Easiest Spanish Phrases

Easiest Spanish Phrases feature words similar to English that will enable you to understand what is meant. Use the spelling and/or sound of each word similar to English to help you figure out its meaning.

After single words in Spanish spelled like English, a good next step is short phrases of several words similar to English. To keep it easiest these are phrases, but not sentences like in Phrase Books for Travel. Sentences may have too many words to deal with when you are just beginning.

The foreign version is placed first to encourage you to look for and recognize foreign words similar to ones in English -- and deduce what the foreign words mean by yourself without being given the translation first.

From the key words similar to English you should be able to make out the meanings of the other Spanish connecting words that are not similar to English. Use the words similar to English as clues to the meanings of the other Spanish words.

Try to just get the overall meaning of each phrase without trying to translate each unfamiliar Spanish word. Many are like phrases in English that express ideas you have said or heard often before.

These phrases in Spanish are followed by the English words that would be a good guess using as clues the Spanish words similar to English. So as a result these are rough translations of the Spanish phrases, which may not be the exact meanings, but will be close enough that you could deduce what is meant.

After the Spanish and English versions of each phrase is the pronunciation of the Spanish phrase.

The easiest way is to just read them. Or if you see some you might possibly use on your trip to Spain or Latin America, you can try to pronounce them, which is not easiest.

Consider each phrase as a puzzle you can probably solve. Have fun with the challenge of it. Try to guess what each Spanish phrase means without looking at the rough English version. See how far down the list you can get.




acceso a Internet -- access to the internet -- [ahk-SEH-soh ah een-tehr-NEHT]

aire acondicionado -- air conditioner -- [ay-EE-reh ah-kohn-dee-see-yoh-NAH-doh]

al aeropuerto -- to the airport -- [ahl ah-eh-roh-PWEHR-toh]

allérgico a gluten -- allergic to gluten -- [ah-LEHR-khee-koh ah gloo-tehn]

allérgico a la penicilina -- allergic to penicillin -- [ah-LEHR-khee-koh ah lah peh-nee-see-LEE-nah]

allérgico a los antibióticos -- allergic to antibiotics -- [ah-LEHR-khee-koh ah ahn-tee-bee-YOH-tee-kohs]

artículos que declarar -- articles to declare -- [ahr-TEE-koo-lohs keh deh-klah-RAHR]

audioguía en inglés -- audio guide in English -- [aw-oo-dee-yoh-GEE-ah ehn een-GLEHS]

auto con aire acondicionado -- (car) auto with air conditioning -- [ah-OO-toh kohn ay-EE-reh ah-kohn-dee-see-yoh-NAH-doh]

botella de vino -- bottle of wine -- [boh-TEH-yah deh BEE-noh]

cancelar mi reserva -- cancel my reservation -- [kahn-seh-LAHR mee reh-SEHR-bah]

certificado de autenticidad -- certificate of authenticity -- [sehr-tee-fee-KAH-doh deh aw-oo-tehn-tee-see-DAHD]

con aire acondicionado -- with air conditioning -- [kohn ay-EE-reh ah-kohn-dee-see-yoh-NAH-doh]

confirmar mi reserva -- confirm my reservation -- [kohn-feer-MAHR mee reh-SEHR-bah]

descuento a los estudiantes -- discount for students -- [dehs-KWEHN-toh ah lohs ehs-too-dee-YAHN-tehs]

en inglés -- in English -- [ehn een-GLEHS]

en la mapa -- on the map -- [ehn lah MAH-pah]

en tres minutos -- in three minutes -- [ehn trehs mee-NOO-tohs]

entrada prohibida -- entrance prohibited -- [ehn-TRAH-dah proh-ee-BEE-dah]

en una relación -- in a relationship -- [ehn OO-nah reh-lah-see-YOHN]

escaleras mecánicas -- escalators -- [ehs-kah-LEH-rahs meh-KAH-nee-kahs]

está permitido -- is permitted -- [ehs-TAH pehr-mee-TEE-doh]

estampilla para una postal -- stamp for a postcard -- [ehs-tam-PEE-yah PAH-rah OO-nah pohs-TAHL]

excursión a -- excursion to -- [ehx-koor-see-YOHN ah]

guía en inglés -- guide (book) in English -- [GEE-ah ehn een-GLEHS]

mapa de esta región -- map of this region -- [MAH-pah deh EHS-tah reh-khee-YOHN]

menú del día -- menu of the day -- [meh-NOO dehl DEE-yah]

mi familia -- my family -- [mee fah-MEE-lee-yah]

mi número -- my number -- [mee NOO-mehr-roh]

mi teléfono -- my telephone -- [mee teh-LEH-foh-noh]

nacional o internacional -- national or international -- [nah-see-yoh-NAHL oh een-tehr-nah-see-yoh-NAHL]

no aceptamos -- we don’t accept -- [‘no’ ah-sehp-TAH-mohs]

no funciona -- does not function (work) -- [ ‘no’ foon-see-YOH-nah]

número de información -- number for information -- [NOO-meh-roh deh een-fohr-mah-see-YOHN]

oficina de turismo -- office of tourism (information) -- [oh-fee-SEE-nah deh too-REEZ-moh]

pagar entrada -- pay to enter -- [pah-GAHR ehn-TRAH-dah]

por día -- per day -- [pohr DEE-ah]

por hora -- per hour -- [pohr OH-rah]

por kilómetro -- per kilometer -- [pohr kee-LOH-meh-troh]

por tres días -- for three days -- [pohr trehs DEE-ahs]

por tres horas -- for three hours -- [pohr trehs OH-rahs]

primera clase -- first class -- [pree-MEH-rah KLAH-seh]

recibir un fax -- receive a fax -- [reh-see-BEER oon fahx]

servicio incluido -- service included -- [sehr-BEE-see-yoh een-kloo-EE-doh]

servicio no incluido -- service not included -- [sehr-BEE-see-yoh ‘no’ een-kloo-EE-doh]

sitios de interés -- sites of interest -- [SEE-tee-yohs deh een-teh-REHS]

su pasaporte -- your passport -- [soo pah-sah-POHR-teh]

taxi al aeropuerto -- taxi to the airport -- [TAHK-see ahl ah-eh-roh-PWEHR-toh]



