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101 essential survival Spanish phrases

101 essential survival Spanish phrases

¡Hola, amigas y amigos de SpanishCompadres.com! In this new article, we’ll provide you with the best survival Spanish phrases, including their English equivalent and pronunciation. These phrases will help you get around in your next visit to a Spanish speaking country or in your interaction with Spanish speakers in your country.

The 101 Spanish phrases that you will learn in this article are used in the following contexts: greetings and introductions (e.g. ¡Hola!), communication (e.g. ¿Podrías repetir, por favor?, transportation (e.g. Un boleto de ida y vuelta, por favor), money (e.g. ¿Cuánto cuesta?) , eating and drinking (e.g. Un café, por favor), sightseeing (e.g. ¿Qué lugares se pueden visitar en esta ciudad?), asking for and giving directions (e.g. ¿Cómo puedo llegar a la estación del metro?), hotels and reservations (e.g. Buenas tardes. Me gustaría reservar una habitación) and emergencies (e.g. ¿Dónde está el hospital?).  

 

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Greetings and introductions

Whether you are visiting a Spanish speaking or interacting with Spanish speaking friends, greetings and introductions will be the best way to engage in communication. The following phrases will show you how to say hello and goodbye, how to introduce yourself and others and how to talk a little bit about yourself.

  1. ¡Hola! (Hello!)
  2. ¿Cómo estás? / ¿Qué tal? (How are you? / What’s up?)
  3. Bien. ¿Y tú? (I’m fine. And you?)
  4. Por favor (Please)
  5. Gracias / Muchas gracias (Thank you / Thank you very much)
  6. De nada (You’re welcome)
  7. Chao / Nos vemos luego (Goodbye / Bye / See you soon)
  8. ¡Salud! (Cheers!)
  9. Disculpe (Excuse me)
  10. Lo siento (I’m sorry)
  11. ¿Cómo te llamas? (What’s your name?)
  12. Soy… / My nombre es… / Me llamo… (I’m… / My name is… / I am called…)
  13. Un gusto conocerte (Nice to meet you) 
  14. ¿De dónde eres? (Where are you from?)
  15. Soy de… (I’m from…)
  16. Quiero presentarte a mi amigo / esposa / marido (I’d like to introduce my friend/wife/husband)
  17. ¿Cuántos años tienes? (How old are you?)
  18. Tengo … años (I’m… years old)
  19. ¿En qué trabajas? (What do you do for a living?)
  20. Soy un/una (I’m a/an…)
  21. ¿Qué haces para divertirte? / ¿Cuáles son tus pasatiempos? (What do you do for fun? / What are your hobbies?)
  22. Me gusta / No me gusta (I like / I don’t like)
  23. Sí (Yes)
  24. No (No)

Greetings and introductions

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Communication

If you’re reading this article, you’re most likely a non native speaker of Spanish. For this reason, you may need to ask for clarification in some circumstances (e.g. when a native speaker speaks too fast or when an accent is difficult to understand). The following phrases will be very helpful in those situations:

  1. ¿Hablas…? (Do you speak…?)
  2. No entiendo (I don’t understand)
  3. Hablo un poco de… (I speak a little…)
  4. No hablo… (I don’t speak…)
  5. ¿Podrías hablar un poco más lento? (Could you please speak a little slower?)
  6. ¿Podrías escribir eso? (Could you write that down?)
  7. ¿Podrías repetir eso? (Could you repeat that?)
  8. ¿Cómo se dice? (How do you say…?)
  9. ¿Qué significa…? (What does… mean?)
  10. ¿Qué hora es? (What time is it?)
  11. Son las cinco en punto (It’s five o’clock)

Transportation

Knowing how to get to places and use local means of transportation is an essential skill when you are visiting a Spanish speaking country. Master these phrases and never get lost in your travels: 

  1. ¿Cuánto cuesta un boleto de primera clase / segunda clase / clase económica a…? (How much is a first class/second class/economy ticket to…?)
  2. Un boleto de ida / ida y vuelta a… por favor. (A one-way/return ticket to… please)
  3. Aquí está mi pasaporte (Here’s my passport)
  4. ¿A qué hora llega el bus / tren / avión / ferry de…? (What time does the bus/train/plane/ferry from… arrive?)
  5. ¿A qué hora parte el bus / tren / avión / ferry a…? (What time does the bus/train/plane/ferry to… depart?)
  6. ¿Qué plataforma / puerta de embarque / terminal? (Which platform/gate/terminal?)
  7. ¿Es directo el bus / tren / avión? (Is the bus/train/plane direct?)
  8. ¿Tengo que cambiar de bus / tren? (Do I have to change buses/trains?)
  9. ¿Necesito reservar mi asiento? (Do I need a seat reservation?)
  10. ¿Está ocupado este asiento? (Is this seat taken?)
  11. ¿A qué hora sale el próximo tren / bus /minibus /ferry a…? (When is the next train/bus/minibus/ferry to…?)
  12. ¿Podrías llamarme un taxi? (Could you call me a taxi?)
  13. Me gustaría ir a… (I’d like to go to…)
  14. ¿Podría avisarme cuando tengo que bajar? (Could you let me know when to get off?)
  15. ¿Dónde podría arrendar una bicicleta / un automóvil? (Where could I rent a bike/car?)
  16. Me gustaría arrendar una bicicleta / un automóvil (I’d like to rent a bike/car)

Transportation

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Money

Knowing these phrases will help you whenever you need to shop for things. Being able to buy local products and souvenirs in Spanish speaking countries, will add fun to your travel experiences, since you can keep objects that will immortalize your experience. 

  1. ¿Cuánto cuesta? (How much is it?)
  2. Me gustaría… (I would like…)
  3. ¿Puedo pagar con tarjeta de crédito / tarjeta de débito? Can I pay by credit card/debit card?
  4. Aquí está (Here you go)
  5. ¿Podría ver este / ese? (Could I see this/that one?)
  6. ¿A qué hora abre / cierra? What time do you open/close?
  7. ¿Tiene esto en pequeño, grande, mediano? (Do you have this in small/large/medium?)
  8. ¿Tiene algo más barato? (Do you have anything cheaper?)
  9. Es demasiado caro (It’s too expensive)
  10. Te daré… por eso (I’ll give you… for it)
  11. ¿Dónde puedo cambiar dinero? (Where can I exchange money?)

Money

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Eating and drinking

Eating and drinking are among the best ways to socialize with local inhabitants when you travel. These phrases will help you enjoy a good, traditional meal while you practice and improve your Spanish in a real life situation.

  1. ¿Podrías recomendar un buen restaurant? (Could you recommend a good restaurant?)
  2. ¿Qué recomendarías? (What would you recommend?)
  3. ¿Cuáles son algunas de las especialidades locales? (What are some local specialties?)
  4. ¿Cuál es el menú del día? (What is the special of the day?)
  5. ¿Podría ver el menú, por favor? (Could I see the menu, please?)
  6. Una cerveza / un café / un té, por favor (A beer/coffee/tea, please)
  7. ¿Me podría traer la cuenta, por favor / La cuenta, por favor (Could I get the bill, please. / The check, please)
  8. Soy alérgico a… (I’m allergic to…)
  9. ¡Eso estuvo delicioso! (That was delicious!)
  10. Esto no es lo que pedí (This isn’t what I ordered)
  11. ¿Puedo invitarte un trago? (Can I buy you a drink?)
  12. ¡Tomémonos otro! (Let’s have another!)

Eating and drinking

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Sightseeing

These phrases will be very useful when it comes to going out for a walk or visiting other cities or towns.

