Welcome in Spain

Learn Spanish in Spain
Learn Spanish

Spain is a country of warm gracious people who welcome visitors with open arms and bend over backwards to make their stay a memorable experience. Even if you do not know a word of Spanish, good intentions on both sides can easily bridge the language gap.

At hotels and many restaurants there will of course be English speaking staff. But knowing some Spanish will enrich your visit with a more intimate knowledge of Spainish culture and allow closer contact with Spaniards of every walk of life. And although several regions of Spain, like Catalunya and the Basque Country, do indeed have their own languages, Spanish is certainly understood by everyone.

To give you a head start, there are ample possibilities to learn Spanish in the United States before leaving home. Look into Spanish language courses at local schools and universities and at Spanish institutes, or explore self-help tapes, books and electronic systems. Once in Spain there are many more possibilities. High school and college students can enroll in summer courses at Spanish schools and universities, or spend a semester or an entire academic year in Spain, following credit-approved programs that often include living with a family. The cities of Salamanca, Santander and Madrid are well known centers for student studies. For adults similar possibilities exist in Spain for courses at language institutes and for living arrangements that can also include staying with a Spanish family.

Here is a preview of some of the most frequently used Spanish words and phrases that you are likely to learn or that you might like to become familiar with before arriving in Spain:

hola - hello
adios - goodbye
buenos días - good morning
buenas tardes - good afternoon
buenas noches - good evening
por favor - please
perdone - excuse me
gracias - thank you
de nada - you're welcome
¿Qué hora es? - What time is it?
¿Cuánto cuesta? - How much does it cost?
¿Cómo está usted? - How are you?
¿Dónde está? - Where is it?

Knowing Spanish will undoubtedly enhance any trip to Spain, but it will also stand you in good stead when you return home by allowing you to converse with millions of Spanish-speaking people who live in the United States.