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Basic Spanish for your Cabo Hotel Adventure
While many Cabo hotels and other attractions in Mexico have people who speak English, you can always greatly benefit from knowing at least a little Spanish for your vacation. Not only can being able to speak to locals help you get around, it can also enhance your cultural experience and make it more fun. Here is a list of basic Spanish words and phrases to get you started: The best place to start is the beginning! In this case, we'll start with greetings. Greetings Hola - Hello, Hi A casual "hola" is fine among friends, but in other situations, you should change the form you use depending on the time of day.
- Before noon: Buenos días (Good morning, Good day)
- From noon until dark: Buenas tardes (Good afternoon)
- At night: Buenas noches (Good evening, Good night)
¿Cómo estás? (informal) ¿Cómo está? (formal) - How are you? Whether you use the informal or formal version depends on the situation you are in. What's considered formal and informal is similar to how you would interpret this in English (i.e. speaking to friends is informal, speaking to elders is formal). However, this can differ in different parts of Mexico. Me llamo... - My name is... Even for vacationers, knowing how to introduce yourself can come in handy when conversing with Spanish speaking people. Gracias - Thank you. It's always polite to thank people who are providing you with a service - and even better to say it in their language. De nada - You're welcome Por favor (POR fah-VOHR) - Please No comprende - I don't understand Now you can arrive at your Cabo hotel with the right greeting! Getting Information If you know a few basic phrases for things like getting directions or asking how much something is, you'll be able to travel through town with ease. A que distancia? - How far? ¿Cuanto cuesta? - How much is it? To understand the answers to the above questions you'll also need to have some knowledge of the Spanish numerical system. La cuente, por favor - The bill, please Asking for the check or bill at a restaurant. ¿Donde está...? - Where is...? A popular question and perfect usage example is ¿Dónde está el baño? - Where is the bathroom? A Few Other Useful Phrases Disculpe - Excuse me. There are different forms to say this depending on the situation, but this is the one that works in most situations. Use disculpe if you're trying to get by someone and you want them to move out of your way, if you've made a faux-pas, or if you're trying to get their attention. ¿Puedo tomar una foto? - May I take a photo? A must for anyone who wants to capture thier Mexico vacation on camera! No hablo español. ¿Habla usted inglés? - I don't speak Spanish. Do you speak English? Amplify your learning experience and use your Spanish as much as possible! Consider this last phrase a last resort :) By challenging yourself, you'll make your Cabo hotel adventure one to remember!