Easiest Spanish Sentences

Easiest Spanish Sentences 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.

So 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 sentence without trying to translate each unfamiliar Spanish word. Many are like sentences in English that express ideas you have said or heard often before.

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.

These sentences 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 sentences, 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 sentence is the pronunciation of the Spanish sentence.

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

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

This list starts with the easiest short Spanish sentences to figure out, and then progresses to longer more challenging ones.

Note: With Spanish words, accent marks indicate some [but not all] of the syllables to stress.

In this simplified pronunciation guide, syllables to stress are in capital letters.

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EASIEST SPANISH SENTENCES

STATEMENTS

SPANISH -- ENGLISH -- [SAY SPANISH]

¡Hola! -- Hello! -- [OH-lah]

¡No! -- No! -- [‘no’]

Un momento. -- One moment. -- [oon moh-MEHN-toh]

Es urgente. -- It’s urgent. -- [ehs oor-KHEHN-teh]

Es difícil. -- It’s difficult. -- [ehs dee-FEE-seel]

Es auténtico. -- It’s authentic. -- [ehs aw-oo-TEHN-tee-koh]

Es kosher. -- It’s kosher. -- [ehs koh-SEHR]

Es vegetariano. -- It’s vegetarian. -- [ehs beh-kheh-tah-ree-YAH-noh]

Es horrible. -- It’s horrible. -- [ehs oh-RREE-bleh]

Es romántico. -- It’s romantic. -- [ehs roh-MAHN-tee-koh]

Es magnífico. -- It’s magnificant. -- [ehs mahg-NEE-fee-koh]

Es increíble. -- It’s incredible. -- [ehs een-kreh-EE-bleh]

Es interesante. -- It’s interesting. -- [ehs een-teh-reh-SAHN-teh]

Es impresionante. -- It’s impressive. -- [ehs eem-preh-see-yoh-NAHN-teh]

Esto no está fresco. -- This is not fresh. -- [EHS-toh ‘no’ ehs-TAH FREHS-koh]

Mi teléfono no funciona. -- My telephone does not function (work). -- [mee teh-LEH-foh-noh ‘no’ foon-see-YOH-nah]

La televisión no funciona. -- The television does not function (work). -- [lah teh-leh-bee-see-YOHN ‘no’ foon-see-YOH-nah]

El refrigerador no funciona. -- The refrigerator does not function (work). -- [ehl reh-free-kheh-rah-DOHR ‘no’ foon-see-YOH-nah]

El aire acondicionado no funciona. -- The air conditioner does not function (work). -- [ehl ay-EE-reh ah-kohn-dee-see-yoh-NAH-doh ‘no’ foon-see-YOH-nah]

Necesito detergente. -- I need detergent. -- [neh-seh-SEE-toh deh-tehr-KHEHN-teh]

Necesito un adaptador -- I need an adapter. -- [neh-seh-SEE-toh oon ah-dahp-tah-DOHR]

Necesito una toalla. -- I need a towel. -- [neh-seh-SEE-toh OO-nah toh-AH-yah]

Necesito toallas. -- I need towels. -- [neh-seh-SEE-toh toh-AH-yahs]

Necesito un dentista. -- I need a dentist. -- [neh-seh-SEE-toh oon dehn-TEE-stah]

Necesito un médico. -- I need a doctor. -- [neh-seh-SEE-toh oon MEH-dee-koh]

Necesito un intérprete. -- I need an interpreter. -- [neh-seh-SEE-toh oon een-TEHR-preh-teh]

Estudio español. -- I’m studying Spanish. -- [ehs-TOO-dee-yoh ehs-pahn-YOHL]

Le recomiendo el Hotel Guadalajara. -- I recommend the Hotel Guadalajara. -- [leh reh-koh-mee-yehn-doh ehl oh-TEHL ‘Guadalajara’]

Puede contactarme en el Hotel Guadalajara. -- You can contact me at the Guadalajara Hotel. -- [PWEH-deh kohn-tahk-TAHR-meh ehn ehl oh-TEHL ‘Guadalajara’]

Me asaltaron. -- I was assaulted. -- [meh ah-sahl-TAH-rohn]

Me robaron la bicicleta. -- I was robbed of my bicycle. -- [meh roh-BAH-rohn lah bee-see-KLEH-tah]

Me robaron la cámara. -- I was robbed of my camera. -- [meh roh-BAH-rohn lah KAH-mah-rah]

