Spanish For Dummies
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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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Berlitz® has taught languages to millions of people for more than 130 years. Susana Wald is a writer and literary translator in Hungarian, Spanish, English, and French, and she has taught abroad in Chile and Canada. Cecie Kraynak, MA, has taught and tutored Spanish at the junior high school and college levels for more than 25 years. She is the author of Spanish Verbs For Dummies.

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