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Spanish Phrases for Tourists

Updated on February 29, 2020
Eager Tourist and His Wife
Eager Tourist and His Wife

Planning a trip to a Spanish speaking country but you don't know Spanish? No problem! Part of the fun of preparing for a trip is procrastinating on one important detail, so make this the one and just print this Hub out to take with you.

Now, as a tourist, you're going to look like one - meaning everyone who encounters you on your vacation who is a native in the place you visit will be able to pick you out in a crowd as a tourist no matter what ethnicity you are. People in tourist towns gain a sort of sixth sense for identifying tourists. This will make things easier, and in some ways harder for you.

The language barrier is pretty hard to overcome for some people, but Spanish is *easy* so don't be afraid.

Spanish Phrases to Know

Now, here are some phrases you'll really want to know, some of them are invaluable, some of them just might come in handy. If you're headed out on a tour somewhere, take visual clues with you so you have something to point to and emphasize your question.

  • Please help me? - Ayudeme, por favor?
  • Where is a good restaurant? - Donde hay un buen restaurante?
  • Where can I find this? - Donde se puede encontrar esto?
  • How do I get to here? - Como llego a esta lista?
  • Am I near this? - Estoy cerca de esto?

Common Spanish Words

Here are some very common words in Spanish, these will help you out greatly in travels through Spanish-speaking locales.

  • Hola/Buenos Dias/Buenas Nochas - Hello/Good Morning/Good Night
  • Senor/Senora - Sir/Madam - Ma'am
  • Abrir/Abierto - Open
  • Occupado - Occupied/Busy
  • Cerrado - Closed
  • Izquierda / Derecha - Left/Right
  • Norte / Sur / Este / Oeste - North/South/East/West
  • Cuidado - Caution (be careful)
  • La propiedad privada - Private Property

Hablo Inglais? Err, maybe they do!

Final Tips

You're on vacation, so remember to have a good time. Many permanent residents of foreign countries have at least a rudimentary knowledge of the English language, and in major cities the prevalence of English is even more widespread.

But - be wary of those who will try and prey off of your tourist status, and always make sure you're crystal clear on what is said to you. Carrying a Spanish to English dictionary isn't a bad idea either.

Safe Travels!!

What Spanish words do you think are most important to know when travelling?

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      Gerry 

      8 years ago

      Love the video :-)

      I have a blog that celebrates Spain & Spanish Language - includes a video teaching you how to say hello - good morning in Spanish http://agoodmorninginspanish.com/how-to-say-good-m...

    • Peter M. Lopez profile image

      Peter M. Lopez 

      13 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Un hub buenisimo!

    • Karen Ellis profile image

      Karen Ellis 

      13 years ago from Central Oregon

      My Husband says there's only one phrase you need to know if your going to Mexico, "Una cerveza, por favor."

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Great Hub! I cannot get the hang of Spanish no matter what I do. I'd have to use a handheld chalkboard and WRITE phrases copied from a guide book! :)

    • stephhicks68 profile image

      Stephanie Marshall 

      13 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Fun (love the comments too)! Donna - you're right, I learned my colors in Spanish that way... LOL

    • rmr profile image

      rmr 

      13 years ago from Livonia, MI

      Great tips. Love the video! It's very Pythonesque.

    • donnaleemason profile image

      donnaleemason 

      13 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      Watching Dora the Explorer the week before you leave works too. Bueno.

      Donna

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      13 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      De nada, Sally's Trove!

      Robie!! Muchas Gracias por su visita!

    • Sally's Trove profile image

      Sherri 

      13 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      That video is fantastic! Nice chuckle to have with the morning coffee. Muchas gracias.

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      Roberta Kyle 

      13 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hola, gamergirl--this hub is really bueno--Feliciationes:-)

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      13 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      LOL you guys are funny!

      *walks of singing about penne pasta... or IS SHE?*

    • Lissie profile image

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice hub - ROTFL Stacie -also "tiene huevos" at breakfast especailly if you ae pretty girl talking to a guy!

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      13 years ago from Seattle

      Just don't say: Estoy muy embarazado. Especially if you are a guy (a dude in my high school did while on a trip to Mexico).

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