  1. ¿Cuánto cuesta la entrada? (What is the entrance fee?)
  2. ¿Qué es ese edificio? (What is that building?)
  3. ¿Qué hay en el cine / el teatro / la ópera esta noche? (What’s on at the cinema/theatre/opera tonight?)
  4. Esa es una hermosa iglesia / catedral (That’s a beautiful church / cathedral)
  5. ¿Qué hay para ver por aquí? (What is there to see around here?)

Sightseeing

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Asking for and giving directions

As a non local person in a Spanish speaking location, you may get lost. Be ready for those kinds of situations with these survival phrases for directions.

  1. ¿Cómo puedo llegar a…? (How do I get to…?)
  2. Está a la izquierda / a la derecha / directo hacia adelante / en la esquina (It’s on the left/on the right/straight ahead/at the corner)
  3. ¿Qué tan lejos es…? (How far is…?)
  4. ¿Dónde hay un banco / un correo / una casa de cambio? (Where is a bank / post office / exchange office?)
  5. ¿Dónde puedo encontrar información turística? (Where can I find tourist information?)
  6. ¿Tienes un mapa? (Do you have a map?)
  7. ¿Puedes mostrarme eso en el mapa? (Can you show me that on the map?)
  8. ¿Dónde está la embajada / el consulado estadounidense? (Where is the American embassy/consulate?)

Hotels and reservations

Use the following phrases when you’re booking your hotel room or taking care of accommodation.

  1. Tengo una reserva (I have a reservation)
  2. ¿Tiene alguna habitación simple / doble disponible? (Do you have any single/double rooms available?)
  3. ¿Podría ver la habitación? (Could I see the room?)
  4. Me gustaría quedarme por … noches (I’d like to stay for… nights)
  5. ¿Está incluido el desayuno? (Is breakfast included?)
  6. El televisor / aire acondicionado / la luz de mi habitación no funciona (The TV/air conditioner/lamp in my room doesn’t work)
  7. ¿Podría tener otra habitación? (Could I get a different room?)
  8. ¿Hay un restaurante aquí? (Is there a restaurant here?)

Emergencies

We hope you don’t need to use these phrase, but it’s always best to be prepared for emergencies and unpredicted situations.

¡Ayuda! (Help!)

  1. Necesito un doctor / dentista / policía (I need a doctor/dentist/police officer)
  2. ¿Hay una farmacia cerca? (Is there pharmacy nearby?)
  3. ¿Puedo usar tu teléfono? (Can I use your phone?)
  4. ¡Llama a la polícia / ambulancia! (Call the police/ambulance!)
  5. ¡Déjame solo! (Leave me alone!)

Conclusion

Learning these Spanish survival phrases will help you deal with high frequency situations successfully. Among these common context for Spanish language use, we find greetings and introductions (e.g. ¡Hola! Mi nombre es…), communication (e.g. ¿Podrías hablar más lento, por favor?, transportation (e.g. ¿Me puedes llamar un taxi?), money (e.g. ¿Cuánto cuesta este producto?) , eating and drinking (e.g. Un té, por favor), sightseeing (e.g. ¿Qué es ese edificio?), asking for and giving directions (e.g. ¿Cómo puedo llegar al aeropuerto desde el hotel?), hotels and reservations (e.g. Buenos días. Me gustaría reservar una habitación simple) and emergencies (e.g. ¡Ayuda!). Role play these phrases with your classmates and friends, so you become fluent at them  

 

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¡Hola, amigas y amigos de SpanishCompadres.com! In this post, we’ll share 19 famous Spanish quotes that will help you improve your language skills. We have selected one famous quote from one prominent intellectual per Spanish speaking country, so you can get to know the words of intellectuals from Latin America and Spain. We know we’re leaving many good quotes out, but we’re saving those for a future post.

 

Learning famous Spanish quotes is a great way to improve your language skills by expanding your vocabulary in order to be able to understand each quote thoroughly. Our selection of famous Spanish quotes includes authors like Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina), Gabriela Mistral (Chile), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Miguel De Cervantes (Spain), and many other Spanish speaking writers. 

 

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Argentina

“De todos los instrumentos del hombre, el más asombroso es, sin duda, el libro. Los demás son extensiones de su cuerpo. El microscopio, el telescopio, son extensiones de su vista; el teléfono es extensión de la voz; luego tenemos el arado y la espada, extensiones del brazo. Pero el libro es otra cosa: el libro es una extensión de la memoria y la imaginación.” (Jorge Luis Borges, escritor argentino, 1899 – 1986)

“Out of all man’s instruments, the most amazing one us, without a doubt, the book. The other ones are extensions of his body. The microscope, the telescope are extensions of his sight; the telephone is an extension of the voice; we then have the plow and the sword, extensions of the arm. But the book is another thing: the book is an extension of memory and imagination.” (Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian writer, 1899 – 1986)

 

Bolivia

“Conocemos al hombre teórico, genérico, eterno, pero estamos incapacitados para el conocimiento del primero que pasa por la calle o de nosotros mismos. Le conviene al pícaro ignorar a las gentes honradas y al mediocre le interesa desconocer que existen hombres de inteligencia superior.” (Gustavo Adolfo Otero, escritor boliviano, 1896 – 1958) 

“We know the theoretical man, generic, eternal, but we are unable to know the one that passes by on the street or ourselves. It’s convenient for the rogue to ignore the honorable and for the mediocre to ignore that men of superior intelligence exist.” (Gustavo Adolfo Otero, Bolivian writer, 1896 – 1958) 

 

Chile

“Donde haya un árbol que plantar, plántalo tú. Donde haya un error que enmendar, enmiéndalo tú. Donde haya un esfuerzo que todos esquivan, hazlo tú. Sé tú el que aparta la piedra del camino”. (Gabriela Mistral, escritora chilena, 1889 – 1957) 

“Where there is a tree to be planted, you plant it. Where there is an error to fix, you fix it. Where there is an effort that everybody avoids, you do it. Be the one that removes the rock from the road.” (Gabriela Mistral, Chilean writer, 1889 – 1957) 

 

Colombia

“El escritor escribe su libro para explicarse a sí mismo lo que no se puede explicar.” (Gabriel García Márquez, escritor colombiano, 1927 – 2014)

“The writer writes his book in order to explain to himself what can’t be explained.” (Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian writer, 1927 – 2014)

 

Costa Rica

“Todo escritor sincero y genuino que desea reflejar la realidad de su pueblo, llegará a la conclusión de que esa gente con la que vive es la que le da todo y la que en definitiva inspira y construye su obra literaria”. (Fabián Dobles, escritor costarricense, 1918 – 1997)

“Every honest and genuine writer that wishes to reflect the reality of his people, will come to the conclusion that those people he lives with are the ones that give him everything and the ones who definitely inspire and build his literary work.” (Fabián Dobles, Costa Rican writer, 1918 – 1997)  

 

Cuba

“Ayudar al que lo necesita no solo es parte del deber, sino de la felicidad.” (José Martí, escritor cubano, 1853 – 1895) 

“Helping out the one who needs it is not only part of duty, but of happiness.” (José Martí, Cuban writer, 1853 – 1895)  

 

Dominican Republic

“La esperanza es la raíz en la humedad, y el arroyo en el desierto.” (Pedro Mir, escritor dominicano, 1913 – 2000)

“Hope is the root in the moisture and the stream in the desert.” (Pedro Mir, Dominican writer, 1913 – 2000) 

 

Ecuador

“El verdadero buscador crece y aprende, y descubre que siempre es el principal responsable de lo que sucede.” (Jorge Icaza Coronel, escritor ecuatoriano, 1906 – 1978)

“The true seeker grows and learns, and discovers that he’s always the main responsible for what happens” (Jorge Icaza Coronel, Ecuadorian writer, 1906 – 1978)

 

