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Learn a Spanish Phrase: 20 of the most Useful Spanish Expressions

Here are 20 common and useful Spanish expressions that you must know, and that you should learn very early in Spanish-learning quest.
  • see you soon!. – the Spanish expression for this is:. hasta la vista!

    You've probably heard this one 'Hasta la vista baby!' ... (the baby bit being English...rather than Spanish).

  • pleased to meet you. . .mucho gusto! which literally means ‘I like it very much…’.

    Another common expression used on being introduced to someone is encantado which is said by a male on meeting another person (of either sex) (…or encantada - said by a female).

    or encantado de conocerle - which literally is ‘enchanted to meet you’ or ‘delighted to meet you’.



  • good morning!. . .buenos diás!

  • good evening!, good night!. . .buenas noches!

  • good afternoon! . . . exc. buenas tardes!

    Note that good morning uses buenos yet good afternoon and good night/good evening use the word buenas.

    Why the difference?

    Because diás is masculine and tarde and noche are both feminine, so the adjective (bueno has to adapt to the correct form with the noun).

  • come in! in Spanish is . . . adelante!

  • OK! in Spanish is . . . vale!

  • how good! , great! - the Spanish phrase equivalent is . . . qué bien!

  • good luck! in Spanish is . . . suerte!, buena suerte!

  • bring me! in Spanish is . . . tráigame!

    for example – “Tráigame la cuenta por favor!” is a useful phrase to know.

    It means “Bring the bill please”.

  • careful! watch out! take care!, caution! in Spanish is . . . ojo!
    The translation of ojo is eye!

  • congratulations! in Spanish is . . . felicidades!

  • many thanks!, thank you very much!. . .muchas gracias!

  • don’t mention it!, you’re welcome! - the Spanish phrase is . . . de nada!

    This is a very common expression used after someone says muchas gracias!. It literally translates as ‘it is nothing’.

  • help! (emergency) - the Spanish phrase is . . . socorro!

  • how are you? . . . q. ¿cómo estás? Note this phrase is used for someone you know well, a friend or relative.

  • how do you say …? . . . q. ¿cómo se dice …?

    This is a useful phrase for someone who is progressing with Spanish and needs to know a word. A very important phrase if you wish to build up your Spanish vocabulary.

  • I’m sorry! - the Spanish phrase is . . . lo siento!
    This one literally means, “I feel it.” Also useable is: . . . perdone! which is more like ‘I beg your pardon’ or ‘Excuse me’.

    slo siento - I'm sorry

    lo siento = I'm sorry!
    Imagine J-LO's body guard says, "I'm sorry! J-LO’S SEEN TO her fans already today."



  • what a pity! what a shame! in Spanish is . . . qué lástima!

    Another equivalent is . . . qué pena!


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