To the readers out there who took French in high school instead of Spanish — this one’s for you.
Whenever I’m around people speaking Spanish, this is usually how I feel.
I’m learning Spanish!
Thankfully our resorts’ staff knows pretty good English and it has never been an issue communicating. But something I love about traveling is learning about the place and the people who live there.
So, if you’re going to Mexico and interested in getting some basics down while you’re waiting for your flight, here are 4 easy steps to learn Spanish quickly.
How To Learn Spanish Fast Before Your Trip To Mexico
1. listen to “despacito’ on repeat
You can be that cool person who knows more than just the chorus.
2. Get a language dictionary or app
Pocket dictionaries online or from any bookstore are small and easy to carry around with you as you travel. Or check out any apps on your phone like Google Translate or Babbel.
3. Take classes
4. Talk to locals
Did you know at some resorts, they offer their staff English classes? Many of your staff will know basic English and are extremely kind.
Whenever I go, I try to ask them questions about their lives and where they’re from. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask how to say certain phrases in Spanish!
5. Get the basics down
Even just saying a friendly, “Hello” and “How are you” can make someone’s day. Here’s some basics to get down in case you don’t do steps 1 – 4:
Hello, my name is… : Hola, me llamo….
Good morning: Buenos días
Nice to meet you: Mucho gusto
How are you? : ¿Cómo se llama usted?
I am fine: Estoy bien
Excuse me: Con permiso. OR Perdóname
Please: Por favor
Thank you: Gracias
I would like to order… : Me Gustaria ordenar
Ready to put that Spanish to good use? Let’s book you a trip to Mexico.
Header photo credit: Darling Magazine