Spanish Phrases To Know:
When visiting Luquillo, you will find that the vast majority of staff in businesses speak English – this is especially true of restaurants, hotels, and stores. Nonetheless, it is always helpful to know some basic Spanish phrases in case you ever find yourself in a pinch. It is also good to know some basic greetings to come across as friendly and polite.
Here are 10 basic Spanish phrases that are good to know:
- Hola! – hi or hello. Pronounced oh/la.
This is a basic greeting in Spanish and can be used any time of the day. Eg. Hola, Señor – hello, sir.
- Gracias – Thank you. Pronounced GRAHS/yahs – two syllables only.
It is always good to be polite and gracious when visiting anywhere in the world and Puerto Rico is no different. Always say please and thank you wherever you go.
- Por Favor – Please. Pronounced por fah/VOR. Eg. Una cerveza, por favor – 1 beer, please.
It is amazing what a smile and a please can do, it can turn a situation from stressful to pleasant – use this one often.
- Habla inglés? – Do you speak English? Pronounced ah/bla EEN/gles.
Good phrase to know if you are lost and looking for someone around to that speaks English. This is the formal (respectful) way of saying it, which is what you would want in this type of situation.
- No hablo español – I don’t speak Spanish. Pronounced no ablo es/pa/NYOL.
This one is pretty self-explanatory; if you are ever in a situation where you don’t understand what is being said to you, this is a good phrase to know.
- Dónde está…? – Where is ..? Pronounced dohn/DE es/TA.
Eg. Donde esta el baño? where is the bathroom? Can also be used with any directions, like where is the hotel, the restaurant, etc.
- Necesito Ayuda – I need help. Pronounced ne/se/see/to ah/YUDA.
Eg. necessito ayuda, por favor – I need help, please. None of us expect this to happen, but if you find yourself in an accident, lost, or a medical emergency, this one is a must.
- Damas\Caballeros – simply means Women\Men (literally Ladies\Gentleman). Pronounced dah/MAS and cah/BAH/yeh/ros.
You will commonly see these on bathroom doors and they are always good to know in order to keep you from an embarrassing mistake.
- Cuánto es..? – How much is..? Pronounced cooh/ANTO es.
Eg. Cuánto es la camiseta? How much is the T-shirt? Useful in any shopping experience and we have many of those here.
- No Entiendo – I don’t understand. Pronounced noh en/TEE/en/do.
Eg. No entiendo español, pero necesito ayuda, por favor – I don’t understand Spanish but I need help, please.