El Salvador

“Hay una ciencia que debe ocupar toda la vida del hombre, desde que su razón despierta hasta que deja de vivir: tal es la moral o ciencia de la conducta, la más práctica e interesante de todas, pues de su conocimiento y aplicación depende que la humanidad avance o retroceda.” (Alberto Masferrer, escritor salvadoreño, 1868 – 1932) 

“There is a science that must occupy all of man’s life, since his reason awakes until he stops living: such is morals or science of conduct, the most practical and interesting of all, for humanity’s upgrade or downgrade depend on its knowledge and application.” (Alberto Masferrer, Salvadoran writer, 1868 – 1932) 

 

Guatemala

“Los espejos son como la conciencia. Uno se ve allí como es, y como no es, pues quien se ve en lo profundo del espejo trata de disimular sus fealdades y arreglarlas para parecer a gusto.” (Miguel Ángel Asturias, escritor guatemalteco, 1899 – 1974)

“Mirrors are as conscience. One sees oneself as one is, and as is not, for whom sees themselves deep in the mirror tries to hide their ugliness and fix it to seem at ease.” (Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guatemalan writer, 1899 – 1974)

 

Honduras

“Lo esencial no está en ser poeta, ni artista ni filósofo. Lo esencial es que cada uno tenga la dignidad de su trabajo, la conciencia de su trabajo. El orgullo de hacer las cosas bien, el entusiasmo de sentirse transitoriamente satisfecho de su obra, de quererla, de admirarla, es la sana recompensa de los fuertes, de los que tienen el corazón robusto y el espíritu limpio”. (Alfonso Guillén Zelaya, escritor hondureño, 1887 – 1947)

“The essential is not in being a poet, an artist or a philosopher. The essential is that each one has the dignity of their job, the consciousness of their job. The pride of doing things well, the enthusiasm of feeling transiently satisfied with their work, of loving it, of admiring it, is the healthy reward of the strong, of those who have a robust heart and a clean spirit.” (Alfonso Guillén Zelaya, Honduran writer, 1887 – 1947)  

 

Mexico

“Lo que a mi me parece inaceptable es que un escritor o un intelectual se someta a un partido o a una iglesia” (Octavio Paz, escritor mexicano, 1914 – 1998)

“What I find unacceptable is that a writer or intellectual subjects himself to a political party or to a church.” (Octavio Paz, Mexican writer, 1914 – 1998) 

 

Nicaragua

“No dejes apagar el entusiasmo, virtud tan valiosa como necesaria; trabaja, aspira, tiende siempre hacia la altura.” (Rubén Darío, escritor nicaragüense, 1867 – 1916)

“Don’t let enthusiasm, both valuable and necessary virtue, shut down; work, aspire, always tend to height.” (Rubén Darío, Nicaraguan writer, 1867 – 1916) 

 

Panama

“La literatura es expresión de la vida social, trasunto de valores humanos, un instrumento que ayuda a la mejor comprensión del ser íntimo de un pueblo.” (Rodrigo Miró Grimaldo, escritor panameño, 1912-1996)

“Literature is the expression of social life, transcript of human value, an instrument that contributes to a better understanding of the intimate being of a people.” (Rodrigo Miró Grimaldo, Panamanian writer, 1912-1996)   

 

Paraguay

“Ninguna historia puede ser contada. Ninguna historia que valga la pena ser contada. Más el verdadero lenguaje no nació todavía. Los animales se comunican entre ellos, sin palabras, mejor que nosotros, ufanos de haberlas inventado con la materia prima de lo quimérico.” (Augusto Roa Bastos, escritor paraguayo, 1917 – 2005)

“No story can be told. No story that is worth being told. But true language hasn’t been born yet. Animals communicate among themselves, without words, better than us, who brag about inventing them with the raw material of the chimerical.” (Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan writer, 1917 – 2005)

 

Peru

“Nada enriquece tanto los sentidos, la sensibilidad, los deseos humanos, como la lectura. Estoy completamente convencido de que una persona que lee, y que lee bien, disfruta muchísimo mejor de la vida, aunque también es una persona que tiene más problemas frente al mundo.” (Mario Vargas Llosa, escritor peruano, 1936 – )

“Nothing enriches senses –sensitivity, human desires– as much as reading. I’m completely convinced that a person who reads, and reads well, enjoys life in a much better way, even though they are a person who has more problems in front of the world.” (Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian writer, 1936 – )

 

Spain

“La abundancia de las cosas, aunque sean buenas, hace que no se estimen, y la carestía, aún de las malas, se estima en algo.” (Miguel de Cervantes, escritor español, 1547 – 1616)

“The abundance of things, even if they are good, makes us not esteem them, and the shortage, even of the bad ones, is somewhat esteemed.” (Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish writer, 1547 – 1616)

 

Uruguay

“El fútbol es la única religión que no tiene ateos.” (Eduardo Galeano, escritor uruguayo, 1940 – 2015)

“Football (soccer) is the only religion that has no atheists.” (Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan writer, 1940 – 2015) 

 

Venezuela

“No aceptes nunca como compañero de viaje a quien no conozcas como a tus manos.” (Rómulo Gallegos, escritor venezolano, 1884 – 1969)

“Never accept a fellow traveler you don’t know as your own hands.” (Rómulo Gallegos, Venezuelan writer, 1884 – 1969)

 

Conclusion

Famous Spanish quotes are a great way of knowing Spanish speaking culture in depth. Thoroughly understanding these famous Spanish quotes requires intensive vocabulary preparation, since they cover a wide range of topics. We suggest reading these quotes at least a couple of time, practicing pronunciation and retaining the names and countries of the selected authors. 

 

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What is an idiom? What are idioms called in Spanish?

Idioms are groups of words in which the overall meaning is different from the meaning of the individual words in the group. Some examples of idioms in the English language are “to kick the bucket”, “to spill the beans”, “to chicken out”. In Spanish, idioms are called “modismos” /mo-dis’-mos/.

 

Benefits of learning popular Spanish idioms

Learning Spanish idioms will take your Spanish to the next level, since the correct use of idioms requires previous knowledge of vocabulary and contextual elements, thus activating your overall Spanish language skills. There are five main benefits of learning Spanish idioms:

  • #1 Learning Spanish idioms will greatly improve your concentration, since landing the right idiom at the precise moment requires paying attention to what the other participants in interaction are saying.
  • #2 Learning Spanish idioms will significantly expand your vocabulary. The fact that idioms can’t be translated word by word makes them unique units of meanings.
  • #3 Using Spanish idioms adequately will make you sound or look more like a native speaker, since using idioms in a foreign language requires an advanced language level.
  • #4 Using Spanish idioms will improve your speaking skills, since you’ll be able to make your point with less words and in a much more straightforward way.
  • #5 Spanish idioms will improve your communication skills in general, since idioms are shared by practically every native speaker of Spanish. 