Some Spanish phrases have words in a different order than they would be in English, but in spite of this you should be able to understand what the following phrases mean.

In Spanish, adjectives often follow the nouns, whereas in English adjectives usually precede the nouns they modify.


auto automático -- automatic auto (car) -- [ah-OO-toh aw-toh-MAH-tee-koh]

auto con transmisión manual -- (car) auto with manual transmission -- [ah-OO-toh kohn trahnz-mee-see-YOHN mah-noo-AHL]

auto económico -- economy auto (car) -- [ah-OO-toh eh-koh-NOH-mee-koh]

cámara automática -- automatic camera -- [KAH-mah-rah aw-oo-toh-MAH-tee-kah]

cámara digital -- digital camera -- [KAH-mah-rah dee-khee-TAHL]

clase económica -- economy class -- [KLAH-seh eh-koh-NOH-mee-kah]

club de jazz -- jazz club -- [kloob deh ‘jazz’]

control de pasaportes -- passport control -- [kohn-TROHL deh pah-sah-POHR-tehs]

crema antiséptica -- antiseptic cream -- [KREH-mah ahn-tee-SEHP-tee-kah]

documento de identidad -- identification [document] -- [doh-koo-MEHN-toh deh ee-dehn-tee-DAHD]

equipo de esnorquel -- snorkeling equipment -- [eh-KEE-poh deh ehz-NOHR-kehl]

estación de autobuses -- bus station -- [ehs-TAH lah ehs-tah-see-YOHN deh aw-toh-BOO-ses]

estación de tren -- train station -- [ehs-tah-see-YOHN deh trehn]

Estados Unidos -- United States -- [ehs-TAH-dohs oo-NEE-dohs]

fotos digitales -- digital photos (prints) -- [‘photos’ dee-khee-TAH-lehs]

infección vaginal -- vaginal infection -- [een-fehk-see-YOHN bah-khee-NAHL]

intolerante a la lactosa -- lactose intolerant -- [een-toh-leh-RAHN-teh ah lah lahk-TOH-sah]

jardín botánico -- botanical garden -- [khahr-DEEN boh-TAH-nee-koh]

lente de contacto -- contact lens -- [LEHN-teh deh kohn-TAHK-toh]

línea aérea -- airline -- [LEE-neh-ah ah-EH-reh-ah]

liquido para lentes de contacto -- liquid for contact lens -- [LEE-kee-doh PAH-rah LEHN-tehs deh kohn-TAHK-toh]

mensaje de texto -- text message -- [mehn-SAH-kheh deh TEHX-toh]

mi documento de identidad -- my identification [document] -- [mee doh-koo-MEHN-toh deh ee-dehn-tee-DAHD]

mi número de teléfono -- my telephone number -- [mee NOO-mehr-roh deh teh-LEH-foh-noh]

música clásica -- classical music -- [MOO-see-kah KLAH-see-kah]

música folk -- folk music -- [MOO-see-kah ‘folk’]

música pop -- pop music -- [MOO-see-kah ‘pop’]

música tipica -- typical music -- [MOO-see-kah TEE-pee-kah]

nombre de usuario -- username -- [NOHM-breh deh oo-soo-AH-ree-oh]

número de fax -- fax number -- [NOO-meh-roh deh fahks]

número de teléfono -- telephone number -- [NOO-mehr-roh deh teh-LEH-foh-noh]

número de teléfono de -- telephone number for -- [NOO-mehr-roh deh teh-LEH-foh-noh deh]

por kilometraje ilimitado -- for unlimited mileage -- [pohr kee-loh-meh-TRAH-kheh ee-lee-mee-TAH-doh]

prohibido acampar -- camping prohibited -- [proh-ee-BEE-dah ah-kahm-PAHR]

repelente de insectos -- insect repellent -- [reh-peh-LEHN-teh deh een-SEHK-tohs]

salón de manicura -- manicure salon -- [sah-LOHN deh mah-nee-KOO-rah]

su documento de identidad -- your identification [document] -- [soo doh-koo-MEHN-toh deh ee-dehn-tee-DAHD]

su número de teléfono -- your telephone number -- [soo NOO-mehr-roh deh teh-LEH-foh-noh]

teléfono prepago -- prepaid telephone -- [teh-LEH-foh-noh preh-PAH-goh]

terminal internacional -- international terminal -- [tehr-mee-nahl een-tehr-nah-see-yoh-NAHL]

torneo de golf -- golf tournament -- [tohr-NEH-oh deh ‘golf’]

zona comercial -- commercial zone (for shopping) -- [SOH-nah koh-mehr-see-YAHL]

zona de picnic -- picnic area -- [SOH-nah deh peek-NEEK]



For a greater challenge, go to Easiest Spanish Sentences, where some of these same phrases appear in easy Spanish sentences.

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