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If there is a common theme running through CLC World’s guest reviews, it’s praise for our friendly resort staff who go out of their way to make your holiday the best one ever. While part of that is the fact that English is widely spoken at all of CLC World’s resorts to make you feel at home, it’s always handy to arrive prepared with a few phrases of the local lingo. After all, part of the joy of going overseas for many people is discovering hidden hangouts and authentic gems, which is where you are most likely to come across locals who don’t speak much English. Not only are they likely to appreciate the effort you’ve gone to, but there’s always that thrill when you’re able to converse – no matter how simply – in another language. So, if you’re coming to visit us at one of our resorts on the Costa del Sol, what are the key words to know for your Spanish holiday?

Meet the Spanish Language

The first thing to know is that the Spanish language shares the alphabet with the English language, with the addition of one letter, the ñ for example in mañana (tomorrow) or niño (boy).

There are various dialects spoken in Spain (most famously Catalan in and around Barcelona), but when we talk of the Spanish language, we are referring to Castilian.


How are you?
¿Cómo está?
Good morning
Buenos días
Good afternoon
Buenas tardes
Good evening
Buenas noches
Por favor
Thank you


My name is …
Me llamo …
I am from England
Soy de Inglaterra


Do you speak English?
¿Habla inglés?
I don’t speak Spanish
Yo no hablo español
I understand
Yo entiendo
I don’t understand
Yo no entiendo
Can you talk more slowly
¿Puede hablar más despacio?
Can you write this down
¿Puede escribirlo?

Basic Directions

Where is the … (bathroom/bank/beach)
¿Dónde está (el baño, el banco, la playa)
A la derecha
A la izquierda
Straight ahead

Food & Shopping:

I would like
Me gustaría
I don’t want
Yo no quiero
How much does it cost?
¿Cuánto cuesta?
Can I have the bill please
La cuenta, por favor