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Learn it from a book: 27 must-have Spanish Phrases

Key Spanish phrases to make your stay in Spain totally seamless.

If you want to make the most of your travels, there really is no better way to get closer to the local culture than learning at least a little of the mother tongue. You’d be amazed at how your welcome is even warmer when you’ve made a bit of effort.

Take hapless Spanish waiter, Manuel, of Fawlty Towers fame. ‘I speak English! I learn it from a book!’ Who could resist his adorable enthusiasm? Or at least admire his incredible gusto?

So why not follow his example and make sure you’re well-prepared to visit any Spanish-speaking countries? To make communicating in Spanish a little bit easier, Booking.com has worked with locals to come up with a list of language essentials. Before you start on your next adventure, take the time to practise some of these key words and phrases in your destination’s local language.

Learning some key Spansh phrases will make navigating your new city a breeze

Learning some key Spansh phrases will make navigating your new city a breeze

Greetings
Hola Hello
Adiós Goodbye
¿Qué tal? How are you?
Muy bien, gracias Fine, thanks
Gracias Thank you
Por favor Please
Questions
¿Me puede ayudar? Can you help me?
¿Dónde está el baño? Where is the toilet?
¿Cuánto es? How much is it?
¿Me puede traer la cuenta? May I have the bill?
¿Habla inglés? Do you speak English?
Learning key food-related phrases can take the stress out of ordering at bars and restaurants

Learning key food-related phrases can take the stress out of ordering at bars and restaurants

Food & Drinks
Me gustaría tomar una cerveza I’d like to have a beer
Me gustaría tomar un vaso de vino I'd like to have a glass of wine
Me gustaría tomar agua I'd like to have water
Quiero tomar un café, por favor I’ll have a coffee, please
Quiero tomar un té, por favor I'll have a tea, please
Me gustaría tomar agua I'd like to have water
Soy vegetariano(a) I’m vegetarian (masculine/feminine)
Soy alérgico(a) al marisco I’m allergic to seafood (masculine/feminine)
Soy alérgico(a) a los frutos secos I’m allergic to nuts (masculine/feminine)
Soy alérgico(a) al huevo I’m allergic to eggs (masculine/feminine)
Soy intolerante a la lactosa I’m lactose intolerant
Soy celíaco(a) I’m gluten intolerant (masculine/feminine)
Directions
¿Dónde está la estación de tren? Where is the train station?
¿Dónde está la estación de autobús? Where is the bus station?
¿Cómo puedo llegar al centro? How can I get the city center?
¿Está lejos? Is it far away?
Emergency
¡Ayuda! Help!
Necesito un médico urgentemente I need a doctor urgently

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