¡Hola! ¡Bienvenidos a Martes Sugerencias de viajes! ¡Hoy es el momento para aprender un poco de español!
Hi! Welcome to Tuesday Travel Tips! Today it’s time to learn some Spanish!
When I travel, I like to learn a few basic phrases in the language spoken wherever I am going. Being an English speaker, it is very easy to take for granted the fact that English is spoken throughout the world. Throughout my travels, I have never had any major issues communicating. Okay, sure, trying to read the menu, printed in German, at the Chinese restaurant near my building when I was living in Linz, Austria was an adventure, but then we were given the English copy of the menu and ordering became easy.
While I’ve never had any major problems, I have also seen how much a simple “thank you,” even when you butcher the pronunciation, in someone’s native language can do. People will understand that you are not a native speaker, and they will appreciate your effort. I have found that this is especially true in smaller cities and towns where there are fewer tourists.
I started studying Spanish in Middle School, or elementary school if you add learning colors and how to count, so visiting Spain was a wonderful opportunity for me to practice my Spanish. Below you’ll find some key phrases and their Spanish translations!
English – Spanish
- Hi/ Hello – Hola (oh-la)
- Goodbye – Adios (ah-dee-os)
- Please – Por Favor (Pour fah-Vor)
- Thank You – Gracias (Grah-see-ahs)
- You’re Welcome – De Nada (Dey Nah-dah)
- I don’t speak Spanish – No hablo español. (No ah-blow ehs-pahn-yol)
- Do you speak English – Habla inglés? (ah-blah ing-lace)
- Where is: – Donde esta: (Don-dey estah)
- -the bathroom -el baño (el bahn-yo)
- -the metro -el metro
- -the airport -el aeropuerto (el arrow-pwertoh)
- How much does this cost? – Cuanto cuesta? (kwantoh kwestah)
- In English – En inglés (en ing-lace)