Stupid me. Stupid, stupid me!
I spent my entire youth (more than twenty years) in Southern California, where half the population seems to speak Spanish… and what did I do when it came time to choose a second language to study in high school and college? I picked Latin!
Doh! What a dumb move.
Now, here I am, my first week in South America, surrounded by nothing but Spanish speaking people and my knowledge of the entire Spanish language consists of no more than a dozen different words (Most of them being cuss words I learned from playing soccer in So Cal).
But I’m not too concerned. I’m a relatively fast learner… and I’ve got you to help me. Right?
If you speak Spanish, I could really use your help. Below I’ve typed out a number of words and phrases I would like to learn to say in Spanish so I can communicate with the people around me. If you are able to help me translate these phrases from English to Spanish, I would be forever grateful. All you have to do is read my list of words and phrases below and then leave a comment at the end of this article telling me how to say these things in Spanish.
Thanks in advance!
- Excuse me.
- I am looking for this.
- Where is it?
- Where is this?
- Which way do I go?
- I’m sorry.
- I am vegetarian. I can not eat anything with animals in it.
- How much does this/it cost?
- Do you know where I can rent a bicycle?
- Do you know where I can rent a motorcycle?
- Do you rent bicycles? Do you rent motorcycles?
- I would like to rent this for one week.
- This is broken.
- Is this included?
- What is the best deal you can give me?
- Will you accept this?
- Can you help me?
- At what time does it arrive?
- When must I check out?
- Can I take your photo?
What other words and phrases do you suggest that I learn? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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