Maybe you want to order some food and drinks or you may need directions to your hotel. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, spoken by over 300 million people in 22 countries (mainly in South America) and obviously Spain, you’ll find it useful knowing the basic phrases and questions on your travels.

English Spanish
Basic Phrases  
Hello Hola
Please Por Favor
Thank you (very much) (Muchas) Gacias
Excuse me Discuple
Essential Phrases
Do you speak English Hablas inglés?
Where is..? Dónde está …?
Which way to the beach? Qué camino a la playa
Is there a bank around here? Hay un banco por aquí?
Do you have …? tiene …?
How much is this? Cuánto cuesta este?
It’s too expensive Es demasiado caro
Eating Out
How long do we have to wait? Cuánto hay que esperar?
Do you have a menu in English? Tiene un menú en ingles?
 Large beer please Grande de cerveza por favor
Do you accept credit cards? Aceptan tarjetas de crédito?
Bring us the bill/check, please. Nos trae la cuenta, por favor.
Travelling by Taxi
Do you have a meter?/ Do you use your meter? Tiene un taxímetro?/Usa el taxímetro?
Take me to Llévame a
Public Transport
Is there a bus/train going to …? Hay un autobús / tren que va a …?
Please can you tell me where to get off for …? Por favor, me dice cuando tengo que bajarme para …?

These 20 basic words and phrases will help you in most situations in Spanish speaking countries, and may even help in some Portuguese nations due to the language similarities.

Can you add any more essential phrases to this list; let us know in the comments below.

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