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We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest you to start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.
Getting used to pronounce words out loud, numbers for exemple, is an easy exercise that you can practice often and at anytime throughout the day.
It will help you to get used to the sounds of your chosen language and thus make it more familiar.
And once your vacation begins, in Spain, Argentina or in another Spanish-speaking country, you will be surprised how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.
Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It enables you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.
17 themes
17 themes

Essentials

Essentials
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Hello
Buenos días
Good evening
Buenas tardes
Goodbye
Adiós
See you later
Hasta Luego
Yes

No
No
Excuse me!
Por favor!
Thanks
Gracias
Thanks a lot
¡Muchas gracias!
Thank you for your help
Gracias por su ayuda
Don't mention it
De nada
Ok
De acuerdo
How much is it?
¿Cuánto cuesta?
Sorry!
¡Discúlpeme!
I don't understand
No comprendo
I get it
Comprendí
I don't know
No sé
Forbidden
Prohibido
Excuse me, where are the toilets?
¿Dónde están los baños?
Happy New Year!
¡Feliz año nuevo!
Happy birthday!
¡Feliz cumpleaños!
Happy holiday!
¡Felices fiestas!
Congratulations!
¡Felicidades!



Conversation

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Hello. How are you?
¿Buenos días. Cómo estás?
Hello. I'm fine, thank you
Buenos días. Muy bien, gracias
Do you speak Spanish?
¿Hablas español?
No, I don't speak Spanish
No, no hablo español
Only a little bit
Sólo un poco
Where do you come from?
¿De qué país eres?
What is your nationality?
¿Cual es tu nacionalidad?
I am Spanish
Soy español
I am Spanish
Soy española
And you, do you live here?
¿Y tú, vives aquí?
Yes, I live here
Sí, vivo aquí
My name is Sarah, what's your name?
¿Yo me llamo Zara, y tu?
Julian
Juli?n
What are you doing here?
¿Qué estás haciendo aquí?
I am on holiday
Estoy de vacaciones
We are on holiday
Estamos de vacaciones
I am on a business trip
Estoy en viaje de trabajo
I work here
Trabajo aquí
We work here
Trabajamos aquí
Where are the good places to go out and eat?
¿Cuáles son los buenos lugares para comer?
Is there a museum in the neighbourhood?
¿Hay algún museo en el barrio?
Where could I get an internet connection?
¿Dónde puedo conseguir una conexión a internet?



Learning

Learning
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Do you want to learn a few words?
¿Quieres aprender algunas palabras?
Yes, sure!
¡Sí!
What's this called?
¿Cómo se llama esto?
It's a table
Es una mesa
A table. Do you understand?
Una mesa, ¿comprendes?
I don't understand
No comprendo
Can you repeat please?
Puedes repetir, por favor
Can you talk a bit more slowly, please ?
¿Podrías hablar más despacio? por favor
Could you write it down, please?
¿Podrías escribir lo? por favor
I get it
Comprendí



Colours

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I like the colour of this table
Me gusta el color de esta mesa
It's red
Es rojo
Blue
Azul
Yellow
Amarillo
White
Blanco
Black
Negro
Green
Verde
Orange
Naranja
Purple
Violeta
Grey
Gris



Numbers

Numbers
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Zero
Cero
One
Uno
Two
Dos
Three
Tres
Four
Cuatro
Five
Cinco
Six
Seis
Seven
Siete
Eight
Ocho
Nine
Nueve
Ten
Diez
Eleven
Once
Twelve
Doce
Thirteen
Trece
Fourteen
Catorce
Fifteen
Quince
Sixteen
Dieciseis
Seventeen
Diecisiete
Eighteen
Dieciocho
Nineteen
Diecinueve
Twenty
Veinte
Twenty-one
Veintiuno
Twenty-two
Veintidos
Twenty-three
Veintres
Twenty-four
Veinticuatro
Twenty-five
Veinticinco
Twenty-six
Veintiseis
Twenty-seven
Veintisiete
Twenty-eight
Veintiocho
Twenty-nine
Veintinueve
Thirty
Treinta
Thirty-one
Treinta y uno
Thirty-two
Treinta y dos
Thirty-three
Treinta y tres
Thirty-four
Treinta y cuatro
Thirty-five
Treinta y cinco
Thirty-six
Treinta y seis
Forty
Cuarenta
Fifty
Cincuenta
Sixty
Sesenta
Seventy
Setenta
Eighty
Ochenta
Ninety
Noventa
One hundred
Cien
A hundred and five
Ciento cinco
Two hundred
Doscientos
Three hundred
Trecientos
Four hundred
Cuatrocientos
A thousand
Mil
A thousand five hundred
Mil quinientos
Two thousand
Dos mil
Ten thousand
Diez mil



