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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 24 Nov 2010
Travelling to a non-English-speaking country can be a hectic experience, especially if you are lost in translation. It is best to learn a little of local language of the place you are travelling to. It can be helpful in emergency situations and also, it can make your journey easier.
Starting this month, we will teach you a few basic words and sentences of different foreign languages. Lets begin this series with Spanish or Español!
Spanish –Spanish is spoken in Spain, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina and other parts of South America. It is also used by a large number of people in the USA and is the second most widely spoken language after Chinese! So here are some basic words, in Spanish.
1. Hello. How are you?
Hola. ¿Cómo está usted?
2. My name is Suresh.
Mi nombre es Suresh
3. I am from India.
Soy de la India
4. Excuse Me.
5. Thank You.
Lo siento OR Perdóname
10. Where can I find a hotel?
¿Dónde puedo encontrar un hotel?
11. Vegetarian or Non-vegetarian?
¿Vegetariano o no-vegetariano?
12. How much would it cost?
Cuanto cuesta? (Or simply “Cuánto” for ‘how much’)
13. Right. Left. Straight. (This would be helpful if you are asking for directions!)
La derecha. Izquierdo. Derecho OR Recto.
14. Can you help me?
15. I want to go to…
Quiero ir a (For example, if you want say ‘I want to go to hotel’, you can say – “quiero ir al hotel”)
16. Drive Fast.
17. I don’t know Spanish.
No sé español.
18. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Hundred. Thousand.
Uno. Dos. Tres. Cuatro. Cinco. Seises. Siete. Ocho. Nueve. Diez. Cien. Mil.
19. Airport. Railway Station. Hospital. Shop. Indian Embassy. Police Station. Toilet.
Aeropuerto. Estación de tren. Hospital. Tienda. Embajada india. Comisaría de policía. Baño.
20. I want…
Quiero. (For example, ‘I want food’ is “quiero el alimento”)
21. Food. Water. Medicine.
Alimento OR Comida. Agua. Medicina.
22. I am leaving.
Me estoy yendo (For example, if you want to convey “I am leaving for India”, you would say “me estoy yendo para la India”)
23. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.
Ayer. Hoy. Mañana.
24. Where. Why. How. When. What. Which.
Donde. Porqué. Cómo. Cuando. Qué. Cuál.
Please note that in Spanish, ‘j’ is pronounced as ‘h’ and ‘ñ’ is pronounced as ‘ny”. In our next post, we will learn a little French.
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