Spanish Vocabulary & Phrases

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Registering Computers, Cameras, and Other Electronics with Customs

If you're planning on doing some international travel, you may have to register your electronic equipment with Customs after you arrive. Registering computers and cameras may save you a hassle with Customs [more…]

Paying with Credit Cards in Spanish Stores

Credit cards are a safe, clean way of handling your money in a Spanish-speaking country. Paying with your credit card has many advantages. You don’t have to carry cash, your expenses are registered in [more…]

Communicating with Immigration Officials in Spanish

Communicating with Spanish-speaking airport personnel can be intimidating, especially when you’re dealing with Immigration. Here are some Spanish airport-related phrases you may hear [more…]

Spanish Expressions of Home and Hearth

A house is not always a home, but in Spanish, la casa (lah kah-sah) is the word that can describe both a house and a home. The Spanish word el hogar (ehl-oh- [more…]

Speaking about Spanish Office Buildings

In larger Latin American cities, people often work in high-rise buildings and office towers, just like in New York or Chicago. In smaller cities or towns, the workplace may be built around an open-air [more…]

Mastering the Months in Spanish

When you look at the Spanish words for the months of the year (los meses del año; lohsmehs-es dehlahn-yoh), you may think that they look pretty familiar. The Spanish spellings for the months are similar [more…]

A Little about Diminutives in Spanish

When you want to make a diminutive in Spanish, a little change can make a big difference. To indicate that something is “small” or “little” in Spanish, you add a few letters, called a suffix, to the end [more…]

Getting Around a Spanish City on a Bus

Don’t want to rent a car or pay for a taxi? No problem! You can get around many Spanish cities by taking a bus. In fact, you may prefer riding a bus compared to the more expensive transportation alternatives [more…]

Getting Hotel Room Information in Spanish

Before checking in to a Spanish hotel, you’ll want to check it out to make sure it meets your needs and expectations. Seeing the hotel’s rooms before you check in is a particularly good idea if you’re [more…]

Asking for Directions to the Train Station in Spanish

Want to take a train in a Spanish-speaking country but are unsure of how to ask, in Spanish, for directions to the train station? The following steps can help you find a station with ease: [more…]

The Rain in Spain: Talking about the Weather in Spanish

Break the proverbial ice by talking about the weather is as common in Spanish-speaking countries as it is everywhere else. Discussing the weather in Spanish means using the verb [more…]

Exchanging Your Dollars for the Local Currency

Each country has its own currency, so when you travel in Spanish-speaking countries, you need to use the local currency to make your transactions. Don’t use your dollars to buy Spanish goods or services [more…]

Going to a Spanish Cinema

Latin America shows rich and varied films in its movie theaters, which are a wonderful form of entertainment. Consider the following Spanish conversation between Cristina and Nemesio, who decide to go [more…]

Talking about a Spanish Circus

A traveling show or circus passing through a Spanish town is a special event. If you’re going to the circus, consider the following dialog to get some tips on having a Spanish conversation about the event [more…]

Days of the Week in Spanish

Maybe you’ve seen an international calendar listing the days of the week in different languages, including Spanish. But which of those were the Spanish words? Here are [more…]

Handling Violent Situations in Spanish-Speaking Countries

If you're planning a vacation to a Spanish-speaking country, you don't want to think about getting robbed, attacked, or caught in a violent situation, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t figure out how [more…]

Shopping for Quality Fabric in Spanish

In Spanish department stores, you may notice that poorer regions favor fabrics made with artificial fibers, and that the prices for these fabrics aren't any lower than those of natural fibers. The following [more…]

Brightening Your World with Colors in Spanish

Shopping for clothes, home décor items, and other household goods in Spanish-speaking countries requires some familiarity with describing these colores [more…]

Filling Out Hotel Registration Forms in Spanish

When registering at a Spanish hotel, you may be asked to fill out a registration form. Following are some Spanish terms for information you’re likely to be asked for when you check in: [more…]

How to Hire a Taxi in a Spanish City

Like many urban areas worldwide, taxis are often available for hire in Spanish-speaking cities. To take advantage of this service, though, you need to know how to go about hiring a taxi. Following are [more…]

Using Travelers’ Checks in Spanish-Speaking Countries

Travelers’ checks are a safe way to carry your money. One inconvenience of using travelers' checks in Spanish-speaking countries is that you need to find the right place to cash them. Banks do, and many [more…]

Renting a Car in a Spanish-Speaking Country

One way to feel like a local when you’re visiting a Spanish-speaking country is to rent a car. In fact, renting a car is also a good way to practice your Spanish because you’ll be exposed to road signs [more…]

Measuring Up: Weight and Volume in Spanish

Spanish-speaking countries use the metric system to measure weight and volume (the United States uses the English system). So instead of asking for a pound of [more…]

Minding Your Business: The Spanish Idiom Asunto

The Spanish word asunto (ah-soon-toh) (matter; business; that which concerns you) is an idiom that’s used in several Spanish phrases. In some parts of South America, [more…]

Renting or Leasing a Home in Spanish

If you need to rent a house or apartment in a Spanish-speaking location, you need to be able to talk about leasing terms and the type of housing you’re looking for. The following Spanish words and phrases [more…]

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