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Essential Spanish phrases
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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

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


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

Questions and Answers

      Related lessons
I have a question   Tengo una pregunta. Asking questions
I don't know.   No sé.  
who   quién Interrogative pronouns
what   qué  
when   cuándo Interrogative adverbs
where   dónde  
why   por qué  
how   cómo   
no   no  
OK   de acuerdo  
and / or   y / o Coordinating conjunctions

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