Monday, March 16, 2020
A Guide to Navigating in Spanish
A Guide to Navigating in Spanish There are few things more frustrating while traveling than getting lostÃ in a foreign place. Fortunately, if you are traveling in an area where Spanish is one of the languages spoken, this list of phrases and words below can help you quickly get to where you are going. Keep This Vocabulary List on Hand Combine the vocabulary listed below with basic grammar and you will be well on your way to getting the help you need. Even if you are not proficient in Spanish, in most places you travel you will find that people will appreciate your desire to use their language. Print out or write down the phrases below so you can communicate with the people around you during your travels.Ã Ã ¡Buen viaje! (Have a great trip!) Basic Spanish Travel Phrases Where is...? Where are...? - Ã ¿DÃ ³nde est...? Ã ¿DÃ ³nde estn...?How do you go to...? - Ã ¿Por dÃ ³nde se va a...? Or, Ã ¿CÃ ³mo puedo llegar a...?Where are we on the map? - Ã ¿DÃ ³nde estamos aquÃ en el mapa?Is it far away? Is it near here? - Ã ¿Est lejos? Ã ¿Est por aquÃ ?Im looking for... - Busco...Im lost. - Estoy perdido (perdida if you are female). Where can I catch a taxi (a bus)? - Latin America: Ã ¿DÃ ³nde puedo tomar un taxi (un autobÃ ºs)?Ã Spain: Ã ¿DÃ ³nde puedo coger un taxi (un autobÃ ºs)? Note that other terms used regionally for bus include bus, colectivo, camiÃ ³n, camioneta, gÃ ³ndola, guagua, micro, microbÃ ºs, and pullman. Be careful with the usage of the verb coger in parts of Latin America, because it can have an obscene meaning.Additional ways of travel could be on foot (a pie), by car (en coche), on a motorbike (la moto), by boat (el barco), and by plane (el aviÃ ³n). More Spanish Speaking Terms When Traveling Write it down, please. - EscrÃ balo, por favor.Speak more slowly, please. - Hgame el favor de hablar ms despacio.I dont understand Spanish well. - No entiendo bien el espaÃ ±ol.Is there anyone who speaks English? - Ã ¿Hay alguien que hable inglÃ ©s?North, east, west, south - Norte, este or oriente, oeste or occidente, surKilometer, mile, meter - KilÃ ³metro, milla, metroStreet, avenue, highway - Calle, avenida, camino, carrera, or carreteraCity block - Cuadra (Latin America) or manzana (Spain)Street corner - EsquinaAddress - DirecciÃ ³n Two Tips for Conversation While Abroad Get specific. Use key terms for places you are going to in your conversations with others. You may want directions to a shopping mall (el centro comercial), general shops (las tiendas) or the grocery market (el mercado). All three can be summed up as shops, but they vary in the type of shop. If you want to explore tourist attractions, detail if you would like to see an art gallery (la galerÃ a de arte), a park (el parque), or a historic center (el casco antiguo).Be friendly. There is nothing that delights locals more than when tourists are courteous and ask for help with a smile. Include basic greetings along with your phrases such as hello (hola or buenas), how are you doing? (Ã ¿quÃ © tal?) and good day (good morning is Ã¢â¬â¹buenos dÃ as,Ã goodÃ afternoonÃ is buenas tardes, and good evening is buenas noches). Youll score extra points if you adopt to local variations, such as buen dÃ a used in some countries rather than the more common buenos dÃ as. Using Addresses You should be aware the structure of street addresses can vary widely from country to country. Consult a thorough tourist guide before you travel to become familiar with local practices. In many cases, understanding addresses will be easier than it might seem at first. For example, one of the most popular museums in Bogot, Colombia, is el Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) at Cra. 6 #15-88, which initially might seem like a jumble of characters. But Cra. 6 indicates that is on Carerra 6, which we might call 6th Avenue in English. The 15 is the street name (Calle 15), and the 88 indicates the distance from the intersection of that avenue and street. Unfortunately for the traveler, easy-to-understand addressing conventions arent used everywhere, and not all streets are named. In Costa Rica, for example, you may run across addresses such as 200 metros al oeste de la escuela Fernndez, indicating a location 200 meters west of the Fernandez school.