Popular Spanish idioms A to Z

 

Popular Spanish idioms #A

Idiom: Acostarse / levantarse con las gallinas

  • Literal meaning: To go to bed / get up with the hen
  • Real meaning: To go to bed / get up very early
  • English equivalent: To get up at the crack of dawn / to go to bed very early
  • Example: Mi abuelo se levanta con las gallinas. (My grandpa gets up at the crack of dawn)

        

Idiom: Andar con pies de plomo

  • Literal meaning: To walk with lead feet
  • Real meaning: To be extremely careful
  • English equivalent: To walk on the safe side
  • Example: Están despidiendo a muchos trabajadores, por lo que hay que andar con pies de plomo. (Many workers are being fired, so we must walk on the safe side)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #B

Idiom: Buscar el príncipe azul

Literal meaning: To look for the blue prince

Real meaning:  To look for the perfect man

English equivalent: To look for prince charming

Example: Aún no se casa, ya que está esperando a su príncipe azul. (She’s not married yet, since she’s waiting for prince charming)     

 

Idiom: Buscar tres pies al gato

  • Literal meaning: To look for three feet in a cat
  • Real meaning: To overcomplicate a situation
  • English equivalent: To take the scenic route 
  • Example: Hazlo simple; no le busques los tres pies al gato. (Make it simple; don’t take the scenic route)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #D

Idiom: Dar a luz

  • Literal meaning: To give to light
  • Real meaning: To give birth  
  •     English equivalent: To give birth
  • Example: Ella dio a luz a un hermoso bebé. (She gave birth to a beautiful baby) 

 

Idiom: Dar calabazas a alguien

  • Literal meaning: To give pumpkins to someone
  •     Real meaning: To reject someone
  • English equivalent: To give somebody the brush off  
  • Example: El le pidió matrimonio, pero ella le dio calabazas. (He propoposed to her, but she gave him the brush off)

        

Idiom: Dar en el blanco

  • Literal meaning: To throw in the white
  •     Real meaning: To be right
  • English equivalent: To hit the bull’s eye
  • Example: Dio en el blanco con su comentario. (He hit the bull’s eye with his comment)

 

Idiom: Dar gato por liebre

  • Literal meaning: To give cat for hare
  • Real meaning: To rip someone off
  • English equivalent: To take for a ride 
  • Example: Fue a comprar un celular y le pasaron gato por liebre. (He went to buy a cell phone, but they took him for a ride)

 

Idiom: Darle vuelta a la tortilla

  • Literal meaning: To turn the omelette around
  • Real meaning: To turn the situation around
  • English equivalent: To turn the tables 
  • Example: Él se equivocó, pero intentó dar vuelta la tortilla haciéndose la víctima. (He made a mistake, but he tried to turn the tables by playing the victim)

 

Idiom: Decir algo de labios para afuera

  • Literal meaning: To say something from the lips outwards
  • Real meaning: To say something without really meaning it
  • English equivalent: To just say something 
  • Example: Me saludó con palabras cordiales, pero sé que es solo de labios hacia afuera. (He greeted me with cordial words, but he was just saying them.)

 

Idiom: Dormir a pierna suelta

  • Literal meaning: To sleep with a loose leg
  •     Real meaning: To sleep deeply
  • English equivalent: To sleep like a log 
  • Example: Dormí a pierna suelta después de la fiesta. (I slept loke a log after the party)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #E

Idiom: Echar agua al mar

Literal meaning: To throw water into the sea

Real meaning: To do something pointless

English equivalent: To beat your head against the wall  

Example: Intentar convencer a mi abuelo es como echar agua al mar. (Trying to convince my grandpa is like beating your head against the wall)

        

Idiom: Empezar la casa por el tejado

Literal meaning: To start building a house by the roof

Real meaning: To look for an immediate solution instead of going through the process

English equivalent: To put the cart before the horse  

Example: Resuelve el problema desde el principio. No empieces la casa por el tejado. (Solve the problem from the beginning. Don’t put the cart before the horse.)

 

Idiom: Encontrar tu media naranja

  • Literal meaning: To find your half orange
  • Real meaning: To find the perfect partner
  • English equivalent: To find your other half  
  • Example: Quizás en este viaje encontrarás a tu media naranja. (Maybe you’ll find your better half on this trip)

 

Idiom: Estar como una cabra

  • Literal meaning: To be like a goat
  •     Real meaning: To be crazy
  • English equivalent: To be mad as a hornet, to be crazy as a bat  
  • Example: Ese hombre está como una cabra. (That man is crazy as a bat)

 

Idiom: Estar en la edad del pavo

  • Literal meaning: To be in the turkey’s age
  • Real meaning: To be a teenager, to be in puberty
  • English equivalent: To go through teenage angst  
  • Example: Juan anda muy distraído; debe estar en la edad del pavo. (Juan is so distracted; he must be going through teenage angst)

 

Idiom: Estar hasta las narices

  • Literal meaning: To be up the nose
  • Real meaning: To be fed up with something
  • English equivalent: To be fed up  
  • Example: Estoy hasta las narices con la situación del país. (I’m fed up with the country’s situation)

 

Idiom: Estar hecho un ají

  • Literal meaning: To be made a chili pepper
  • Real meaning: To be very angry
  • English equivalent: To be hopping mad
  • Example: Estaba hecha un ají porque le dijeron “fea”. (She was hopping mad because she was called “ugly”)

 

Idiom: Estar más sano que una pera

  • Literal meaning: To be healthier than a pear
  • Real meaning: To be very healthy
  • English equivalent: To be as fit as a fiddle
  • Example: Mi abuela está más sana que una pera pese a su avanzada edad. (My grandpa is as fit as a fiddle despite her old age)

 

Idiom: Estar sin blanca

  • Literal meaning: To be without white
  •     Real meaning: To be broke
  • English equivalent: To be down-and-out
  • Example: No puedo ir al cine porque estoy sin blanca. (I can’t go to the movies because I’m drown-and-out)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #H

Idiom: Hablar por los codos

  • Literal meaning: To talk through the elbows
  • Real meaning: To be excessively talkative
  • English equivalent: To be a chatterbox
  • Example: Es simpática, pero habla hasta por codos. (She’s nice, but she’s a chatterbox)

 

Idiom: Hacer algo al pie de la letra

  •   Literal meaning: To do something to the foot of the letter
  •   Real meaning: To do something exactly as told
  •   English equivalent: To do something to the T
  •   Example: Le di las instrucciones y lo hizo al pie de la letra. (I gave her the instructions and she did it to the T)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #I

Idiom: Importar un pepino / un pimiento / un rábano

  • Literal meaning: To care a cucumber / a pepper / a radish
  • Real meaning: To not care at all
  • English equivalent: To give a damn
  • Example: Le importó un pepino que estuviera el presidente. (She didn’t give a damn the president was there)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #L

Idiom: Lavarse las manos

  • Literal meaning: To wash your hands
  • Real meaning: To avoid your responsibility
  • English equivalent: To pass the bucket
  • Example: Se lavó las manos cuando le preguntaron por su responsabilidad. (He passed the bucket when he was asked about his responsibility)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #M

Idiom: Meter la pata

  •   Literal meaning: To put the leg on it
  •   Real meaning: To make a mistake
  •   English equivalent: To screw something up
  •   Example: Quise hacerlo bien, pero metí la pata. (I wanted to do it well, but I screwed up)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #N

Idiom: No pegar ojo

  • Literal meaning: To not strike an eye
  • Real meaning: To be unable to sleep
  • English equivalent: To not sleep a wink
  • Example: Mi vecino estaba taladreando, así que no pegué ojo. (My neighbor was drilling, so I couldn’t sleep a wink)

 

Idiom: No tener ni pies ni cabeza

  • Literal meaning: Without feet or head
  • Real meaning: To not make sense
  • English equivalent: Without rhyme or reason
  • Example: Su propuesta no tenía ni pies no cabeza. (Her proposal didn’t have rhyme or reason)

 

Idiom: No tener pelos en la lengua

  • Literal meaning: To not have hair on the tongue
  •     Real meaning: To speak bluntly
  • English equivalent: To tell it like it is
  • Example: Él no tiene pelos en la lengua cuando se trata de dar su opinión. (He tells it like it is when it comes to giving his opinion)

 

Idiom: No ver tres en un burro

  • Literal meaning: Not being able to see three on a donkey
  • Real meaning: Having really bad eyesight
  • English equivalent: To be blind as a bat 
  • Example: Le pedí que leyera, pero no veía tres en un burro. (I asked him to reas, but he is as blind as a bat)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #P