Me robaron el auto. -- I was robbed of my auto. -- [meh roh-BAH-rohn ehl aw-OO-toh]

Me robaron la computadora. -- I was robbed of my computer. -- [meh roh-BAH-rohn lah kohm-poo-tah-DOH-rah]

Me robaron el pasaporte. -- I was robbed of my passport. -- [meh roh-BAH-rohn ehl pah-sah-POHR-teh]

Me robaron los cheques de viajero. -- I was robbed of my traveler’s checks. -- [meh roh-BAH-rohn lohs CHEH-kehs deh bee-yah-KHEH-roh]

¡No se excite! -- Don’t get excited! -- [‘no’ seh ehx-SEE-teh]

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QUESTIONS

¿Es kosher? -- Is it kosher? -- [ehs koh-SEHR]

¿Es vegetariano? -- Is it vegetarian? -- [ehs beh-kheh-tah-ree-YAH-noh]

¿Es auténtico? -- Is it authentic? -- [ehs aw-oo-TEHN-tee-koh]

¿Es difícil? -- Is it difficult? -- [ehs dee-FEE-seel]

¿Es éste el autobús a Guadalajara? -- Is this the bus to Guadalajara? -- [ehs EHS-teh ehl aw-toh-BOOS ah ‘Guadalajara’]

¿Es éste el tren a Guadalajara? -- Is this the train to Guadalajara? -- [ehs EHS-teh ehl trehn ah ‘Guadalajara’]

¿Está incluido servicio? -- Does it include service? -- [ehs-TAH een-kloo-EE-doh sehr-BEE-see-yoh]

¿Eres gay? -- Are you gay? -- [EH-rehs ‘gay’]

¿Eres heterosexual? -- Are you heterosexual? -- [EH-rehs eh-teh-roh-sehks-WAHL]

¿Eres homosexual? -- Are you homosexual? -- [EH-rehs oh-moh-sehks-WAHL]

¿Eres bisexual? -- Are you bisexual? -- [EH-rehs bee-sehks-WAHL]

¿Cuánto es? -- How much is it? -- [KWAHN-toh ehs]

¿Cuánto cuesta por hora? -- How much is the cost per hour? -- [KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah pohr OH-rah]

¿Cuánto cuesta por día? -- How much is the cost per day? -- [KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah pohr DEE-ah]

¿Cuánto cuesta por noche? -- How much is the cost per night? -- [KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah pohr NOH-cheh]

¿Cuánto cuesta un taxi al aeropuerto? -- How much is the cost of a taxi to the airport? -- [KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah oon TAHK-see ahl ah-eh-roh-PWEHR-toh]

¿Cuánto cuesta un taxi al ferry? -- How much is the cost of a taxi to the ferry? -- [KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah oon TAHK-see ahl feh-RREE]

¿Cuánto equipaje está permitido? -- How much luggage is permitted? -- [KWAHN-toh eh-kee-PAH-kheh ehs-TAH pehr-mee-TEE-doh]

¿Puede recomendarme un bar? -- Can you recommend a bar? -- [PWEH-deh reh-koh-mehn-DAHR-meh oon ‘bar’]

¿Puede recomendarme un café? -- Can you recommend a cafe? -- [PWEH-deh reh-koh-mehn-DAHR-meh oon ‘cafe’]

¿Puede recomendarme un restaurante? -- Can you recommend a restaurant? -- [PWEH-deh reh-koh-mehn-DAHR-meh oon rehs-taw-RAHN-teh]

¿Puede recomendarme un hotel? -- Can you recommend a hotel? -- [PWEH-deh reh-koh-mehn-DAHR-meh oon oh-TEHL]

¿Puede recomendarme un casino? -- Can you recommend a casino? -- [PWEH-deh reh-koh-mehn-DAHR-meh oon ‘casino’]

¿Puede recomendarme un médico? -- Can you recommend a doctor? -- [PWEH-deh reh-koh-mehn-DAHR-meh oon MEH-dee-koh]

¿Puede recomendarme un dentista? -- Can you recommend a dentist? -- [PWEH-deh reh-koh-mehn-DAHR-meh oon dehn-TEE-stah]

¿Puede recomendarme un pediatra? -- Can you recommend a pediatrician? -- [PWEH-deh reh-koh-mehn-DAHR-meh oon peh-dee-AH-trah]

