Spanish 101: Great Phrases For You Next Getaway

I am going to school you in the art of a beautifully spoken language as I help you travel with confidence to Mexico this summer. I will tell you the basic Spanish phrases you need to know before your awesome trip to help you get around with ease.

I hope everyone knows the basic “Hola” and “Adios.” If not, don’t worry, “Hola” means Hello; “Adios” means Goodbye.

Spanish is a Latin-based language; if you have taken any Latin classes, or any Latin based language classes for that matter [French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian] it will be easy to learn. I travel to Mexico often and have picked up these sayings. Yes, they are grammatically correct; feel free to print them out and take them with you! I hope you enjoy.

Empecemos [Means: Lets get it started!] 💋


  • Good Morning ¡Buenas días!
  • Good Afternoon ¡Buenas tardes!
  • Goodnight ¡Buenas noches!

Fun fact: You use certain greetings at certain times of the day. ¡Buenas dias! is used in the morning until lunchtime, while ¡Buenas tardes! is used from lunchtime until dark. You can greet anyone with ¡Hola! and ¿Qué tal? any time of the day.

  • How are you? ¿Cómo está?
  • Do you speak English? ¿Habla inglés?
  • What does….mean? ¿Qué significa…?
  • What’s your name? ¿Como se ilama?
  • Please,…. Por favor
  • Yes. Si
  • No. No
  • Friend. Amigo
  • Thank you. Gracias
  • Yes, thank you. Si, gracias
  • No, thank you. No, gracias
  • My name is… ¿Me ilamo?
  • How are things? ¿Qué tal?
  • Very good! ¡Muy bien!
  • Thank you very much. Muchas gracias
  • Sorry! ¡Perdón!
  • Excuse me! ¡Perdóne!
  • I’m sorry about that. Lo siento.
  • Fine, thanks. And you? Bien, gracias. ¿Y usted?
  • Goodbye! ¡Adios!
  • See you soon! ¡Hasta pronto!


  •  How much is the sightseeing tour? ¿Cuánto cuesta el tour por la ciudad?
  •  How much is that? ¿Cuánto es eso?
  •  That’s too expensive. Es demasiado caro.
  •  Do you have anything cheaper? ¿Tienes algo más barato?
  • Is this in pesos or american dollars? ¿Esto es en pesos o en dólares americanos?

Fun fact: Keep in mind Mexico, Hong Kong, and Australia all use the dollar sign ($) at the beginning of all prices. So, before you go off on a rampage about how outrageous it is; always ask if it is in their currency or American dollars! I learned that one the hard way.

  • I’d like to visit….  Me gustaría visitar…
  • I’d like a map of the city. Quisiera un mapa de la ciudad.
  • Could I see the….list, please? ¿Pude ver la… de la lista, por favor?
  • Do you serve…?  ¿Tienen…..
  • Cocktails. Cóctel
  • White wine. Vino blanco
  • Red wine. Vino tinto
  • A Beer. Una cerveza
  • I don’t want to drink any alcohol. No quiero beber alcohol.
  • Cheers! ¡Salud!
  • The menu, please. La carta, por favor.
  • The bill, please. La cuenta, por favor.
  • It’s very loud here. Aqui hay mucho ruido.
  • What time is it? ¿Qué hora es?
  • What is today’s date? ¿Cuál es la fecha de hoy?
  • What’s the weather going to be like today? ¿Qué tiempo hara hoy?
  • It is going to be nice. Hace buen tiempo.
  • it is going to be bad.  Hace mal tiempo.
  • What’s the temperature? ¿Cuál es la temperatura?

I hope you have a fun vacation, wherever it is you end up! And remember, what happens on vacation stays on vacation!





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