100 Common Spanish Phrases to Survive Any Situation

Whether you’re planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country, looking to learn Spanish, or just wanting to make conversation with friends or family, knowing common Spanish phrases can be incredibly valuable.

Take a look at this video made for you by Juan from Spring Spanish (a project I’m a co-founder):

Not only does it help you navigate daily situations, but it also enriches your experiences and allows you to connect with others more deeply.

From ordering food to making small talk, a foundation of basic Spanish phrases will help you feel more confident and at ease.

1. 25 Common Spanish Phrases to Kickstart Any Conversation: Spanish Greetings

To engage in your first conversation with a native Spanish speaker, greetings are your starting point. And greetings are common Spanish phrases.

We’ve compiled a list of 25 basic Spanish greetings that will help you greet someone warmly.

25 Spanish Greetings

SpanishEnglish
HolaHello
Buenos díasGood morning
Buenas tardesGood afternoon
Buenas nochesGood evening/Good night
¿Cómo estás?How are you?
¿Qué tal?How’s it going?
Mucho gustoNice to meet you
¿Cómo te llamas?What’s your name?
Me llamo…My name is…
Encantado/aDelighted/Pleased to meet you
¿Cómo ha ido tu día?How has your day been?
¿Qué haces?What are you doing?
¿De dónde eres?Where are you from?
Soy de…I am from…
Hasta luegoSee you later
AdiósGoodbye
Hasta mañanaSee you tomorrow
Buenas nochesGood night
¡Qué tengas un buen día!Have a good day!
¡Hasta pronto!See you soon!
Bienvenido/aWelcome
¿Todo bien?Everything alright?
Nos vemosSee you
Tengo que irmeI have to go
CuídateTake care

If you want to learn more Spanish greetings, check out our article on “50 Vital Spanish Sentences“.

And here’s one more tip: Sign up to our Conversation Based Chunking Starter Pack and get access to our full Spanish language learning program! It will give you a chance to learn more common Spanish phrases and chunks!

2. 10 Useful Spanish Phrases When Travelling

When you’re going on a trip, it’s essential to have some useful Spanish phrases for travel that can go a long way in making your experience smoother.

Below are 10 phrases to survive any conversation you might encounter on your travels.

10 Spanish Travel Phrases

SpanishEnglish
¿Dónde está el baño?Where is the bathroom?
¿Cuánto cuesta?How much does it cost?
¿Puede ayudarme?Can you help me?
Necesito un taxiI need a taxi
Una mesa para dos, por favorA table for two, please
¿Habla inglés?Do you speak English?
No entiendoI don’t understand
¿Podría repetirlo?Could you repeat that?
¿Dónde está…?Where is…?
Me gustaría ir a…I would like to go to…

For more travel-specific phrases, visit our “Spanish Travel Phrases” article.

3. 10 Basic Spanish Questions in Restaurants

Dining out is a great way to practice Spanish and learn more about the language and culture. Learn these basic Spanish questions to ask in restaurants and you’ll be able to engage like a local.

10 Basic Spanish Questions

SpanishEnglish
¿Qué me recomienda?What do you recommend?
¿Tienen alguna especialidad?Do you have a specialty?
¿Cuál es la sopa del día?What is the soup of the day?
¿Puedo ver el menú, por favor?Can I see the menu, please?
¿Qué ingredientes lleva…?What ingredients does… have?
¿Es picante?Is it spicy?
¿Puedo tener la cuenta?Can I have the bill?
¿Aceptan tarjetas de crédito?Do you accept credit cards?
¿Puedo pedir para llevar?Can I order this to go?
¿Tienen opciones vegetarianas?Do you have vegetarian options?

Don’t forget to check out our “Spanish Question Words” article for a deeper dive into asking questions in Spanish.

4. 10 Spanish Phrases to Use Food And Drinks

Talking about food and drinks is a tasty part of learning a new language. Yummy!

These phrases will help you discuss your preferences and make orders confidently.

