How To Learn Spanish Fast Before Your Trip To Mexico

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.


After going to resorts in Mexico and getting to experience the beauty of Cancun, Rivieria Maya, and in a few weeks Isla Mujeres, I’ve decided ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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

If you’re really ambitious, online classes are so accessible right now! You can use the good ole YouTube, but there’s amazing courses through Rosetta Stone or Babbel. 


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!

The forecast for #SecretsAura? Blue skies and cool drinks!

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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