Idiom: Poner verde a alguien

  • Literal meaning: To turn someone green
  • Real meaning: To say negative things about someone
  • English equivalent: To call someone every name in the book
  • Example: Pusieron verde a su profesora cuando se juntaron a hacer la tarea. (They called their teacher every name in the book when they got together to do homework)

 

Idiom: Ponerse como un tomate

  • Literal meaning: To turn into a tomato
  •     Real meaning: To blush
  • English equivalent: To turn as red as a beetroot
  • Example: Se puso como un tomate cuando le dijeron piropos en la calle. (She turned red as a beetroot when she was catcalled on the street)

 

Idiom: Ponerse de mala leche

  • Literal meaning: To get in bad milk
  • Real meaning: To get in a bad mood
  • English equivalent: To get bent out of shape
  • Example: Las bromas lo ponen de mala leche. (Jokes get him bent out of shape)

 

Idiom: Ponerse morado

  • Literal meaning: To turn purple     
  • Real meaning: To eat a lot
  • English equivalent: To eat like a horse
  • Example: Se puso morado en la cena de aniversario. (He ate like a horse in the anniversary dinner)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #Q

Idiom: Quedarse de piedra

  • Literal meaning: To stay like a rock
  • Real meaning: To be paralyzed or shocked by something
  • English equivalent: To stop dead in one’s tracks
  • Example: Se quedó de piedra cuando le dijeron que estaba embarazada. (She stopped dead in her tracks when she found out she was pregnant)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #S

Idiom: Se me hace agua la boca

  • Literal meaning: My mouth turns into water
  • Real meaning: To activate salivation by thinking of food
  • English equivalent: To make someone’s mouth water
  • Example: Se me hace agua la boca cuando pienso en chocolate. (Thinking of chocolate make my mouth water)

 

Idiom: Ser del año de la pera

  • Literal meaning: To be from the year of the pear
  • Real meaning: To be very old
  • English equivalent: To be very old
  • Example: Este libro es del año de la pera, pero aún sirve. (This book is very old, but it still works)

 

Idiom: Ser la oveja negra

  • Literal meaning: To be the black sheep
  • Real meaning: To be considered of less value in a group (e.g. family)
  • English equivalent: To be the black sheep
  • Example: Esteban es la oveja negra de la familia. (Esteban is the black sheep in the family)

 

Idiom: Ser pan comido

  • Literal meaning: To be eaten bread
  • Real meaning: To be very easy
  • English equivalent: To be a piece of cake
  • Example: Mi examen de español fue pan comido. (My Spanish exam was a piece of cake)

 

Idiom: Ser un bombón

  • Literal meaning: To be a bonbon
  • Real meaning: To be very good looking

English equivalent: To be eye candy

  •     Example: Ella es un bombón. (She’s eye candy)

 

Idiom: Ser un gallina

  • Literal meaning: To be a hen
  • Real meaning: To be a coward
  • English equivalent: To be a chicken
  • Example: Él nunca se atreve. Es un gallina. (He never dares. He’s a chicken)

 

Idiom: Ser un melón

  • Literal meaning: To be a melon
  • Real meaning: To be not very intelligent
  • English equivalent: To be a blockhead
  • Example: No sabe ni cuanto es 2+2. Es un melón. (He doesn’t even know 2+2. He’s a blockhead.)

 

Idiom: Ser uña y carne

  • Literal meaning: To be nail and meat
  • Real meaning: To always hang out with the same person
  • English equivalent: To be joined at the heap
  • Example: Esos dos son uña y carne. (Those two are joined at the heap)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #T

Idiom: Temblar como un flan

  • Literal meaning: To be shaky like a pudding
  • Real meaning: To be very nervous
  • English equivalent: To be a cat on hot bricks
  • Example: Se puso a temblar como un flan en su examen. (She was a cat on hot bricks during her exam)

 

Idiom: Tener memoria de pez

  • Literal meaning: To have the memory of a fish
  • Real meaning: To have a bad memory
  • English equivalent: To have a brain like a sieve 
  • Example: No le des recados, ya que tiene memoria de pez. (Don’t give her messages, since she has a brain like a sieve)

 

Idiom: Tener sangre azul

  • Literal meaning: To have blue blood
  • Real meaning: To be from a royal or very rich family
  • English equivalent: To be born with a silver spoon in your mouth
  • Example: Ellos fingen tienen sangre azul, pero no es así. (They pretend to have been born with a silver spoon in their mouth, but it’s not like that)

 

Idiom: Tener un humor de perros

  • Literal meaning: To have a dog’s mood
  • Real meaning: To be in a very bad mood
  • English equivalent: To be in a very bad mood
  • Example: No molesten al jefe porque tiene un humor de perros. (Don’t bother the boss because he’s in a very bad mood)

 

Idiom: Tener vista de lince

  •   Literal meaning: To have the eyesight of a lynx
  • Real meaning: Having an excellent vision
  • English equivalent: Have an eagle eye
  • Example: Puedo ver desde aquí con mi vista de lince. (I can see from here with my eagle eye)

 

  • Idiom: Tirar la casa por la ventana

Literal meaning: To throw the house out the window

  • Real meaning: To throw a great party or celebration
  • English equivalent: To throw a big party
  • Example: Mis papás se fueron de viaje, así que tiraré la casa por la ventana. (My parents went on a trip, so I’ll throw a big party in my house)

 

Idiom: Tomar el pelo

  •   Literal meaning: To take the hair
  •   Real meaning: To fool or trick someone
  •   English equivalent: To fool
  •   Example: ¿Me estás intentando tomar el pelo? (Are you trying to fool me?)

 

Popular Spanish idioms #V

Idiom: Verle las orejas al lobo

  • Literal meaning: To see the ears of the wolf
  •     Real meaning:  To notice danger
  • English equivalent: To see the writing on the wall
  • Example: No salgas de noche, a menos que quieras verle las orejas al lobo. (Don’t go out at night unless you want to see the writing on the wall)

 

Idiom: Verlo todo de color de rosa

  • Literal meaning: To see everything in pink colour
  • Real meaning: To be everything with excessive optimism
  • English equivalent: To see all peaches and cream
  • Example: Ahora que encontré pareja, veo todo color de rosa. (Now that I’ve found a couple, I see everything peaches and cream)

 

Conclusion

Spanish idioms are a great way to blend in among native Spanish speakers. When used appropriately, idioms can sum up a situation and clarify communication for all the participants in interaction. Learning Spanish idioms will help you move up the language level ladder, since mastering them requires being able to use a wide range of words and phrases, which can only be acquired through regular practice.

 

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¡Hola, amigas y amigos de SpanishCompadres.com! In this post, we’ll show you how to say and respond to “how are you?” in Spanish. Asking “how are you” is one of the first things language learners need to include in their repertoire. This is not different in Spanish.

The simplest way to say “How are you in?” Spanish is “¿Cómo estás?” However, depending on the number of participants in interaction and the level of formality of the conversation, you may want to use variations of this phrase, such as “¿Cómo están?” (plural) or “¿Cómo está?” (formal, singular). In Spain, some native Spanish speakers would prefer to say “¿Cómo estáis?” instead of “¿Cómo están?” In a friendly and informal context, you may want to use equivalent phrases like “¿Cómo estamos?”, “¿Qué tal?”, “¿Cómo te va?” “¿Qué hubo?”, and so on. The right choice of words will be an indicator of your proficiency with the Spanish language, so if you want to learn everything you need to know about how to say how are you in Spanish, keep reading and share this post. We will also teach you how to respond according to the context. Sometimes you’ll just need to say “Bien, ¿y tú?” and on other occasions, you’ll need to provide a more detailed answer. 

