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Why Learn Important Spanish Phrases Before Vacation

Article by Debbie Flores

Some of the most beautiful vacation spots in the world are in Spanish-speaking countries: Cozumel, Barcelona, Buenos Aries, Cabo, Argentina and hundreds of other spots make a great destination. But your vacation will be much more enjoyable, and much less stressful, if you learn some Spanish phrases before you leave. When you are on vacation in your own country, it is easy to be polite with “please” and “thank you”. It is easy to learn the Spanish for these phrases. Everyone’s mother taught them to be polite – this includes mothers in other countries. Even if you pronounce it wrong, everyone will appreciate that you at least tried to speak their language. Remember, you are a guest and you need to be polite to your hosts. Furthermore, learning Spanish phrases for “pardon me” and other small apologies make people more inclined to help you. For example, yelling “waiter” in English is definitely rude. Instead learn a simple phrase for “excuse me sir”. No one likes being summoned in a rude way in a foreign language.

Experience the Country

Many tourists visit places but never leave their little tourist bubble; they stay on the bus, the designated restaurant, the tour. While this is a stress-free way to travel, it is also a bit disingenuous. Why travel to another country just to watch it like a TV show? Learning a few Spanish phrases can help to turn a TV experience into an interactive special experience.

For example, many people like to take public transportation in their vacation city. After all, especially if that is how the real locals live. And a fifty-cent bus ride is a tour in itself. However, it could be very difficult to navigate even a simple bus ride without learning Spanish phrases for direction, destination, distance, and fares.

Also, often the best restaurant is not the one on the tourist boardwalk with a photographic menu. It is out-of-the-way one the locals frequent anyway. Learning Spanish food phrases mean a culinary treat on vacation. As long as you know the words for what you do not like or are allergic to, try anything else on the menu. Even if you don’t understand everything the waiter says, pointing and smiling helps.

Country Specific

Spanish is a very diverse language, and there are as many nuances and dialects as there are Spanish-speaking countries. Be sure to pick up the local words and phrases. Get a guidebook specific to your destination area that has a glossary of phrases and language notes about these dialects.

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Find more great articles by Debbie Flores about different methods for learning Spanish quickly and easily at and learn spanish by audio methods with Spanish I

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