Last updated: November 2017
Barcelona has made a name for itself as one of the most exciting cities in Europe with its vibrant Catalan culture and cool cosmopolitan style bringing visitors back time and time again. Whether you’re heading to the city for the first time, or you’re an expert on the works of Gaudí, there’s certainly no better way to fully immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Barcelona than by trying your hand at the lingo, or should we say, the ‘lingos’! This wonderful part of Spain has two official languages, Catalan and Spanish. Although most people speak Catalan, a good place to start off is with a bit of Spanish, so we’ve put together some useful phrases to try out during your stay. And as the one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, they’re sure to come in handy for future trips too! ¡Buen viaje!
Get the Ball Rolling!
Hola – Hello
Buenos días – Good morning
Buenas tardes – Good afternoon
Buenas noches – Good evening/night
Adiós – Good-bye
Hasta luego – See you later
Hasta mañana – See you tomorrow
Por favor – Please
Muchas gracias – Thank you
Now that you’ve got the basics, test out your skills with some polite conversation…
¿Qué tal?/¿Cómo estás? – How are you?
Bien, ¿y tú? – Well, and you?
¿Cómo te llamas? – What’s your name?
¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from?
¿Hablas inglés? – Do you speak English?
No entiendo – I don’t understand
¡Me gusta Barcelona! – I like Barcelona!
Time to Dine!
Whether you’re nibbling on some delicious tapas or tucking in to an amazing paella by the sea, these handy phrases will ensure you won’t go hungry in Barcelona…
Una mesa para dos, por favor – A table for two please
La carta – The menu
Menú del día – Daily set menu
Bebidas – Drinks
Primero – Starter
Segundo – Main courses
Postre – Dessert
Desayuno – Breakfast
Almuerzo – Lunch
Cena – Dinner
Un agua – A water
Una cerveza – A beer
Tenedor – Fork
Cuchillo – Knife
Cuchara – Spoon
Pan – Bread
¿Que aconsejas? – What do you recommend?
La cuenta, por favor – The bill, please.
How About Some Barcelona Retail Therapy?
Barcelona is well known for its amazing shopping! From the snazzy stores of elegant Paseo de Gracia to the quirky boutiques of the Gothic Quarter and El Born, you’re sure to bag yourself some goodies here. Here are a few phrases to help you along your way…
¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much is it?
¿Aceptan las tarjetas de crédito? – Do you accept credit cards?
¿Dónde está el probador? – Where is the changing room?
¿Tienes…? – Do you have…?
Me gustaría… – I would like…
Pequeño – Small
Medio – Medium
Grande – Large
Tienen más colores? – Do you have other colors?
¡Necesito comprar más crema solar! – I need to buy more sun tan lotion!
Getting To and Fro!
With so much to see and do in Barcelona, these phrases will be useful when exploring the city…
Perdona/Disculpa – Excuse me…
¿Me puedes auydar por favor? – Can you help me please?
Estoy perdido – I’m lost
¿Dónde está…? – Where is…?
¿De dónde sale el Aerobús? – From where does the airport bus leave?
Busco la estación de tren/metro – I’m looking for the train/metro station
Necesito un taxi – I need a taxi
Sigue todo recto – Go straight on
Derecha – Right
Izquierda – Left
¿Cuánto cuesta un billete para ___? – How much does a ticket to ___ cost?
Un billete para ___, por favor – A ticket to ___ please.
Entrada – Entrance
Salida – Exit
Abierto – Open
Cerrado – Closed
¿Dónde puedo cambiar divisas? – Where can I exchange currency?
Quiere visitar los monumentos de Gaudí – I want to visit Gaudí’s monuments
¿Dónde puedo encontrar un buen restaurante? – Where can I find a good restaurant?
¿Dónde puedo comprar el mejor helado de Barcelona? – Where can I buy the best ice cream in Barcelona?
¡He alquilado un apartamento estupendo con Apartment Barcelona! – I have rented a fantastic apartment with Apartment Barcelona!
Why not try your hand at a bit of Catalan too?
Si us plau – Please
Gràcies/Merci – Thank you
So what are you waiting for? With these handy phrases you’ll be blending in with the locals in no time!
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