(Before starting this lesson on Spanish expressions, visit
our Spanish pronunciation
guide to learn basic pronunciation, and be sure to refer
back to it as necessary. There is also a link to it from the
homepage and site map.)
The best ways to learn a language is to start speaking it
right away, and then learn the grammatical rules once you know
a few words and expressions. You may want to print out the list
of Spanish expressions below, so you can read over them several
times a day until you know them. Each is followed by the most
appropriate translation, and sometimes a more literal translation
¿Cuál es su nombre? - What is your name?
Mi nombre es Ana. - My name is Ana.
¿Cómo se llama usted? - What is your name?
Me llamo Ana. - My name is Ana (I call myself Ana).
Buenos días. - Good morning (Good day).
Buenas tardes. - Good afternoon.
Buenas noches. - Good evening (Good night).
¿Cómo está usted? - How are you?
Muy bien, gracias. ¿Y usted? - Very well, thank you.
Le presento a Steve. - This is Steve (I introduce you to Steve).
Mucho gusto. - Nice to meet you (Much pleasure).
Igualmente. - And you too (Equally).
Hasta luego. - See you later (Until then).
Adiós. - Goodbye.
Hasta mañana. - See you tomorrow (Until tomorrow).
Por favor. - Please.
Gracias. - Thank you.
De nada. - You're welcome (It's nothing).
¿Cuánto cuesta? - How much (How much does it
Disculpe. - Excuse me.
Lo Siento. - I'm sorry.
La cuenta por favor. - The bill please.
¿Dónde está el baño? - Where is
¿Cómo se dice esto? - How do you say this (How
does one say this)?
No entiendo. - I don't understand.
Hable más lento por favor. - Speak more slowly please.
¿De dónde es usted? - Where are you from?
Yo soy de los Estados Unidos. - I am from the United States.
Useful Spanish Words
En la casa = at home
comedor = dining room
dormitorio = bedroom
cocina = kitchen
baño = bathroom