Talk Spanish during your holiday in Spain!
This week the summer officially starts and you probably have some ideas already were to go on holiday! Spain is a very popular holiday destination and it has its reasons! The beautiful landscapes, the generous and kind people, the tasty food and the enchanting culture. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a basic understanding of the Spanish language when you travel to Spain? We give you a little guide for the Spanish holiday vocabulary!
There are different means of transportation which you can use when you are on vacation. How are you going to travel to your final destination?
- El coche The car
- El tren The train
- El barco The boat
- El avión The airplane
On the destination itself you can also use different means of transportation to visit another city or to travel around more easily. You can go by bus, which is el autobús or you can bike around with la bicicleta. Do you prefer travelling by foot? Then you are going a pie. But be aware! Because when you want to say you go by car/train/boat/plane you use ‘en’ instead of ‘a’. So it will be: “Vamos en coche”
So where do you want to go? A la playa (to the beach)? Al centro (to the city centre)? Al museo (to the museum)?
Is the sun shining? Well, it probably will when you travel to Spain. It might be a nice thing to know some Spanish words to express what you think about the weather.
- El sol The sun
- El calor The heat
- Hace sol It is sunny
- Hace calor It is hot
- Hace frío It is cold (hopefully you won’t need this!)
- El viento The wind
Hace mucho calor? You probably want to go to the beach! What to wear?
- El bikini The bikini
- El bañador The bathing suit
- Las gafas de sol Sunglasses
- La camiseta The t-shirt
Rise and shine! A new day to discover some great places. What time is it?! Oh no… The battery of your phone just died and you forgot your watch at home. Now what? Ask it to a Spaniard at the street. But not in English! In Spanish…
- ¿Qué hora es? What time is it?
- Son las dos It is two o´clock
- Son las tres menos cuarto It is a quarter to two
- Son las dos y cuarto It is a quarter past two
- Son las dos y media It is half past two
Regarding the time you always use son las except when you want to say that it is one o´clock. Then you use ‘es la’: “Es la una”.
If you get a bit lost or unsure how to get somewhere it would be nice to ask directions to someone in the street. The simplest way of doing so is asking “where is…”. In Spanish you can say: “Dónde está…” So, where do you want to go? El supermercado (the supermarket), la estación de tren (the trainstation), el aeropuerto (the airport), un banco (a bank) or el baño (the bathroom).
Well, asking would not be the problem. Understanding the directions you receive might be a bit more difficult. Therefore you should learn these key words:
- A la derecha Right
- A la izquierda Left
- Derecho/todo recto Straight ahead
- En la esquina At the corner
It might as well be easy to know the ranking words: primero, segundo, tercero, cuarto, quinto… The person giving you the direction will possibly tell you something like: “La segunda calle a la derecha”, meaning the second street to the right.
Knowing how to order food and drinks in a restaurant might be the most useful to know when you travel to Spain. The Spaniards will love it when you try! You probably will use the verb ‘querer’ often to express you want something. “Yo quiero” means “I want”. If you want to be more polite you can say “Me gustaría tener”, meaning “I would like to have”. Well what do you like to have?
- Una mesa A table
- El menu The menu
- Una sopa A soup
- La ensalada The salad
- El plato The dish
- Un postre A dessert
- Una bebida A drink
- Agua Water
- Vino blanco White wine
- Vino tinto Red wine
- Cerveza Beer
- Un café Coffee
- La cuenta The bill
- Por favour Please