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Learning Spanish will definitely improve the quality of your trip. Being able to interact with local people will make all the difference and in Spain, if you try to speak a few words of Spanish, you will be rewarded for your efforts.

The most used phrase is ‘Buen Camino’. It basically means ‘good luck and happy travelling on the Camino’ and you will hear it everywhere as people encourage you on your way.

Greetings

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  • buenos días – good morning
  • adiós – goodbye
  • buenas tardes – good afternoon
  • buenas noches – good evening
  • muy buenos – a shortened version of the above three greetings, suitable anytime
  • hola – hello
  • ¿Cómo estás? – How are you? (used with friends or family)
  • ¿Cómo está usted? – How are you? (more formal; used with strangers, more senior persons, etc.)
  • ¿Cómo te va? – How’s it going?
  • ¿Cómo has ido? – How’ve you been?

 

Food and Drink

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  • comida – lunch
  • desayuno – breakfast
  • salud! – cheers!
  • que aproveche – enjoy your meal
  • cena – dinner
  • La cuenta por favor? –  Could I have the bill, please?
  • Quisiera…., por favor – I’d like…, please
  • Soy vegano (male) / vegana (female) – I’m vegan – I’m vegetarian -Soy vegetariano / vegetariana
  • Soy celíaco/celíaca – I’m gluten free
  • ¿A qué hora es el desayuno? /la cena? –  ¿A qué hora es el desayuno? /la cena
  • ¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much is it?

 

During the day / while walking…

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  • ¿Habla inglés? – Do you speak English?
  • ¿Dónde está el Camino? – Where is the Camino?
  • Me he perdido – I’m lost
  • Soy un peregrino / una peregrina – I am a pilgrim
  • ¿Dónde puedo sellar mi credencial? – Where can I stamp my pilgrim’s passport?
  • Me duele aquí – It hurts here
  • ¿Dónde está el ….. más cercano? – Where is the nearest?
  • Farmacia – Pharmacy?
  • Parada de autobús – Bus stop?
  • Banco – Bank?
  • Supermercado – Supermarket?
  • ¿Tenéis tiritas para ampollas? – Do you sell blister plasters?

 

Try the links below – they are a good source for Spanish words and phrases.

SpanishforCamino.com

Caminoguide.net – a downloadable list of easy to use Spanish phrases

Camino Lingo – Spanish Words and Phrases

The BBC has an entire section on their website dedicated to learning Spanish

Duolingo is a great application that allows you to learn on your phone and on your PC at your own pace.