Time tracking

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When did you get here?
¿Cuándo llegaste aquí?
Today
Hoy
Yesterday
Ayer
Two days ago
Hace dos días
How long are you staying for?
¿Cuánto tiempo piensas quedarte?
I'm leaving tomorrow
Me voy mañana
I'll be leaving the day after tomorrow
Me voy pasado mañana
I'll be leaving in three days
Dentro de tres días
Monday
Lunes
Tuesday
Martes
Wednesday
Miércoles
Thursday
Jueves
Friday
Viernes
Saturday
Sábado
Sunday
Domingo
January
Enero
February
Febrero
March
Marzo
April
Abril
May
Mayo
June
Junio
July
Julio
August
Agosto
September
Septiembre
October
Octubre
November
Noviembre
December
Diciembre
What time are you leaving at?
¿A qué hora te vas ?
Morning, at eight o'clock
A las ocho de la mañana
Morning, at a quarter past 8
Por la mañana a las ocho y cuarto
Morning, at half past 8
Por la mañana a las ocho y media
Morning, at a quarter to nine
Por la mañana a las nueve menos cuarto
Evening, at 6pm
A las seis de la tarde
I am late
Llego tarde



Taxi

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Taxi! 
¡Taxi!
Where would you like to go?
¿A dónde quiere ir?
I'm going to the train station
Voy a la estación
I'm going to the Day and Night Hotel
Voy al hotel Día y Noche
Can you take me to the airport, please?
¿Me puede llevar al aeropuerto? Por favor
Can you take my luggage?
¿Puede cargar mi equipaje? Por favor
Is it far from here?
¿Está lejos de aquí?
No it's close
No, es al lado
Yes it's a little bit further away
Sí, está un poco más lejos
How much will it be?
¿Cuánto va a costar?
Take me there, please
Lleveme aquí, por favor
You go right
Es a la derecha
You go left
Es a la izquierda
It's straight on
Siga derecho
It's right here
Es aquí
It's that way
Están por allí
Stop!
¡Pare!
Take your time
Tómese su tienpo
Can I have a receipt, please?
¿Me puede dar un recibo? Por favor



Feelings

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I really like your country
Me encanta tu país
I love you
Te quiero
I love you
Te amo
I am happy
Soy feliz
I am sad
Estoy triste
I feel great here
Me siento muy bien aquí
I am cold
Tengo frío
I am hot
Tengo calor
It's too big
Es demasiado grande
It's too small
Es demasiado pequeño
It's perfect
Está perfecto
Do you want to go out tonight?
¿Quieres salir esta noche?
I would like to go out tonight
Me gustaría salir esta noche
It is a good idea
Es una buena idea
I want to have fun
Me gustaría divertirme
It is not a good idea
No es una buena idea
I don't want to go out tonight
No quiero salir esta noche
I want to rest
Me gustaría descansar
Would you like to do some sport?
¿Quíeres hacer deporte?
Yes, I need to relax
Sí, necesito desahogarme
I play tennis
Juego al tenis
No thanks. I am tired already
No gracias, estoy cansado



Family

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Do you have family here?
¿Tienes familiares aquí?
My father
Mi padre
My mother
mi madre
My son
MI hijo
My daughter
Mi hija
A brother
Mi hermano
a sister
Mi hermana
a friend
Mi amigo
a friend
Mi amiga
My boyfriend
Mi novio
My girlfriend
Mi novia
My husband
Mi esposo
My wife
Mi esposa



Bar

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The bar
El bar
Would you like to have a drink?
¿Deseas beber algo?
To drink
Beber
Glass
Vaso
With pleasure
Sí, gracias
What would you like?
¿Qué tomas?
What's on offer?
¿Qué tienes para ofrecerme?
There is water or fruit juices
Hay agua o zumo de frutas
Water
Agua
Can you add some ice cubes, please?
¿Me puedes poner un poco de hielo?, por favor
Ice cubes
Hielo
Chocolate
Chocolate
Milk
Leche
Tea

