Quiz: Do you Know These Basic Spanish Phrases for Travelers?
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Do you Know These Basic Spanish Phrases for Travelers?
By: John Miller
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"Donde esta el hospital?" That's one phrase we hope you don't need when you're traveling in a foreign country. How much do you know about basic Spanish phrases for travelers?

Buenos dias, or good morning! It's a beautiful day to learn some basic Spanish phrases for your big trip!

Hola! Hola is one of the single most important words in Spanish. It simply means, "hello."

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What's the word for "please"?

"Por favor" is another critical word in Spanish. If you say, "please," you're much more likely to get what you want.

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"You no entiendo," means "I don't understand." This is a good one to memorize from the start, especially if your language skills are terrible.

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If you ask, "donde esta," what are you asking?

"Donde esta" means "where is." So if you're looking for something, such as the restroom, you'd begin a sentence with "Donde esta."

"Habla engles" means, "do you speak English?" If you can consistently find English-speaking natives, you may not have to speak much Spanish.

Here's another basic but critical phrase: "muchas gracias." It means "thank you."

If you ask "tiene," you're asking whether someone has something. Or it can be a directive: Have a burrito, please. "Tiene burrito, por favor."

If you're struggling to understand someone's rapid-fire speaking style, ask them to speak slowly, please. "Hablo despacio por favor."

If you accidentally bump into someone, say, "con permiso." It means "excuse me."

"Como se llama?" This is what you ask when you want to know someone's name.

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What are you asking if you use the question, "a que hora el bar cerca?"

"A que hora el bar cerca?" This is simply asking when the bar closes. Maybe a drink or two will improve your Spanish skills.

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"El bano," or the bathroom is one of your go-to words. So if you need the restroom, you ask, "donde esta el bano?"

"Seniorita! La cuenta, por favor." That means you're asking for the check from your waitress.

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If you want to know how much something costs, what would you ask?

"Cuanto cuesta?" It means, "how much does it cost?"

"Perdone" is one of several ways of saying "excuse me." It means, "pardon me."

If you need a train ask, "un tren?" Hopefully, the person will point you in the direction of the nearest station.

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What will you receive if you ask, "puedo ver el menu?"

You'll want to know the phrase, "puedo ver el menu?" That way you'll be able to see a menu when you're dining. And if you don't know that simple phrase, you may not understand the menu, anyway.

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If you have to use this phrase, what did you lose? "No puedo encontrar mi pasaporte!"

It's one of those things that you hope you never lose while you're traveling abroad: your passport. In that case, you'd say, "No puedo encontrar mi pasaporte!"

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If you're asking for a "hamburguesa," what do you want?

Maybe you're tired of the local delicacies. Sometimes, you just need a hamburger.

Sooner or later, you're going to need a bank while you're traveling. Ask, "un banco," to request the nearest bank.

"Me podria ayudar?" This means, "can you help me?" And if you're lost in a Spanish-speaking country, you may need help now and then.

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What does it mean if someone says, "no funcion!"

It's a phrase that invokes dismay everywhere. "No funcion" means something doesn't work.

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What does it mean if you ask, "puedo conectarme con al internet?"

In this day and age, the Internet is all-pervasive, no matter where you travel. If you need Internet access, ask, "puedo conectarme con al Internet?"

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What are you looking for if you ask, "donde esta la piscina?"

"Donde esta la piscina?" This is the question you'd ask if you're looking for the swimming pool.

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If you're at a restaurant and you ask for "vino blanco," what will you receive?

Feel free to ask for the "vino blanco" if you want white wine. If you prefer red, ask for "vino tinto."

You'll be stuck at the airport now and then. If you need to know what time your flight leaves, you'd ask, "Cuando sale vuelo?"

It's one that you'll want to remember: "repita, por favor." It means "please repeat that."

You need the "metro" for transportation around the city. So "donde esta el metro" is a good way to ask for the location of the subway.

Better to be gracious and on your best behavior when you're traveling. "Lo siento" means "I'm sorry."

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