Learn Spanish for your holidays

door Regina Coeli

Will you soon be going on holiday to a Spanish-speaking land? Part of the holiday fun is getting your Spanish up to par so you can communicate with the locals! You have got to admit that when you hear someone speaking Spanish, visions of sunny, welcoming destinations start springing to mind, don’t they?

The essentials of Spanish are simple, and they will help you enormously once you have reached your destination. And if you learned Spanish once upon a time, how great would it be to brush up on it now?

Getting started in Spanish

Sí, no, cerveza, español... You probably already know a few Spanish words. Before you go on holiday, learn a few more so you can reply in friendly Spanish now and then. You will find a list with some key phrases and vocabulary below.

Another tip we have for you is to get used to the language before you set off to Spanish-speaking countries. Listen to Spanish music or watch Spanish series so you can get used to its sounds and get yourself in the holiday mood!


Good morning   Buenos días
Good afternoon   Buenas tardes (as of around one in the afternoon)
Good evening   Buenas noches (once it is dark)
Hello   Hola
Goodbye   Adiós
How are you doing?   ¿Cómo está usted?
How's it going?   ¿Cómo estás? ¿Qué tal?
Do you speak English?   ¿Habla usted inglés?
Please   Por favor
Thank you   Gracias
Could you please tell me where…is, please?   ¿Dónde está…, por favor?
Could you tell me the price, please?   ¿Cuánto cuesta, por favor?
What time is it?   ¿Qué hora es?
I understand. / I don't understand.   (Yo) entiendo, / Lo siento, (yo) no comprendo
You're welcome   De nada
Could you tell me the way to the loo, please?   ¿Dónde están los servicios, por favor?
Could you tell me the way to a restaurant, please?   ¿Dónde hay un restaurante, por favor?
Money   Dinero
To the right   A la derecha
To the left   A la izquierda
Straight ahead   Todo recto
A table for two/four please.   Una mesa para dos/cuatro personas, por favor
Do you have a menu in English?   ¿Tienen el menú en inglés, por favor?
The menu, please.   La carta por favor
The bill/check, please.   La cuenta, por favor
I've reserved a room   He reservado una habitación


Can you not get enough?

The best ideas often come up during holidays. It could be that you finally decide to learn Spanish as you sit there, enjoying tapas under a balmy Spanish sky. So what is keeping you from taking that step now? Strike while the iron is hot!

Simply get in touch with us to learn Spanish in no time. At Regina Coeli, you learn Spanish from native speakers and we design your programme completely around your wishes.

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