Traveling to a Spanish-speaking country can be an unforgettable experience, but it can also be challenging if you don’t speak the language. To help you navigate your way through your travels, we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly needed Spanish phrases for English-speaking travelers. With these phrases at your disposal, you’ll be able to communicate effectively and enjoy your trip without feeling lost in translation.

Greetings and Polite Expressions

  • Good morning: Buenos días (BWEH-nos DEE-ahs)
  • Good afternoon: Buenas tardes (BWEH-nahs TAR-des)
  • Good evening: Buenas noches (BWEH-nahs NOH-ches)
  • Hello: Hola (OH-lah)
  • Goodbye: Adiós (ah-DEE-ohs)
  • Please: Por favor (por fah-VOR)
  • Thank you: Gracias (GRAH-see-ahs)
  • You’re welcome: De nada (deh NAH-dah)
  • Excuse me: Perdón (pehr-DOHN)
  • Sorry: Lo siento (loh SYEHN-toh)

Asking for Directions

  • Where is…?: ¿Dónde está…? (DOHN-deh ehs-TAH?)
  • Can you help me?: ¿Puede ayudarme? (PWEH-deh ah-yoo-DAR-meh?)
  • How do I get to…?: ¿Cómo llego a…? (KOH-moh YEH-goh ah…?)
  • Is it far?: ¿Está lejos? (ehs-TAH LEH-hohs?)
  • To the left: A la izquierda (ah lah eez-KEY-ehr-dah)
  • To the right: A la derecha (ah lah deh-REH-chah)
  • Straight ahead: Recto (REHK-toh)

At a Restaurant or Café

  • A table for two, please: Una mesa para dos, por favor (OO-nah MEH-sah pah-RAH dohs, por fah-VOR)
  • Can I see the menu, please?: ¿Puedo ver el menú, por favor? (PWEH-doh ver el meh-NOO, por fah-VOR)
  • I’d like to order…: Me gustaría pedir… (meh goos-tah-REE-ah peh-DEER…)
  • The bill, please: La cuenta, por favor (lah KWEHN-tah, por fah-VOR)
  • Is the tip included?: ¿Está incluida la propina? (ehs-TAH een-KLOO-ee-dah lah proh-PEE-nah?)

Shopping and Money

  • How much does it cost?: ¿Cuánto cuesta? (KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah?)
  • Can I pay with a credit card?: ¿Puedo pagar con tarjeta de crédito? (PWEH-doh pah-GAR kohn tar-HEH-tah deh KREH-dee-toh?)
  • Where can I find an ATM?: ¿Dónde puedo encontrar un cajero automático? (DOHN-deh PWEH-doh ehn-kohn-TRAHR oon kah-HEH-roh ow-toh-MAH-tee-koh?)

Emergency Situations

  • Help!: ¡Ayuda! (ah-YOO-dah!)
  • I need a doctor: Necesito un médico (neh-seh-si-toh oon MEH-dee-koh)
  • Call the police: Llame a la policía (YAH-meh ah lah poh-lee-SEE-ah)
  • I’m lost: Estoy perdido (eh-STOY pehr-DEE-doh) [for males] / Estoy perdida (eh-STOY pehr-DEE-dah) [for females]
  • Where is the nearest hospital?: ¿Dónde está el hospital más cercano? (DOHN-deh ehs-TAH el ohs-pee-TAHL mahs sehr-KAH-noh?)

Basic Conversation

  • My name is…: Me llamo… (meh YA-moh…)
  • What’s your name?: ¿Cómo te llamas? (KOH-moh teh YA-mahs?)
  • Nice to meet you: Mucho gusto (MOO-choh GOOS-toh)
  • Do you speak English?: ¿Hablas inglés? (AH-blahs een-GLEHS?)
  • I don’t understand: No entiendo (noh ehn-TYEHN-doh)
  • Can you speak more slowly, please?: ¿Puede hablar más despacio, por favor? (PWEH-deh ah-BLAHR mahs dehs-PAH-syoh, por fah-VOR?)
  • How do you say…in Spanish?: ¿Cómo se dice…en español? (KOH-moh seh DEE-seh…ehn ehs-pah-NYOL?)


  • I have a reservation: Tengo una reserva (TEHN-goh OO-nah reh-SEHR-vah)
  • Do you have any rooms available?: ¿Tienen habitaciones disponibles? (tye-NEN ah-bee-tah-SYOHN-es dees-poh-NEE-bles?)
  • Where is the bathroom?: ¿Dónde está el baño? (DOHN-deh ehs-TAH el BAH-nyoh?)


Armed with these essential Spanish phrases, you’ll be better prepared for your travels in any Spanish-speaking country. While it’s always beneficial to learn more of the language, these phrases will help you navigate most situations you may encounter. Don’t be afraid to practice your pronunciation and engage with locals – they’ll appreciate your efforts and be more than willing to assist you on your journey. Happy travels and buena suerte (good luck)!

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