15 Handy Spanish Phrases For Beginners

Posted on: November 4th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Rest in aquapark

While the grammar may be fiendish (just ask an advanced speaker of Spanish to explain the subjunctive to you), beginners in this beautiful Romance language will be pleased to hear that, unlike in English, having a strong accent shouldn’t prevent native speakers from understanding you. And of course, having even a little Spanish will be seen in a very favourable light when you’re visiting any Spanish speaking country (or país hispanohablante). Read on for 15 easy phrases to get you going.

1. ¿Cómo se dice … en español?
A very useful phrase: it means “How do you say …. in Spanish?”.

2. ¿A qué hora abren las tiendas?
What time do the shops open? To ask about one shop, say la tienda rather than las tiendas.

3. ¡Hola! Buenos días/Buenas noches/Buenas tardes!
This means “Hello! Good morning/goodnight/good afternoon”. It’s important to note that in Spanish the word for “day”, el día, is masculine, so you say buenos, while la noche and la tarde are feminine, so you say buenas.

4. ¿Te gusta…?
This simply means “do you like…?”

5. ¿Hablas inglés?
“Do you speak English?” – not that you will be needing it, of course!

6. Hábleme en español/Puede hablar español conmigo
These are two different ways of saying “Speak Spanish to me”.

7. ¿Dónde está?
This means “Where is…”. For “where are”, say ¿Dónde están?

8. Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez.
These are the numbers one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten.

9. Dos cervezas, por favor
Two beers, please!

10. Me gustaría un vinto tinto/blanco, por favor.
I would like a red wine/white wine, please.

11. ¡No funciona!
It doesn’t work! This can be used in a variety of situations, it’s a great catch-all phrase.

12. ¿Cómo te llamas?
what is your name?

13. Yo necesito…
I need… . You can also just say “necesito” on its own, or “yo quiero”.

14. El hotel está al lado del bar
The hotel is next to the bar.

15. ¡Hasta luego!
See you later! You can also say Hasta la próxima.

Tags: , , , ,

Comments are closed.