Essential Spanish

Essential Spanish phrases Español esencial

Knowing just a few key words and phrases can be very helpful in your Spanish classes, while traveling in Spain and Latin America, and everywhere in between.

Here are some general terms; please see the list at the end for more specific vocabulary.

Communication Issues

¿Habla inglés?   Do you speak English?
(or some other language)
Hablo (un poco de) español.   I speak (a little) Spanish.
¿Cómo?   What?
No comprendo.   I don't understand.
Repita, por favor.   Repeat, please.
Más despacio   More slowly
Otra vez   One more time
Tengo un problema.   I have a problem

Translation

¿Qué quiere decir ___?   What does ___ mean?
¿Cómo se dice ___ en español?   How do you say ___ in Spanish?

Questions and Answers

Tengo una pregunta.   I have a question
No sé.   I don't know.
     
quién   who
qué   what
cuándo   when
dónde   where
por qué   why
cómo    how
     
  yes
no   no
de acuerdo   OK
     
y / o   and / or (lesson)

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