If you are someone who is fond of going places, then visiting foreign countries must be already part of your future itinerary. Most countries you will visit are not English speaking countries, and since Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, you will most likely meet a lot of Spanish speaking people. If you learn even just the common phrases that you will need on your travels, you will not have much difficulty being understood.
If you find yourself in a country which speaks mostly Spanish, then the phrases below would be very helpful.
In English, we say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when asking for a favor and appreciating help. You should learn their Spanish counter parts so you don’t go offending people who are helpful to you. The Spanish for please is ‘por favor’ and for thank you, the term is ‘gracias.’ Good manners are always appreciated. Don’t forget your por favors and your graciases whenever you encounter people whom you need help from, or who have helped you in any way.
One of the things you can have difficulty in another place is finding your hotel. Say, ‘Donde este los hoteles?’ which means ‘Where are the hotels?’, if you want to ask that question. You can simply ask this question to any passerby and they will understand what you are asking for. Directions will then be given to you. They deserve a ‘gracias’ is they are able to help you.
Beach day is part of any holiday. You might not know where the beach areas is so you need to inquire from someone. Use this Spanish phrase ‘Que camino a la playa?’ which simply means ‘which way to the beach?’
If you want to observe your strict dietary requirements while on vacation, then the restaurant staff need to know about this. If you are not able to take nuts you need to tell them that you are allergic to nuts in this way: ‘Soy alergico a las nueces.’ .You can change the nuts to whatever food item you are allergic to. ‘Soy alergico a los maricos’ means that you are allergic to seafood. Other phrases to change to include ‘la lecheria’ meaning ‘dairy,’ ‘las soja’ for soy, and ‘los huevos’ for eggs.
‘Soy vegetariano/a’ is the phrase which means I am a vegetarian. It is important that you tell the restaurant staff about your requirements since most restaurants don’t include vegetarian dishes in their menu.
‘Where is the nearest railway station?’ in Spanish is ‘Donte esta la estacion de ferrocarrill mas cerca?’ In many places in the world, you will find that traveling by train is common and convenient. It is the cheapest form of transport so you should also learn how to get to the nearest train station.