Spanish Expressions and Useful Words

Which are the most common Spanish expressions and useful words?

Let’s talk about some popular Spanish expressions and useful words. (Prior to beginning this lesson, visit our Spanish pronunciation guide to learn basic pronunciation, and be sure to refer back to it as necessary. There is also a link to it from the site map.)

The best ways to learn language is to start speaking it right away, then learn the grammatical rules once you know a few words and expressions. You may want to print out the list of Spanish expressions below, so you can read over them several times a day until you know them. Each is followed by the most appropriate translation, and sometimes a more literal translation in parenthesis.


Useful Spanish Expressions

¿Cuál es su nombre? – What is your name?

Mi nombre es Ana. – My name is Ana.

¿Cómo se llama usted? – What is your name?

Me llamo Ana. – My name is Ana (I call myself Ana).

Buenos días. – Good morning (Good day).

Buenas tardes. – Good afternoon.

Buenas noches. – Good evening (Good night).

¿Cómo está usted? – How are you?

Muy bien, gracias. ¿Y usted? – Very well, thank you. And you?

Le presento a Steve. – This is Steve (I introduce you to Steve).

Mucho gusto. – Nice to meet you (Much pleasure).

Igualmente. – And you too (Equally).

Hasta luego. – See you later (Until then).

Adiós. – Goodbye.

Hasta mañana. – See you tomorrow (Until tomorrow).

Por favor. – Please.

Gracias. – Thank you.

De nada. – You’re welcome (It’s nothing).

¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much (How much does it cost)?

Disculpe. – Excuse me.

Lo Siento. – I’m sorry.

La cuenta por favor. – The bill please.

¿Dónde está el baño? – Where is the bathroom?

¿Cómo se dice esto? – How do you say this (How does one say this)?

No entiendo. – I don’t understand.

Hable más lento por favor. – Speak more slowly please.

¿De dónde es usted? – Where are you from?

Yo soy de los Estados Unidos. – I am from the United States.

Useful Words in Spanish

 En la casa = at home

sala = living room

comedor = dining room

dormitorio = bedroom

cocina = kitchen

baño = bathroom


Las estaciones = the seasons

 invierno = winter

verano = summer

otoño = autumn

primavera = spring


La ubicación = the directions

norte = north

sur = south

este = east

oeste = west


La comida = the meal

 desayuno = breakfast

almuerzo = lunch

cena = dinner


Los días = the days

 lunes = Monday

martes = Tuesday

miércoles = Wednesday

jueves = Thursday

viernes = Friday

sábado = Saturday

domingo = Sunday


Los meses = The months

enero = January

febrero = February

marzo = March

abril = April

mayo = May

junio = June

julio = July

agosto = August

septiembre = September

octubre = October

noviembre = November

diciembre = December


Palabras de pregunta = question words

¿Qué? = What?

¿Cómo? = How?

¿Cuándo? = When?

¿Dónde? = Where?

¿Cuál? = Which?

¿Por qué? = Why?


Palabras de respuesta = answer words

Sí = yes

No = no

Quizás = maybe/perhaps

Tal vez = perhaps

Claro = of course

Nunca = never

Siempre = always

Ahora = now

Porque = because

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