Coffee
Café
With sugar
Con azúcar
With cream
Con leche
Wine
Vino
Beer
Cerveza
A tea please
Un té por favor
A beer please
Una cerveza, por favor
What would you like to drink?
¿Qué desea beber?
Two teas please!
¡Dos tés por favor!
Two beers please!
Dos cervezas, por favor
Nothing, thanks
Nada, gracias
Cheers!
¡Salud!
Cheers!
¡Salud!
Can we have the bill please?
¡La cuenta, por favor!
Excuse me, how much do I owe?
¿Qué le debo, por favor?
Twenty euros
Veinte euros
It's on me
Yo pago



Restaurant

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The restaurant
El restaurante
Would you like to eat?
¿Quieres comer?
To eat
Comer
Where can we eat?
¿Dónde podemos comer?
Where can we have lunch?
¿Dónde podemos almorzar?
Dinner
Cenar
Breakfast
Desayuno
Excuse me!
¡Por favor!
The menu, please
¡El menú, por favor!
Here is the menu
¡Aquí está el menú!
What do you prefer to eat? Meat or fish?
¿Qué prefieres comer? ¿Carne o pescado?
With rice
Con arroz
With pasta
Con pasta
Potatoes
Patatas
Vegetables
Verduras
Scrambled eggs - fried eggs - or a boiled egg
Huevos revueltos, fritos o pasados por agua
Bread
Pan
Butter
Mantequilla
Salad
Una ensalada
Dessert
Un postre
Fruit
Frutas
Can I have a knife, please?
¿Me puedes dar un cuchillo?, por favor
Yes, I'll bring it to you right away
Sí, se lo traigo enseguida
a knife
Un cuchillo
a fork
Un tenedor
a spoon
Una cuchara
Is it a warm dish?
¿Es un plato caliente?
Yes, very hot also!
¡Sí, y pícante!
Warm
Caliente
Cold
Frío
Hot
Pícante
I'll have fish
Voy a comer pescado
Me too
Yo también



Parting

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It's late, I have to go!
¡Ya es tarde, debo irme!
Shall we meet again?
¿Podemos volver a vernos?
Yes with pleasure
Sí, por supuesto
This is my address
Vivo en esta dirección
Do you have a phone number?
¿Me das tu número de teléfono?
Yes here you go
Sí, aquí lo tienes
I had a lovely time
Me lo he pasado muy bien contigo
Me too, it was a pleasure to meet you
Para mi, también ha sido un placer
We will see each other soon
Nos vemos pronto
I hope so too
Eso espero
Goodbye
¡Adios!
See you tomorrow
Hasta mañana
Bye!
¡Adios!



Transportation

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Excuse me! I'm looking for the bus stop
Discúlpeme, estoy buscando la parada de autobús
How much is a ticket to Sun City? 
¿Cuánto cuesta un billete hasta Ciudad del Sol?
Where does this train go, please? 
¿Hacia dónde va este tren, por favor?
Does this train stop at Sun City? 
¿Este tren para en Ciudad del Sol?
When does the train for Sun City leave? 
¿Cuando sale el tren para Ciudad del Sol?
When will this train arrive in Sun City? 
¿A qué hora llega este tren a Ciudad del Sol?
A ticket for Sun City, please
Un billete para La ciudad del sol por favor
Do you have the train's time table?
¿Tiene los horarios de tren?
Bus schedule
Los horarios de autobuses
Excuse me, which train goes to Sun City?
¿Cuál es el tren que va hacia Ciudad del sol por favor?
This one
Es este
Thanks
Gracias
Don't mention it, have a good trip!
De nada. ¡Buen viaje!
The garage
El garage de reparación
The petrol station
La estación de servicio
A full tank, please
Lleno, por favor
Bike
Bicicleta
Town centre
El centro
Suburb
El suburbio
It is a city
Es una ciudad grande
It is a village
Es un pueblo
A mountain
Una montaña
a lake
Un lago
The countryside
El campo



Looking for someone

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Excuse me, is Sarah here?
¿Está Sara por favor?
Yes, she's here
Si, está aquí
She's out
Salió
She's out
Ha salido
You can call her on her mobile phone
La puede llamar a su móvil
Do you know where I could find her?
¿Sabe dónde puedo encontrarla?
She is at work
Está en el trabajo
She is at home
Está en su casa
Excuse me, is Julien here?
¿Perdón, está Julián?
Yes, he's here
Si, está aquí
He's out
Salió
Do you know where I could find him?
¿Sabe dónde puedo encontrarlo?
You can call him on his mobile phone
Le puede llamar a su teléfono móvil
He is at work
Está en el trabajo
He is at home
Está en su casa



