Spanish PhrasesOne of the Ibero-Romance languages, Spanish is most closely related to Catalan, Galician and Portuguese. There are around 40 million Spanish speakers within Spain. Spanish is the official language in Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands and the Northern African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. There are Spanish-speaking communities in the UK, France and Germany. It is one of the official languages of the European Union and of the United Nations.
A: as in the 'u' in 'nut, or a shorter sound than the 'a' in 'art'
E: as in 'et'
I: between the 'i' in 'marine' and the 'i' in 'flip'
O: similar to the 'o' in 'hot'
U: as the 'oo' in 'fool'
B: soft, as the 'v' in 'van
C: as in 'cat' before 'a', 'o', 'u' or a consonant; as the 'th' in 'thin' before 'e' and 'i'
Ch: as in 'choose'
D: as 'dog' when word initial; elsewhere as the 'th' in 'thin'
G: as in 'go' when initial and followed by 'a', 'o' or 'u', elsewhere softer. Before 'e' or 'i' it's a harsh, breathy sound, a bit like the 'h' in 'hit'
H: always silent
J: a harsh, glutteral sound similar to the 'ch' in Scottish loch
Ll: between the 'lli' in 'million' and then 'y' in 'yell'
Q: always followed by a silent 'u' and either 'e' (as in que) and 'i' (as in aqui), the combined sound of qu is like the 'k' in 'kick'
R: a rolled 'r' sound; longer and stronger when word-initial or doubled
S: as in 'send'
V: same sound as Spanish b
X: as the 'x' in 'taxi' when between two vowels; as the 's' in 'say' before a consonant
Z: as the 'th' in 'thin'
Please: Por favor
Thank you: Gracias
Your'e welcome: De nada
Excuse me: Perdón
What time does: A qué hora sale/llega el .?
the . leave/arrive?
No vacancies: completo
Police station: comisaría
I'm looking for .: Estoy buscando .
A bank: un banco
The city centre: el centro de la cuidad
The embassy: la embajado
My hotel: mi hotel
The market: el mercado
The police: la policía
The post office: los correos
Public toilets: los aseos públicos
A telephone: un teléfono
The church: la iglesia
The hospital: el hospital
The main square: la plaza mayor
The mosque: la mezquita
The old city: la cuidad antigua
The palace: el palacio
Times & Dates
What time is it?: Qué hora es?
In the morning: demla mañana
In the afternoon: de la tarde
In the evening: de la noche
One: uno, una
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