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Old 11-28-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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Essential Spanish Phrases

A buddy of mine is planning a trip to Copper Canyon, MX, and asked if anyone had a Rosetta Stone set which he could use to learn Spanish. If you don't speak the language, you'll have trouble understanding the responses you get to your questions, whether they're understood by the listener or not. Still, if you can communicate the correct question, the probability of a satisfactory outcome will be enhanced. As such I wrote up a list of phrases for him that should get him through just about any of the day to day interactions he will need to accomplish, such as greeting folks, ordering food, finding a hotel, and getting gas or service for his motorcycle. Here it is for those of you planning on heading south,and with little knowledge of Espanol:



I've always thought that learning a bit of the language of the country one is traveling in is the most sincere form of respect you can give to the foreigners you will be interacting with. It is pretty sad when we are reduced to grunting and pointing to what we want, or where we want to go, or what we would like to eat. Yet, I can pretty much guarantee you that you will be so reduced at one or more times in your life as a viajero. This post is written for those of you who have little or no knowledge of the Spanish language and who plan to visit Spanish speaking countries. It is a list of just some of the most basic phrases you may benefit from knowing when traveling in Hispanic countries and should demonstrate your respect for the culture you are visiting, if nothing else.





I'm not teaching numbers or days of the week or much of anything other than some basic questions and salutations. I have not included pronunciations for the Spanish translation. For that, I would suggest you go to http://www.spanishdict.com/translation and copy and paste the phrase. There are audio recordings for whatever phrase you enter there which will give you the basic idea for Spanish pronunciation. Doing that step of this program is essential to your success with these phrases. If you don't understand the pronunciations of the words, you might just confuse your Spanish-speaking counterpart even more. I remember asking directions of a person in Arkansas one time, and I could barely decipher her English due to her strong accent. So learn some of the pronunciation!





I also haven't included some of the standard phrases that portend tragedy while traveling, such as “Where is the hospital?” or “I need the police!”. Let's face it, if you need a hospital, the person you're speaking to will likely understand “hospital” in English, (they're very similar in pronunciation), and when was the last time you actually needed a policeman?.


Ok, granted this might not be everything you hoped for, but at least you will know how to ask some basic questions which might help you communicate a bit. At a minimum, hopefully your Spanish-speaking counterpart will know what you want, and even though s/he may not speak English, s/he may be able to point your sorry ass in the right direction.





THE PHRASES

  1. Do you speak English? Habla usted Ingles?, (This one's not really essential, as you will know within a few moments whether the person you're speaking to speaks English regardless of whether you asked this question in Spanish or English. It does however, serve to let the person know a bit more about you. Still, I include it here just for the sense of irony I get from doing so. :)
  2. Hello! Hola!
  3. Good day! (the common greeting before noon) Buenos Dias! (Sometimes just: Buenos!)
  4. Good Afternoon! Buenas tardes!
  5. Good night. Buenas noches.
  6. Goodbye! Adios!
  7. See you later! Hasta Lluego ( literally: Until later!) or Nos Vemos! (we'll be seeing you!)
  8. Thanks! Gracias! Thanks a lot! Muchas gracias!
  9. You're welcome. De nada/por nada.
  10. Nice to meet you! Mucho gusto!
  11. Same here! Igualmente!
  12. With pleasure. Con gusto/mi placer
  13. Cheers! Saludos!
  14. Enjoy! (often said when people are eating) Provecho! The response would be: Muchas gracias!
  15. Excuse me Disculpe, Pardon me. Perdoname or Perdon
  16. I'm sorry. Lo siento. (something you'd say to someone who's mother or friend just died).
  17. Where is the bathroom? Donde esta el bano?
  18. How much does that/it cost? Cuanto cuesta?
  19. What do you have to eat? Que tiene usted que comer?
  20. I would like a beer/glass of red wine/glass of white wine. Quisiera una cerveza/copa de vino tinto/copa de vino blanco.
  21. I would like a bottle of water. Quisiera una botella de agua.
  22. What is this/that? Que es esto/eso?
  23. Can I have the check please? La Cuenta por favor. Literally: Puedo tener la cuenta por favor?
  24. This is incorrect. Esto es incorrecto.
  25. Do you know where there is a hotel near hear? ¿Sabe usted dónde hay un hotel cerca de aqui?
  26. Do you have a room [available] for the night? Tienes una habitacion [disponible] para la noche?
  27. Do you have something less expensive? Tienes algo mas economico?Tienes algo menos caro?
  28. Do you have parking? Hay estacionmiento?
  29. Fill 'er up please! Lleno por favor! (At the gas station). pronounced: Yay-no.
  30. Can you check the tires? Puedes comprobar las Llantas?
  31. Do you know where I can find a mechanic? ¿Sabes donde puedo encontrar un mecánico?
  32. Do you know the road to ___________? Sabes el camino a _________
  33. Which direction is_________? En que dirreccion es ________?
  34. How far is it to _______? Sabes cuantos kilometros a ________? (literally: Do you know how many kilometers to ______?) You could just say: Cuantos kilometros a _____?
  35. Where are you going? A donde vas? (You'll possibly be asked this at military checkpoints)
  36. I/we are going to _____. Voy/vamos a ________.
  37. Where are you coming from? De donde vienes? (You'll possibly be asked this at military checkpoints)
  38. I/We are coming from_______. Vengo de_____./Venimos de_______.
  39. Can you help me? Me puedes ayudar. Puedes ayudarme?
  40. I live in the United States. Vivo en los estados Unidos.
  41. I prefer it here in Mexico! Prefiero aqui en Mexico.
  42. Left/right/straight - izquierda/derecha/derecho


