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The most important vocabulary to know during your trip in Mexico

Spanish is Mexico's official language, but it's a colonial version that differs from modern day Spanish.

Pronounce the 's' at the end!

Mexicans still use old Spanish that is no longer spoken in Spain. For example, a Mexican will say "carro" for a car, whilst a Spaniard will use "coche". Compared to Spanish from Spain, Mexican Spanish is easier to understand. I quickly discovered that Mexicans speak more slowly and clearly pronounce words - it's great if you want to brush up on your Spanish!

But don't panic about the language barrier - Mexicans are patient and kind. With a smile and a few gestures, you should have no problem being understood.

Mexican figurines

Here are some useful words and phrases to help your holiday in Mexico run smoothly. Don't forget to pronounce the 's' at the end of words!

Basic expressions / Common Words

EnglishEspagnol
Good morning / Good eveningBuenos dias/ buenas tardes
How are you?Como esta?
Fine, thank you, and you?Muy bien, gracias, y usted?
I understand / I don't understandEntiendo/ No entiendo
SorryDisculpa
GoodbyeAdios
WelcomeBienvenido
Thank you (very much)(muchas) Gracias
Excuse meDisculpa/ Por favor
My name is...Me llamo
No thank youNo gracias
Yes / NoSi/ no
You're welcomeDe nada/ se lo ruego

Commerce

EnglishEspagnol
How much is it?Cuanto cuesta?
It is very cheapEs muy barato
It is too expensive!Es demasiado caro
Can you lower the price?Puede bajar el precio?
I would like to buy ... this one!Me gostaria comprar... esto, éste!
I like it / I don't like itMe encanta/ Odio
MoneyDinero
I'm just looking around.Solo echo un vistazo.

Transportation

EnglishEspagnol
I would like to go to ...Quisiera ir a...
PlaneAvion
BoatBarco
TrainTren
TaxiTaxi
BusAutobus
I would like to rent ...Quisiera alquiler...
MotorbikeMoto
CarCarro
BikeBici

Directions

EnglishEspagnol
Where is ...? / How can I get to ...?Donde esta...?/ como se puede ir a...?
BankBanco
Train stationEstacion de tren
CentreCentro urbano
HotelHotel
HospitalHospital
Is it close / far?Està cerca/ lejos?
Straight aheadTodo recto
Left / RightIzquierda/ Derecha
North / South / East / WestNorte/ Sur/ Este/ Oeste

Numberssieben, acht, neun, zehn

EnglishEspagnol
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, tenun, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez
twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixtyveinte, trenta, cuarenta, cincuenta, sesenta
seventy, eighty, ninetysetenta, ochenta, noventa
One hundredcien

Hours/Dates and daysDienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag, Sonntag

EnglishEspagnol
What time is it?Qué hora es?
When?Cuando?
YesterdayAyer
Today (morning/midday/evening)Hoy (mañana/ mediodia/ tarde/ noche)
TomorrowMañana
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, SundayLunes, martes, miercoles, jueves, viernes, sabado, domingo
I am here on vacationEstoy aqui de vacaciones/ de viaje
I am here for businessEstoy aqui por el trabajo/ por negocio

Time to eat!

EnglishEspagnol
I am hungry / I am thirstyTengo hambre/ Tengo sed
EnjoyBuen provecho
Cheers!Salud!
It was deliciousEstaba delicioso
What can you recommend?Que me recomende?
I am vegeterianSoy vegetariano/a
Not spicy please (I don't like spices)Sin especias! (No me gusta las especias)
It's too hotEsta demasiado caliente!
I am allergicSoy alérgico.
Sea foodMariscos
PeanutsCacahuete
GlutenGluten
I would like...Quisiera...
WaterAgua
Tee / CoffeeTé/ café
Beer / WineCerveza/ Vino
The bill, pleaseLa cuenta, por favor

Health / Emergency / Security

EnglishEspagnol
I need to see a doctor.Necesito ver un médico.
Call an ambulance / Call 911Llama un médico/ una ambulancia
Where is the hospital?Donde esta el hospital?
I do not feel very goodNo me siento bien
It hurts hereMe duele aqui
Where can I find the restrooms?Donde estan los servicios?
Help!Ayuda!
PolicePolicia
DangerPeligro
I'm lostEstoy perdido(a)

Other

EnglishEspagnol
Have a nice day !Que tenga un buen dia!
Delphine Teisserenc
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Updated 26 October 2018

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