Most Common Spanish Phrases

If you’re trying to learn Spanish, it’s always a good idea to start by learning the most common Spanish phrases. It will help you get the best return for your time, since you can these common Spanish phrases will be used in nearly 80% of the time during your Spanish conversation.

Whether your goal is to travel to South America, advance your career, or have a deeper connection with a family member, learning these common Spanish phrases will help you achieve your goals faster.

But before we begin…


Few things to keep in mind about common Spanish phrases

  • -In Spanish, the “H” is silent
  • -The double “L” (ll) is pronounced like “Y” in English
  • -Unlike English, vowel sounds never change in Spanish; a, e, i, o, u always -sound like ah, eh, ee, oh, ooh
  • -The ñ is pronounced like an N and Y together, similar to the sound made in the word onion

Let’s start with the very basics…

Numbers in Spanish

  • one – uno
  • two – dos
  • three – tres
  • four – cuatro
  • five – cinco
  • six – seis
  • seven – siete
  • eight – ocho
  • nine – nueve
  • ten – diez
  • twenty – veinte
  • thirty – treinta
  • forty – cuarenta
  • fifty – cincuenta
  • sixty – sesenta
  • seventy – setenta
  • eighty – ochenta
  • ninety – noventa
  • one hundred – cien
  • one thousand – mil


  • Days in Spanish

    Monday – lunes

  • Tuesday – martes
  • Wednesday – miércoles
  • Thursday – jueves
  • Friday – viernes
  • Saturday – sábado
  • Sunday – domingo


  • Months in Spanish

  • January – enero
  • February – febrero
  • March – marzo
  • April – abril
  • May – mayo
  • June – junio
  • July – julio
  • August – agosto
  • September – septiembre
  • October – octubre
  • November – noviembre
  • December – diciembre


  • Common Spanish Phrases for Traveling

  • Hello! – ¡Hola!
  • Goodbye. – Adiós.
  • It’s nice to meet you. – Mucho gusto en conocerle.
  • How are you? – ¿Cómo está usted?
  • Yes. – Sí.
  • No. – No.
  • Please. – Por favor.
  • Thank you. – Gracias.
  • Good morning. – Buenos días.
  • Good night. – Buenas noches.
  • What time is it? – ¿Qué hora es?
  • What is your name? – ¿Cómo se llama?
  • My name is… – Me llamo…
  • Happy birthday! – ¡Feliz cumpleaños!
  • Merry Christmas. – Feliz Navidad.
  • Happy New Year! – ¡Feliz año nuevo!
  • Where is…? Where are…? – ¿Dónde está…? ¿Dónde están…?
  • I need help. – Necesito ayuda.
  • I don’t speak Spanish. – No hablo español.
  • I speak a little Spanish. – Hablo un poco de español.
  • Do you speak English? – ¿Habla usted inglés?
  • Where is the restroom? – ¿Dónde está el baño?
  • I would like a glass of water – Me gustaría un vaso de agua.
  • I live in the United States. – Vivo en los Estados Unidos.
  • I live in Canada. – Vivo en Canadá.
  • I am on vacation. – Estoy de vacaciones.
  • How do I get to the beach? – ¿Cómo puedo llegar a la playa?
  • I am lost. – Estoy perdido. (perdida if you’re a woman)
  • I can’t find my passport. – No puedo encontrar mi pasaporte.
  • Taxi – Taxi
  • Bus – Autobus
  • Train – Tren
  • Airplane – Avión
  • Car – Carro
  • Where can I catch a taxi (a bus)? – ¿Dónde puedo tomar un taxi (un autobús)?


Understanding Common Directions in Spanish

If you get a bit lost or unsure of how to get somewhere, you need some simple ways of finding how to find your way.

“Where is” is the simplest way of asking. The phrase is “¿dónde está?” (dohn des tah) and here are some examples:

Where is the bus train station (or bus station) – ¿Dónde está la estación de ferrocarril? (dohn des tah  la  ays ta see ohn  day  fay roh cahr reel) or “autobuses” (ow toe boos ehs).
Where is a restaurant? – ¿Dónde está un restaurante?  (dohn days tah  oon rays tore rahn tay)?
A train? – ¿Un tren? (oon trayn)?
The street … ? – ¿La calle … ? (lah cah yay)?
A bank? – ¿Un banco? (oon bahn coh)?
Where is the bathroom? – ¿Dónde está el baño? – (dohn days tah  ayl  ban yoh)?
I want a hotel, I want a hotel with a bathroom – Yo quiero un hotel, yo quiero un hotel con baño (yoh kee ayr oh oon  oh tel, yo kee ayr oh oon ohtel cohn bahn yoh)
I need – Yo necesito (yoh nay say see toh). Very useful, and you can supply the noun.
Yo necesito un hotel, un cuarto, un cuarto con baño – (yoh nay say see toh oon oh tayl, oon cwar toh, oon cwar toh cohn ban yoh)
Where is the exchange? ; Where is a bank? – ¿Dónde está una casa de cambio? (dohn days  tah  oon ah  cah sah day  cahm bee oh) ;
¿Dónde está el banco? (dohn  days tah  ayl bahn coh)?
Right – A la derecha ( a  lah day ray chah)
Left – A la izquierda (ah  lah eez kee ayr dah)
Straight ahead – Derecho (Day ray choh)
At the corner – En la esquina (a lah ays kee nah)
In one, two, three, four blocks – A una cuadra, a dos, tres, cuatro cuadras –  (a oona dohss, trayss, cwah troh cwah drahs)

Common Spanish Questions?

Please, can you help me? – ¿Por favor, puede ajudarme?
Thank you very much. – Muchas gracias.
You are welcome. – De nada.
Goodbye, see you tomorrow. – Adiós, hasta mañana.
See you later. – Hasta luego.
Wait for me! – ¡Espereme!
What would you like to do? – ¿Qué se gusta hacer?
I would like to go to the movies. – Me gusta ir al cine.
Let’s go to the movies! – ¡Vamos al cine!
Come with me to the movies! – ¡Ven conmigo al cine!
Stay here I am going to take a photo! – ¡Párese aqui, voy a sacar una foto!

Bonus: Most common love phrases in Spanish

  • I love you. – Te amo or Te quiero.
  • You are beautiful. – Eres hermosa.
  • You are handsome. – Eres guapo.
  • Would you like to go out with me? – ¿Quieres salir conmigo?
  • Would you like to have dinner with me? – ¿Quieres cenar conmigo?
  • You look beautiful/handsome tonight. – Te ves hermosa/guapo esta noche.
  • You have beautiful eyes. – Tienes los ojos hermosos.
  • Will you marry me? – ¿Quieres casarte conmigo?


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