Speaking Spanish : Essential holiday words
Whenever you go abroad it’s always worth learning a few words of the local lingo to get by. Locals appreciate you making an effort to speak their language and not just assuming that everyone will speak English.
In the resorts in Spain, a fair amount of English will be spoken but it’s always fun to throw in a few words of the local language if you can. If in doubt, good old smiling and pointing usually works pretty well.
Good morning: Buenos dias
Good night: Buenas noches
See you tomorrow: Hasta mañana (man-yan-a)
Thank you: Gracias
Where is…: Donde esta?
Swimming pool: La piscina
Train station: Estación de tren
The shop: La tienda
Food & drink
Ice cream: un helado (eh-la-doe)
Beer: Cerveza (ser-vess-a)
Butter: Mantequilla (mant-A-key-ya)
Useful to know
No entry: No hay entrada
Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez
It’s worth noting that some of the sounds in Spanish are different to English: v’s are pronounced as b’s, z’s as a th. Also in Catalan regions some of the words may vary and there may be a few x’s thrown in to words.