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10 Easy Spanish Phrases

You SHOULD to Be Using Daily If You Are Living in Mexico

 As a new Spanish learner, even the most basic interactions are a challenge. It’s not just remembering what you need to say, but also, understanding what is being said.

Learning just a few of the phrases that you will hear often in real-life interactions can make a world of difference in your ability to understand and easily respond.

Over the last 7 years of living in Mexico, I realized I was hearing certain phrases being used CONSTANTLY by the locals as they were going about their day-to-day life. Many of them make NO sense when you break them down word for word and they certainly were never taught in any of the apps or Spanish courses I studied previously.

¡Aquí tienes la lista! (Here’s the list)

Spanish You’ll Hear Constantly in Mexico 

1. ¿Mande?

Can you repeat that?

If you haven’t noticed, native speakers speak VERY quickly and it can be difficult to hear what they are saying. If you would like to hear what they said again, just say ¿Mande?

 

2. Así está bien

Like that is okay / That’s good

Have you ever wanted to tell your server that you want them to keep the change as a tip? You can just say ‘Así está bien’ and it will be understood as ‘That’s good’ or that you do not need your change back.

This can also be used when you are asked ‘Do you want a bag?’ and you don’t need one…

Just say ‘Así está bien’ to communicate ‘No, I don’t need one. This is okay like this’.

This is a very versatile phrase that you will hear often and find lots of different situations where you can use it as well.

 3. Aquí tiene

Here you go

This is a perfect phrase to use when you are handing something to someone or they are handing it to you. Next time you give the packer at the grocery store a few pesos for a tip, you can say  ‘Aquí tiene’ to say  ‘Here you go’.

 

4. Serían ____ (pesos) / Son _____ (pesos) 

That would be ___ pesos / That’s ____ pesos

At the end of every transaction, the person will likely tell you the total price of your order. You will likely either:

  • Serían $______ ej. Serían 20 (pesos) – That would be 20 (pesos) 
  • Son $_______ ej Son 20 (pesos) – That is 20 (pesos)

The word ‘pesos’ is often excluded because it’s understood the local currency the Mexican peso. 

Try to listen for it during the next transaction that you go through to start tuning your ear to understand these common phrase used in transactions.

 

5. ¿Todo bien?

Is everything okay?

When you are at a restaurant and the server comes to your table to check and make sure everything is okay, they will ask “¿Todo bien? “ which literally translates to “All good?“.

You can easily respond with, “Sí, todo bien.“ to let them know you don’t need anything else at this time.

 

6. ¿Algo más?

Anything else?

“Algo más“ is another common phrase you will hear when you are either placing an order shopping at the small corner stores (called Abarrotes in Mexico).

“Algo más“ literally translates to “Something more?“ and it is used to find out if you would like to add anything else to your order. For example, If you order 2 chicken breasts (2 pechugas de pollo) and a half kilo of ground beef ( y medio kilo de carne molida), the butcher will ask, “¿Algo más? to see if you need to add something else to your order.

 

7. Nada más

Nothing else.

And to respond to the question “¿Algo más? you need to know how to say “Nada más“ which means “Nothing else“ or literally, “Nothing more“.

You can use the phrase at restaurants as well when you are ready for the bill. Just say, “Nada más gracias. La cuenta por favor.

Turn broken Spanish & charades into…

Spanish You Can Easily Speak 

& Immediately Start Using in Your Everyday Life

With these 10-minute quick lessons, you will learn how to:

Asking for items at shops     

Meeting & greeting in Spanish

Ordering food & drinks like a local 

  Speaking with a Great Accent

With these 10-minute quick lessons, you will learn how to:

Asking for items at shops      Meeting & greeting in Spanish

Ordering food & drinks like a local    Speaking with a Great Accent

8. Un momento más

A couple more minutes please

If you aren’t quite ready to place your order yet and you’d like a few extra minutes, you can ask for “Un momento más“ which translates to “a moment more“, or more naturally, “A couple more minutes please.“

 

9. ¡Claro que sí!

Of course!

If you ask for something (an item or a request) and the other person is able to help you with it, you will often hear “Claro que sí“ which means, “Yes, of course.“

For example, If you ask the taxi driver, “Can you help me carry these groceries bags up to my apartment?“. The obvious reply would be, “¡Claro que sí!“  (A small tip or “propina“ would be appreciated for this extra service.

 

10. Igualmente

Same to you

At the end of an interaction, you will usually hear some sort of phrase wishing you well such as:

  • ¡Qué le vaya bien! – Let your day go well!
  • ¡Que tenga una bonita noche! – Have a pretty night!

As a beginner, repeating back a long phrase like this is too difficult! But luckily, you can just say  “Igualmente“ to say, “Same to you! “.

Spanish for YOUR Life in Mexico

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