 

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Introduction

Let’s get something really important out of the way first. “How are you” is mostly used as a conversation opener. When you bump into someone we know at work, at school, or in any other real life situation and you say “how are you”, you don’t usually expect a long, detailed answer. Your counterpart in interaction will typically reply something like “Fine, and you?” and will wait for you to also give a brief, polite answer, such as “Fine”. Immediately after this short exchange, both of you will most likely go on your own way and resume your normal activities. 

If you see a friend who missed school or work for many days because she was on a sick leave, you would probably ask something like “How have you been lately?” Your friend would understand, due to your choice of words, that you are trying to obtain details of what happened to her, her recovery, what her doctor said, etc. This can also be done in Spanish. We’ll show you everything you need to know to ask and respond to how are you in Spanish.

 

How to say how are you in Spanish: the most common ways

 

When you’re talking one on one

When you meet one person (a friend, a colleague, a classmate, a professor or anyone you would say “how are you” to), you can ask how are you in two ways: “cómo estás” (informal) and “cómo está” (formal).

¿Cómo estás? (informal) 

This is the way you would ask a person of your same status (a classmate, a teammate, a friend, a colleague or coworker, family). “¿Cómo estás?” is informal. Examples of situations in which you would use “¿Cómo estás?”:

    • Two family members see each other at home after school or work.
    • You see your best friend at school.
    • You meet a member of your department at the elevator.

How to respond to “¿Cómo estás?”

As we stated in the introduction, a brief answer is expected, since “cómo estás” is a conversation starter. Most people would respond “Bien, ¿y tú?” (Fine, and you?). This is a high frequency answer. You can add “gracias” (thank you), like this “Bien, gracias. ¿Y tú?”

How to ask for a more detailed answer (when you really want to know how the other person is)

If you want your counterpart to provide a more detailed answer, you can ask “¿Cómo has estado?” (How have you been?). Examples of situations in which you would use “¿Cómo has estado?”:

  • Your best friend returns from a long trip. 
  • You see a colleague who’s just returned to work after a long sick leave.
  • You see a friend from school on the street after many years.

¿Cómo está? (formal)

Do you know the difference between “tú” (you, informal) and “usted” (you, formal)? The same applies to “cómo estás” (informal) and “cómo está” (formal). Examples of situations in which you would say “cómo está”:

  • You meet one of your teachers in the school cafeteria.
  • You greet one of you friends’ grandparents.
  • You meet an acquaintance who is a senior citizen.

 How to respond to “¿Cómo está?”

You can reply “Bien, ¿y tú?” or “Bien, ¿y usted?” depending on the relationship between you and the person who asked “¿Cómo está?”. For example, if you are an elderly person and a young child asks you “¿Cómo está?”, you would normally reply “Bien, ¿y tú?”

How to ask for a more detailed answer (when you really want to know how the other person is)

If you need a more complete answer, you can ask “¿Cómo ha estado?” (How have you been?). Examples of situations in which you would use “¿Cómo ha estado?”:

  • Your school teacher returns from a sick leave. 
  • Your friend’s grandmother spent a few days in the hospital.
  • You see your grand uncle after a long time.

 

When you’re talking to a group of people

 

¿Cómo están?

When you’re addressing a group of people (a family, a group of children at a birthday party, a video conference group, etc.) you ask “¿Cómo están?” This question is adequate for both formal and informal contexts. 

 

How to say how are you in Spanish: the least common ways

In very informal or familiar contexts (e.g. with friends, at a party, at a family reunion, at a celebration, with close friends, and so on), you may use one of the following informal expressions. They are all equivalent to “how are you” derivatives, such as “what’s up”, “how’re you doing?”, and others.

  • ¿Cómo estamos?
  • ¿Qué tal?
  • ¿Cómo andamos?
  • ¿Qué hubo?
  • ¿Qué haces?
  • ¿Cómo te va?
  • ¿Cómo le va? (more formal)
  • ¿Qué pasa? (very informal)

Conclusion

“How are you” is one of the first things you should learn to say in any language. Spanish is not different. “Cómo estás”, “Cómo está”, “Cómo están” are high frequency expressions in everyday, real-life Spanish. When it comes to choosing the right form, consider your status in relation to the person at the other end of the conversation. Typically, we use “cómo estás” with people who are the same status as us (colleagues, classmates, friends) and we use “cómo está” with people who are higher status (a professor, a school teacher, an elderly person, and so on). There are also less formal expressions you can use in informal contexts, such as “¿Cómo andamos?”, “¿Qué hubo?”, “¿Qué haces?”, to name a few.

 

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The top one hundred most frequent words in the Spanish language are the following:  de, la, que, el, en, y, a, los, se, del, las, un, por, con, no, una, su, para, es, al. Let’s look at some examples and important usage notes.  

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Top Spanish words: 1-10

1. de
Pronunciation: /de/
Examples:

  • No te olvides de llamarme. (Don’t forget to call me.)
  • El chocolate es una de mis golosinas favoritas. (Chocolate is one of my favorite snacks.)
  • Me gustan las canciones de amor. (I like love songs.)

 

2. la
Pronunciation: /la/
Examples:

  • La ciudad es enorme. (The city is huge.)
  • Trabajo cinco días a la semana. (I work five days a week.)
  • La vista es hermosa. (The view is beautiful.)

Note: the masculine version of this definite article is “el”. Example: el niño, la niña

 

3. que
Pronunciation: /ke/
Examples:

  • Tenemos que hablar. (We have to talk.)
  • Este es el que más me gusta. (This is the one I like the most.)
  • Siéntate aquí para que puedas ver mejor. (Sit here so you can see better.)

Note: the word “qué” (with a stress mark on “é” is equivalent to the question word “what”. Example: ¿Qué hora es? / What time is it?) 

 

4. el
Pronunciation: /el/
Examples:

  • El español es un idioma complejo. (Spanish is a complex language.)
  • El niño se fue al colegio. (The boy left to school.)
  • Estamos esperando el bus. (We’re waiting for the bus.)

Note: the word “él”, with a stress mark on “é” stands for the pronouns “he”/”him”. Examples: Él es responsable (He is responsible). No quiero jugar con él (I don’t want to play with him).   

 

5. en
Pronunciation: /en/
Examples:

  • Está en el auto. (It’s in the car.)
  • Estamos hablando en inglés. (We’re speaking English.)
  • ¿Estás en casa? (Are you home?)

 

6. y
Pronunciation: /i/
Examples:

  • Tengo que comprar pan y queso. (I have to buy bread and cheese.) 
  • ¿Y qué? (So what?)
  • Yo hablo inglés y español fluidamente. (I speak Spanish and English fluently.)

 

7. a
Pronunciation: /a/
Examples:

  • Vamos a conversar. (Let’s talk.)
  • Entrégale esto a tu compañero. (Give this to your partner.)
  • ¿A quién le importa? (Who cares?)

 

8. los
Pronunciation: /los/
Examples:

  • Los edificios tapan la vista. (The buildings block the view.)
  • Cuidado con los perros. (Beware of the dogs.)
  • ¿Te gustan los animales? Do you like animals?

Note: The female word for “los” is “las”. Examples: las mujeres, los hombres.

 

9. se
Pronunciation: /se/
Examples:

  • Era muy tarde cuando se dieron cuenta. (It was too late when they realized.)
  • El bebé se calmó cuando vino su mamá. (The baby calmed down when his mom came.)
  • ¿Cuándo se casaron? (When did you get married?)

 

10. del
Pronunciation: /del/
Examples:

  • Es el hijo del vecino. (He’s the neighbor’s son.)
  • Trajimos frutas del campo. (We brought fruit from the countryside.)
  • Soy un fanático del fútbol. (I’m a soccer fan.)

Note: “del” is the contraction of the words “de+el”. 