¿Puede recomendarme un concierto? -- Can you recommend a concert? -- [PWEH-deh reh-koh-mehn-DAHR-meh oon kohn-see-YEHR-toh]

¿Puede recomendarme una ópera? -- Can you recommend an opera? -- [PWEH-deh reh-koh-mehn-DAHR-meh OO-nah OH-peh-rah]

¿Puede indicármelo en la mapa? -- Can you indicate it on the map? -- [PWEH-deh een-dee-KAHR-meh-loh ehn lah MAH-pah]

¿Hacen descuento? -- Have you got a discount? -- [AH-sehn dehs-KWEHN-toh]

¿Hacen descuento a los estudiantes? -- Have you got a discount for students? -- [AH-sehn dehs-KWEHN-toh ah lohs ehs-too-dee-YAHN-tehs]

¿Hacen manicura? -- Have you got manicure? -- [AH-sehn mah-nee-KOO-rah]

¿Hacen pedicura? -- Have you got pedicure? -- [AH-sehn peh-dee-KOO-rah]

¿Hacen acupuntura? -- Have you got acupuncture? -- [AH-sehn ah-koo-poon-TOO-rah]

¿Hacen aromaterapia? -- Have you got aromatherapy? -- [AH-sehn ah-roh-mah-teh-RAH-pee-yah]

¿Venden periódicos en inglés? -- Do you sell newspapers in English? -- [BEHN-dehn peh-ree-YOH-dee-kohs ehn een-GLEHS]

¿Qué estudia? -- What are you studying? -- [keh ehs-TOO-dee-yah]

¿A qué distancia está? -- How far is it? -- [ah keh dees-TAHN-see-yah ehs-TAH]

¿A qué distancia está Guadalajara? -- How far is Guadalajara? -- [ah keh dees-TAHN-see-yah ehs-TAH ‘Guadalajara’]

¿A qué hora hay que desocupar la habitatión? -- At what time is check-out? -- [ah keh OH-rah aye que deh-soh-koo-PAHR lah ah-bee-tah-see-YOHN]

¿A qué hora termina? -- At what time does it end? -- [ah keh OH-rah tehr-MEE-nah]

¿Cuál es el número de información? -- What is the number for information? -- [kwahl ehs ehl NOO-meh-roh deh een-fohr-mah-see-YOHN]

¿Dónde está el bar? -- Where is the bar? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl ‘bar’]

¿Dónde está el cámping? -- Where is the camping place? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl ‘camping’]

¿Dónde está la plaza? -- Where is the plaza? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah PLAH-sah]

¿Dónde está el casino? -- Where is the casino? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl ‘casino’]

¿Dónde está el banco? -- Where is the bank? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl BAHN-koh]

¿Dónde está el parque? -- Where is the park? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl PAHR-keh]

¿Dónde está el museo? -- Where is the museum? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl moo-SEH-oh]

¿Dónde están las ruines? -- Where are the ruins? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAHN lahs RWEE-nahs]

¿Dónde está la catedral? -- Where is the cathedral? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah kah-teh-DRAHL]

¿Dónde está el palacio? -- Where is the palace? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl pah-LAH-see-yoh]

¿Dónde está el castillo? -- Where is the castle? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl kahs-TEE-yoh]

¿Dónde está el gimnasio? -- Where is the gym(nasium)? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl kheem-NAH-see-yoh]

¿Dónde está el aeropuerto? -- Where is the airport? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl ah-eh-roh-PWEHR-toh]

¿Dónde está el garaje? -- Where is the garage (for parking)? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl gah-RAH-kheh]

¿Dónde está el centro? -- Where is the center (of town)? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl SEHN-troh]

¿Dónde está el supermercado? -- Where is the supermarket? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl soo-pehr-mehr-KAH-doh]

¿Dónde está el mercado? -- Where is the market? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl mehr-KAH-doh]

¿Dónde están los carritos? -- Where are the carts (for shopping)? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAHN lohs kah-RREE-tohs]

¿Dónde está la sinagoga? -- Where is the synagogue? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah see-nah-GOH-gah]

¿Dónde está el valle? -- Where is the valley? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah BAH-yeh]

¿Dónde está el desierto? -- Where is the desert? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl deh-see-YEHR-toh]

¿Dónde está la montaña? -- Where is the mountain? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah mohn-TAH-nyuh]

¿Dónde está el viñedo? -- Where is the vineyard? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah bee-NYEH-doh]

¿Dónde está el zoológico? -- Where is the zoo? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl soh-oh-LOH-khee-koh]

