Start learning the most common Spanish phrases

Spanish is a fascinating and melodic language that is thought to be the most happy language in the world. So, why not learn a few basic Spanish phrases and expressions to enhance your general knowledge and become happier in the process?

There’s an infinite number of sentences in the Spanish language that make learning Spanish feel overwhelming. Let's stay optimistic. We have some good news: you only need to know a fraction of the total number of Spanish sentences to be able to speak Spanish fluently. For example, by knowing as little as 100 words you will understand 50% of any text in Spanish. That's right! You don't have to know the ins and outs of Spanish to have a real conversation with someone from Spain.

The secret is to learn Spanish the smart way. Start with the most common Spanish phrases and expressions and build from there. Learning sentence after sentence, you’ll feel one step closer to fluency. Then, to lock the knowledge in, use the Spanish sentences you learned in real conversations. So, why not make the first step towards learning Spanish today? Let’s go over some common sentences in Spanish you can learn right now. These are just a fraction of the phrases spoken by native Spanish speakers you can listen to on Mondly, our high rated language learning app loved by millions of people around the world.

Top 10 Spanish phrases and sentences you need to know

We have prepared a list of common Spanish expressions that will help you have a basic conversation in Spanish in no time. Let's dig in!

1. Buenos días. = Good morning.

If you find yourself in Spain it is always polite to say “Hi” every morning because Spanish speakers are really sociable. “Good morning” in Spanish is "Buenos Dias".

Now enjoy being greeted by a native speaker:

Buenos días.

2. Buenas tardes. = Good afternoon.

But what if it's later in the day and you want to greet someone from Argentina? Well, “Good afternoon” in Spanish is "Buenas tardes".

Now listen to how a Spanish speaker would pronounce it:

Buenas tardes.

3. Me llamo Mondly. = My name is Mondly.

Let's say your name is Mondly, you are traveling to Costa Rica and meet someone on the street. To introduce yourself you can say "Me llamo Mondly" which means "My name is Mondly" in Spanish.

Listen to how a person from Spain would pronounce this phrase:

Me llamo Mondly.

4. Encantado de conocerte. = I'm pleased to meet you.

Now that you have introduced yourself, a Spanish speaker would respond "Encantado de conocerte" which means "I'm pleased to meet you" in Spanish.

Listen to a native Spanish speaker saying that exact sentence to you right now:

Encantado de conocerte.

5. ¿Cómo estás? = How are you?

At this point, it might be polite to ask the person you are having a conversation with "How are you?" in Spanish.

"Como estas?" is really easy to pronounce. Here's how to say it:

¿Cómo estás?

6. ¿Dónde estás? = Where are you?

Spanish speakers are known to be really friendly, so it wouldn't be unusual to make a Spanish friend during your travels. But friends are sometimes late to meetings in which case you might have to call them and ask "Where are you?" in Spanish.

Here's a native speaker showing you how to say "Donde estas?":

¿Dónde estás?

7. Me gustaría una cerveza. = I'd like a beer.

And because you might find yourself in a bar when visiting Mexico you might have to learn how to order a beer in Spanish.

Let a native Spanish speaker show you how it's done:

Me gustaría una cerveza.

8. Lo siento. = I'm sorry.

There are times when what you ordered is out of stock, so a bartender might say "Lo siento" which means "I'm sorry" in Spanish.

Listen to how it's pronounced:

Lo siento.

9. ¡Hasta pronto! = See you soon!

This is a good way of saying "See you soon" in Spanish to a co-worker from Spain that you are probably going to see the next day.

Delight your senses with a Spanish speaker saying "¡Hasta pronto!":

¡Hasta pronto!

10. Adiós. = Good-bye.

Let's end in style with a popular phrase you might have seen in “The Terminator” movie which is a way of saying "Goodbye" in Spanish.

Here's how a person from Spain would pronounce it:

Adiós.
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Did you know?

Even though the Latin language has a huge influence over Spanish, there is also another surprising language having an important contribution: Arabic. To be precise, 8% of the Spanish language has Arabic origins. This is largely because Muslims have ruled over the Iberian Peninsula for over 700 years starting from the year 711 onwards. An example of a word derived from Arabic is “almohada” which means “pillow”.

Another interesting fact is that Spanish is one of the world’s most phonetic languages. This means that by knowing how a word is spelled there’s a higher chance of actually pronouncing that word correctly. On the other hand, by knowing the pronunciation of a Spanish expression you will have a hard time figuring out how it’s spelled. Obviously, the new words that have entered the Spanish language, influenced by foreign languages like English or French, are an exception to the above rule.

The benefits of learning the most common Spanish phrases first

Get smarter day by day

Learning a new language is a perfect way to boost your IQ. In no time, your brain will make new connections and associations and you’ll feel that learning Spanish was one of the best choices you ever made.

Have real conversations in Spanish today

Once you start learning a few basic sentences in Spanish you will have the knowledge to start your first Spanish conversation. That’s why, at Mondly, we’ve created experiences that simulate real life conversations to get you speaking Spanish in no time.

Become fluent in Spanish quicker

Starting with the basics, we quickly lay a foundation for you to learn more complex Spanish phrases and sentences. We gradually build your Spanish knowledge so you get fluent faster than you could imagine.

Feel how easy to learn the Spanish language can be

Every language experience should start gradually, from the easiest to the more complex concepts. Starting with the easiest and most common Spanish phrases, you will feel confident in your ability to learn a new language. That’s one of the core principles Mondly is built on.