I tried to keep this simple, so remember that this is just the start of your introduction to the Spanish language, and as your vocabulary grows, so will the opportunities and the richness of your interactions with Spanish speakers. If anyone wants to add their own phrases, please do so in the comments.

Originally posted at: Miguelitoh2o's Posterous


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Old 11-28-2012, 04:01 PM   #2
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you forgot some of the most important ones...like, "cono chica! que bonita te vez!
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:02 PM   #3
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Wow, great shot!
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:48 PM   #4
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That's the very best one-word to know. All of the rest are simply extras.
You can go/get everywhere with it....
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:53 PM   #5
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The Dad of a high school buddy of mine owned a steamship company. He knew 3 phrases in about 10 languages that he said was all you needed:
1) Hello.
2) I love you.
3) Give me a kiss.

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Old 11-28-2012, 06:03 PM   #6
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Wow, great shot!

No doubt! I can't take credit for it however. That belongs to my friend Margo.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:05 PM   #7
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The Dad of a high school buddy of mine owned a steamship company. He knew 3 phrases in about 10 languages that he said was all you needed:
1) Hello.
2) I love you.
3) Give me a kiss.


Ok, that's Hola, te quiero/te amo, and besame.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:13 PM   #8
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No doubt! I can't take credit for it however. That belongs to my friend Margo.

Give Margo my congrats. That is a great shot of SMA and very tastefully done HDR.

Oh, great spanish phrases too.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:11 PM   #9
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Ok, that's Hola, te quiero/te amo, and besame.
Yup, I knew that.
And it works...

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Old 11-30-2012, 02:38 PM   #10
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:15 PM   #11
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no mames/dont f^ck around
In the same vein, Mexican Spanish much more so than most other countries' Spanish it seems, has a very lively, flavorful, and frequent use of profanity. It's very common and accepted, as in you can hear grandmothers telling each other to go fuck themselves. Plenty of these words are VERY common place in Mexican spanish, but would easily piss people off in many other countries so tread lightly.

You will probably hear these, but should use discretion when using them:

No me chinges! Don't fuck around / Don't fuck with me / You gotta be fucking kidding (depending on context)

Apurate, guey! Hurry up, man!

Muevete! Move (yourself)!

Callate! Shut up!

Vete a la chingada! Go to hell / Go fuck yourself!
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Oh, great spanish phrases too.
don't forget "No fumar Espanol."
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:45 PM   #13
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I've always thought that learning a bit of the language of the country one is traveling in is the most sincere form of respect you can give to the foreigners you will be interacting with.
Very true, all over the world.
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I wont bore you with details of my mostly failed attempt to learn Spanish via immersion & a school in Oaxaca (good school/very fun stay/too old I think!) but the one I have the most trouble with is FOOD! I have several Spanish books,dictionaries & have done searches before to try for a concise "carry list" to use in a restaurant for supper meal, to no avail . I know some but not all I need. I always see lots of words that just aren't the ones you need to ask or order food. We cook Mexican food @ home often, as in real often but I still see menus with lots of unknown words. In a touristy locale of course there's no problem. Help!
P.S., I definitely don't need a list of beers...
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Last new word I learned down in Latin America was: dolor= pain
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