¿Dónde está el pico? -- Where is the peak? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl PEE-koh]

¿Dónde está el lago? -- Where is the lake? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl LAH-goh]

¿Dónde está el rio? -- Where is the river? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah REE-oh]

¿Dónde está la fuente? -- Where is the fountain? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah FWEHN-teh]

¿Dónde está la farmacia? -- Where is the pharmacy? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah fahr-MAH-see-yah]

¿Dónde está la discoteca? -- Where is the discotheque? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah dees-koh-TEH-kah]

¿Dónde está la oficina de turismo? -- Where is the office of tourism (information)? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah oh-fee-SEE-nah deh too-REEZ-moh]

¿Dónde están los sitios de interés? -- Where are the sites of interest? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAHN lohs SEE-tee-yohs deh een-teh-REHS]

¿Dónde están las escaleras mecánicas? -- Where is the escalators? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAHN lahs ehs-kah-LEH-rahs meh-KAH-nee-kahs]

¿Dónde está el ascensor? -- Where is the elevator (lift)? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl ahs-sehn-SOHR]

¿Dónde está la cascada? -- Where is the cascade (waterfall)? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah kahs-KAH-dah]

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DIFFERENT ORDER

Some Spanish sentences 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 sentences mean.

SPANISH -- ENGLISH -- [SAY SPANISH]

No me interesa. -- I am not interested. -- [‘no’ meh een-teh-REH-sah]

Mi línea aérea es American Airlines. -- My airline is American Airlines. -- [mee LEE-neh-ah ah-EH-reh-ah ehs ‘American Airlines’]

Necesito papel de aluminio. -- I need aluminum foil. -- [neh-seh-SEE-toh pah-PEHL deh ah-loo-MEE-nee-yoh]

Necesito un certificado de la policia. -- I need a police report. -- [neh-seh-SEE-toh oon sehr-tee-fee-KAH-doh deh lah poh-lee-SEE-ah]

¿Puede recomendarme un bar con música típica? -- Can you recommend a bar with typical music? -- [PWEH-deh reh-koh-mehn-DAHR-meh oon ‘bar’ kohn MOO-see-kah TEE-pee-kah]

¿Puede recomendarme un salón de manicura? -- Can you recommend a manicure salon? -- [PWEH-deh reh-koh-mehn-DAHR-meh oon sah-LOHN deh mah-nee-KOO-rah]

¿Puedo imprimir fotos digitales? -- Can you print digital photos? -- [PWEH-doh eem-pree-MEER ‘photos’ dee-khee-TAH-lehs]

¿Dónde está la estación de tren? -- Where is the train station? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah ehs-tah-see-YOHN deh trehn]

¿Dónde está la estación de autobuses? -- Where is the bus station? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah ehs-tah-see-YOHN deh aw-toh-BOO-ses]

¿Dónde está la terminal internacional? -- Where is the international terminal? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah tehr-mee-NAHL een-tehr-nah-see-yoh-NAHL]

¿Dónde está la zona comercial? -- Where is the commercial zone (for shopping)? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah SOH-nah koh-mehr-see-YAHL]

¿Dónde está la zona de picnic? -- Where is the picnic area? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH la SOH-nah deh peek-NEEK]

¿Dónde está el jardín botánico? -- Where is the botanical garden? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH ehl khahr-DEEN boh-TAH-nee-koh]

¿Dónde está la reserva natural? -- Where is the nature preserve? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah reh-SEHR-bah nah-too-RAHL]

¿Dónde está un club de jazz? -- Where is a jazz club? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH oon kloob deh ‘jazz’]

¿Dónde está una discoteca gay? -- Where is a gay discotheque? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH OO-nah dees-koh-TEH-kah ‘gay’]

¿Qué me recomienda? -- What do you recommend for me? -- [keh meh reh-koh-mee-YEHN-dah]

¿Cuál es el número de fax? -- What is the fax number? -- [kwahl ehs ehl NOO-meh-roh deh fahks]

¿Cuánto cuesta un taxi a la estación de tren? -- How much is the cost of a taxi to the train station? -- [KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah oon TAHK-see ah lah ehs-tah-see-YOHN deh trehn]

Voy a pagar con cheque de viajero. -- I’ll pay by traveller’s check. -- [boy ah pah-GAHR kohn CHEH-keh deh bee-yah-KHEH-roh]

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