Hotel

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The hotel
El hotel
Apartment
Apartamento
Welcome!
¡Bienvenido!
Do you have a room available?
¿Tiene alguna habitación disponible?
Is there a bathroom in the room?
¿Hay baño en la habitación?
Would you prefer two single beds?
¿Prefiere dos camas sencillas?
Do you wish to have a twin room?
¿Quiere una habitación doble?
A room with bathtub - with balcony - with shower
Una habitación con baño - con balcón - con ducha
Bed and breakfast
habitación con desayuno
How much is it for a night?
¿Cuál es el precio por cada noche?
I would like to see the room first
Me gustaría ver primero la habitación
Yes, of course
Claro, por supuesto
Thank you, the room is very nice
Gracias, la habitación está muy bien
OK, can I reserve for tonight?
Está bien, puedo hacer una reserva para esta noche?
It's a bit too much for me, thank you
Es un poco caro para mi, gracias
Could you take care of my luggage, please?
¿Podría cuidar mi equipaje?, por favor
Where is my room, please?
¿Dónde está mi habitación?, por favor
It is on the first floor
Está en el primer piso
Is there a lift?
¿Hay ascensor?
The elevator is on your left
El ascensor está a su izquierda
The elevator is on your right
El ascensor está a su derecha
Where is the laundry room, please?
¿Dónde está la lavandería?
It is on the ground floor
Está en la planta baja
Ground floor
Planta baja
Bedroom
Habitación
Dry cleaner's
Lavandería
Hair salon
Peluquería
Car parking space
Estacionamiento
Let's meet in the meeting room?
¿Nos encontramos en la sala de reuniones?
Meeting room
La sala de reuniones
The swimming pool is heated
La pisicina está climatizada
Swimming pool
La piscina
Please, wake me up at seven a.m.
Por favor, ¿me podría despertar a las siete de la mañana?
The key, please
La llave, por favor
The pass, please
La tarjeta magnética, por favor
Are there any messages for me?
¿Hay mensajes para mi?
Yes, here you are
Sí, aquí los tiene
No, we didn't receive anything for you
No, no ha recibido nada
Where can I get some change?
¿Dónde puedo conseguir cambio?
Please can you give me some change?
¿Me podría dar cambio?, por favor
We can make some for you, how much would you like?
Sí algo, ¿cuánto quiere?



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The beach
La playa
Do you know where I can buy a ball?
¿Dónde puedo comprar un balón?
There is a store in this direction
Hay una tienda es esta dirección
a ball
Un balón
Binoculars
Prismáticos
a cap
Una gorra
a towel
Una toalla
Sandals
Sandalias
a bucket
Un cubo
Suntan lotion
Loción bronceadora
Swimming trunks
Traje de baño
Sunglasses
Gafas de sol
Shellfish
Marisco
Sunbathing
Tomar un bañu del sol
Sunny
Soleado
Sunset
Puesta de sol
Parasol
Parasol
Sun
Sol
Sunstroke
Insolación
Is it dangerous to swim here?
¿Es peligroso nadar aquí?
No, it is not dangerous
No, no es peligroso
Yes, it is forbidden to swim here
Sí, está prohibido nada aquí
Swim
Nadar
Swimming
Natación
Wave
Ola
Sea
Mar
Dune
Duna
Sand
Arena
What is the weather forecast for tomorrow?
¿Qué tiempo hará mañana?
The weather is going to change
El tiempo va a cambiar
It is going to rain
Va a llover
It will be sunny
Va a hacer sol
It will be very windy
Habrá mucho viento
Swimming suit
Traje de baño
Sunshade
Sombra



In case of trouble

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Can you help me, please?
¿Podría ayudarme?, por favor
I'm lost
Estoy perdido
What would you like?
¿Qué desea?
What happened?
¿Qué pasó?
Where could I find an interpreter?
¿Dónde puedo conseguir un intérprete?
Where is the nearest chemist's shop?
¿Dónde está la farmacia más cercana?
Can you call a doctor, please
¿Puede llamar a un doctor?, por favor
Which kind of treatment are you undergoing at the moment?
¿Qué tipo de tratamiento tiene actualmente?
a hospital
Un hospital
a chemist's
Una farmacia
a doctor
Un doctor
Medical department
Departamento médico
I lost my papers
He perdido mis documentos
My papers have been stolen
Me robaron mis documentos
Lost-property office
Oficina de objetos perdidos
First-aid station
Primeros auxilios
Emergency exit
Salida de emergencia
The police
La Policía
Papers
Papeles
Money
Dinero
Passport
Pasaporte
Luggage
Maletas
I'm ok, thanks
Está bien así, no gracias
Leave me alone!
¡Déjeme tranquilo!
Go away!
¡Váyase!



