Need to know in Spanish

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When I first visited Spain I barely spoke the Spanish language. I could ask where the toilet was, but I couldn’t understand the answer. So for you fellow travelers to Spain or South America, I wrote this handy guide for making your time in Spanish countries easier.


General Spanish

Good morning or good day – Buenos días
Good afternoon – Buenas tardes
Hello – Hola
Bye – Adios
Good evening – Buenas noches
Sir, madam – Señor, señora
Thank you – Gracías
Please – Por favor
You’re welcome – De nada
I am – Soy
My name is – Me llamo
Welcome – Bienvenidos
Nice to meet you – Encantado de conocerle
How are you doing – Cómo está



A room – Una habitacion
Single – Individual
Double – Doble
Reservation – Reservación
Open – Abierto
Closed – Cerrado



I want – Quería
For me – Para mi
Beer – Cerveza
Red/White wine – Vino tinto/blanco
That’s all – Es todo
The bill –  La cuenta
How much – Cuánto cuesta
Pay – Pagar
By card – Con tarjeta
Cash – Con efectivo



Where is – De donde es
Left – Izquerda
Right – Derecha
Next to – Al lado de
In front of – Enfrente de
Behind – Detrás
Street – Calle


The doctor

What is the matter? – Que te pasa?
Can you call me a doctor? – Me puede llamar a un médico?
I don’t feel so good – No me encuentro bien
I am sick – Estoy enfermo
It hurts here – Me duele aqui
I am nauseous – Estoy mareado
I use medicines – Tomo medicamentos
Do I have to come back? – Tengo que volver?
I have been stung/bitten – Me han pinchado/mordido
Is it serious? – Es grave?


Of course, this is just the beginning in Spanish. If you are going to a Spanish country you’ll need a much bigger vocabulary but this small guide will get you started. Because, in these countries, the locals barely speak English. You will get around with a lot of gestures and a little bit of talking with your hands. But for some things, a little knowledge of the Spanish language could be helpful!

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