Spanish Phrases Need No Translation

Some Spanish Phrases Need 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 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.

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 phrase as a puzzle you can probably solve. Have fun with the challenge of it. See how far down the list you can get.




acceso a Internet -- [ahk-SEH-soh ah een-tehr-NEHT]

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

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

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

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

audioguía en inglés -- [aw-oo-dee-yoh-GEE-ah ehn een-GLEHS]

auto con aire acondicionado -- [ah-OO-toh kohn ay-EE-reh ah-kohn-dee-see-yoh-NAH-doh]

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

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

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

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

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

en inglés -- [ehn een-GLEHS]

en la mapa -- [ehn lah MAH-pah]

en tres minutos -- [ehn trehs mee-NOO-tohs]

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

guía en inglés -- [GEE-ah ehn een-GLEHS]

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

mi teléfono -- [mee teh-LEH-foh-noh]

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

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

oficina de turismo -- [oh-fee-SEE-nah deh too-REEZ-moh]

por día -- [pohr DEE-ah]

por hora -- [pohr OH-rah]

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

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

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

servicio no incluido -- [sehr-BEE-see-yoh ‘no’ een-kloo-EE-doh]



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 con transmisión manual -- [ah-OO-toh kohn trahnz-mee-see-YOHN mah-noo-AHL]

auto económico -- [ah-OO-toh eh-koh-NOH-mee-koh]

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

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

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

club de jazz -- [kloob deh ‘jazz’]

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

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

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

fotos digitales -- [‘photos’ dee-khee-TAH-lehs]

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

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

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

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

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

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

música folk -- [MOO-see-kah ‘folk’]

música pop -- [MOO-see-kah ‘pop’]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

zona comercial -- [SOH-nah koh-mehr-see-YAHL]



For an easier version of these phrases -- with English translations -- go to the web page Easiest Spanish Phrases, where these same phrases and more appear along with the English translations to help you understand the Spanish phrases more easily.


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


For an easier version of these phrases -- with English translations -- go to the web page Easiest Spanish Phrases.

For a greater challenge, go to the web page Easiest Spanish Sentences.

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