Helpful Spanish Phrases

Travel Tips, What's New — By Susan Vincil on October 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Photo by flickr user jennratonmort

When traveling to Mexico, the language barrier may hinder your ability to properly communicate with the locals.  Here are some handy phrases to help you with greetings, introductions, shopping, locating a bathroom and, most importantly, with ordering beers, while vacationing in Cancun.

Greetings & Exits:

  • Hello/Hola
  • Good morning./Buenos dias.
  • Good afternoon./Buenas tardes.
  • Good evening. (or “good night”)/Buenas noches.
  • How are you?/Como estas?  (If you are addressing more than one person, you would say “Como estan?“, instead.)
  • Goodbye/Adios
  • See you later./Hasta luego. 
Introductions & Getting to Know You:
  • My name is…/Mi nombre es…   (You can also say “Yo soy John”, which means “I am John”.)
  • What is your name?/Cual es tu nombre?
  • Where are you from?/De donde eres? 
  • Are you married/single?/Estas casado/soltero? (Use “casado” or “soltero” when speaking to a man and “casada” or “soltera” when speaking to a woman.)
Shopping, Restaurants, & Bars:
  • Two beers, please./Dos cervezas, por favor.
  • Another round, please. (As in “we’d like another round of beers”.)/Otra vez, por favor. (This literally means “another time” or “again”, but at the bar, it simply means that you want another round.)
  • How much is this?/Cuanto cuesta? or Cuanto cuesta es este?
  • Do you want to dance with me?/Quieres a bailar conmigo?  
  • Cheers!/Salud!
  • Enjoy your meal./Buen provecho. (It is not uncommon for total strangers to say “buen provecho” to you as they pass your table while you are dining.)
  • Where is the bathroom?/Donde esta el baño?
  • What time is it?/Que hora es?
  • Please/Por favor
  • Thank you/Gracias
  • Thank you, very much./Muchas gracias. 
  • Excuse me (when you are trying to get someone’s attention)/Disculpe
  • Excuse me (when you are trying to walk around someone on the street, etc.)/Perdon (pardon)



Tags: cancun, learning spanish, mexico, spanish for travelers, spanish phrases for travelers


  • Laura MapChick says:

    Basic Spanish all travelers to Cancun should know! :)

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