Spanish Phrases to Master Before Your Next Vacation

April 26, 2022
By Sarah Angela Almaden
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In a blink of an eye, the fresh summer breeze will come knocking at your door and it will make you feel fine. So time to say goodbye to stressful days and hello to sunny mornings, your best source of vitamin D.

If your summer getaway is to a Spanish-speaking place, whether it be in the vibrant Barcelona or the breathtaking Buenos Aires, then you are in for a beautiful retreat under the warm golden sun. Aside from having a bottle of sunscreen on hand, learning and understanding essential Spanish phrases would be very helpful as you go about your Spanish summer holiday.

These basic phrases will not only help you interact with the locals more effectively, but will also make your trip more enjoyable. When you’re connecting with locals in any way, even if you’re speaking in broken sentences, you’re immersed in the language and that is an excellent way to practice and improve your Spanish.

So, while you're on your Spanish vacation, try speaking the language! The locals will appreciate you trying to communicate with them in their language and will be more willing to assist you.

Basic Greetings

It is important to know polite terms when going about your daily activities. A small effort like knowing how to say a simple hola (hello), a polite por favor (please), and a grateful gracias (thank you) can go a long way. With such warm and respectful greetings, you will definitely make new friends who will help to make your trip more special. Who knows, that new friend might even take you around the town's best-hidden gems!

  • Buenos días (bwenos deeyas) – Good morning
  • Buenas tardes (bwenas tardes) – Good afternoon
  • Buenas noches (bwenas nochess) – Good evening

Shopping and At The Restaurant

Shopping is an important part of your summer vacation, isn’t it? When you’re on a trip, you always end up buying something. Whether you're looking for souvenirs at the airport, postcards from a local seller, or simply sampling new foods, there's always a transaction happening. So knowing how to ask how much something costs can be extremely useful.

  • ¿Cuánto cuesta? (kwanto kwesta) – How much does it cost?
  • ¿Puedo pagar con tarjeta? (pwedo pagar con tarheta) – Can I pay with a card?
  • ¿Puedo ver el menú? (pwedo ver el mehnu) – Can I see the menu?
  • Soy vegetariano / vegetariana. (soy vehetaryanoh / vehetaryanah) – I am vegetarian.

Getting Around

When it comes to vacation planning, knowing about your accommodations and modes of transportation is highly essential. It's crucial to know where you'll be staying, whether it's in a hotel, Airbnb, or a B&B because you'll be spending half of your time there. It's also crucial to know how you'll get to your destination, whether it's by bus, train, or plane, so you know what kind of ticket you'll need.

  • ¿Cuánto cuesta el boleto? (kwanto kwesta el boletoh) – How much is the ticket?
  • ¿Que hora es? (keh ora ehs) – What time is it?
  • ¿Me podría ayudar, por favor? (meh podreeyah ayoodar)– Can you help me, please?
  • ¿Dónde está el baño? (dondeh esta el banyoh) – Where is the bathroom?
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