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Teach Yourself Spanish - Useful Phrases

Updated on November 24, 2010

If you want to visit another country and want to conversate at least a bit with the inhabitants of it or just want to understand what they are essentially talking about, it is crucial that you know some phrases which may help you in certain circumstances. Spain is a very exciting country and the lanugage is one of the most spoken ones in the world. I hope I can help you with this little guide a bit so that you can enjoy your holidays there. These are the basic sentences to talk to other people and to make them understand what you want. The following examples consist of the Spanish words and the translations of them in the brackets afterwards.

Saying Hello/Goodbye

  • Bienvenido (Welcome)

  • ¡Diga!, ¡Dígame!, ¡Hola! (Hello)

  • Buenos días (Good morning)

  • Buenas tardes (Good afternoon)

  • Buenas noches (Good evening/night)

  • Mucho gusto Encantado (Pleased to meet you)

  • ¡Que pase un buen día! (Have a nice day)

  • Adiós, Hasta luego, Hasta la vista (Goodbye)

Introductive Phrases

  • ¿Cómo está usted? (How are you?)

  • ¿Cómo te llamas? (What's your name?)

  • ¿De dónde eres? (Where are you from?)

Basic Sentences/Words

  • ¡Buena Suerte! (Good luck)

  • Te amo, Te quiero (I love you)

  • No entiendo (I do not understand)

  • ¿Cómo se dice ... en español? (How do you say ... in Spanish?)

  • ¿Cuánto cuesta? (How much is this?)

  • ¡Perdón! (Sorry, Excuse me)

  • Gracias (Thank you)

In Case Of An Emergency

  • ¡Ayúdame! (Help!)

  • ¡Alto! (Stop!)

  • ¡Llame a la policía! (Call the police!)

  • ¡Déjeme en paz! (Leave me alone!)

  • ¡Fuego! (Fire!)

I sincerely hope that this little guide could help you a little bit with your Spanish language skills and that you will enjoy your next stay there. It is a beautiful country and the sun shines there almost all over the year.If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact me, I promise I will try to help you.


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    • daydreamer13 profile image

      daydreamer13 7 years ago

      Thank you! This will come in very handy!

    • EinsFloW profile image

      EinsFloW 7 years ago

      I am not very good at pronouncing them but if you have Facebook, I can get you in contact with a Spanish friend of mine who will happily help you. :-)

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      georgiecarlos 7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for sharing! If ever, can you show how to pronounce the words? :)