30 Essential Spanish Phrases To Master This Week

We all know how uncomfortable it is to stare blankly at someone after they’ve spoken to you in Spanish and you have no idea what they’re saying. In the meantime, our brains are playing catch-up trying to process and understand each word that was just said to us. A great way to learn languages is to learn phrases as a whole first and then learn the words that make them up. Here’s a short list of thirty (30) phrases that you can try to master this week!

30 Essential Spanish Phrases To Master This Holiday Week
#1 ¡Hola! – Hello
#2 ¡Buenos días! – Good morning!
(BWAY-nos DEE-as)
#3 ¡Buenas tardes! – Good afternoon/good evening!
(BWAY-nas TAR-des)
#4 ¡Buenas noches! – Good night
(BWAY-nas NOH-chays)
#5 ¿Cómo está? – How are you? (formal, to a stranger)
(KOH-moh eh-STAH)
#6 ¿Cómo estás? – How are you? (informal, to someone you know)
(KOH-moh eh-STAHS)
#7 Bien, gracias – I’m fine, thank you.
(bee-EN GRA-thee-as [Spain] / GRA-see-as [Latin America])
#8 Cómo te llamas? – What’s your name?
(KOH-moh te ya-mas?)
#9 Me llamo… – My name is…
(May ya-moh… )
#10 Mucho gusto – Nice to meet you.
(MOO-choh GOO-stoh)
#11 Por favor – please
(por fa-vor)
#12 Gracias – thank you
(GRA-thee-as [Spain] / GRA-see-as [Latin America])
#13 Yo (no) entiendo – I (don’t) understand
(yo no en-tee-EN-doh)
#14 ¿Habla inglés? – Do you speak English?
(Ab-la in-GLAYS)
#15 Yo quiero un menu – I want a menu
(YO kee-EH-ro oon me-noo)
#16 Yo quiero un taxi – I want a taxi
(YO kee-EH-ro oon taxi)
#17 Yo quiero una cerveza – I want a beer
(YO kee-EH-ro oo-na ser-vay-za)
#18 Quisiera … – I would like … (lit. I would want)
#19 ¿Dónde está el baño? – Where is the bathroom?
(DON-day es-tah el BAH-nyo?)
#20 ¿ Dónde está el banco? – Where is the bank?
(DON-day es-tah el BAN-koh?)
#21 ¿ Dónde está la calle [de Alcalá]? – Where is [Alcalá] Street?
(DON-day es-tah la ka-yay de al-cal-AH?)
#22 Disculpe – Excuse me
#23 Con permiso/Perdóname – Excuse me
(Con per-MEE-soh / Per-DOH-nah-may)
#24 Estoy perdido – I’m lost
(eh-stoy per-DEE-doh)
#25 Aqui – here
#26 Allí – there
#27 A la derecha – on the right
(A la de-RE-cha)
#28 A la izquierda – on the left
(A la iz-kee-ER-da)
#29 Derecho – straight ahead
#30 En la esquina – at the corner
(En la es-KEE-nah)

Happy Learning!

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