Top Spanish words: 11-20

 

11. las
Pronunciation: /las/
Examples:

  • Abre las cortinas, por favor. (Open the curtains, please.)
  • Son las dos. (It’s two o’clock.)
  • Nos gusta mirar las estrellas. (We like looking at the stars.)

 

12. un
Pronunciation: /un/
Examples:

  • Un poco más rápido, por favor. (A little faster, please.)
  • Un desconocido atacó a la víctima. (An unknown person attacked the victim.)
  • Vamos a un restaurant. (Let’s go to a restaurant.

 

13. por
Pronunciation: /por/
Examples:

  • Vámonos por aquí. (Let’s go this way.)
  • ¿Por qué lo hiciste? (Why did you do it?)
  • Llevemos esto por si acaso. (Let’s take this just in case.)

 

14. con
Pronunciation: /kon/
Examples:

  • ¿Con quién irás de vacaciones? (Who will you go on vacation with?)
  • Estoy con unos amigos. (I’m with some friends.)
  • Vamos con tus padres. (Let’s go with your parents.)

 

15. no
Pronunciation: /no/
Examples:

  • No estoy de acuerdo. (I don’t agree.)
  • Lo siento pero no puedo ir. (I’m sorry but I can’t go.)
  • No lo he visto. (I haven’t seen him.)

 

16. una
Pronunciation: /u’-na/
Examples:

  • Tuvieron una discusión. (They had an argument.)
  • Debes tomar una decisión. (You must take a decision.)
  • Vamos a dar una vuelta. (Let’s go for a walk)

 

17. su
Pronunciation: /su/
Examples:

  • Tuvo a su bebé en agosto. (She had her baby in August.)
  • *Está en su oficina. (He/She’s in his/her office.) *In Spanish, the subject can be implicit at the beginning of a sentence. In this case, it could be “Él” (He) or “Ella (She).
  • Gracias por su* paciencia. (Thanks for your patience.) *formal

Note: “su” is a possessive adjective. It is singular and it can be used both with masculine and feminine nouns. Examples: Ella estacionó su auto en la calle (She parked her car on the street) / Él dejó su ropa en el camarín (He left his clothes* in the locker room). In Spanish, the word “ropa” (clothes) is singular. 

 

18. para
Pronunciation: /pa’-ra/
Examples:

  • Tomaron medidas para mejorar la educación. (They took measures to improve education.)
  • Se implementó una reforma para incentivar la inversión. (A reform was implemented in order to promote investment.)
  • Debes obtener un pasaporte para viajar. (You must get a passport to travel.)

 

19. es
Pronunciation: /es/
Examples:

  • Chile es un país hermoso. (Chile is a beautiful country.)
  • Hoy es lunes. (Today is Monday.)
  • ¿Qué hora es? (What time is it?) 

 

20. al
Pronunciation: /al/
Examples:

  • Vamos al restaurant. (Let’s go to the restaurant.)
  • ¿A qué hora te vas al trabajo? What time do you leave for work?
  • Vamos al centro. (Let’s go downtown.)

 

Practice

Role play the following situations in pairs.

Situation 1: visiting a city in a Spanish speaking country with a friend

Participant A: Vamos al centro de la ciudad.

Participant B: OK. Llamaré a un taxi para que nos venga a buscar. 

Participant A: Podríamos ir a comer al restaurant que está al lado del mall y luego ir de compras.

Participant B: Y después conocer los locales del centro comercial y comprar los regalos que llevaremos de vuelta.

Participant A: OK. Hagámoslo.

Situation 2: booking a hotel room in Spanish

Participant A: Buenos días. Necesito una habitación para una persona.

Participant B: Buenos días. Por favor dígame para cuántas noches la necesita.

Participant A: La necesito del 20 al 25 de este mes, por favor. 

Participant B: Perfecto. Por favor dígame su nombre y los detalles de su tarjeta de crédito.

Participant A: OK. Mi nombre es… y mi tarjeta de crédito es una Visa número… la fecha de vencimiento es abril de 2050.

Conclusion

As you saw in the examples, the top twenty most frequently used words in the Spanish language (de, la, que, el, en, y, a, los, se, del, las, un, por, con, no, una, su, para, es, al) are mostly short words, such as articles (la, el, los, las, un, una) and prepositions (de, en, del, por, con, para, al). There is only one verb on the list (es). These words come up in almost every single conversation, so it’s really important that you practice their use with the examples given in this article.  

Resources

Corpus de Referencia del Español Actual (CREA) – Listado de frecuencias: 1.000 formas más frecuentes. Available at http://corpus.rae.es/frec/10000_formas.TXT

 

  

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Table of contents

 

How to count in Spanish 1-10: spelling and pronunciation

  • uno /u’-no/ (one)
  • dos /dos/ (two)
  • tres /tres/ (three)
  • cuatro /kua’-tro/ (four)
  • cinco /sin’-co/ (five)
  • seis /seis/ (six)
  • siete /sie’-te/ (seven)
  • ocho /o’-cho/ (eight)
  • nueve /nue’-ve/ (nine)
  • diez /dies/ (ten)

How to count in Spanish 1-10: audio practice  

Spanish numbers 1-10

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How to count in Spanish 11-20: spelling and pronunciation

  • once /on’-se/ (eleven)
  • doce /do’-se/ (twelve)
  • trece /tre’-se/ (thirteen)
  • catorce /ka-tor’-se/ (fourteen)
  • quince /kin’-se/ (fifteen)
  • dieciséis /die-si-seis’/ (sixteen)
  • diecisiete /die-si-sie’-te/ (seventeen)
  • dieciocho /die-si-o’-cho/ (eighteen)
  • diecinueve /die-si-nue’-ve/ (nineteen)
  • veinte /vein’-te/ (twenty)

How to count in Spanish 11-20: audio practice

Spanish numbers 11-20

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How to count in Spanish 21-30: spelling and pronunciation

  • veintiuno /vein-ti-u’-no/ (twenty one)
  • veintidós /vein-ti-dos’/ (twenty two)
  • veintitrés /vein-ti-tres’/ (twenty three)
  • veinticuatro /vein-ti-kua’-tro/ (twenty four)
  • veinticinco /vein-ti-sin’-ko/ (twenty five)
  • veintiséis /vein-ti-seis’/ (twenty six)
  • veintisiete /vein-ti-sie’-te/ (twenty seven)
  • veintiocho /vein-ti-o’-cho/ (twenty eight)
  • veintinueve /vein-ti-nue’-ve/ (twenty nine)
  • treinta /trein’-ta/ (thirty) 

How to count in Spanish 21-30: audio practice

Spanish numbers 21-30

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How to count in Spanish 31-40: spelling and pronunciation

  • treintaiuno /trein-tai-u’-no/ (thirty one)
  • treintaidós /trein-tai-dos’/ (thirty two)
  • treintaitrés /trein-tai-tres’/ (thirty three)
  • treintaicuatro /trein-tai-kua’-tro/ (thirty four)
  • treintaicinco /trein-tai-sin’-ko/ (thirty five)
  • treintaiséis /trein-tai-seis’/ (thirty six)
  • treintaisiete /trein-tai-sie’-te/ (thirty seven)
  • treintaiocho /trein-tai-o’-cho/ (thirty eight)
  • treintainueve /trein-tai-nue’-ve/ (thirty nine)
  • cuarenta /kua-ren’-ta/ (forty)

How to count in Spanish 31-40: audio practice

Spanish numbers 31-40

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How to count in Spanish 41-50: spelling and pronunciation

