Spanish Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world so you probably will travel in a country which the people speak Spanish.
There are a lot of accents, which not all are easy to understand. Especially because most of the Spanish speaking people, speak pretty fast compared to English. Many countries have very different word for the same thing, so the word “Bean” will be different in pretty much every country.
The special thing to notice is that in Spanish is, that in many conversations people don’t use for example: I am going, in Spanish it’s only “am going”. Because the verb; “going” already shows who is doing the “thing” So it’s a lot of times not “Yo voy a comer”, its only “voy a comer” (I’m going to eat).
So here are some words and phrases for you to remember:
Simple Conversation Please – Por favor Thank you – Gracias Good morning - Buenos días Good afternoon - Buenas tardes Good evening - Buenas noches Hello - Hola I speak a little Spanish - Yo hablo un poco de español Do you speak English? - Habla inglés?
How Are You - Cómo estás if you talk to a stranger it’s Cómo estás When someone ask you Cómo estás you can reply with “bien, gracias, y tu?” that means fine thanks, and you?
To deny something is always “No”. Example: I eat - Yo como, I don’t eat - Yo no como.
Basic vocabulary I want, I don’t want - Yo quiero, Yo no quiero I would like (more polite) - Me gustaría Where is - Dónde está Why Por Que When - Quando How - cómo What - qué How much - Cuánto How much does it cost - Cuánto cuesta?
Do you have? – Tiene? I have, I don’t have – Yo tengo, yo no tengo I understand, I don’t understand – Yo entiendo, yo no entiendo Do you understand? – Entiende? Money – Dinero.
Get Around Right – A la derecha Left – A la izquierda Straight ahead – Derecho (Similar to derecha which means right) Street - La Calle Car - El Coche Street on the beach - Malecon I am going… - Voy a…
At a restaurant If you enter a restaurant you would like something, like a table or french fries: So you combine “Yo quiero”, or more polite “me gusteria” - I want, I would like, and the following words to form a sentence:
A table – Una mesa A menu – Un menú Soup – Sopa Salad – Ensalada Hamburger - Hamburguesa An appetizer – Una entrada Dessert – Un postre A drink – Una bebida Water – Agua Red wine - vino tinto white whine - vino blanco Beer – Cerveza Coffee – Un café The check – La cuenta This is just a very small listing of words in Spanish, best is to learn the language a couple of months before, if you want to travel outside of the touristic areas. My tip is use Duolingo: www.duolingo.com A great and free App.