perdone" is one of several ways of saying "excuse me." It means, "pardon me."
"I put a spell on you."
"I am Italian and would like spaghetti."

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Con permiso
"Do you like sheep?"
"I'd like to kiss your wife"
"Excuse me"
If you accidentally bump into someone, say, "con permiso." It means "excuse me."

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"Un tren?"
"A train?"
If you need a train ask, "un tren?" Hopefully, the person will point you in the direction of the nearest station.
"A tranquilizer?"
"A bag of bones?"

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What will you receive if you ask, "puedo ver el menu?"
A cobra
A small child
A restaurant menu
You'll want to know the phrase, "puedo ver el menu?" That way you'll be able to see a menu when you're dining. And if you don't know that simple phrase, you may not understand the menu, anyway.

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Hola
Hello
Hola! Hola is one of the single most important words in Spanish. It simply means, "hello."
I need money
Beer, please

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If you ask, "donde esta," what are you asking?
"Where is...?
"Donde esta" means "where is." So if you're looking for something, such as the restroom, you'd begin a sentence with "Donde esta."
"Oh, I dropped my taco!"
"What is my name?"

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Buenos dias
You smell bad
Good morning
Buenos dias, or good morning! It's a beautiful day to learn some basic Spanish phrases for your big trip!
I don't like you

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What does "yo no entiendo" mean?
"Are you French?"
"I don't understand"
"You no entiendo," means "I don't understand." This is a good one to memorize from the start, especially if your language skills are terrible.
"I don't like Spanish"

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What does it mean if you ask, "la cuenta, por favor?"
You're hoping to purchase a rabbit
You're asking for the check at a restaurant
"Seniorita! La cuenta, por favor." That means you're asking for the check from your waitress.
You're requesting Lipitor at a doctor's office

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"Un banco?"
"A bank?"
Sooner or later, you're going to need a bank while you're traveling. Ask, "un banco," to request the nearest bank.
"Are you bankrupt?"
"Where is the treasure?"

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How do you ask for the restroom?
"Donde esta el bano?"
"El bano," or the bathroom is one of your go-to words. So if you need the restroom, you ask, "donde esta el bano?"
"Donde esta Juarez?"
"Donde esta mi perro?"

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Tiene
"Are you alive?"
"Do you have?"
If you ask "tiene," you're asking whether someone has something. Or it can be a directive: Have a burrito, please. "Tiene burrito, por favor."
"To be or not to be."

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What does it mean if someone says, "no funcion!"
It doesn't work!
It's a phrase that invokes dismay everywhere. "No funcion" means something doesn't work.
You are weird!
I devoured the furnace!

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What does, "habla engles" mean?
"Where are the tacos?"
"America is the best!"
"Do you speak English?"
"Habla engles" means, "do you speak English?" If you can consistently find English-speaking natives, you may not have to speak much Spanish.

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If you want to know how much something costs, what would you ask?
"Perdone?"
"Cuanto cuesta?"
"Cuanto cuesta?" It means, "how much does it cost?"
"Un cuatro tacos, por favor."

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If you're asking for a "hamburguesa," what do you want?
A taco
A hamburger
Maybe you're tired of the local delicacies. Sometimes, you just need a hamburger.
A map of Hamburg

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If you have to use this phrase, what did you lose? "No puedo encontrar mi pasaporte!"
Your spouse
Your dog
Your passport
It's one of those things that you hope you never lose while you're traveling abroad: your passport. In that case, you'd say, "No puedo encontrar mi pasaporte!"

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What does it mean if you ask, "puedo conectarme con al internet?"
"I think I electrocuted your dog."
"Can I get on the Internet?"
In this day and age, the Internet is all-pervasive, no matter where you travel. If you need Internet access, ask, "puedo conectarme con al Internet?"
"Are you part of The Matrix?"

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"Me podria ayudar?"
"Where are the puppies?"
"I think I'm on fire."
"Can you help me?"
"Me podria ayudar?" This means, "can you help me?" And if you're lost in a Spanish-speaking country, you may need help now and then.

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"Repita, por favor"
"Please repeat that"
It's one that you'll want to remember: "repita, por favor." It means "please repeat that."
"Where did you put my cat?"
"Help me, I'm in purgatory"

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"Donde esta el metro?"
Can you help me bury this body?
Where's the subway?
You need the "metro" for transportation around the city. So "donde esta el metro" is a good way to ask for the location of the subway.
Did you purchase the city?

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"Cuando sale el vuelo?"
"What time does the flight leave?"
You'll be stuck at the airport now and then. If you need to know what time your flight leaves, you'd ask, "Cuando sale vuelo?"
"Where are the illegal drugs?"
"How many police are at the border?"

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What are you asking if you use the question, "a que hora el bar cerca?"
"What time does the bar close?"
"A que hora el bar cerca?" This is simply asking when the bar closes. Maybe a drink or two will improve your Spanish skills.
"Do you have any stolen jewelry?"
"May we join the party?"

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If you're at a restaurant and you ask for "vino blanco," what will you receive?
A plate of napkins
Crab legs
White wine
Feel free to ask for the "vino blanco" if you want white wine. If you prefer red, ask for "vino tinto."

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"I'm sorry."
"Lo siento."
Better to be gracious and on your best behavior when you're traveling. "Lo siento" means "I'm sorry."
"El hombre."
"Guacamole por favor."

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What are you looking for if you ask, "donde esta la piscina?"
A small species of furry animal
A sushi casserole
The swimming pool
"Donde esta la piscina?" This is the question you'd ask if you're looking for the swimming pool.

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