Perhaps you’ve decided to learn Spanish in Spain. You’ve packed your bags and booked your flight, but you’ll need some basic phrases to get around before you enroll in classes at a Spanish school in Granada.
1. ¿Dónde está…? – “Where is…?”
As you navigate your way around, it’s important to know how to ask for directions. You can add any place to this – for example, la estación for the station, el mercado for the market or el banco for the bank.
2. ¿Podría ayudarme? – “Can you help me?”
Hopefully everything will go swimmingly during your trip, but just in case, it’s a good idea to know how to ask for some assistance!
3. Quiero un café con leche. – “I would like a coffee with milk.”
Coffee and cafe culture is alive and well in Spain, so you’ll need to learn how to order a coffee in short order. If you drink coffee black, simply say “café sin leche”.
4. ¿Cuánto cuesta? – “How much does it cost?”
Whether you’re buying a coffee, renting an apartment or buying a train ticket, you’ll need to know what it will cost you. Plus, this is a great way to learn your numbers in Spanish!
5. Yo necesito… – “I need…”
If you need something, just use this phrase and add the noun of your choice – for example, un taxi for a taxi or un médico for a doctor.
6. Quisiera una mesa para dos. – “I would like a table for two.”
As you learn Spanish in Spain, you might want to meet up with friends for a meal or a drink. When you arrive, simply use this phrase for a table for two – or say tres for three, cuatro for four and so on.
7. Mucho gusto – “Nice to meet you!”
When you’re being introduced to new people, this is the correct way to respond – hopefully you’ll use it a lot as you attend a Spanish school in Granada!
8. ¡No comprendo! – “I don’t understand.”
If you don’t understand what someone is saying, use this phrase, and hopefully they’ll slow down a bit for you!
9. Por favor hable más despacio. – “Please speak more slowly.”
If you’ll still new to speaking Spanish, asking people to speak more slowly will help a lot. Locals will be happy to help you navigate through the conversation in their own language!
10. ¿Habla inglés? – “Do you speak English?”
Sometimes you’ll just need to use English – and that’s okay. Asking in Spanish will certainly go a long way towards impressing the locals!