When moving to a new country, get off to a friendly start, by learning commonly used greetings. Specifically, you may want to give some of these a try, if you’re moving to Spain:1. Hello – Hola
2. Good morning – Buenos días
3. Good afternoon – Buenas tardes
4. Good evening – Buenas noches
5. Goodbye – Adiós
6. How are you? – Cómo Estás?
7. Very good/well – Muy bien
8. Excellent thanks. And you? – Excelente, gracias. ¿Y tú?
Asking for Directions
When moving to any location, it is likely that it will take a while for you to learn your way around. Being able to ask for directions will help to ease any anxieties about moving to an area that you are unfamiliar with.
The exact phrase you will need will completely depend on the situation, but here are a few examples:
9. Where is… – Dónde está…
10. Where is the bus station? – Dónde está la estación del bus?
11. Where are the toilets? – Dónde están los baños?
Of course, you will also need to understand the response that you receive! Some key phrases you may expect to hear include:
12. Head towards – Tirar para
13. Go up – Subir
14. Go down – Bajar
15. Left – Izquierda
16. Right – Derecha
17. Straight on – Todo recto
If the worst-case scenario happens, and you can’t find your way, then the following will come in handy:
18. I am lost – Estoy perdido
19. We are lost – Estamos Perdidos
To begin with, knowing a few polite words will help, and at least excuse your lack of knowledge, if you don’t know much else. Be sure to learn these:
20. Please – Por favor
21. Thank you – Gracias
Even if you do memorise the words for your favourite food and drink, when eating out in restaurants, be sure to spend some time reading the menu, as this will also help you to become familiar with Spanish foodie phrases.
However, to get you started, you may want to consider also learning these:
22. Soup – La sopa
23. Beef – La ternera
24. Chicken – La Pollo
25. Sea bass – La Lubina
26. Prawns – Las gambas
27. Bread roll – Bollo
28. Salad – Ensalada
29. Black Espresso – Café Solo
30. Espresso with milk – Café Cortado
31. Water – Agua
32. What do you recommend? – Qué me recomienda?
There are, of course, many more words and phrases that you will find yourself needing to know, but we hope that this article acts as a useful starting place!
Taking time to study before you move would be beneficial, either by simply downloading a free language app onto your smartphone, or by paying for professional lessons. You will no doubt learn so much more when you are finally out there, speaking to the locals and putting your skills into practice!