Spanish Vocabulary & Phrases

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Ordering at a Restaurant in Spanish

When you’re eating out at a Spanish-speaking restaurant, knowing some basic Spanish vocabulary can make the ordering process a little easier. Placing your order basically consists of two parts: ordering [more…]

Telling Time in Spanish

Regardless of which Spanish-speaking country you’re in, a conversation about time usually starts with ¿Qué hora es? (What time is it?) Here’s how you can tell someone what time it is in Spanish: [more…]

Shopping at a Spanish Market: Fruit and Vegetable Vocabulary

When you’re going shopping at a Spanish market for fresh fruits and vegetables, knowing the Spanish vocabulary for the foods you’re buying can make your shopping endeavors much easier. Following are the [more…]

Formally Introducing Yourself in Spanish

Whether you’re speaking in Spanish, English, or Esperanto, introducing yourself formally means that you don’t talk in a chummy, informal way to a person with whom you have no relationship. Instead, especially [more…]

Talking on the Phone in Spanish

Talking on the phone in a Spanish-speaking country isn’t much different from talking on the phone in the United States. However, the word you use for “hello” on the phone may be different depending on [more…]

Popular Menu Items in Spanish and Latin Restaurants

When you’re eating in a Spanish restaurant or a Central or South American restaurant, you may find the menu a little intimidating. But these restaurants feature many tasty and exotic menu items that you [more…]

Useful Spanish Words and Phrases for Airport Travel

Navigating an airport in Spanish is a lot easier when you know some of the common Spanish words and phrases you may encounter. International airport travel will be a breeze after you master these words [more…]

Describing Parts of the Body in Spanish

Getting familiar with Spanish terms for parts of the body now can be helpful should you face a medical emergency while visiting a Spanish-speaking country later on. Fortunately, talking about various parts [more…]

Good, Better, Best: Irregular Comparatives in Spanish

Spanish has a couple of adjectives and adverbs that are exceptions when it comes to forming the comparative and superlative.

As adjectives, bueno (good), [more…]

Making Superlatives in Spanish Is the Best!

The superlative shows that something (or someone) is the best or worst of its (or his or her) kind. In Spanish, the article (el, la, los, las) that comes before [more…]

Grocery Shopping at a Spanish Supermarket

When you’re buying groceries at a Spanish supermarket, or supermercado(soo-pehr-mehr-kah-doh), it’s helpful to know some Spanish words and phrases related to shopping. [more…]

Explaining Medical Symptoms in Spanish

Accidents and ailments happen everywhere, even on a vacation to a Spanish-speaking country. If you can't explain your medical symptoms to a Spanish doctor, your minor ailment can become a major emergency [more…]

Department Store Shopping: Spanish Vocabulary

When shopping in a Spanish department store, a few simple Spanish phrases can help you find what you’re looking for. Shopping in a Spanish department store is an experience you’re likely to be more accustomed [more…]

Useful Spanish Words and Phrases for Train Travel

Worried you’ll miss your train because you don’t know the right Spanish travel phrases? Train travel in a Spanish-speaking country is easy with these handy words and phrases. [more…]

Knowing Your Rights and Lefts: Describing Relative Positions in Spanish

If you know the right words, you can use Spanish to describe something or someone’s position in relation to your body. Follow these guidelines to correctly use Spanish to identify the space around your [more…]

Ordering Up Ordinal Numbers in Spanish

Spanish speakers use ordinal numbers — those used to express numbers in a series — far less frequently than cardinal numbers, but ordinals still have some very important applications in everyday life. [more…]

Making Comparisons of Inequality in Spanish

Comparisons of inequality show that two things or people are not the same. It doesn’t matter whether you’re using an adjective or an adverb in Spanish; you make the comparison the same way. You create [more…]

Making Equal Comparisons in Spanish

Comparisons of equality show that two things or people are the same. In Spanish, whether you’re using an adjective or an adverb, you make the comparison the same way. [more…]

What to Expect at a Traditional Spanish Market

Shopping at a traditional Spanish market is a true cultural experience. Spanish markets offer some wonderful bargains (but be prepared to barter) and a unique shopping environment. So, [more…]

Using Dónde and Estar to Ask for Directions in Spanish

The Spanish verb estar(ehs-tahr), which means to be (in a temporary state), has a special relationship with the question ¿dónde?(dohn-deh), which asks where. This relationship exists because looking for [more…]

Spanish Sports Terms

Fútbol (foot-bvohl), el béisbol (ehl bvehees-bvohl)(baseball), tennis, swimming, and cycling are all popular sports in Latin America. A little Spanish vocabulary can help you discuss these sports and games [more…]

Cashing In on Spanish Money Terms

Although each Spanish-speaking country has its own form of currency, some words and phrases about money are the same, no matter where you travel. Here are a few Spanish words and phrases that you can take [more…]

Bargaining at a Traditional Spanish Market

Knowing how to bargain for goods when you’re shopping at a traditional Spanish market can help you get the best merchandise at the best price. Bargaining [more…]

Talking about a Specific Time in Spanish

In Spanish, when you want to discuss when a particular event will occur, you can use a common Spanish phrase — ¿A qué hora . . . ? (At what time . . .?) [more…]

Sauces Used in Mexican Restaurants

Some people say that the sauces truly make Mexican dinners special. Choosing an entrŽe is much easier when you know what the Spanish names of the various sauces mean and how various sauces on a restaurant [more…]

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