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Useful Spanish for your Camino trip

languages-caminowaysWalking the Camino de Santiago (particularly along the French Way route and as you get closer to Santiago de Compostela), you will meet people of all nationalities. Most people will come back from the Camino having made at least a few friends.

While you might meet many English-speaking along the way (both pilgrims and service providers), you will also need a few basic phrases in Spanish to help you communicate, particularly in smaller villages and towns. You will encounter other official languages in signs along the way, such as Basque (Euskara) in Navarra and Galego (in Galicia) but a bit of Spanish will help you get by. Here’s a list of basic Spanish vocabulary you might find helpful on your Camino. The Camino might be your chance to brush up on your Spanish:

English

Spanish

Accommodation/Services
Alojamiento/Servicios
I’m looking for… Estoy buscando
I’d like to… Quisiera
Where is…? Donde está…?
How much is …? Cuanto cuesta…?
I don’t like it No me gusta
It’s fine Vale
Too expensive Demasiado caro
Cheaper Mas económico
Where are the toilets? Dónde están los servicios?
Conversation Essentials
Conversación
Does anyone here speak English? Hay alguien que hable inglés?
Hello Hola
Good morning Buenos días
Good afternoon Buenas tardes
Good evening Buenas noches
Bye/See you Adiós
Please Por favor
Thank you Gracias
You’re welcome De nada
Sorry/Excuse me Perdone
What’s your name? Como te llamas?
My name is Me llamo
It’s a pleasure to meet you Encantado/a
Where are you from? De dónde eres?
I am from… Soy de…
Can I have a … beer please? Una cerveza por favor?
Can I have a … glass of wine please? Un vino por favor?
I am a Vegetarian Soy vegetariano/a
Could you help me please? Puede ayudarme, por favor?
I’m allergic to… Soy alérgico/a a…
ATM Cajero
Directions:
Dirección:
How do I get to…? Como puedo llegar a…?
Is it far? Está lejos?
Go straight ahead Vaya derecho
Turn left Tuerza a la izquierda
Turn right Tuerza a la derecha
Open Abierto
Close Cerrado
I am lost Estoy perdido/a
Where is the …hospital? post office? bus station? Dónde está… el hospital? correos? estación de bus?
Maria
Writer at CaminoWays.com
Marketing Manager Maria Golpe is from Viveiro, in the misty and beautiful northern coast of Galicia. She loves Santiago, where she studied Journalism at Santiago de Compostela University. She also loves good food, travel and all things arty crafty.
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