Since everyone appreciated the post on phrases you can use while traveling in S. Korea, I decided to also add a post for each of the languages I do similar to that one because people like to vacation, go site seeing, or go on business temporarily. This time, I thought I would do one with the Spanish language. I used to travel in Mexico quite a bit, and I was everyone’s translator. I was only in Spain as a little girl while my dad drove us through the country on our way to Morocco, so I never had to use any of this in Spain. Many Americans have had high school Spanish, but many of them that I have met forget it when they leave school and wish they hadn’t. That is one of the reasons I began putting Spanish posts here, to help the one who had Spanish in school but forgot. If you live in the south western part of the U. S., Spanish can come in quite handy at times.
Buenos Dias = Good Day, Hello
Buenos Tardes = Good Afternoon (late afternoon) or Good Evening
Buenos Noches = Good Night
Adios = Goodbye
Hasta la vista = see you later (technically: until I see you.)
¿Cómo esta’ usted? = How are you? (formal)
¿Cómo estas? = How are you? (informal)
Estoy bien, y tu? = I am fine, and you?
¿Que pasa? = How are you? (technically: What is happening?)
Nada = nothing
¿Donde esta’ el bano? = Where is the bathroom? (I can’t seem to get a mark over the “n” to make it into “enye.” This “bano” is pronounced “bahnyo.)
Esta’ aqui = It is here.
Esta’ alli = It is there.
a la izquierda = on the left
a la derecha = on the right
sigue recto = go straight
Tengo hambre = I am hungry.
¿Tienes hambre? = Are you hungry?
Tengo sed. = I am thirsty.
¿Tienes sed? = Are you thirsty?
¿Donde esta el hotel? = Where is the hotel?
¿Puedo ver la camara preimero? = Can I see the room first?
No lo quiero. – I don’t want it.
No lo se. = I don’t know.
No tengo dinero. = I don’t have money.
No intiendo. = I don’t understand.
¿Intiendes? = Do you understand?
No puedo hablar espanol. = I can’t speak Spanish. (The “n” in “espanol” should be an “enye,” so it is pronounced “espanyol.”)
¿Puedes hablar ingles? = Can you speak English?
Ayuda me = Help me
¿Cuanto cuesta? = How much does it cost?
¿Donde esta’ el centro? = Where is downtown?
¿Donde puedo comprar comida? = Where can I buy food?
¿Donde esta’ el parque? = Where is the park?
¿Donde esta’ la iglesia? = Where is the church?
¿Donde puedo comprar comida Mexicana traditionala? = Where can I buy traditional Mexican food?
¿Donde puedo comprar el recuredo? = Where can I buy a souvenier?
¿Donde esta’ la casa de cambiar? = Where is the place to change money?
¿Donde puedo comprar un refresco? = Where can I buy a cold drink?
¿Donde puedo comprar helado? = Where can I buy ice?
Necesito helado. = I need ice.
Tengo que irme. = I have to go.
Vamanos = Let’s go.
Vaya con Dios. = Go with God. (a really nice way to say “goodbye.”)
¿Donde puedo comprar la gasoline? = Where can I buy gasoline?
No lo haces? = Don’t do that.
No necesita. = It is not necessary.
¿Donde puedo encontrar el desayuno? = Where can I find breakfast?
Dejame en paz. = Leave me alone.
¿Quieres ir conmigo? = Do you want to go with me?
¿Donde puedo comprar el helado? = Where can I buy ice cream?
Delicioso = It is delicious.
Muchas Gracias = Thank you
De nada = You are welcome. (Literally: for nothing)
Por favor = please
Lo quiero = I want it.
No lo quiero = I don’t want it.
Traveling in Mexico is quite different from traveling in other places. I suggest you take your car and don’t drive at night. The banditos (robbers) come out at night, but you are fine if you are inside of a hotel room. I have been to Mexico once on a train with a school group. It was a school trip, so I can’t really give you advice on how to organize that, but sleeper trains exist. There are also buses. They run all over Mexico, but I don’t suggest you take one of them either unless you want to be traveling with the chickens. You would have to be extremely adventurous and not care about your safety at all if you take a bus. Never leave your purse hanging on the back of a chair. If you do, it could be stolen.Mexico wasn’t that safe when I traveled there, and I haven’t been there for a while, mostly because of safety issues. My Mexican friends who have come to the States to live tell me they did it because of the violence in Mexico. If you go, be very careful. However, if you are adventurous, the pyramids, the fiestas, the squares, the beaches, etc. are all still worth seeing.