Must-know words

These words you just have to learn to have some limited ability to parse menus without having to use any translation. Working with metric measures is rather handy too since menus may indicate quantities as different choices in the menu (g for grams, l for liters, ml for milliliters).










no no
señor  señora  señorita mr./sir mrs./ma’am miss
por favor please (really, do I have to tell you)
gracias thank you (don’t go to Spain without!)
disculpe excuse me (to get attention)
(sometimes) e and
o  (sometimes) ó or u or

extra fun

Spanish has gender

el masculine singular
la feminine singular
los masculine plural
las feminine singular
a at, to
al at the, to the; contraction of a and el
en in; also by, at, on
con with (sometimes a la is with, but not always)
sin without
de of
del of the; contraction of de and el
su, sus his/hers/its,  their
a su gusto, al gusto to your liking or taste
lo siento I’m sorry
de nada you’re welcome
litro liter
gramos grams
especial special (do I really need to tell you)
precio price
cuenta bill
cerrado closed
abierto open
por, para for
uno dos tres cuatro cinco seis seite ocho nueve diez veinte treinta cien 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 20 30 100
tengo hambre/sed I’m hungry/thirsty
necesito comer I need food!
qué porquería this sucks