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50 starter phrases for learning Spanish

  • 50 starter phrases for learning Spanish

    Studies have shown that speaking more than one language can actually make you smarter and more attractive to potential employers. However, deciding which of the more than 6,000 world languages to study can be challenging. Languages spoken in multiple places around the world offer more opportunities for fluent speakers to connect. And that makes Spanish an especially great choice in the U.S., where it is the second-most spoken language behind English.

    With the country’s Hispanic population continuing to grow and 70% of Hispanic households teaching the language of their homeland to their children, there will be more Spanish speakers in the U.S. than in Spain in the next 10 years. Around the world, Spanish also ranks as the #2 language, behind Chinese and all its dialects. It’s the official language of 20 countries, as well as the US territory of Puerto Rico, and is widely spoken in Belize, Andorra, Gibraltar, and the Philippines. All this adds up to more than 570 million Spanish speakers worldwide—7.6% of the world population.

    Stacker worked with language-learning app Duolingo to outline 50 phrases useful for someone just starting his or her Spanish education. The English translation and a pronunciation from Bing’s translator are given for each phrase, as well as the Duolingo lesson in which it appears. If you’re interested in becoming one of the world’s 21 million Spanish students, vamos (let’s go) and get started with this list.

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  • #1. Hola / Adiós

    Category: Greetings & Polite Expressions

    Spanish phrase: Hola / Adiós

    English translation: Hello / Goodbye

    Hear the pronunciation for "Hola / Adiós" on Bing

  • #2. Buenos días / Buenas tardes / Buenas noches

    Category: Greetings & Polite Expressions

    Spanish phrase: Buenos días / Buenas tardes / Buenas noches

    English translation: Good morning / Good afternoon / Good evening / night

    Hear the pronunciation for "Buenos días / Buenas tardes / Buenas noches" on Bing

  • #3. ¿Cómo estás? / ¿Cómo está usted?

    Category: Greetings & Polite Expressions

    Spanish phrase: ¿Cómo estás? / ¿Cómo está usted?

    English translation: How are you?

    Hear the pronunciation for "¿Cómo estás? / ¿Cómo está usted?" on Bing

  • #4. ¿Qué tal?

    Category: Greetings & Polite Expressions

    Spanish phrase: ¿Qué tal?

    English translation: What's up?

    Hear the pronunciation for "¿Qué tal?" on Bing

  • #5. Por favor / Gracias

    Category: Greetings & Polite Expressions

    Spanish phrase: Por favor / Gracias

    English translation: Please / Thank you

    Hear the pronunciation for "Por favor / Gracias" on Bing

  • #6. Mucho gusto

    Category: Greetings & Polite Expressions

    Spanish phrase: Mucho gusto

    English translation: Pleased to meet you

    Hear the pronunciation for "Mucho gusto" on Bing

  • #7. Perdón / Disculpe

    Category: Greetings & Polite Expressions

    Spanish phrase: Perdón / Disculpe

    English translation: Pardon / Excuse me

    Hear the pronunciation for "Perdón / Disculpe" on Bing

  • #8. Hasta luego / Hasta mañana

    Category: Greetings & Polite Expressions

    Spanish phrase: Hasta luego / Hasta mañana

    English translation: See you later / See you tomorrow

    Hear the pronunciation for "Hasta luego / Hasta mañana" on Bing

  • #9. Lo siento

    Category: Greetings & Polite Expressions

    Spanish phrase: Lo siento

    English translation: I'm sorry

    Hear the pronunciation for "Lo siento" on Bing

  • #10. Yo soy (nombre) / Me llamo (nombre)

    Category: Personal Details

    Spanish phrase: Yo soy (nombre) / Me llamo (nombre)

    English translation: I am (name) / My name is (name)

    Hear the pronunciation for "Yo soy (nombre) / Me llamo (nombre)" on Bing

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