Basic Spanish Words & Phrases

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

For more Spanish words try our translate English to Spanish dictionary and grammar page.

Basic Spanish Words

Spanish Words
Yes, please/No, thank you.
Sí, por favor/No, gracias.
see por fah-bor/noh grah-thyas
Por favor.
por fah-bor
Thank you.
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
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.
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
¿Por qué?
por keh
Where is...?
¿Dónde está...?
don-deh es-tah
How much is it?
¿Cuánto cuesta?
kwan-toh kwes-tah
How many?
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.
I'd like it.
Me gusta.
me goo-stah
I don't like it.
No me gusta.
noh meh goo-stah
OK/De acuerdo.
oh-keh/deh ah-kwair-doh
That's fine.
Está bien.
es-tah byen
Spanish Words

Pronunciation (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

Number (el número)

number = English = Spanish

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 language lessons & tutorials

We have collected all the free spanish language lessons on the internet and orgainised them for you to search, listen and learn Spanish without all the unnessesarry cost. Below are a few of the videos available to get you started.

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Play Spanish for absolute beginners Spanish for absolute beginners

This series contains 18 videos, split into 4 units. You will learn the basic Spanish words for socializing, shopping and dealing with every day situations which you may encounter whilst in Mexico.

Play Spanish for intermediate learners Spanish for intermediate learners

Spanish for intermediate learners will start to widen your vocabulary and get you used to listening to conversations at a faster pace.

Play Learn Spanish Pronuncation Spanish Pronuncation

Play Spanish for beginners Spanish for beginners

After you have mastered the absolute beginners series you will be ready for the four beginners units, comprising of 20 short videos.

Play Spanish for advanced learners Spanish for advanced learners

It's time to up your game and start understanding more complicated conversation techniques, with the Spanish for advanced learners series. This series comprises of 16 videos across 3 units.

The following tutorials are a great way of learning the Spanish language. They do not cost anything and there are a huge number of videos to help you learn Spanish words and phrases all year long (beginners Spanish to advanced Spanish).

Free English to Spanish online language lessons