  • cuarentaiuno /kua-ren-tai-u’-no/ (forty one)
  • cuarentaidós /kua-ren-tai-dos’/ (forty two)
  • cuarentaitrés /kua-ren-tai-tres’/ (forty three)
  • cuarentaicuatro /kua-ren-tai-kua’-tro/ (forty four)
  • cuareintaicinco /kua-ren-tai-sin’-ko/ (forty five)
  • cuarentaiséis /kua-ren-tai-seis’/ (forty six)
  • cuarentaisiete /kua-ren-tai-sie’-te/ (forty seven)
  • cuarentaiocho /kua-ren-tai-o’-cho/ (forty eight)
  • cuarentainueve /kua-ren-tai-nue’-ve/ (forty nine)
  • cincuenta /sin-kuen’-ta/ (fifty)

How to count in Spanish 41-50: audio practice

Spanish numbers 41-50

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How to count in Spanish 51-60: spelling and pronunciation

  • cincuentaiuno /sin-kuen-tai-u’-no/ (fifty one)
  • cincuentaidós /sin-kuen-tai-dos’/ (fifty two)
  • cincuentaitrés /sin-kuen-tai-tres’/ (fifty three)
  • cincuentaicuatro /sin-kuen-tai-kua’-tro/ (fifty four)
  • cincuentaicinco /sin-kuen-tai-sin’-ko/ (fifty five)
  • cincuentaiséis /sin-kuen-tai-seis’/ (fifty six)
  • cincuentaisiete /sin-kuen-tai-sie’-te/ (fifty seven)
  • cincuentaiocho /sin-kuen-tai-o’-cho/ (fifty eight)
  • cincuentainueve /sin-kuen-tai-nue’-ve/ (fifty nine)
  • sesenta /se-sen’-ta/ (sixty)

How to count in Spanish 51-60: audio practice

Spanish numbers 51-60

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How to count in Spanish 61-70: spelling and pronunciation

  • sesentaiuno /se-sen-tai-u’-no/ (sixty one)
  • sesentaidós /se-sen-tai-dos’/ (sixty two)
  • sesentaitrés /se-sen-tai-tres’/ (sixty three)
  • sesentaicuatro /se-sen-tai-kua’-tro/ (sixty four)
  • sesentaicinco /se-sen-tai-sin’-ko/ (sixty five)
  • sesentaiséis  /se-sen-tai-seis’/ (sixty six)
  • sesentaisiete /se-sen-tai-sie’-te/ (sixty seven)
  • sesentaiocho /se-sen-tai-o’-cho/ (sixty eight)
  • sesentainueve /se-sen-tai-nue’-ve/ (sixty nine)
  • setenta /se-ten’-ta/ (seventy)

How to count in Spanish 61-70: audio practice

Spanish numbers 61-70

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How to count in Spanish 71-80: spelling and pronunciation

  • setentaiuno /se-ten-tai-u’-no/ (seventy one) 
  • setentaidós /se-ten-tai-dos’/ (seventy two)
  • setentaitrés /se-ten-tai-tres’/ (seventy three)
  • setentaicuatro /se-ten-tai-kua’-tro/ (seventy four)
  • setentaicinco /se-ten-tai-sin’-ko/ (seventy five)
  • setentaiséis /se-ten-tai-seis’/ (seventy six)
  • setentaisiete /se-ten-tai-sie’-te/ (seventy seven) 
  • setentaiocho /se-ten-tai-o’-cho/ (seventy eight) 
  • setentainueve /se-ten-tai-nue’-ve/ (seventy nine)
  • ochenta /o-chen’-ta/ (eighty)

How to count in Spanish 71-80: audio practice

Spanish numbers 71-80

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How to count in Spanish 81-90: spelling and pronunciation

  • ochentaiuno /o-chen-tai-u’-no/ (eighty one)
  • ochentaidós /o-chen-tai-dos’/ (eighty two)
  • ochentaitrés /o-chen-tai-tres’/ (eighty three)
  • ochentaicuatro /o-chen-tai-kua’-tro/ (eighty four)
  • ochentaicinco /o-chen-tai-sin’-ko/ (eighty five)
  • ochentaiséis /o-chen-tai-seis’/ (eighty six)
  • ochentaisiete /o-chen-tai-sie’-te/ (eighty seven)
  • ochentaiocho /o-chen-tai-o’-cho/ (eighty eight)
  • ochentainueve /o-chen-tai-nue’-ve/ (eighty nine)
  • noventa /no-ven’-ta/ (ninety)

How to count in Spanish 81-90: audio practice

Spanish numbers 81-90

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How to count in Spanish 91-100: spelling and pronunciation

  • noventaiuno /no-ven-tai-u’-no/ (ninety one)
  • noventaidós /no-ven-tai-dos’/ (ninety two)
  • noventaitrés /no-ven-tai-tres’/ (ninety three)
  • noventaicuatro /no-ven-tai-kua’-tro/ (ninety four)
  • noventaicinco /no-ven-tai-sin’-ko/ (ninety five)
  • noventaiséis /no-ven-tai-seis’/ (ninety six)
  • noventaisiete /no-ven-tai-sie’-te/ (ninety seven)
  • noventaiocho /no-ven-tai-o’-cho/ (ninety eight)
  • noventainueve /no-ven-tai-nue’-ve/ (ninety nine)
  • cien /sien/ (one hundred)

How to count in Spanish 91-100: audio practice

Spanish numbers 91-100

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How to count in Spanish 200-1,000: spelling and pronunciation

  • doscientos /do-sien’-tos/ (two hundred)
  • trescientos /tre-sien’-tos/ (three hundred)
  • cuatrocientos /kua-tro-sien’-tos/ (four hundred)
  • quinientos /ki-nien’-tos/ (five hundred)
  • seiscientos /sei-sien’-tos/ (six hundred)
  • setecientos /se-te-sien’-tos/ (seven hundred)
  • ochocientos /o-cho-sien’-tos/ (eight hundred)
  • novecientos /no-ve-sien’-tos/ (nine hundred)
  • mil /mil/ (one thousand)

How to count in Spanish 200-1,000: audio practice

Spanish numbers 200-1000

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Conclusion and important notes

From “uno” to “veinte”, you’ll need to learn each number individually. Just read this post and listen to the audios while you repeat out loud. From “veintiuno” onwards, Spanish numbers are really easy. Each number has a root and an ending.

Roots (from 21 to 99):

  • veint
  • treint
  • cuarenta
  • cincuenta
  • sesenta
  • setenta
  • ochenta
  • noventa

Endings (from 21 to 99):

  • iuno
  • idós
  • itrés
  • icuatro
  • icinco
  • iséis
  • isiete
  • iocho
  • inueve

Combine roots and endings to produce numbers (from 21 to 99). Examples:

  • veint + iuno = veintiuno (21)
  • treint + idós = treintaidós (32)
  • ochenta + inueve = ochentainueve (89)

Roots (from 200 to 999):

  • ciento (root for numbers between 101 and 199)
  • dos
  • tres
  • cuatro
  • *quinientos
  • seis
  • sete
  • ocho
  • nove

Endings (from 200 to 999)

  • cientos

Combine roots and endings to produce numbers (from 200 to 999). Examples:

  • ciento + uno = cientouno (101)
  • dos + cientos = doscientos (200)
  • cuatro + cientos = cuatrocientos (400)
  • nove + cientos = novecientos (900)

Thousands and decimals

A very important aspect you need to consider when writing Spanish numbers is the fact that thousands are separated by a point and decimals are separated by a comma. Examples:

  • 1.000 = mil (one thousand)
  • 1,000 = one (“uno” or “uno coma cero cero cero”)

Spelling options

Many Spanish numbers can be written in two ways:

  • As one word. Examples: treintaidós, cuarentaitrés, cincuentaiséis
  • As separate words. Examples: treinta y dos, cuarenta y tres, cincuenta y seis

Both ways are correct and the choice is up to you.

 

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