Spanish Vocabulary - What Makes It Unique?

By: Corbin Newlyn

When you make up your mind that you want to learn Spanish, there are some basic words in the Spanish vocabulary that you will want to make sure you learn as well as remember. Every language has fundamental terms and phrases that furnish the foundation of the language, and if you are in a Spanish-speaking region, or a part of your city or town where Spanish is regularly spoken, these phrases or words will help you to practice your skills of Spanish, as well as give you additional incentive to learn more of the language.

Knowing The Basics

Hola. In the Spanish language, 'hola' means 'hello'. Even if you are not that articulate in Spanish, make sure that you are courteous and are also able to speak to the people that are around you. This is an excellent way to break the ice, as well as to ask for assistance in speaking Spanish if you do not know all the various words to form a phrase. You might also discover that various native Spanish speakers do not talk in the English language, so you will be able to learn a great deal from each other.

Gracias. Saying thank you (Gracias) is an additional Spanish word you will need to know. If you are asking some questions (regardless if it's spoken in broken Spanish) demonstrating your appreciation in the native language will certainly be well-received by those people who speak Spanish fluently.

And, if you are doing a favor or something else for somebody else and they convey their gratitude by saying 'Gracias', you can then answer by saying 'de nada' (you're welcome) or 'no hay de que' (it's nothing), so you can help to make native speakers feel more relaxed, and to exercise more of your Spanish vocabulary.

Beyond The Basics

Learning other Spanish words that suggest good manners, for instance 'perdoname' (excuse me), por favor ('please') and lo siento ('I'm sorry') will also assist you to find your way around if there are not a lot of people around who speak the English language. Keep in mind that, in any type of language, manners go a long way.

Donde esta...? If you are lost in a Spanish-speaking nation, and need to find your way to the closest restroom (bano), restaurant (restaurante), library (biblioteca), or movies (el cine), you will need to start your question with Donde esta (where is...?).

In the majority of cases, even individuals who do not speak the English language will be able to work out the place you are trying to get to if you start the conversation with this phrase. It may also be a wise idea to carry along a dictionary with you, so that you will have the ability to learn the words from the Spanish vocabulary used for city locations.

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