Spanish Needs No Translation

Some Spanish Needs No Translation because the words similar to English 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 easiest way is to just read them. Or if you see some you might possibly use when you travel to Spain or Latin 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. See how far down the list you can get.

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

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SPANISH THAT NEEDS NO TRANSLATION

STATEMENTS

SPANISH -- [SAY SPANISH]

Es urgente. -- [ehs oor-KHEHN-teh]

Es difícil. -- [ehs dee-FEE-seel]

Es auténtico. -- [ehs aw-oo-TEHN-tee-koh]

Es kosher. -- [ehs koh-SEHR]

Es vegetariano. -- [ehs beh-kheh-tah-ree-YAH-noh]

Es horrible. -- [ehs oh-RREE-bleh]

Es romántico. -- [ehs roh-MAHN-tee-koh]

Es magnífico. -- [ehs mahg-NEE-fee-koh]

Es increíble. -- [ehs een-kreh-EE-bleh]

Es interesante. -- [ehs een-teh-reh-SAHN-teh]

Mi teléfono no funciona. -- [mee teh-LEH-foh-noh ‘no’ foon-see-YOH-nah]

La televisión no funciona. -- [lah teh-leh-bee-see-YOHN ‘no’ foon-see-YOH-nah]

El refrigerador no funciona. -- [ehl reh-free-kheh-rah-DOHR ‘no’ foon-see-YOH-nah]

El aire acondicionado no funciona. -- [ehl ay-EE-reh ah-kohn-dee-see-yoh-NAH-doh ‘no’ foon-see-YOH-nah]

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

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QUESTIONS

¿Es kosher? -- [ehs koh-SEHR]

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

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

¿Es difícil? -- [ehs dee-FEE-seel]

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

¿Es éste el tren a Guadalajara? -- [ehs EHS-teh ehl trehn ah ‘Guadalajara’]

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

¿Cuánto cuesta por hora? -- [KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah pohr OH-rah]

¿Cuánto cuesta por dia? -- [KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah pohr DEE-ah]

¿Cuánto cuesta un taxi al aeropuerto? -- [KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah oon TAHK-see ahl ah-eh-roh-PWEHR-toh]

¿Cuánto cuesta un taxi al ferry? -- [KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah oon TAHK-see ahl feh-RREE]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

¿Cuál es el número de información? -- [kwahl ehs ehl NOO-meh-roh deh een-fohr-mah-see-YOHN]

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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 -- [SAY SPANISH]

No me interesa. -- [‘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’]

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

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

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

¿Dónde está la zona comercial? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH lah SOH-nah koh-mehr-see-YAHL]

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

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

¿Cuánto cuesta un taxi a la estación de tren? -- [KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah oon TAHK-see ah lah ehs-tah-see-YOHN deh trehn]

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FOR AN EASIER VERSION

For an easier version of these sentences -- with English translations -- go to the web page Easiest Spanish Sentences. There these same sentences and more appear along with the English translations to help you understand the Spanish sentences more easily.

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MORE SPANISH NEEDS NO TRANSLATION

Signs in Spanish That Need No Translation:

INTERNET

DIÉSEL

POLICÍA

INFORMACIÓN

RESERVAS

CANCELAR

CALORÍAS

MENÚ DEL DÍA

SERVICIO INCLUIDO

SERVICIO NO INCLUIDO

ENTRADA PROHIBIDA

PROHIBIDO ACAMPAR

VELOCIDAD MAXIMA

CONSERVAR EN REFRIGERACIÓN

CONTROL DE PASAPORTES

ARTÍCULOS QUE DECLARAR

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Months:

enero [eh-NEH-roh]

febrero [feh-BREH-roh]

marzo [MAHR-soh]

abril [ah-BREEL]

mayo [MAH-yoh]

junio [KHOO-nee-yoh]

julio [KHOO-lee-yoh]

agosto [ah-GOHS-toh]

septiembre [sehp-tee-YEHM-breh]

octubre [ohk-TOO-breh]

noviembre [noh-bee-YEHM-breh]

diciembre [dee-see-YEHM-breh]

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COMPASS:

al norte [ahl NOHR-teh]

al sur [ahl soor]

al este [ahl EHS-teh]

al oeste [ahl oh-EHS-teh]

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NUMBERS:

cero [SEH-roh]

uno [OO-noh]

dos [dohs]

tres [trehs]

cuatro [KWAH-troh]

cinco [SEEN-koh]

seis [seyees]

siete [see-YEH-teh]

ocho [OH-choh]

nueve [NWEH-beh]

diez [dee-yehs]

once [OHN-seh]

diez [deeyehs]

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For more see Spanish Phrases Need No Translation.


For an easier version of these sentences -- with English translations -- go to the web page Easiest Spanish Sentences



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