Traveling to a non-English speaking country may seem difficult because of the language barrier. You may not be able to express yourself freely thus, misunderstanding may arise. So, before heading to Spain or other Spanish speaking places, do some research of the most commonly used Spanish words to keep your trip better.
1. Buenas – hello
The word ‘buenas’ means hello. This is very helpful to all travelers while you are talking to the locals. Keep in mind that there are some who understands English but, most of them do not. Using the word ‘buenas’ allows you to have a connection with them. For sure, the locals would be glad to assist you.
2. Gracias – thank you
Once someone does something good to you, it is common courtesy to say ‘thank you’ or ‘gracias’ in Spanish. Upon arriving at the airport, you may meet Spanish people and ask for directions. Uttering a simple ‘gracias’ can enlighten one’s busy day. When eating at restaurants, thank the staff for the great service.
3. Por favor – please
You never know what could go wrong when traveling so, asking for a favor may be your only option left. If you want to request for something, use the word ‘por favor’. It is always pleasing for anyone to hear ‘please’ specially coming from visitors. It is also a sign of respect towards anyone.
4. Dinero – money
Of course, when traveling, money is essential. You use this whenever you need to purchase something from the stores or restaurants. You need to buy tickets for your bus or train transportation. Other than your card, you need to use your money for your necessities. Be mindful as other shops may prefer cash than a card.
5. Mi nombre es – My name is
Spanish people are known to be lovely and friendly to everyone. As travelers, it is expected that you, too, should interact with them to complete your trip in Spain. It is not a challenge to gain a friend in the country. So, if you want to be friends with someone, introduce yourself. It is much better to use their language as you do this.
6. tio/tia – man/woman
When addressing to a man or woman, use tio (man) or tia (woman) as a courtesy. You may use this term to the sellers in the market as a sign of respect, too. Talk to them, who knows you might get discounts, right? Other countries just call someone using the first name of the person while others use general terms such as tio/tia.
7. No entiendo – I don’t understand
When someone is speaking in Spanish to you and you don’t understand, just say ‘no entiendo’. Say this sincerely and politely. For sure, they would help you out to seek someone who could understand English. This is also an indication that there is indeed a language barrier between your conversation.
8. Vale/Bueno – Okay
This is the easiest Spanish word that you can learn. This may just be a simple word but, it impacts a lot signifying that you agree to the matter. Or simply, you are fine with the current situation. The local would definitely be surprised of how you learned this. As simple as it is, saying ‘bueno’ is a good indication of understanding.
9. Mucho gusto – Nice to meet you
When someone has helped you or offered assistance to you, ask for their names. Say ‘Mucho gusto’ when they introduce themselves. Remember, not everyone has the time to get to meet travelers like you. Plus, meeting someone from another country is always a pleasure. This is a great start for beginning a new friendship.
10. No hablo espanol – I don’t speak Spanish
Immediately utter ‘No hablo espanol’ when someone is trying to talk to you in Spanish. Do not let them finish talking because they would end up wasting time talking when you do not understand anything. Simply inform the person respectfully. Be truthful that you don’t speak their language to avoid miscommunication.
Have a good trip and travel!