Going Surfing in a Spanish Speaking Country? Be Sure to Learn these Tourist Phrases!
Where will you be traveling to this year? The world is large, and our time is short – be sure to choose your vacation spot wisely, and make the most out of your trip!
Did you know that there are a total of 21 countries in the world whose native language is Spanish?
You’re probably familiar with many of them:
Spain, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Argentina…
But did you know that Andorra and Gibraltar, which are located in Europe, carry great popularity with the Spanish language as well? Let alone the fact that the United States has over 38 million Spanish speakers, making Spanish the second most popular language.
Traveling is always a fun experience (unless you are traveling with 3 kids under the age of 5…our heart goes out to you). That 2 week vacation is something we usually look forward to year round. Sometimes we travel a couple hours by car for a small getaway, sometimes we travel a couple hours by airplane to forget where we are from. While both can be exciting, immersing yourself in a foreign country is always the most exciting!
English and Spanish carry many similarities to one another. Here are some words that you should have no difficulty in recognizing:
Sounds simple enough – right?
Sadly, many words in Spanish have no similar sounding English counterparts. Even worse, they may sound similar, but have nothing to do with each other! Here are a few ones that can trick you into thinking they are apart of the same family:
|Carpeta||Folder (not carpet)|
|Actualmente||Currently (not actually)|
|Embarazada||Pregnant (not embarrassed)|
I Want to Be Prepared for My Trip! What’s the Easiest Way to Learn Spanish?
Have you ever been in a taxi in a foreign country, or at the market, and the people saw that you had the words “TOURIST” written all over you? Perhaps you paid an extra couple dollars for your taxi ride, perhaps you settled for some 2nd class broccoli from the market.
The first sign that locals recognize from a tourist is their inability, and sometimes lack of desire, to learn their language. After all you’re in their country, it’s only fair to learn their language!
The challenging part is, however; languages are very complex, and can take upwards of 200 hours to master. What’s the easiest way to learn Spanish to help you get by on your trip without waving a big flag that says “Hey! I’m a tourist!”
Here’s our suggestion: learn just the tourist phrases.
Spend time learning the basics, along with practicing on words you expect to be using on your trip. Would you rather learn how to ask “What is the square root of 49?” or “Where can I find a place to eat?”. In just 6 hours we are confident you can sound like a local!
WIth our Spanish for Tourists course, we’ll pair you up with a native Spanish speaker over video chat for a 55 minute lesson, and go over all the juicy tourist phrases you can expect to use for your trip.
Here are some phrases to start you off:
|Habla(s) Inglés?||Do you speak English?|
|Soy un(a) turista||I am a Tourist|
|Estoy perdido||I am lost|
|Disculpe? Cómo dice?||Pardon me?|
|Cómo puedo llegar a?||How can I get to?|
|Qué/Cuál bus?||Which bus?|
|Dónde puedo encontrar…?||Where can I find…?|
|Un lugar para comer||A place to eat|
|Un bar||A bar|
Not too bad huh? With just a little practice, no one will know you’re a tourist 😉
We welcome you to try a free Spanish lesson with one of our tutors – you’ll be happy you did!
Enjoy your trip, and be sure to practice practice practice!
You’ll thank us when you brag about the low price you spent on your new sombrero.
About Spanish Virtually: Spanish Virtually teaches Spanish online over video chat, with professors from all over the world. All classes are 1-on-1 and are personalized based on the learning motives of the student.