Learn Basic Spanish Phrases

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Why Spanish is EasyOnce you think you've mastered these phrases, try the audio flashcards and exercises to test your memory. Return to the Spanish I Tutorial for more Spanish (and mp3s) or head over to Authentic Spanish to listen to how Spanish is actually spoken in various countries, and read along with transcripts. If you're interested in buying books to supplement your Spanish studies, I've recommended some books from Amazon and Interlinear Books for learning through literal translations. Yabla's LoMásTV and FluentU also offer numerous Spanish videos with subtitles and translations. If you're interested in learning Spanish plus another Romance language, then check out Romance Vocabulary and Romance Verbs. These mp3s were recorded by a Peruvian Spanish speaker. If you'd like a guide to help with motivation and confidence in learning and speaking Spanish, check out Why Spanish is Easy.

If a phrase or question is formal, you should use it with people you do not know, people who are older, and those to whom you want to show respect. In addition, the formal you is also used as the plural you. If a phrase or question is informal, you should use it with family members, close friends, and children.

Hello! / Good morning! ¡Buenos días!

Good afternoon! ¡Buenas tardes!

Good evening! / Good night! ¡Buenas noches!

Hi! / Bye! ¡Hola! / ¡Chao!

Goodbye Adiós.

Please Por favor

See you Hasta la vista

See you later Hasta luego

See you soon Hasta pronto

See you tomorrow Hasta mañana.

Thank you (very much) (Muchas) Gracias

You're welcome De nada

Welcome Bienvenidos

I'm sorry Lo siento

Excuse me Con permiso

Pardon me Perdón

Pardon me Disculpe

Let's go! ¡Vamos!

How are you? (formal) ¿Cómo está usted?

How are you? (informal) ¿Cómo estás?

How's it going? ¿Qué tal?

Very good Muy bien

OK / So-so Más o menos

Very bad Muy mal

Yes / No Sí / No

What is your name? (formal) ¿Cómo se llama usted?

What is your name? (informal) ¿Cómo te llamas?

My name is... Me llamo...

Nice to meet you.
Mucho gusto.

Pleased to meet you. (male) Encantado.

Same here. / Same to you. Igualmente.

Mister / Mrs. / Miss Señor / Señora / Señorita

Where are you from? (formal) ¿De dónde es usted?

Where are you from? (informal) ¿De dónde eres?

I am from... Yo soy de...

How old are you? (formal) ¿Cuántos años tiene usted?

How old are you? (informal) ¿Cuántos años tienes?

I am ____ years old. Yo tengo _____ años.

Do you speak Spanish? (formal) ¿Habla usted español?

Do you speak English? (informal) ¿Hablas inglés?

I (don't) speak... (No) Hablo...

Do you understand? (formal / informal) ¿Entiende usted? / ¿Entiendes?

I (don't) understand. (No) Entiendo.

I know. Yo se.

I don't know. Yo no lo se.

Can you help me? (formal) ¿Puede ayudarme?

Of course Claro que sí

What? Pardon me? ¿Cómo?

Where is ... / Where are ... ? ¿Dónde está / Dónde están... ?

Here / There Aquí / Ahí

There is / are... / There was / were... Hay / Había...

How do you say ____ in Spanish? ¿Cómo se dice ____ en español?

What is that? ¿Qué es esto?

What's the matter (with you)? ¿Qué te pasa?

It doesn't matter. No importa.

It depends. Depende.

What's happening? ¿Qué pasa?

Nothing much. Sin novedad.

I have no idea No tengo ninguna idea.

Good idea! ¡Buena idea!

Go ahead! ¡Pase!

I'm tired. (male) Estoy cansado.

I'm hungry. Tengo hambre.

I'm thirsty. Tengo sed.

I'm hot. Tengo calor.

I'm cold. Tengo frío.

I'm sick. (male) Estoy enfermo.

I'm bored. (male) Estoy aburrido.

I don't care. No me importa.

Don't worry No se preocupe.

That's alright. / It's ok. Está bien.

I forgot. Me olvidé.

I must go now. Tengo que ir ahora.

Ready? ¿Listo?

Maybe. Quizás.

Not yet Todavía no.

How funny! ¡Qué chistoso!

Have a nice day! ¡Que le vaya bien!

We'll see you! ¡Nos vemos!

Bless you! ¡Salud!

Congratulations! ¡Felicitaciones!

Good luck! ¡Buena suerte!

It's your turn. (informal) Te toca a ti.

Shut up! ¡Callate!

I love you. (informal) Te amo.

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