Spanish 1 For Travel

Spanish polite phrases & greetings…

Alhambra @ Granada, Spain

Travelers visiting Spain can learn and practice 11+ essential Spanish words and phrases here. We’ve posted the first 11 below.
Listen.
Record yourself.
Play back and compare.
(See more “Learn and Practice Tips” below!)

The First 11 Spanish Phrases

Learn and Practice Tips

  • Click the black arrow to hear the Spanish speaker.
  • Click the red dot once to record yourself, click the black square to stop recording.
  • When you click the black arrow again, you’ll hear the speaker and then yourself.
  • Do it several times until you sound like the Spanish speaker.
  • Then “Choose a Study Mode” and test yourself with one of the Quizlet games! (You may need to adjust your Options with the top right icon .)

Why learn these phrases?

Whenever you travel to a country where you don’t speak the language, you’ll encounter situations when these words will be useful. 
Let’s say you’ve ordered your first meal in a restaurant in Spain and as the waiter serves you, you say “Gracias”.
Even if the waiter knows that you don’t speak Spanish, your effort may make him smile.
And beyond “Please” and “Thank you”, basic greetings really are the staple of first words you should know in any country you visit.
We’ll end with asking whether your conversation partner speaks any of the languages you (may) speak. The phrases below are used in Spain. Using them in other Spanish-speaking countries will certainly make you understood.)

Walking in the country side…

While there’ll be many opportunities to use basic greetings in Spanish cities, knowing them when you’re outside of a city is even more important.
Being a visitor in Spain will make you much more welcome when you make the effort to greet people in Spanish.

The next 12 Spanish Phrases

In the next installment – Spanish 2 For Travel – you’ll learn to ask where the bathroom is, and where the train and metro stations, a bank, a pharmacy etc. are located.

Author: Peter Rettig

Peter F. Rettig's interest in languages began while working in Switzerland, where he became fluent in French. In his third career, he started GamesforLanguage.com and - as a language lover and traveler later in life - Lingo-Late with his wife, Ulrike.

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