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Are there any essential Spanish words we need to know?

Grand Blanc, MI
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Are there any essential Spanish words we need to know?

Excuse my ignorance...but I do not know spanish at all. Any words that will be helpful in our trip next weeek?

Bixby, OK
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1. Re: Are there any essential Spanish words we need to know?

Here are a few:

Hola Hello

Por favor please

Gracias thank you

Cerveza beer

bano bathroom

Grand Blanc, MI
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2. Re: Are there any essential Spanish words we need to know?

that's a great start thanks dirtroad!!!!

Bixby, OK
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3. Re: Are there any essential Spanish words we need to know?

there are lots of books out there for picking up a few Spanish words. the locals really appreciate it if you attempt to converse with. We have found that most of the important staff members (front desk, bartenders, wait staff) speak enough English to get by and some are very fluent.

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4. Re: Are there any essential Spanish words we need to know?

How about some pronunciation clues...

Hola.... no "H" in Spanish, this is pronounced like O-la

Muchas gracias..... much thanks, thank you very much ....

cerveza frio...... sir-vay-sa free-o .... cold beer

Como esta ustedes?.... how are you?

Muy bien, gracias..... very good, thank you

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5. Re: Are there any essential Spanish words we need to know?

In Mexico it is considered rude for a waiter to just plop your check down on your table after you are finished eating, so you will usually have to ask for your check in restuarants. So, handy to know is:

El cheque, por favor.

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6. Re: Are there any essential Spanish words we need to know?

El cheque may be spanglish. The correct way to request your bill is to say la cuenta (quen ta) por favor. If you are shopping another handy word is cuanto - how much?

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7. Re: Are there any essential Spanish words we need to know?

That was the bablefish translation from Alta Vista. Time to brush up on my Spanish, huh? :-)