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Old April 21st, 2004, 12:40 PM
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Hey all,

I just thought of this ... why not post some Spanish phrases that will come in handy on a cruise to Mexico. (And let's keep 'em clean :-)

Here are a couple Art taught me:

"La cuenta, por favor" -- Check, please

"Donde esta el sanatarios?" -- Where are the bathrooms? You can also say "bano"

"Buenas dias" - Good day

"Como esta usted?" - How are you (formal)

"Como estas?" - How are you (informal)

and my personal favorite:

"Una mas margarita, por favor" - One more maragarita please

What are some that you can add to the list?

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Old April 21st, 2004, 12:47 PM
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Hi Harry, I have noticed you are on the boards alot and cruise often, maybe you can help me. I want to do some really good snorkeling or diving in Cozumel this time. I was a chanakaab park last time and thought the snorkeling could have been better. Is there another park with better snorkeling? Or should I just do an excursion? I really appreciate your help. Please email me your response if you can to [email protected]. Thank you very much.
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Old April 21st, 2004, 02:10 PM
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more useful phrases:

Lo siento - I'm sorry
and
** for the shoppers out there! **

Cuanto es? (KWAHN-toh ess?) - How much is it?
or
Cuanto cuesta (KWAHN-toh KWES-ta) - How much does that cost?

Prefiero algo..... (pray-FYAY-ro AHL-go).... I prefer something....
...mejor (may-HOR) - better
...mas barato (mahss bah-RAH-toh) - cheaper
...mas grande (mahss GRAHN-day) - larger
...mas pequeno (mahss pay-KAY-nyoh )- smaller

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Great ones Janelle! And, Pnorth, I have (sadly) never been there ... you have posted a separate message haven't you -- or perhaps try that.

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Old April 21st, 2004, 06:46 PM
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dos cuervos por favor - two beers please
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Old April 25th, 2004, 01:47 PM
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I don't have any to add but I wanted to say I took 4 yrs of Spanish in HS in the early 80's and I was in port in Costa Maya looking to drop off school supplies and got lost and luckily my Spanish came back ....cause the lady I spoke to I asked if she spoke english....(Hablo Ingles?) and she said NO and I looked at hubby and said "here goes!" and asked her in Spanish where was the little kids school (Donde esta la escuela de los ninos pequenos?) and she knew exactly what we were looking for! I was SO happy!!! And I have to say hubby was impressed!

I still to this day remember in HS senior class going to Spain for 10 days and learning:

Donde esta el bano?

I always thought that was important to know!

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The Mexican people are so gracious and appreciate Americans who give their Spanish a good try. Often they laugh with you at your mistakes and help you learn a few new phrases and words along the way.
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Oh, I use this one *a lot* ...

"Mi espanol es muy malo" -- "My Spanish is very bad."

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Una cerveza mas Cerveza - One more beer

No hablo español - I don't speak english

Mi comida sin chile por favor - My food without chili, please.
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DOS MAS CERVEZAS, POR FAVOR!

Two more beers, please (shouted from lounge chair on beach)
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...

Another ....

Perdo-no-me

(Very polite for pardon me)

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you forgot "Gracias" (thank you) and "De nada" (your welcome) and "por favor" (please). the only other real useful thing i can think of which might come in handy is "hable ingles" (do you speak english?) but my guess is that you wont be needing that. "que otro colores?" (what other colors- in case youre looking to buy a hat or soething else really touristy) "que mas?" (what more?) "yo quiero...."( i want...)

coffe- cafe
milk- leche
water- agua
buenas tardes- good afternoon
buenas noches- good evening/night.
(note- although "buenas dias" literlly translates as "good day", to my understanding, it is interpreted as "good morning")

what time is it?- que hora es?