10 Spanish Phrases for Food and Drinks

SpanishEnglish
Me gustaría…I would like…
¿Tienen…?Do you have…?
Quisiera probar…I would like to try…
Estoy lleno/aI’m full
Tengo hambreI’m hungry
Tengo sedI’m thirsty
Una cerveza, por favorA beer, please
Una copa de vinoA glass of wine
Sin hielo, por favorWithout ice, please
El postre, por favorThe dessert, please

5. 10 Basic Spanish Weather Words

Talking about the weather is a universal starter for making small talk. Here are some basic words and phrases you can use to discuss the Spanish weather.

10 Basic Spanish Weather Words

SpanishEnglish
¿Qué tiempo hace?What’s the weather like?
Hace calorIt’s hot
Hace fríoIt’s cold
Hace solIt’s sunny
Hace vientoIt’s windy
Está lloviendoIt’s raining
Está nubladoIt’s cloudy
¿Va a llover?Is it going to rain?
Está nevandoIt’s snowing
La temperaturaThe temperature

For even more weather-related phrases, see our “Weather in Spanish” article.

6. 10 Common Spanish Slang to Sound Like a Native

Using slang can make your Spanish sound more natural and can help you connect with native speakers on a different level. Here’s a list of common Spanish slang expressions.

10 Common Spanish Slangs

SpanishEnglish
¡Qué chulo!How cool!
Tío/TíaDude/Guy
ValeOkay/Alright
GuayCool
ChévereGreat/Nice
GuiriTourist (informal)
Majo/aNice/Kind
PastaMoney (informal)
CurroJob/Work (informal)
ChorradaNonsense/Stupid thing

7. 15 Spanish Expressions for Emergencies

It’s crucial to know a few emergency phrases when in a Spanish-speaking country. These can be a lifeline in unexpected situations.

15 Spanish Expressions for Emergencies

SpanishEnglish
¡Ayuda!Help!
¡Socorro!Help!
Necesito ayudaI need help
Llame a una ambulanciaCall an ambulance
¿Dónde está el hospital?Where is the hospital?
Me he perdidoI’m lost
¿Puede ayudarme a encontrar…?Can you help me find…?
Me robaronI’ve been robbed
Necesito un médicoI need a doctor
Está de emergenciaIt’s an emergency
No me siento bienI don’t feel well
Estoy enfermo/aI am sick
Necesito hablar con la embajadaI need to speak with the embassy
¿Puede llamar a la policía?Can you call the police?
No puedo encontrar mi hotelI can’t find my hotel

8. 10 Basic Spanish Phrases for Small Talk

Making small talk is an excellent way to practice your Spanish and get to know someone better. These basic phrases will help you get started.

10 Basic Spanish Small Talk Phrases

SpanishEnglish
¿De dónde eres?Where are you from?
¿Qué te gusta hacer en tu tiempo libre?What do you like to do in your free time?
¿Has viajado a otros países?Have you traveled to other countries?
Me gusta la músicaI like music
¿Qué tipo de música te gusta?What kind of music do you like?
He aprendido español por…I have been learning Spanish for…
¿Tienes hermanos?Do you have siblings?
¿Qué te trajo aquí?What brings you here?
¿Viste el partido anoche?Did you see the game last night?
¿Tienes mascotas?Do you have pets?

9. Learn More Spanish with Conversation Based Chunking

Conversation Based Chunking is a technique where you learn language in the context of conversations rather than isolated words or grammar rules. By focusing on common Spanish phrases that you’ll use in everyday interactions, you’ll be able to start speaking Spanish without hesitation and understand native speakers better.

These common Spanish phrases are here for you to survive any conversation in Spanish, and are a great place to start learning, but they’re just the beginning. Remember! Language learning is a journey, and the more you practice, the more confident you’ll become.

Use these common Spanish phrases as you start learning Spanish, and with each new phrase, you’ll find yourself more connected to the world of Spanish speakers and their rich culture. Expand your vocabulary, practice regularly, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes—each conversation is a step closer to becoming fluent in Spanish.

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