With America being the melting pot it is, chances are you will run into someone who speaks a language that is different from English. With Mexico right at our border and the rest of Latin America not too far away, Spanish is one of the languages we hear most, second to English. In fact, Spanish is one of the three most-spoken languages in the world. But because of our proximity to Latin American countries and our melting pot nature, knowing a few key Spanish words, expressions and phrases is important information to have in case you ever need to use it — whether you are traveling to Latin America or just have a friendly exchange with a native Spanish speaker.
If you are just starting out in Spanish and do not know much other than ‘Hola’ and ‘Adios,’ taking a beginners Spanish course is your best bet. We offer one for only $10 that is easy and accessible for all types of people who have a common goal of learning Spanish. With this particular course, you will learn the essential linguistic structures of the Spanish language. It’s the perfect option if you will be traveling to a Spanish-speaking in the near future and want to learn the basics.
Think about the expressions you use most on a daily basis. Now try to think of them in Spanish. Expressions and phrases like ‘Hello,’ ‘How are you?’ ‘What is your name?’ ‘Where is the bathroom’ and more are not only important basics to know, but can also help you out if you are in a situation where Spanish is your only option.
Knowing salutations in Spanish is important because it shows you are open and friendly. Even if you are not fluent in Spanish, knowing and understanding how to use these expressions shows that you are learning and making an effort. And when that happens, it gives you an opportunity to make someone’s day a little better. Here are a few common salutations in Spanish that you should memorize:
- Hello: Hola
- Goodbye: Adiós
- Good morning: Buenos días
- Good afternoon: Buenos tardes
- Good evening: Buenos noches
- See you later: Hasta luego
Many of us don’t mean to be rude or even want to be rude. That’s why we have courtesies in our language such as ‘Sorry,’ ‘Excuse me,’ ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you.’ Even if you do not know much Spanish, knowing these little courtesies can go a long way. Like knowing salutations, it shows you are friendly and polite. Here are a few common courtesies in Spanish that you should memorize:
- Sorry: Lo siento
- Please: Por favor
- Thank you: Gracias
- Excuse me: Perdóneme
- How are you?: ¿Cómo está?
- Of course: Por supuesto
Once you have salutations and courtesies memorized and are comfortable using them, the next step is to learn more complicated expressions and phrases that are widely used in everyday life. If you want to jump into the next step and start learning how to communicate better in Spanish, we offer this beginner course, which will help you to become conversational in basic Spanish. The course is designed around a pretend trip to a Spanish-speaking country, so you will learn the key words and expressions used in this type of scenario. The course starts off as if you were in an airport and introduces you to important expressions you would need in that situation. Additionally, it will teach you what words, phrases and expressions to use when you meet people, make purchases, getting directions, telling someone what you need or want and more. It is also important that you are learning Spanish in a way that is natural and organic for you in order to make the entire experience not only educational, but fun.
Explaining Your Language Barrier
If you are just starting out in Spanish, you will need to be able to explain that you are learning the language, but are not an expert quite yet. It will help with communication if the person you are speaking to knows you are not familiar with the language so they can better help you. Here are a few examples of ways you can communicate:
- I do not understand: No entiendo
- I do not speak Spanish: No hablo Español
- Please repeat it: Repítalo, por favor
- What does this word mean?: ¿Qué significa esta palabra?
‘Dónde estar’ is possibly the most important phrase you will need to know when it comes to getting around. It simply means, ‘Where is…’ If you happen to be lost or turned around in a Spanish-speaking area, this expression will help you immensely. You just need to know what to pair it with. Here are some examples where you may need to use ‘ Dónde estar’:
- Where is the bathroom?: Dónde esta el bano?
- Where are we?: ¿Dónde estamos?
- Where is the restaurant?: ¿Dónde esta el restaurante?
- Where can I find…?: ¿Dónde puedo encontrar…?
- Where is the bus?: ¿Dónde esta el autobús?
- Where is the hotel?: ¿Dónde esta el hotel?
It is one thing to know what these words and expressions mean, but just as important is knowing how to pronounce them. Obviously, Spanish is different from English, so it requires very different pronunciation. If you can learn proper pronunciation in addition to these words and expressions, it will be much easier for you to communicate with native Spanish speakers, as well as become more successful with learning the language.
To help with your pronunciation, we offer this course that goes into more than just the words. In it, you will learn in depth about phonetics, grammar, semantic, context, goals, strategies and even body language when it comes to speaking in Spanish. All of these attributes add up to successful conversations in Spanish.