¿Hablas Español?


Here are a few Spanish phrases that may come in useful. I am sure we will have a few fluent people with us on the rally but it’s always good to know a few basics yourself.

Hi – Hola (oh  lah)

Good morning – Buenos días (bway nos  dee ahs)

Good afternoon – Buenas tardes (bway nahs  tar days)

Good evening – Buenas noches (bway nahs  noh chayss)

How are you? – ¿Cómo está? (coh moh  es tah) or ¿Cómo estás? (coh moh  es tahs) ifyou already know the person. If you are feeling brave enough to reply try “bien, gracias” (bee ayn, grah cee ahs) Good thanks.

Please – Por favor (por  fah vohr)

Thank-you – Gracias (grah cee ahs)

My favourite phrase – ¿Habla inglés? (ahblah  een glays)? – Do you speak English?

I want, I don’t want – Yo quiero, yo no quiero (yoh  kee ayr oh,  yoh noh  kee ayr oh)

I would like (more polite) – Me gustaría (may goo stah ree ah)

Where is – ¿Dónde está? (dohn des tah)

How much does it cost – ¿Cuánto cuesta? (cwahn toh cways tah)?

What time is it? – ¿Qué hora es? (kay orah ess)?

Do you have? – ¿Tiene? (tee ayn ay)?

I have, I don’t have – Yo tengo, yo no tengo (yoh  tayn goh,  yoh  noh tayn goh)

I understand, I don’t understand – Yo entiendo, yo no entiendo (yoh  ayn tee ayn doh,  yoh  noh ayn tee ayn doh)

Do you understand? – ¿Entiende? (ayn tee ayn day)?

If you stop and ask for directions:

Right – A la derecha ( a  lah day ray chah)

Left – A la izquierda (ah  lah eez kee ayr dah)

Straight ahead – Derecho (Day ray choh)

At the corner – En la esquina (a lah ays kee nah)

The street  – La calle (lah cah yay)

Stopping for a drink or something to eat?

A table – Una mesa (oona may sah)

A table for two, three, four – Una mesa para dos tres, cuatro (oona may sah pah rah dohss, trays, kwah troh)

A menu – Un menú (oon may noo)

Soup – Sopa (soh pah)

Salad – Ensalada (ayn sah lah dah)

Hamburger (Another necessity!) – Hamburguesa (ahm boor gay sah)

With ketchup, mustard, tomato, lettuce – Con salsa de tomate, mostaza, tomate, lechuga – ( cohn sahl sah day toh mah tay, mohs tah sah, toh mah tay, lay choo gah)

An appetizer – Una entrada (oona ayn trah dah)

Dessert – Un postre (oon pohs tray)

A drink – Una bebida (oona bay bee dah)

Water – Agua (ah gwah)

Red wine, white whine – Vino tinto (vee noh teen toh), vino blanco (vee noh blahn coh)

Beer – Cerveza (sayr vay sah)

Coffee – Un café (oon cah fay)

Calling a waiter or waitress  – ¡Señor! or ¡Señorita! (say nyor, say nyor eetah)

The check – La cuenta (lah cwayn tah)

Finally, just in case you have any car issues and need help.

My car doesn’t start. – Mi coche no arranca.

Our car broke down. – Nuestro coche se descompuso.

I’ve locked the keys inside.  –Dejé las llaves dentro del coche.  (this ones for you JC)

The battery died – la batería se agotó.

I have a flat tyre – Tengo una llanta ponchada./Se me ponchó una llanta.

My wipers won’t work. – ¿Mis limpia-parabrisas/limpiadores no sirven.

How long can I park here? – ¿Cuánto tiempo puedo estacionarme aquí?

Is there a garage/mechanic nearby? – ¿Hay un mecánico cerca de aquí?

Can you fix it? – ¿Puede arreglarlo?

How long will it take? – ¿Cuánto tardará?

How much does this part cost? – ¿Cuánto cuesta esa refacción?

We do have over 700 miles to drive in France, take a look at lasts year blog post for some useful French phrases compiled by Waheeza.

French Phrases






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