Living in Houston, I frequently travel to places that predominantly speak Spanish. Coming up in the next few months I am going to Costa Rica, Mexico City and Cabo. All of these are Spanish speaking places, and while you usually meet people who know English here and there it is helpful to have some key phrases and words in your back pocket. Por favor (please) and gracias (thank you) are great, but they can only get you so far.
1. Dónde está? – Where is?
– The Bathroom: El Bano
– The Airport: El Aeropuerto
– The Street: La Calle
– The Beach: La Playa
2. Cómo se dice? – How do you say?
Love this one! I always pick up random items, point and ask “como se dice” I have learned a lot this way. Later on during a trip I have usually picked up a few new words.
3. Cuánto cuesta este – How much does this cost?
If you’re like me shopping is always on the agenda. Being able to ask how much something cost is muy importante (very important).
4. La cuenta, por favor – Check, please!
Whether your wrapping up your poolside charges for the day or finishing up dinner, it is always nice to know how to ask for the check.
5. Una mas cerveza, por favor – One more beer please!
While asking for the check is good, being able to order another beer is even better!
Want to Learn More Spanish?
If you have an upcoming trip and want to brush up our your Spanish even more, I recommend downloading the “Duolingo App” It is a quick and easy way to familiarize yourself with the Basics of Spanish. Have a little down time in the Starbucks line, or while getting a pedicure? These are perfect 10 minute opportunities to practice on your new “Duolingo App”
Other Helpful Words!
Mucho Gusto – Nice to meet you
Salud – Bless you
Me Gustaría – I would like
Helado – Ice cream
Con Hielo – With ice
Buen Viaje Amigos! (Safe Travels Friends)