Why speak Spanish while traveling?

Castilian is the third most spoken language in the world

And consequently one of the most used in business and in international communication, being spoken as much in Europe as in Africa, in the Americas as in Asia. 
Spoken by more than 550 million people, of which nearly 470 million are native speakers. It is the official language of 25 countries, 19 of which are in America: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. This is why it is not surprising that this language is a symbol of a globalized world.

A way into different cultures

The ethnic diversity of Spanish speakers is a plus for all who learn this language, as this learning opens up to a world of multiple cultures from which the gourmet gastronomy and the great literary works of authors such as Pablo Neruda (Chile), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia) and Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru), all Nobel Prize laureates, are examples. 
Beyond this rich and global culture, speaking this language opens the doors to all kinds of business around the world. After all, Spain is the ninth largest global economy and the United States has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world with no less than 53 million people. Expanding economic markets in South and Central America are another good reason to begin to memorize business vocabulary and advance your career.

How to start ?

There are no good or bad techniques when you start learning a language by yourself : in essence, you need to trust yourself and let your instinct for discovery guide you through the learning process. The only thing you should never do is to lose sight of what motivated you to speak it: the desire to read Miguel de Cervantes or one of the eleven Spanish-speaking Nobel Prizes in literature in the original version, the crazy love that you fell for Enrico Macias or for the Barça team, the desire to settle in Barcelona, ​​Madrid or in Latin America… Whatever it may be, keep this in mind and direct your beginner lessons around it as much as possible, so that your energy will stay intact.

If it's free, will it really be serious?

If you have an Internet connection, you have a world of learning possibilities. Actually, there are very good free websites dedicated to teaching almost every language in the world — and you will find for Spanish many good resources to help beginners take their first steps. We particularly recommend this site, very rich and interesting:Veinte Mundos . So save your money for later, when you will want to move on to a higher level.

Make a success of your stay in a Spanish-speaking country

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly more willing to help.

How to succeed in having good pronunciation within a week to a month?

You can get by learning the alphabet and some rules

If you learn to pronounce correctly all the letters of the alphabet and memorize the 3 essential rules to place thetonic accent correctly, then you will quickly have an adequate accent.  
1. All letters are pronounced, except the « u » in the syllables « gue », « gui », « que » and « qui », unless this « u » bears an umlaut as in « vergüenza».
2. The « h » is also mute. 
3. The tonic accent is very important, and the logic of its location on the word rests on a three essential rules easy enough to memorize :
When a word ends with a vowel, an « n » or an « s » the accent will be on the penultimate syllable.
When a word ends with a consonant it will be on the last syllable unless it is « n » or « s ».
Otherwise, the tonic vowel carries a sharp accent as in « aquí » (here).
There are still some subtleties to be seen about the place of the tonic accent, but this is already a good beginning.
The pronunciation will also vary between the Castilian of Europe and Latin America — but it should never stop you from making yourself understood.
We invite you to listen to the pronunciation of the letters by clicking on the following link: Spanish alphabet with audio.

What are the best websites to progress quickly?

100% Autonomous Learning - Online Resources

Live Lingua
Level : beginner to intermediate (Level A1 to B1).
Services : the site provides 11 free lessons from the FSI method with e-books and audio files.
Our opinion : the different lessons will introduce you to the language of everyday life as well as the business specificities, all this with a method that highlights oral communication.

Resources to go further

Reverso Online Dictionary
Level : all levels
Services : online dictionary.
Our opinion : the interest of this dictionary is not to provide a simple translation, but also a whole cloud of results.

Language studies abroad

Staying abroad is the best way to progress quickly and to consolidate your knowledge.

EF Education
Level : all levels
Services : with EF Education you will find immersion courses in Spain and Costa Rica. Stays can last from 2 weeks to 12 months.
Our opinion : with more than 50 years of existence, which has allowed them to acquire unique experience and expertise, EF and its teams have all the skills to help you choose the destination and the formula that best suits you.