There’s something so magical about visiting another country. The different culture, flavours, traditions, scenery, and especially the people, are a delicious rush for the senses.
So, on your next TravelSmart getaway to a Spanish-speaking country like Mexico, the Dominican Republic or Cuba, try new foods, that exotic dance, and practice your language skills with some well known Spanish phrases.
Below you’ll find important Spanish phrases to help you get started:
Por Favor and Gracias
Saying please and thank you are important in any language, but they’re more fun in the local language!
This translates to “Where is…?”, so it will work for the bathroom (el baño), your table (la mesa) or a person (José).
¿Qué hora es?
What time is it? It’s vacation time! Use this phrase so you don’t miss that aqua aerobics class or your dinner reservations.
¿Como te llamas?
This means, “What is your name?”. If someone asks you, answer with “Soy ______ (insert your name here).
When shopping for souvenirs you may need to ask, “How much does this cost?”. Just make sure you understand the answer!
Before you fall back to your native language, use this phrase to tell the person you’re talking to that you don’t understand, and give it another shot.
La cuenta por favor.
This means, “Check please!”. This phrase is important because in many countries it’s considered rude to give a patron their check until they ask for it.
Locals love it when visitors try to speak their language, and it’s easy to pronounce these phrases because in Spanish everything is pronounced exactly how it’s spelt. There are also videos on youtube to help you practice speaking and comprehension. Get started now, it will be time to take another vacation before you know it. ¡Hasta luego!