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Spanish Phrases

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2012

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These essential Spanish phrases will help you navigate Costa Rica. Enjoy your trip!

Greetings

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Spanish

Pronunciation

Hello Hola Oh-la
Welcome Bienvenido(s) Bee-en-ven-ee-do(dohs)
Good morning Buenos dias Bwen-ohs dee-ahs
Good afternoon Buenas tardes Bwen-ahs tar-day-s
Good evening/night Buenas noches Bwen-ahs no-chay-s
What's your name? Como se llama? Ko-mo say yah-mah
How are you? Como esta? Ko-mo es-tah
I'm good, thank you. Estoy bien, gracias. Es-toy bee-en grah-see-ahs
Goodbye Hasta luego Ah-stah loo-ay-go

Food

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Spanish

Could you please recommend a restaurant?  Por favor, me puede recomendar algun restaurante?
May I have the menu, please? Me puede por favor dar un menu?
May I see your wine list, please? Me puede por favor dar la lista de vinos?
May I have a glass of water? Deme un vaso de agua, por favor.
What kind of fruit drinks do you offer? Que naturales tiene? 
Do you have any vegetarian dishes? Tienen algunos platos vegetarianos?
Check, please! La cuenta, por favor!

Directions

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Spanish

Where is the... Donde esta el / la…
Where is the bus stop?  Donde esta la parada de buses?
Could you please call me a taxi?  Me puede por favor llamar un taxi?
I'd like a ticket to… Me gustaria un tiquete a…
Straight / left / right Directo / izquierda / derecha
Please take me to… Por favor, lleveme a…
What is the fare? Cual es la tarifa?
Stop here, please Puede parar aqui, por favor

Shopping

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Spanish

How much does that cost? Que vale eso?
Is that the best price? Y ese es el mejor precio?
I'd like to pay with cash. Me gustaria pagar con efectivo.
Do you accept credit card?  Ustedes aceptan tarjeta de credito?
Can I pay with American dollars? Puedo pagar con dolares?
What is the exchange rate? Cual es el tipo de cambio?

Basic Phrases

English

Spanish

Thank you Gracias
I don't speak Spanish.  No hablo espanol.
I speak a little bit of Spanish. Hablo un poco de espanol.
Do you speak English? Habla usted ingles?
Speak slower, please. Hable mas despacio, por favor.
Do you have the time? Tiene la hora?
How much does it cost? Cuanto cuesta?
Where can I find an Internet cafe? Donde puedo encontrar un cafe internet? 
Where is the bathroom? Donde esta el bano? 
Excuse me, can you help me? Disculpe, me podría ayudar con algo?
I'm sorry, I don’t understand. Perdon, no entiendo.
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