The more I travel the more I wish I could speak a second language! and it is now a goal of mine to learn to speak Spanish!
Are you booked to head off to South America, Spain or the Caribbean? Then why not learn the basics – it will be a big help!
Where to start?! I personally used an audiobook, my job requires me to travel a lot, so I made the most of this time practising and learning whilst I travelled listening in the car. I would recommend downloading or buying ‘Learn Spanish’ with Paul Noble. I purchased using Amazons Audible service. (£7.99 per month – I redeemed the book and then cancelled the subscription saving myself some money off the rrp) this really helps with the basics and also to teach in a none repetitive way, aiding you to understand and remember not to just learn and repeat.
Also the Google Translate App is a life saver – just remember to download the language you need, so if you have no signal it can still help you out!
If you are more academic once you are a little practised the practice makes perfect – Dorothy Richmond Language have great exercises in, download the basic spanish pdf here for free, or purchase the paperback here.
Some Common Words and Phrases to get you started:
Hola – simply meaning Hello or Hi
Buenos Dias – Good Morning
Buenos Tardes – Good Afternoon
Beunos noches – Good Night
Cómo Estás? – How are you?
Cómo se llama? – What is your name?
De Donde Eres? – Where are you from?
No puedo hablar español – I cannot speak Spanish
Disculpe – Excuse Me
Con Permise – With your permission
Perdon – Pardon
Passe – Pass
Por Favour – Please
Thank you – Gracias
Usted Hablas Ingles? – Do you speak English?
Donde – Where
Como – How
What – Que
Why – Por que
When – Cuando
Donde esta la – Where is the…
Supermercado – Supermarket
Playa – Beach
Aeropuerto – Airport
Restaurante – Restaurant
Estacion de Tren – Train Station
Estacion de Autobuses – Bus Station
Centro de la Ciudad – City Center
Tienes un Mapa – Do you have a map
Ayuda, he perdido a mis amigos – Help I have lost my friends
Ayuda Me han robado – Help I have been robbed
ayuda, Necesito un doctor – Help I need a doctor
Ayuda, Estoy perdido – Help I am lost
llamar a la policía – Call the Police
Es Una Emergencia – It is an Emergency
Estoy enfermo – I am unwell
Cuanto Es – How much does it cost
Eating and Drinking
Tienes un Menu – Do you have a menu
Yo Soy Alergico – I am allergic
Yo Soy Vegetariano – I am vegetarian
Con – With
Sin – Without
Soy Vegano – I am Vegan
Cafe con Leche – Coffee with Milk
Desayuno – Breakfast
Almuerzo – Lunch
La cena – Dinner
Aqua – Water
Comer – To Eat
Beber – To Drink
Para me/Para usted – For me/For you
Salud – Cheers
Hasta Luego – See ya Later
Hasta Manyana – See you Tomorrow
Ciao/Adios – Bye
Good Luck! Love B x