Monday, March 6, 2017

20 Popular Spanish Expressions

Sometimes people speak to us in Spanish and we're like: 

Whether it was today in class, last week, or ten years ago, we've all been there. Here are 20 of the most popular Spanish words and phrases to help you fake it 'til you make it. With some practice, you'll be having great conversations in Spanish in no time!

1. ¿Cómo estás? = How are you?

It'll roll right off your tongue after hola.

Friend: Hola, ¿cómo estás? (Hi, how are you?) 
You: Bien, gracias, ¿y tú? (Good, thanks, and you?) 

2. Buenos días = Good morning

This greeting is always a great way to start off the day!

Friend: ¡Buenos días! ¿Quieres venir conmigo a la playa hoy? (Good morning! Do you want to come to the beach with me today?) 
You: ¡Buenos días! Sí, pero primero tengo que hacer mi tarea. (Good morning! Yes, but I have to do my homework first.) 

3. Buenas tardes = Good afternoon / evening

You can say buenas tardes any time in the afternoon or evening!

Ice Cream Man: ¡Buenas tardes! ¿Puedo ayudarles con algo? (Good afternoon! Can I help you with something?) 
You: Sí, queremos dos helados de chocolate por favor. (Yes, we want two chocolate ice creams please.) 

4. Buenas noches = Good night

This phrase is a farewell instead of a greeting, so only say it when you're calling it a night!

Friend: Hoy fue muy divertido. Debemos ir a la playa y comer helado más a menudo. (Today was really fun. We should go to the beach and eat ice cream more often.) 
You: Sí, estoy de acuerdo. Pero ahora tengo que regresar a casa – ¡buenas noches! (Yes, I agree. But now I have to return home – good night!) 

5. Hasta pronto = See you soon

Also a farewell, hasta pronto is often used in casual settings.

Friend: Me voy a Miami. ¡Hasta pronto! (I'm going to Miami. See you soon!) 
You: ¡Ciao! (Bye!) 

6. Hasta luego = See you later

Similar to hasta pronto, hasta luego is also a common way to bid farewell. The slight difference is that hasta luego tends to be used in situations where you're not sure when you'll next see each other.

Shopkeeper: Gracias por tu visita. ¡Regresa pronto! (Thanks for your visit. Come back soon!) 
You: ¡Por supuesto! ¡Hasta luego! (Of course! See you later!) 

7. Me llamo... = My name is...

You always gotta know how to introduce yourself.

Stranger: Hola, soy María. ¿Vienes aquí a menudo? No te he visto antes. (Hi, I'm Maria. Do you come here often? I haven't seen you before.) 
You: Hola, me llamo Raúl. La verdad es que es mi primera vez aquí en este café. ¿Tienes recomendaciones para bebidas? (Hi, my name is Raúl. The truth is that it's my first time here in this cafe. Do you have any drink recommendations?) 

8. Gracias = Thank you

If nothing else, know this word. Politeness is key!

Friend: Gracias por toda tu ayuda. No hubiera podido escalar esa montaña sin ti. (Thanks for all your help. I couldn't have climbed that mountain without you.) 
You: ¡No, gracias a ti! No hubiera podido escalarla sin la distracción de tus canciones chistosas. (No, thank you! I couldn't have climbed it without the distraction of your funny songs.) 

9. De nada = You're welcome

After thank you, comes you're welcome!

Friend: Gracias por venir conmigo al supermercado. Es muy aburrido cuando voy solo, pero contigo fue divertido. (Thanks for coming with me to the supermarket. It's really boring when I go alone, but with you it was fun) 
You: De nada. ¡Sí, corriendo por la tienda con el carrito fue muy divertido! (You're welcome! Yeah, it was really fun running through the store with the cart!) 

10. Perdón = Excuse me

Don't be a bother – excuse yourself.

Stranger: Perdón, ¿hay una estación de tren por aquí? (Excuse me, is there a train station around here?) 
You: Sí, hay una al lado del supermercado en la próxima esquina. (Yes, there's one by the supermarket on the next corner.)


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