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Basic Conversation Skills – Spanish to English Translations

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

When you’re learning a new language, practicing conversations with other students – or better yet native speakers – is a great way to improve your fluency. The following is a list of some of the most common Spanish phrases that will come up as you interact in a conversation with others. Be sure to practice them and include them in all your Spanish language conversation situations until you get them right.

Basic Introductions

Buenos días. Good morning.
Buenas tardes. Good afternoon.
Buenas noches. Good night.

Common Courtesies

Por favor. Please.
Gracias. Thank you.
Si. Yes.
No. No.
De nada. You’re welcome.
Perdóneme. Excuse me.
Lo siento. I’m sorry

Meeting & Greeting
¿Cómo se llama Usted? What is your name?
Me llamo ______. My name is ______.
¿Cómo está Usted? How are you?
¡Que tenga un buen día! Have a nice day!
Estoy bien, gracias. I am fine, thank you.
Mucho gusto en conocerlo. I am pleased to meet you.
Depende. That depends.

Making Yourself Understood

¿Habla Usted inglés? Do you speak English?
¿Se habla inglés aquí? Does anyone here speak English?
No lo entiendo. I don’t understand.
¿Qué dijo Usted? What did you say?
¿Puede hablar más lentamente? Could you speak more slowly?
Lo comprendo perfectamente. I understand perfectly.
¿Qué tal ha estado Usted? How have you been?

Expressing Yourself

No lo sé. I don’t know.
Creo que no. I don’t think so.
Creo que sí. I think so.
No importa. It doesn’t matter.
No me molesta. I don’t mind.
¡Claro! Of course!
Es verdad. That’s right or that’s true.
Con gusto. With pleasure.

Intermediate Introductions

¡Tanto gusto! How do you do? / Nice to meet you.
Permítame presentarle a mi secretario. May I introduce my secretary.
Quiero presentarle a mi padre. This is my father.
¿Cómo se va? How are you?
Muy bien, gracias. I’m very well, thank you.
¡Estás en vuestra casa! Make yourself at home.

Common Questions

¿De dónde venéis? Where are you from?
¿Cuál es vuestro dirección? What is your address?
¿Cuál es vuestro número de teléfono? What is your telephone number?
Estoy perdido. I’m lost.
¿Podría Ayudarse? Can I Help You?
¿Puede Ayudarme? Can You Help Me?
¿Dónde Está el Baño? Where is the bathroom?
¿Dónde Está la Farmacia? Where is the pharmacy?
¡Un Momento, Por Favor! Hold On Please! (used on the telephone)

Easy Expressions

Tiene mucho talento. He is very talented.
Soy capaz de hacer este trabajo. I’m able to do this work.
Le da miedo la oscuridad He’s afraid of the dark.
Me temo que no venga. I’m afraid she won´t come.
¿Puedo irme ahora? Is it alright to leave now?
¿Qué haces para entretenerte? What do you do for amusement?

Chatting in Spanish

¿Por qué no contestas? Why don’t you answer?
¿Tienes alguna idea? Do you have any idea at all?
¿Alguien que quiera hablar conmigo? Anyone want to chat with me?
Si puedo ayudarte de alguna manera, dímelo. If I can help you, let me know.
Pedir hora con el doctor. Make an appointment with the Doctor.
Me gustaría hacer un apunte. I would like to make an appointment
¿Puedo hacerte una pregunta? Can I ask you something?
Le pregunté dónde vivía. I asked him where he lives.

Basic Job Search Expressions – Spanish to English Translation

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

If you’re searching for a job, being bilingual can be a big asset. But you aren’t fluently bilingual yet, you’ll need to learn some common expressions used in finding a job in the English speaking world. Searching for a job requires you to know common conversational phrases and sentences, as well as phrases and sentences specific to the job search process. The following are some common terms and phrases that you’ll need to familiarize yourself with. Practice them until you’re comfortable speaking them.

Basic Introductions

Hello. – Hola.
Good day, or good morning. – Buenas dias.
How are you? – Como esta usted?
I am well, thank you. – Estoy bien, gracias.
I am pleased to meet you. – Mucho gusto.
What is your name? – Como se llama usted?
My name is ____. – Me llamo _____.

Language Skills

Do you speak Spanish? – Habla espanol?
Do you understand me? – Me entiende?
I do not speak English. – No habla ingles.
Please speak slowly. – Hable despacio por favor.
I do not understand. – No entiendo.
Can you translate this for me? – Puede traducirme esto, por favor?

Common Courtesies

Yes. – Si.
Of course. – Claro que sí.
I don’t know. – Yo (no le) se.
No. – No.
Thank you. – Gracias.
Please. – Por favor.
You’re welcome. – De nada.

Asking Questions

I want (would like)___. – Quiero ____.
Can you help me? – Puede usted aydarme?
With your permission. – Con permiso.
Excuse me. – Perdon.

Job Search Paperwork

Work visa – Una visa con actividad lucrativa
Tourist visa – Una vista de turista
Immigration office – La oficina de migracion
Birth certificate – Acta de nacimiento
Driver’s license – Licencia de conducer

Job Titles

Director – El director
Lawyer – Un abogado
Manager – El gerente
Notary – Un notario
Representative – Un representativo
Salesman – Un vendedor
Secretary – Una secretaria
Business departments – Departamentos de los negocios
Human resources – Recursos humanos

Employment Questions

What work do you do? – En que trabaja?
I work from home. – Trabajo en casa.
I’m self employed – Trabajo por cuenta propia.
I have been unemployed for ___ months. – He estado en el paro ___ meses.
It’s very difficult to get a job right now. – Ahora es muy dificil encontrar trabajo.
What are your hours? – Cuales son sus horas de trabajo
What time does the office open (close)? – A que hora abren (cierran) la oficina?
From 9 to 5 – De nueve a cinco
From Monday to Friday – De lunes a viernes
How much vacation time do you get? – Cuanto tiempo tiene de vacaciones?
Are you free to meet ____? – Esta usted libre para vernos ____?
How do I get to your office? – Como se va a su oficina?

Organizational Details

I will confirm by letter (by fax). – Lo confirmare por escrito (por fax).
I have an appointment with___. – Tengo una cita con ____.
Do you have an appointment? – Esta usted citado(a)?
Please be seated. – Sientese, por favor.
Mr. (Mrs.) ___ is not in the office now. – Senor (Senora) ___ no esta en la oficina ahora.
He (She) will be back in 5 minutes. – Estara de vuelta en cinco minutos.
___ will be with you in just a moment. – Ahora enseguida viene.
I would like to talk with the office manager. – Quisiera hablar con el jefe (la jefa) de oficina.
I must go now. – Tengo que ir ahora.