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30 English to Spanish Travel Phrases

Here are 30 of the most common words and phrases used in travel. Although English is spoken in most tourist areas of Mexico, including Tulum in the Riviera Maya region, it’s a good idea to have a few handy phrases in your back pocket. Seriously, on your next trip, copy this and keep it in your back pocket! You won’t regret it.

Don’t be afraid to flounder! That’s how any new language is learned. Make it fun and try to speak Spanish as much as you can while traveling. Slowly, you will become more proficient, have more fun and get a long a little better with each visit. Learning someone else’s language is one of the greatest compliments you can give to them and one of the greatest things you can do for yourself.

English Spanish Pronunciation
Hello! / Good morning! ¡Buenos días! bway-nohs dee-ahs
Good afternoon! ¡Buenas tardes! bway-nahs tard-ays
Good evening! ¡Buenas noches! bway-nahs noh’-chehs
Hi! ¡Hola! oh-lah
Bye! ¡Chao! chow
Please Por favor Por fah-vohr’
Thank you (very much). (Muchas) Gracias. (moo-chahs) grah-see-ahs
Good bye. Adiós. ah-dee-ohs
You’re welcome. De nada. day nah-dah
Pardon me Perdón pehr-dohn
I’m sorry Lo siento loh see-ehn-toh
Do you speak English? ¿Habla inglés usted? ah-blah een-glehs oo-sted
I (don’t) understand. (No) Entiendo. noh ehn-tyen-doh
Do you understand? ¿Entiende usted? ehn-tyen-deh oo-sted
Can you help me? (formal) ¿Puede ayudarme? pweh-deh ah-yoo-dar-meh
Where is … ¿Dónde está dohn-deh eh-stah
Where are … ? Dónde están… ? dohn-deh eh-stahn
Sure Claro klah-roh
Of course Claro que sí klah-roh keh see
Here Aqui ah-kee
There Ahí ah-ee
What’s happening? ¿Qué pasa? keh pah-sah
What is that? ¿Qué es esto? keh ehs ehs-toh
Nice to meet you. Mucho gusto. moo-choh goo-stoh
How much does it cost? ¿Cuánto cuesta? KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah
Bless you! ¡Salud! sah-lood
Have a nice day! ¡Que le vaya bien! keh leh vah-yah bee-ehn
Could you speak more slowly please? ¿Podría usted hablar más despacio por favor? poh-DRYAH oos-TEHD ah-BLAHR MAHS dehs-PAH-syoh pohr fah-BOHR?
I don’t understand. No entiendo NOH ehn-TYEHN-doh
Help me ¡Socorro! soh-KOHR-roh!
Where is the hotel? ¿Dónde está el hotel? dohn-deh eh-stah el hotel?
I’m lost. Estoy perdido ehs-TOY pehr-DEE-doh
How do I get to Tulum? ¿Cómo puedo llegar a Tulum? KOH-moh PWEH-doh yeh-GAHR ah Too loom

For more phrases and Spanish instruction, try ielangauges.com, Wikipedia’s Spanish phrasebook and SmartPhrase.com.

Posada Yum Kin, with its multi-lingual staff, is an eco-friendly, 9-unit, boutique hotel in Tulum, Mexico and features fully-equipped kitchens, a new pool and complimentary breakfasts. It possesses a ‘real Mexico’ atmosphere, but fully concentrates on luxury, while offering a little bit of condo convenience.

For more information or to book your next visit, email Julie at [email protected] or Dan at [email protected].