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Using Essential Spanish Words and Phrases

Part of the Spanish For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As with any language, the number of Spanish words and phrases can be intimidating. If you're just beginning to explore Spanish, you can feign fluency with these essential words and phrases until your Spanish is up to snuff.

  • ¡Hola! (¡oh-lah!) (Hello!)

  • Por favor. (pohr fah-bvohr.) (Please.)

  • Gracias. (grah-seeahs.) (Thank you.)

  • ¿Dónde está el baño? (¿dohn-deh ehs-tah ehl bvah-nyoh?) (Where is the bathroom?)

  • Lo siento. (loh seeehn-toh.) (I'm sorry.)

  • ¿Habla usted inglés? (¿ah-bvlah oohs-tehd een-glehs?) (Do you speak English?)

  • No hablo mucho español. (no ah-bvloh mooh-choh ehs-pah-nyohl.) (I don't speak much Spanish.)

  • No sé. (noh seh.) (I don't know.)

  • Claro. (clah-roh.) (I understand. [Literally: Clear.])

  • Adiós. (ah-dee-ohs.) (Good-bye.)

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