10 Essential Spanish Phrases Every Expat Should Know
When moving overseas learning the language of your host nation really is worth the effort.
As well as vastly increasing your employment prospects and enhancing your social life, making a bit of effort will make locals consider you more kindly!
Spanish is the world’s most widely spoken language, crossing countries and continents, and it’s also one of the world’s most rapidly growing languages so it’s a particularly useful one to learn.
Many different Spanish dialects are spoken across Spain, but Castilian Spanish is the most common so if you learn it the odds are that you’ll be able to make yourself understood.
Yes, languages do take some time to learn, and you won’t be able to call yourself bilingual unless you’re willing to put in a lot of time and effort. However, even if the odds of you becoming fluent before you move to your new home are slim you should still make the effort to learn these essential Spanish words and phrases.
Hello – ¡Hola
Goodbye – Adiós
Yes – Sí
No – No
Please – ¡Por favour!
Thank you – Gracias
My name is… – Mi nombre es (formal) Me Ilamo (informal)
Nice to meet you – Mucho gusto
How are you? – ¿Cómo estás?
Do you speak English? – ¿Hablas ingles?
If you feel like you’ve got a handle on those terms you may want to start learning these other basic Spanish words and phrases…
Good Morning – Buenos dias
Maybe – Tal vez
Where is? – Donde es?
Where is the? – ¿dónde está la?
How much is this? – ¿Cuánto cuesta esto…?
I don’t understand – No entiendo
Could you repeat that please? – ¿Podría repetirlo, por favor?
Car – Coche
Train – Tren
Plane – Plano
Train Station – Estación de tren
Airport – Aeropuerto
Left – Izquierdo/a
Right – Derecho/a
Bread – Pan
Beer – Cerveza
Wine – Vino
Juice – Jugo
Waiter – Camarero
Waitress – Camarera
Hell, why not plough on and learn some Spanish numbers!
One – Uno
Two – Dos
Three – Tres
Four – Cuatro
Five – Cinco
Six – Seis
Seven – Siete
Eight – Ocho
Nine – Nueve
Ten – Diez
As we’ve already mentioned, different regions of Spain often speak different Spanish dialects, so do a little research on the area you’re moving to before you get started!
For extensive information about moving to and living in Spain check out our Country guide for Spain.