If you’re afraid of getting lost in Madrid or Valencia, have a look at our Spanish tips. A few grammar rules, some tricks to pronunciate words and suggestions to make Spanish easier for you.

Whatever your Spanish level is, don’t worry! Here we’re basically showing you some useful sentences that might be helpful when it comes to travel. 

If you’re looking for inspiration for your next holiday, have a look at our  tour of Tenerife.

In volo verso Tenerife
In volo verso Tenerife

1 – ASKING FOR DIRECTIONS

1)  Excuse me, where’s…? = Perdone, donde està ….? (note: all the letters must be clearly pronunciated. Letter “E” in Spanish always sounds like the E of “Eggs”. Letter “A” is a pure open sound like “A” in “Italia”. It’s not easy for an English to get this right, but try to hear Italian and Spanish pronunciation of A and your pronunciation will be perfect. The letter “O” is a vocal sound that is pronunciated like the O of “Open”)

– the station = la estaciòn (note: “CI” combination gets pronounced as sounds “TH” + “E”)

– the airport = el aeropuerto (note: to pronunciate letter “U” use the sound OO of Book”)

– the beach = la playa (note: “Y” sounds as E in the word “Eagle”)

– the city = la ciudad (note: remember that “CI” is a kind of “TH” sound plus “E”)

– the restaurant = el restaurante (note: this one is pretty hard because there are many vocal combinations. Just remember that you must clearly hear all the sounds. Each letter is a unique separate sound)

– the street = la calle (note:”LL” has a peculiar pronunciation that can be similar to a long E sound. The final “E”, on the contrary, is like the E of “Eggs”)

– the parking= el aparcamiento (note: Letter “I” is pronunciated like the combination “EA” of “Eagle”)

2) Could you tell me where I can…? = Podrìa decirme donde puedo …? (note: Remember to pronunciate all the vocal sounds clearly. Also, note that “CI” always sounds like “TH” + “E”)

– rent a car = alquilar un coche (note: the combination of these three letters “QUI”‘s pronunciation is similar to the “KI” sound in “Kiwi”. I know it’s strange 🙂 But this is a tipical sound of latin languages. “CH” on the contrary, is identical to the English sound of “Church”. After CH remember to add the E as “Eggs”)

– get the bus = tomar el autobus (note: just be carefull and try to pronunciate all the letters)

– get the luggages = coger las maletas (note: here it is. The most typical Spanish sound: the so called “jota”. This is the sound made when pronunciating the following combinations of letters: GE, GI and J. To make it easier to pronunciate, pretend to have an H instead of the “J”. GE = H + E (of “Eggs”), GI = H + I (EA of “Eagle”) and J = H. Exagerating this “H” sound you can get close to the “jota” sound)

2 – ASK FOR INFORMATION/ BOOKING

HOTEL

I’d like to book a roomQuisiera reservar una habitaciòn … (note: “QUI” is always the “KI” of “kiwi”. Remember that “CI” turns into a “TH” + “E” sound. “S” is a pretty strong sound in Spanish, so you can exagerate it a little)

– double = doble (note: just remeber to pronunciate all the vocals as per the above mentioned suggestions)

– single = individual (note: remember that “I” sounds like the “EA” combination in “Eagle)

– with breakfast = con desayuno (note: sound “Y” is like a long “E”)

– with additional bed= con cama extra 

 

RESTAURANT

1) I’d like to reserve a table .. = quisiera reservar una mesa .. (note: “QUI” is always “KI”  of “Kiwi”)

– for two/ three / four = para dos / tres / cuatro (note: the “C” of “cuatro” is a hard sound like K. You can imagine to read “KUA”. Remember that “A” is a very pure sound both in Italian and Spanish. Have a look at the words “Italia” or “España” pronunciated by Italian and Spanish speakers)

2) Do you have a table.. ? = Tienen ustedes una mesa.. ? (note: remember that “I” sounds like the”EA” of “Eagle while “E” sounds like the E of “Eggs”)

3) Excuse me, could you bring me .. ? = Perdone, señor, podrìa traerme .. ? (note: the spanish ñ has a specific pronunciation. To make it easier you can pronunciate it as “N” + “E” but make sure to listen to the original sound on the net. You can have a look at the word “España” to get it right)

– mineral/sparkling water = agua sin gas / con gas (note: Letter “U” is like OO in “Books” and “A”, as usual, is a clear open sound typical of latin languages)

– a coffee = un café

– today’s menu = el menu del dìa (note: the presence of the accent on “I” doesn’t modify its sound. “I” sounds like “EA” of “Eagle” and “A” like the “A” in “Italia”)

– un panino con prosciutto e formaggio = un bocadillo con jamòn y queso (note: “LL” sounds like a long “E” sound and letter “J” can be substituted with a strong “H”. Also notice that the combination “QUE” is like “K” + “E” of “Eggs)

AT THE AIRPORT

1) What time does flight number 3 for XX leave ? = A què ora sale el vuelo 3 para XX ? (note: forget about the accents 🙂 Remember to consider “QUE” like”K” +”E” (Eggs). Don’t forget to pronunciate all the vocal sounds separately)

2) Where does the bus stop? = Donde llega este autobùs? (note: remeber to pronunciate “LL” as a long “E” and the final “E” as the E of “Eggs”)

3) I’d need a ticket for.. = Quisiera un billete para.. (note: “QUI” always sounds like “KI” of “Kiwi”. Don’t forget the pronunciation of “LL”)

3 – PAY

 How much is .. ? = Cuanto cuesta .. ? (note: there are two “CU” combinations here. They sound like as “K” + “U” (OO in book). In the first case a letter A is following, so you can pronunciate KUA. In the second case you can pronunciate “KU” + E (of “Eggs))

– this excursion = esta excurciòn (nota: remember that “CI” is “TH”+ “E”)

– the lunch= la comida 

– il biglietto = el billete (note: “LL” is always a long “E”. So you’re going to have a very long E sound in this word. “I” sounds like “EA” of “Eagle” and then you have the long “E”. After that the “E” is like the “E” of “Eggs”)

Paella
Paella

Listos para el pròximo viaje ???? (ready for your next travel?)

If you’re looking for some inspiration, have a look at our articles about Tenerife and to our Youtube video!

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