Basic Spanish Words

From please and thank you to good morning and good night you'll have what you need to be polite and win a smile for trying.

This page will show you some basic Spanish words and common Spanish phrases. When you are ready to start learning the Spanish language, begin your journey with the The Spanish Language page where you will find free language videos for learning the alphabet, numbers, Spanish greatings, apologizing and Spanish listening skills for absolute beginners.

When you are more confident, you can move onto translate English to Spanish dictionary and grammar where we have listed useful Spanish videos and information to hone your language skills and knowledge. You will learn about the rules of stress, syllabification, demonstratives, pronouns and possessive adjectives.

Spanish Word List

A list of common Spanish phrases that will help you communicate whilst travelling around Spanish speaking communities. Make your trip more enjoyable with a good selection of basic Spanish vocabulary. The locals will appreciate your efforts.

English
Spanish Words
Pronunciation
Yes/no.
Sí/No.
see/noh
Yes, please/No, thank you.
Sí, por favor/No, gracias.
see por fah-bor/noh grah-thyas
Please.
Por favor.
por fah-bor
Thank you.
Gracias.
grah-thyas
You're welcome.
De nada.
deh nah-dah
Here is/are...
Aquí está/están...
ah-kee es-tah/es-tan
Hello/Good morning.
Hola/Buenos días.
oh-lah/bweh-nos dee-as
Good afternoon/Good evening.
Buenas tardes.
bweh-nas tar-des
Goodbye.
Adiós.
ah-dyos
Good night.
Buenas noches.
bweh-nas noh-ches
How are you?
¿Cómo está?
koh-moh es-tah
Very well, thanks.
Muy bien gracias.
mwee byen grah-thyas
Excuse me.
Disculpe.
dees-kool-peh
Do you speak English?
¿Habla usted inglés?
ah-blah oo-steth een-gles
Can you help me?
¿Me puede ayudar?
meh poo-eh-deh ah-yoo-dar
I don't understand.
No entiendo.
noh en-tyehn-doh
I don't know.
No lo sé.
noh loh seh
Leave me alone.
Déjeme en paz.
deh-heh-meh en path
Please write it down.
Por favor, escríbalo.
por fah-bor es-kree-bah-loh
Sorry.
Perdón.
pair-don
Where?
¿Dónde?
don-deh
When?
¿Cuándo?
kwan-doh
Why?
¿Por qué?
por keh
Who?
¿Quién?
kyen
Which?
¿Cuál?
kwal
Where is...?
¿Dónde está...?
don-deh es-tah
How much is it?
¿Cuánto cuesta?
kwan-toh kwes-tah
How many?
¿Cuántos?
kwan-tos
What's that?
¿Qué es eso?
keh es eh-soh
What is your name?
¿Cómo se llama usted?
koh-moh seh ya-mah oos-tehd
I'd like.
Me gustaría.
meh goo-stah-ree-ah
I want.
Quiero.
kyair-oh
I'd like it.
Me gusta.
me goo-stah
I don't like it.
No me gusta.
noh meh goo-stah
OK/Agreed.
OK/De acuerdo.
oh-keh/deh ah-kwair-doh
That's fine.
Está bien.
es-tah byen
English
Spanish Words
Pronunciation

Pronouncing Spanish words

la pronunciación

These are examples of Spanish letter combinations and the English equivalent to how you pronounce them. Use these pronunciation examples to help you learn the words below.

Spanish letters = english sound

a = ah

ai = ahy

au = ow

o = oh

e = eh

ei = ay

i = ee

ll = ye

ñ = nye

qu = k

rr = rrrr

cc = ks

ia = yah

ie = yeh

io = yoh

u = oo

ua = wah

ue = weh

SpanishPod101 have produced this useful introduction to Spanish pronunciation. The begining of the video explains where the different dialects came from. If you want to go straight to the pronunciation then skip 3 minutes 33 seconds (3:33) into the video.

Introduction to Spanish - Introduction to Spanish Pronunciation

This is another great video for learning Spanish pronunciation (Introduction to Perfect Spanish Pronunciation). Alex will show how to say the different letter sounds with word examples.

Introduction to Perfect Spanish Pronunciation

How to say numbers in Spanish

Cómo decir números en español

number = English = Spanish words

Spanish words for measurements

las medidas

English = Spanish

centimeter = el centímetro (0.39 in.)

meter = el metro (3.28 feet)

kilometer = el kilómetro (0.621 mile)

liter = el litro (1.75 pints)

gram = el gramo (0.0352 oz)

kilogram = el kilo(gramo) (2.20 lbs)

Spanish word videos for building vocabulary

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Learn Spanish words with native speakers

Learning Spanish words is faster when you listen to native speakers. The videos and lessons published at LanguageHelpers.com were created by Spanish speaking linguists in a fun and friendly way. Your ability to remember essential words will improve with every lesson and your pronunciation will flow much more naturally. We have included speaking exercises were ever possible. Listening to conversations that you can expect to find in real life situations will be your greatest asset.

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Common Spanish words

There is a huge advantage to learning the most common Spanish words first. You will have a better chance of understanding pieces of conversations going on around you and in turn will help you to pick up more Spanish word patterns.