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406 million people speak Spanish as natives and another 60 million as a second language. Another group of 20 million students speak it as a foreign language. This statistics place Spanish at the second place after Mandarin as the most spoken native language. It also happens to be one of the six official languages of the UN and the official language of the European Union and Mercosur. It goes without saying then, that learning this language has immeasurable value to you both as a tourist and as a traveling businessman. Below are a few basic words and phrases that you will need to master.

55 Spanish words you need to know

406 million people speak Spanish as natives and another 60 million as a second language. Another group of 20 million students speak it as a foreign language. This statistics place Spanish at the second place after Mandarin as the most spoken native language. It also happens to be one of the six official languages of the UN and the official language of the European Union and Mercosur. It goes without saying then, that learning this language has immeasurable value to you both as a tourist and as a traveling businessman. Below are a few basic words and phrases that you will need to master.

  1. Hi! - Hola!
  2. Good morning! - Buenos Días!
  3. Good evening! - Buenas Tardes!
  4. Welcome! (to greet someone) - Bienvenido!
  5. How are you? - Cómo Estás?
  6. I'm fine, thanks! - Estoy Bíen ¡Gracias!
  7. And you? - Y Tú?
  8. Good/ So-So - Bíen/ Así Así
  9. Thank you (very much)! - (Muchas) Gracias!
  10. You're welcome! (for "thank you") - De Nada!
  11. Hey! Friend! - Eh! ¡Amigo!
  12. I missed you so much! - Te extrañé mucho!
  13. What's new? - Qué Hay De Nuevo?
  14. Nothing much - Nada
  15. Good night! - Buenas noches!
  16. See you later! - Hasta luego!
  17. Good bye! - Adiós!
  18. I'm lost - Estoy perdido
  19. Can I help you? - Podría Ayudarse?
  20. Can you help me? - Puede Ayudarme?
  21. How much is this? - Cuánto Vale/ Cuesta Eso?
  22. Excuse me ...! (to ask for something) - Perdone! / ¡Oiga!
  23. Do you speak (English/ Spanish)? - Hablas (Inglés/ Español)?
  24. Just a little - Solo Un Poquito
  25. What's your name? - Cómo te llamas?
  26. My name is ... - Me llamo ...
  27. Mr.../ Mrs.…/ Miss… - Señor.../ Señora.../ Señorita...
  28. Nice to meet you! - Tanto Gusto! / Medio Gusto Conocerte!
  29. You're very kind! - Eres Muy Amable!
  30. Where are you from? - De Dónde Eres?
  31. I'm from (the U.S/ Spain) - Soy De (los Estados Unidos/ España..) / Soy (americano)
  32. Sorry (for a mistake) - Lo Siento!
  33. No Problem! - No Problema!
  34. Can You Say It Again? - Puede Repetirlo!
  35. Can You Speak Slowly? - Puedes Hablar Más Despacio!
  36. Write It Down Please! - Escríbalo, Por Favor!
  37. What's That Called In Spanish? - Cómo Se llama a Esto En Español?
  38. I need to practice my Spanish - me falta práctica en Español
  39. Don't worry! - No Te Preocupes!
  40. What would you like to drink? - Qué le gustaría tomar/beber?
  41. What would you like to eat? - Qué le gustaría comer?
  42. Can I have water, please? - Puedo tener agua, por favor?
  43. One beer, please - Una cerveza, por favor.
  44. Cheese - Queso
  45. Tomato - Tomate
  46. Lettuce - Lechuga
  47. Hamburger - Hamburguesa
  48. Pasta - Pasta
  49. Sandwich - Sándwich, Bocadillo
  50. Rice - Arróz
  51. Beans - Frijoles
  52. Lime/lemon- Limón
  53. No meat, please - Sin carne, por favor.
  54. I have allergies - Tengo alergiás.
  55. I’m a vegetarian/vegan - Soy vegetariano/vegan.

You will notice that Spanish has a lot of similarities with English, French and Italian. It is therefore very easy to learn if you speak either language. For a language that is spoken by more than 500 million people, I would do my best to learn it if I were you.