LEARN THE 35 WORDS
I WANT SOMETHING
I WANT TO FIND SOMETHING
I WANT TO BUY SOMETHING
I WANTED TO SPEAK SPANISH
SOME OF THE 35 KEY WORDS
20 one (1) uno
21 please por favor
pronounced: pour fav-or (v is correct)
22 small pequeño.
23 station estación (feminine)
24 thank you gracias
pronounced: gra-thee-as (use a soft th)
25 that one eso
26 the (singular) el (m) la (f)
pronounced: ell la
27 this one esto
28 ticket billete
29 the toilets (public) los servicios
pronounced: loss ser-bee-thee-os
AND HERE ARE SOME PHRASES FROM THE BOOK
There is also coffee (café), pronounced ka-feh.
Black (They say ‘a coffe only’ … un café solo.)
or white (They say ‘with milk … un café con leche.)
They don’t say black coffee or white coffee as we do.
Quisiera un café solo.
I would like a black coffee.
And to top it off and make it sound even more polite, we add the words for ‘please’ - por favor.
Quisiera un café solo, por favor.
I want a black coffee, please.
Quisiera un caffè con leche, por favor.
I would like a white coffee, please.
Quisiera un vaso de agua por favor.
(pronounced Kee-see-ay-ra oon ba-so day ag-wa por fab-or)
I want a glass of water please.
Esto es bueno.
This is good.
¿Dónde está la estación?
Where is the station?
¿Dónde está un taxi?
Where is a taxi?
¿Dónde está un banco?
Where is a bank?
¿Dónde está el Hotel Hilton?
Where is the Hilton hotel?
Of course, we can add ‘please’ to make it more polite.
¿Dónde está el Hotel Hilton, por favor?
Where is the Hilton hotel, please?
Anyone who speaks fluent Spanish will tell you that the above sentences are basic. But they will work! That’s the main thing.
You have the option of standing in the town square like a goldfish with your mouth opening and closing and nothing coming out, or you can say something that is not grammatically perfect, but gets you what you want. It’s an obvious choice!