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Survival Phrases in Spanish Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

We’ve all been there before – traveling to a new country and having absolutely no idea how to communicate with people. While it’s true that you’ll find English speakers in countries like Spain, Argentina, and Mexico, it’s not as prevalent as you may think. A much better idea is to learn some survival phrases in Spanish before you go.

Lost tourist…
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Follow this video and you’ll be equipped with several necessary phrases and sentences for traveling in Spanish speaking countries.

  • Hola = Hello
  • ¿Cómo está? = How are you?
  • Estoy bien. = I’m fine.
  • ¿Cómo se llama? = What’s your name?
  • Me llamo… = My name is…
  • Mucho gusto = Nice to meet yo
  • ¡Adiós! = Goodbye!
  • Por favor = Please
  • Gracias = Thank you
  • De nada = You’re welcome
  • Sí = Yes
  • Quizás = Maybe
  • No = No
  • Disculpe/con permiso = Excuse me
  • Lo siento = I’m sorry
  • No hay problema = No problem
  • ¿Qué es esto? = What’s this?
  • ¿Habla inglés? = Do you speak English?
  • Yo solo hablo un poco de español. = I only speak a little Spanish.
  • No lo entiendo. = I don’t understand.
  • ¿Puede hablar más despacio, por favor? = Can you speak slowly, please?
  • ¿Dónde está…? = Where is…?
  • ¿Dónde está el baño? = Where is the bathroom?
  • ¿Cuánto cuesta? = How much is the cost?
  • ¿Cuánto es? = How much?
  • ¿Puede ayudarme? = Can you help me?
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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


  1. Alma:

    Please do correct sentence number 5 in ES.

    • sasha:

      @Alma Gracias… it was fine in the video but the text was incorrect for that one. It’s been changed.

  2. Ilona:

    Hola, en mi opinion ” me llamo es..” no es correcto,
    debería ser: me llamo, o mi nombre es,


  3. Brian Clarance:

    I really like the learning, but I think I am at intermediate now.Are there more advanced emails?

    • sasha:

      @Brian Clarance We try to mix up the content on here to satisfy all levels. I’m a beginner myself, so until I advance my content will be generally geared towards beginners. I’m going to be in South America until May, so you should see more advanced content coming out in the following months.