Spanish Speakers: Can You Translate These Basic English Phrases to Spanish?

By: Isadora Teich

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

English is one of the hardest languages to learn, with its no-rules approach to grammar. Test how well you can translate between Spanish and English with this HowStuffWorks quiz!

Hello.

This Engish greeting means "hello." "Hi," and "hey" are also commonly used by English speakers.

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Thank you very much.

Gracias can also be said on its own. Many phrases are like this in informal Spanish.

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Please.

Knowing how to say please and thank you will help you keep things polite. Por favor y gracias.

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It's sunny.

This can be said in two ways. "Está soleado" and "Hace sol" both get the job done.

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I'm happy.

Being able to express how you feel is important in any language. Happiness is the best.

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Goodbye.

Adiós means goodbye. In English, there are many ways to say goodbye, as there are in Spanish.

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How are you?

You can ask all of these in Spanish and receive roughly the same answer. Just as you can formally ask in English, "How have you been?" or less formally ask "What's up?"

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What's your name?

Knowing how to asks someone's name in a few languages is an important step. It will help you get to know people from all over the world.

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Where are you from?

This is important for greetings and getting to know others from around the world. Asking someone where they live is "¿Dónde vives?"

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I'm _______ years old.

It is always important to know how to express basic facts about yourself in any language. Your name, age and some likes and dislikes will get you far.

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I'm hungry.

This literally translates in English to "I have hunger." It's an important phrase to know.

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I feel sick.

Knowing how to express how you feel is important in any language. This applies to both health and emotions.

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I love you.

This is how to express love. There is also "I want you" or "Te quiero."

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Can you help me?

Being able to find help is important in times of sickness, injury or other emergencies. You can also just cry out "Help me!" or "¡Ayudame!"

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You're beautiful.

There are many words to describe beauty in both Spanish and English. Hermoso/a can also be translated to handsome, fair and lovely.

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I'm sorry.

Being able to apologize is a key part of any language because we all make mistakes sometimes. There are a number of ways to apologize in both English and Spanish for different situations.

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Excuse me!

All of these work in different situations to express roughly the same English idea. Disculpe can also be used to express apology when you don't hear something.

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Good night!

There are many ways to say goodbye in Spanish. It is the same in English.

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What time is it?

Knowing the time is key. While in America we use a 12-hour clock, many Spanish speaking countries use military time.

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Where is the bathroom?

Knowing how to ask this is important, wherever in the world you happen to be. Knowing this and basic direction keywords will see you through a lot.

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It's raining.

Knowing weather keywords will help to keep you warm and dry.%0D"Está nevando" is "It's snowing."

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My name is...

There are two ways to introduce yourself in Spanish and only one common one in English. The second Spanish one is: "Mi nombre es…"

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How old are you?

This can be rude to ask depending on the situation. However, in some cases, it can help you make small talk or get to know someone better.

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How much is that?

For those who love to shop, this phrase is key. It can also come in handy while haggling.

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To the left.

When asking for directions, it's important you also know some key direction words. This will help you get where you're going.

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He's handsome.

There are many ways to call someone attractive in both English and Spanish. You could say "He's cute" and "El es lindo" also.

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I'm fine.

If you are doing well or fine, this is a good one to know. It also can communicate in both languages that you don't need anything.

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She's pretty.

Bonita can mean nice, pretty or beautiful. In English, pretty means beautiful to a lesser degree.

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I think that ...

This is a good way to express your opinions in a polite way in either language. Communicating your ideas in a friendly way is always important.

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I don't know.

This is what you say when you don't know the answer to a question. It's important to be able to convey that you don't know.

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I'm scared.

Expressing feelings is important in any language. Whether they are positive or negative, they are useful words to grasp.

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To the right.

When asking for directions, you also need to know the direction words. This indicates something is to the right.

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Are you angry?

Knowing how other people feel is a big part of what language is used for. This is how you ask about someone's anger in both languages.

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I'm lost.

This is how you express that you have lost your way. Use it when asking for help or directions.

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Never

When asked questions, it is important to know how to respond. Nunca means never.

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