Useful Spanish Phrases

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SPANISH is a wonderful language to learn. It is also handy since more than 320 million people worldwide are native speakers of the Spanish language – that is, it is their first language. Almost 200 million more people have made Spanish their second language.

But if you need some quick useful Spanish phrases under your belt, here is a list to get you started.

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Useful Spanish Phrases

EnglishSpanish
HelloHola
Good morning/good dayBuenos días
Good afternoonBuenas tardes
Good nightBuenas noches
My name isYo me llamo or just me llamo
Excuse me Perdón or con permiso or just permiso
PleasePor favor
I don't understandNo comprendo or no entiendo
I don't speak spanishNo hablo Español
Do you speak English? ¿Habla inglés?
I'm lostEstoy perdido
Can you help me, please?¿Me puede ayudar, por favor? or ¿Puede ayudarme, por favor?
I am from . . . Yo soy de . . .
I would like . . . Me gustaría . . .
I am hungryTengo hambre
I am thirstyTengo sed
Yes
No
No
Pleased to meet youEncantado de conocerle
Where is . . . ?¿Donde esta . . . ?
the hotelel hotel
the bathroomel baño
the (train) stationla estación
the restaurantel restaurante
the storela tienda or el almacén
How much does this cost? ¿Cuánto cuesta?
Thank youGracias
GoodbyeAdiós

How Do You Say You’re Welcome in Spanish?

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WHEN someone says to you thank you in Spanish, do you know how to respond? Here is how to say you’re welcome in Spanish.

There are several ways to respond to someone’s thanks. You can say very simply De nada. Pronounced deh nah-dah, the Spanish phrase translates literally into of nothing, so it is like saying, It was nothing.

Another way is to say No hay de qué (pronounced noh eye deh keh). This phrase roughly translates into don’t mention it.

You can say you’re welcome in Spanish by saying that whatever it is you are being thanked for was your pleasure to do. There are several ways to express this: Con gusto, con mucho gusto, mi placer or el placer es mío. These are all ways of saying it was my pleasure. Con gusto (pronounced kohn goo-stoh) literally stands for with pleasure. Mi placer (mee plah-ser) means my pleasure and el placer es mío means the pleasure is mine.

A perhaps old-fashioned or formal way is to say A la orden. It means at your service.

Check out some more useful Spanish phrases here.


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How Do You Say I Miss You in Spanish?

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SO your Spanish sweetheart is away visiting family in her home land? You miss her, of course, but how do you let her know? Learn how to tell her I miss you in Spanish.

It’s easy. Say Te extraño. Pronounced teh ex-trahn-nyo, te stands for you and extraño for first person of the verb extrañar, the infinitive form of the verb meaning to miss.

If you miss her very much, and I’m sure you do, you could add the word mucho (pronounced moo-choh) to the phrase – Te extraño mucho. I miss you very much.

Extrañar, by the way, also means to surprise, to wonder, as in That surprises me – Eso me extraña.

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Now that you know how to say I miss you in Spanish, brush up on some lovey things to say when she gets back. See how to say I love you in Spanish and Spanish love phrases.

How Do You Say Good Luck in Spanish?

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WISHING someone good luck is as common in Spanish as it is in English. If you wanted to wish a Spanish-speaking friend well, here is how you would say good luck in Spanishbuena suerte.

Pronounced bweh-nah swer-teh, buena means good and suerte means luck, so this Spanish phrase is a straightforward translation. Or you could just simply say, with enthusiasm, ¡Suerte!

Luck, not surprisingly, figures into many other Spanish expressions.

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If you were having a bit of bad luck, you express that with the phrase mala suerte (pronounced mah-lah swer-teh). If you were down on your luck, you could say estoy de mala racha (pronounced eh-stoy deh mah-lah rah-cha). Racha stands for a gust of wind, but also a series or run, so that a this word is used in a similar expression, losing streak – racha perdedora (rah-cha per-deh-doh-rah).

A good luck charm is an amuleto de buena (pronounced ah-moo-leh-toh deh bweh-nah) or amuleto de la suerte (pronounced ah-moo-leh-toh deh lah swer-teh).

A stroke of luck is un golpe de suerte (pronounced oon gohl-peh deh swer-teh).

You have all the luck? You can then boast, Tengo toda la suerte (I have all the luck – pronounced tehn-goh toh-da lah swer-teh).

Now you know how to say good luck in Spanish. Learn how to say more words and phrases in Spanish.