Having a few Spanish phrases can really make your visits to Spain, and other Spanish speaking countries much more enjoyable.

If you don’t wish to, or you don’t have time to, learn Spanish, a few Spanish phrases can be of immense help. You really should consider buying a good Spanish phrase book.

Here are a few Spanish phrases to get you started.

Meeting – Greeting

Hola – Hello

Buenos días – Good Morning.

Buenas tardes – Good afternoon/evening.

Buenas noches – Good Night.

¿Que tal? – How goes it?

¿Cómo estás? – How are you?

Muy bien, gracias. – Very well, thank you!

¿Cómo te llamas? – What is your name?

Encantado/encantada – Pleased to meet you.

Mucho gusto – Pleased to meet you.

¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from?

Me llamo. . . – My name is. . .

Escriba su nombre – Write your name.

Hasta mañana – Until tomorrow.

Hasta luego – See you later.

Adiós – Goodbye

General Spanish Phrases

Sí. – Yes.

No. – No.

Por favor. – Please!

Gracias. – Thank you!

De nada – You are welcome.

Disculpe. – Excuse me! (to attract attention)

Perdón. – Excuse me! (apologising)

Lo siento. – I’m sorry.

Disculpame – I’m sorry.

No entiendo. – I don’t understand.

No hablo español – I don’t speak Spanish.

¿Habla inglés? – Do you speak English.

¿Habla usted inglés? – Do you speak English?

Hable despacio por favor – Please speak slowly.

¿Cuanto cuesta? – How much is it?

¿Acepta targetas de crédito? – Do you accept credit cards?

La cuenta, por favor – The bill, please.

¿Que es la tasa de cambio? – What is the exchange rate?

¿Donde esta el baño? – Where is the bathroom?

¿Hay habitaciones libres? – Are there any rooms free?

Quiero alquiler un coche. – I want to rent a car.

Ayuda! – Help!

Socorro! – Help! (in an emergency)

¡Es una emergencia! – This is an emergency!

So there are a few Spanish phrases to help you on your travels.

Each time you go abroad, or each time you have the opportunity, try to add one or two new Spanish phrases to your collection. You’ll be amazed at how much they will help you to understand, and to make yourself understood when abroad.