If you are planning on travelling to Spain or South America, then there is some very useful vocabulary you should learn before going there. Here you will find 7 typical Spanish travel expressions that will help you to get to your destination safe and sound.
- You are in the middle of the street trying to get to that wonderful landmark everyone talks about but you can’t seem to find it. Don’t panic! Just walk towards the nearest person and ask: “¿Me puedes indicar dónde está en el mapa?”, which means, “can you show me where it is on the map?” In no time you’ll have it located on your city map and can continue on your way.
- A coffee shop, wifi, a public bathroom… how can you find what you need? Make sure you learn this sentence: ¿Dónde puedo encontrar…?, in other words, Where can I find…? Just add whatever you need to the end of the sentence and you’ll find it in no time. For example: “¿Dónde puedo encontrar una academia de español?” Answer: Vas a encontrar una escuela de español en Calle Montesa 35. It is in Madrid and it’s called La Aventura Española!
- This is a must on your adventure: “¿Cómo llego a…?”, “How do I get to…?” Basically these four words will help you get to wherever you want to go. Imagine that you want to go on a day trip from Madrid to Toledo. Just go to the train station and ask: “¿Cómo llego a Toledo?” and they’ll tell you which train to take, the departure time, etc.
- There’s nothing worse than looking forward to a nice dinner, for example, and then it ends up being a horrible place. How can you avoid this? Ask for recommendations! “¿Me puedes recomendar un buen…?”, “Can you recommend a good…?” Again, just add the necessary word at the end of the sentence. Example: “¿Me puedes recomendar un buen restaurante?”
- When travelling, transportation can be an adventure in itself. Whether you’re planning on travelling by bus, plane, train or boat, you’ll need a ticket. So, what are the magical words? “¿Dónde puedo comprar un boleto (South America) o billete (Spain)?” “Where can I buy a ticket?” Follow the instructions and get ready for your next adventure.
- So now you know where to buy a ticket but equally important is to know the price: “¿Cuánto cuesta un billete a…?”, “How much is a ticket to…?” Don’t forget to make sure you get the right change.
- Now that you’ve paid for your tickets, you are probably wondering at what time you have to board. So just ask this: “¿A qué hora sale el…(avión, bus, tren, barco)?”, “What time does the… (plane, bus, train, boat) leave?” To make sure you get the time right you can ask them to write it down: “¿Me lo escribes, por favor?” You wouldn’t want to be late.
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