Yesterday I asked my students for two things: a book to add to my summer reading list and a word or a phrase in Spanish that they thought I would need when I travel to Cordoba and Granada next week. The book list will be up soon, but here is what they think I should know for my trip:
Universally, the first word that they suggested was, Hola – followed closely with Adios.
Often the next suggestion was, Por favor and Gracias (“Remember the th sound is an s Mrs. T.”) Then on to necessary functions –
- ¿Puedo ir al baño? (Can I go to the bathroom. – though I am aware that in Spain you refer to the “servicio” or “aseo” instead)
- Donde esta el baño/servicio/aseo? (Where is the…)
- Yo quiero comer. (and its cousin) Yo necessito comer. (I want to eat – no, I NEED to eat)
- Quiero dormir. (I want to sleep)
- ¿Donde esta el restaurante? (Where is the restaurant)
- Galletas (cookies or crackers)
- Agua (water)
- Carne (meat)
Then, they remembered the whole conversation, give and take, thing –
- ¿Como estas? (How are you?)
- Yo tambien! (Me too!)
- ¿Que tal? (what’s happening….)
Shopping? They gave me excellent phrases that I need to know;
- Muy caro (expensive)
- que ganga (what a bargain)
- ¿Cuánto cuesta? (how much does it cost?)
- dólares (though I reminded them that in España it is Euros)
- la cuenta (the bill)
- No tengo dinero. (I don’t have money)
And then general stuff
- Tengo ganas de … (I have wanted to …)
- ¿Donde esta …. ? (Where is…)
- Yo no hablo Español.
- ¿Que tiempo hace… ? (How long ago)
- Claro que si… (Of course, if…)
- ¿Como se dice…? (How do you say…)
- ¿Que hora es… ? (What time is…)
- Encanta (love)
- Amor (love)
- Hace calor, frio o sol. (I’m hot, cold, sunny)
And because I am the pale skinned, freckled blonde teacher: La crema protector solar (at least SPF 30).
And when all else fails, one student suggested that I ask them: “Please speak English with me.”
Image is of the market in Granada by Baer Tierkel
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NEVER say Estoy caliente. Or churra.
Just some words of advice. 🙂
Invaluable – thank you!