Some incredibly useful phrases to know in Spanish!

Without a doubt, life in Spain is certainly easier and can be more enjoyable if you learn to speak the language. Everything from socialising and work to shopping and finding your way around may require you to know some Spanish. Many people on the Costa del Sol speak English, however not everyone does and Spanish are polite people so it’s good to make an effort when talking to them. Here are some key phrases that will really help you to settle in and impress your friends and family when they visit your new home this summer!

 

¿Dónde está ………………….? Where is, just add desired place or object, e.g.:

¿Dónde está el ayuntamiento? – Where is the town hall?

 

¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much does it cost? (One item)

¿Cuánto es? – How much is it? (End total of a few items)

 

Se puede …… ( + verb) – Can you ?. e.g.:-

¿Se puede aparcar aquí? – Can you park here?

No se puede – you can´t.

¿Se puede? – could also be use don it’s own to request permission.

 

Quiero …….(+ object or verb) – I want- (not as rude as it sounds in English!)

    Quiero dos kilos de patatas – I want two kilos of potatoes- (object)

or:

Quiero apuntarme – I want to sign up  (verb)

No quiero – I don’t want to/it.

 

No sé – I don’t know

 

Tengo – I have

No tengo – I don’t have

Tienes – Do you have? You have.

 

Me duele………. ( + body part) – My ……….. hurts

Me duele el tobillo – My ankle hurts

 

No funciona – It doesn’t work.

Está roto – It’s broken.

 

Hay – is/are there? , there is/are – (pronounced “eye”)

No hay – there aren´t/isn´t any

 

Voy a …………..( + place or verb)  – I’m going to ………….

Voy a la playa – I’m going to the beach.- (place)

Voy a comprar pan – I’m going to buy bread.- (verb)

¿Dónde vas? – Where are you going?

 

No importa – It doesn’t matter.

 

¿Cuándo es? – When is it?

 

Es muy importante – It’s very important.

 

To learn more Spanish you can see our previous blogs with useful phrases to use at the pharmacy and the beauty salon, plus tips for understanding Spanish utility bills.

If you are looking to rent long term on the Costa del Sol this year, visit our website for list of available properties or call us on 952 839 595 with your requirements.

 

 

 

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