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Many choose to learn Spanish after encountering the language so often in their day-to-day life. After all, Spanish is featured prominently in much of today’s most popular music and foods. Others learn Spanish because they are going to travel to or to work in one of the 20 countries around the world where Spanish is the official language. Whether it’s for vacation, curiosity, or necessity, you can hit the ground running in the Spanish language by familiarizing yourself with some of these basic Spanish words and phrases. Learning Spanish words and phrases is important, as the grammar alone won’t teach you how the language is used by the 437 million Spanish speakers worldwide.
Basic Spanish Words
Hola / Hello
Adiós / Goodbye
Por favor / Please
Gracias / Thank you
Lo siento / Sorry
Salud (after someone sneezes) / Bless you
Sí / Yes
No / No
¿Quién? / Who?
¿Qué? / What?
¿Por qué? / Why?
¿Dónde? / Where?
Now that we’ve got a handle on a few basic Spanish vocabulary words, we can dive into the conversational phrases that’ll help you ease into real-world conversations.
Basic Spanish Phrases
The basic conversational building blocks are a great place to start. Simple phrases like good morning, how are you, etc. grease the wheels of daily conversation in most every language, including Spanish.
Buenos días. / Good morning.
Buenas tardes. / Good afternoon.
Buenas noches. / Good evening.
Hola, me llamo Juan. / Hello, my name is John.
Me llamo… / My name is…
¿Cómo te llamas? / What’s your name?
Mucho gusto. / Nice to meet you.
¿Cómo estás? / How are you?
Estoy bien, gracias. / I’m well thank you.
Disculpa. ¿Dónde está el baño? / Excuse me. Where is the bathroom?
¿Qué hora es? / What time is it?
¿Cómo se dice ‘concert’ en español? / How do you say ‘concert’ in Spanish?
Estoy perdido/a. / I am lost.
Yo no comprendo. / I do not understand.
Por favor, habla más despacio. / Would you speak slower, please.
Te extraño. / I miss you.
Te quiero. / I love you.
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How to Learn to Pronounce Spanish Words
Because Spanish is a much more phonetically consistent language than English, Spanish words almost always sound the way they are spelled. You can use this phonetic knowledge to pronounce long, multi-syllable words that otherwise might be overwhelming. Rosetta Stone offers an effective way to learn Spanish words and phrases, and getting the pronunciation just right is a snap with TruAccent®, Rosetta Stone’s patented speech recognition technology.
TruAccent listens and compares your accent to native speakers, so you learn how to pronounce Spanish words and phrases quickly and accurately. In addition to helping you tackle tricky pronunciation, you can compare your accent to that of native speakers for a more authentic language-learning experience. Each lesson includes practical exercises that get you speaking Spanish and working on your pronunciation consistently.
Rosetta Stone's Immersive Approach
Rosetta Stone gives you a skillset beyond vocabulary with an immersive approach that combines learning vocabulary with real-world situations, building toward a greater contextual understanding of key Spanish phrases. Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® method prepares you to adapt in new conversations by applying the context of what you already know to new words and phrases–so you’ll learn the language and build upon it with your own experiences.
By combining solo practice in Rosetta Stone’s award-winning mobile app and practicing with other language learners in the Rosetta Stone online community, you can take control of your progress and accelerate your learning.
BONUS: Spanish Words for Music Lovers
Despacito / Slowly
Mi Gente / My people
Bailando / Dancing
Bésame mucho / Kiss me a lot
Gasolina / Gasoline
La Bicicleta / The bicycle
Sin Pijama / Without pajamas
Bella / Beautiful
Clandestino / Clandestine or secret
No Me Acuerdo / I don’t remember
Learning to pronounce Spanish words and phrases is much like learning vocabulary in any other language: practice makes perfect.
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