When you are learning Spanish it is very beneficial to have a basic set of phrases and vocabulary that you can rely on to get you through the majority of situations when speaking to native speakers. We call this a Spanish Conversation Toolkit.

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Think of it like a mental backpack filled with useful tools that will help you get through situations where your skill in Spanish speaking isn’t quite cutting it.

This is also useful for people that are going to be travelling in a Spanish-speaking country, and just want to pick up a minimal set of Spanish phrases and expressions to help them out during their travels.

Below you will find them, organized by the situations in which you’d find them useful. Click on the Spanish to hear it pronounced.

Having Trouble Understanding Someone

This one’s at the top of the list because this is a very common problem. If you’ve been studying Spanish in an educational setting, using the Internet, or in a mobile app such as Camino, then you are used to hearing pretty clean and well pronounced Spanish.

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The following are the most common greetings that are understood in every Spanish-speaking country.

Hola.(hi.)

Buenos días.(Good morning.)

Buenas tardes.(Good afternoon.)

Buenas noches.(Good night.)

¿Cómo está?(How are you?)

Mucho gusto.(Nice to meet you.)

On the other side, the following are some ways of saying goodbye in Spanish.

Adiós.(Goodbye.)

Nos vemos.(See you later.)

Hasta luego.(See you soon.)

Hasta mañana.(See you tomorrow).

Asking and Thanking Someone in Spanish

Some ways to ask for something and give thanks in Spanish are as follows.

Por favor.(Please.)

Example: ¿Puedes ayudarme por favor?(Can you help me please?)

Gracias.(Thank you.)

Muchas gracias.(Thank you very much.)

Saying “You’re welcome” in Spanish

Here’s some ways to respond to someone that has thanked you in Spanish.

De nada.(You’re welcome.)

No se preocupe.(Don’t mention it.)

No hay problema.(No problem.)

Saying “Excuse Me” and “Sorry” in Spanish

In daily life we say “excuse me” and “sorry” fairly often in most English-speaking countries. It’s considered polite to use these expressions when trying to move by people or when accidentally interfering with them. The same is true of Spanish-speaking countries.

Here’s how to say the equivalent of these expressions in Spanish.

(Con) permiso.(Excuse me.)

Disculpe.(Excuse me.)

Lo siento.(I’m sorry.)

Perdón.(Pardon me.)


If you study and remember the expressions in this post then they will be very helpful to you as you use Spanish in real world situations.

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Remember, the key to learning Spanish is practice and consistency. Our mobile app, Camino, has lots of free lessons, drills and flashcards that cover the topics found in this article, plus much more.