1- uno
2- dos
3- tres
4- cuatro
5- cinco
6- seis
7- siete
8- ocho
9- nueve
10-dies
11- once
12- doce
13- trece
14- catorce
15 quince
16-dieciseis
17-diecisiete
18-dieciocho
19-diecinueve
20-viente
30-trienta
40-cuarenta
50-cincuenta

note-

when telling you what time it is, they will (probbaly respond with "son las....." if it is 3:11, theyll say "son las tres y once". "y" means "and". if its mroe than thirty past the hour, i believe theyll say the next hour minus wjatever. so if its 4 :55, theyll say "son las cinco menos cinco" (it is 5 to 5). half hours are said with the hour plus "media". 7:30 is "son las siete y media". there is also a way to say "quarter past" and "quarter til" but i guess i wasnt paying attention in spanish that day. most of the time, to form a two digit number, you take the multiple of ten (20, 30, 40) say "y" (pronounced "e") and the numbe rin the singles column. 34 is trienta y cuatro. 57 is cincuenta y siete.

colors-

black- negro
white- blanco
red- rojo
blue- azul
green- verde
pink- rosa

(all colors that end with "a" or "o" can end with the other{ie- negra), so if you hear this, dont let it throw you off. i provided the usage which i hear most. there are times when the other is appropriate, but theyll know what you mean, so no sweat)

Right- derecho
Left- izquierda


wow, i didnt think id come up witht hat much. btw, this is coming from a high school senior with nothing but three years of high school spanish. i hope this helped you somewhat! I included things i thought might be helpful to a traveller that it could remember off the top of my head. of cuorse, if you want help with any pronunciations of if you have any questions, feel free to ask!
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wine- vino
soda- gaseosa (i THINK)
food- comida
meat- carne
chicken- pollo
fish- pescado
vegetables- legumbres
beef- biftec
salad- ensalada
soup- sopa
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Tiger,

*Thank you* -- those were all so commonly needed!!!

We really appreciate it.

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Old June 21st, 2004, 12:45 PM
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A few more to add...

Excuse me = Discúlpeme
Hello = Hola
Goodbye = Adiós
So long = Hasta luego

I do not understand = No entiendo
Do you speak english?... = Habla usted ingles?

How much is this?= Cuánto cuesta?
That's too expensive. =Es demasiado caro.
expensive=caro
cheap =barato
I don't want it. =No lo quiero.

How do I get to _____ ? =Cómo puedo llegar a _____ ?
downtown= al centro
hotels=hoteles
restaurants=restaurantes
sites to see=sitios para visitar

What is your name? = Como te llamas?
My name is...= Me llamo es...
Nice to meet you. = Encantado de conocerte.
How are you? = Cómo estás?
Good = Bien
Bad = Mal
So so = Mas o menos


Wife = Esposa
Husband = Esposo, Marido
Daughter = Hija
Son = Hijo
Mother = Madre
Father = Padre
Friend = Amigo (m), Amiga (f)
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3:15 is tres y quarto (three and one quarter)
3:45 is quarto antes cuatro (one quarter before four)

Hasta (asta) Manana (man-yan-a) - see you tomorrow, or see you in the morning
Como se dice (dees-ay) - How do you say
no se - I don't know

Hello, I would like to buy that shirt/blouse - Hola, yo quiero comprar la camisola (or camisetta)

y - and
yo - I
tu - you
usted - you (formal)
nosotros - we
ella - her/she
el - him/he
para/por - for
como - question - como se llama=what is your name; como te vas=where did you go
come - eat
donde esta - where is...
dinero - money
tengo - I have (or you can say yo tengo - it's the same thing)
tienes - you have
tenemos - we have
tenemos vamos - we have got to go!

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Tori, great additions!

Hope you have a wonderful time on the Pride. We saileed her in February. Don't miss those deli sandwiches, like the Spirit has.

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Here's one for us 'shoppers' :
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que estas hacientos? = how are you doing?
quanto = how much
quando = when
cual es su nombre? = what is your name
listo? = ready/done
otro ves = another/again
bano= toilet
donde? = who/where?
que estas su nuevo? = whats new?
muy baracho = muy=Very baracho=drunk SEE..Senor Frogs
chicas = girls
hombres = men

feel free to combine any /or all into a blend of Spanglish

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Pride, the barancho phrase -- too funny.

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I simply adore this thread. I am going to print it out. For bargaining don;t forget no me gusta I also got a great phrase review sheet at UPS store of all places--it was a glossy page & had just about everything anyone would need!
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Thanks Harry. And to everyone who contributed. This will come in very handy for me in Nov.

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This is the only thing I remember from my friend in high school oh so many years ago who took Spanish:

Que Pasa .........What's Happening


I ran into a clerk on the Island Princess who when I said Buenos Dias the second morning just lighted up and all cruise she TRIED to teach me new phrases in Spanish.......she was so patient and just a wonder to be around! The problem is I need to see the word as well as hear it to really commit it to memory...just the way I have always learned.

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