As language learners quickly discover, word for word translations are often not possible. That's certainly the case for English speakers wishing to learn Spanish. The word order is often different to how it would be in English as well.
Not only are there singular and plural forms of you, but there are also polite and more familiar forms. Another issue to contend with is that Spanish has both masculine and feminine forms of the articles, the a and an. None of these issues should be too dissuasive though, since a good Spanish course will teach useful Spanish sentences and grammar simultaneously.
Many people choose to learn Spanish for something specific, such as a holiday. Others may wish to learn Spanish sentences for business purposes. Among the Spanish, English speaking people are known for saying please and thank you all the time! The Spanish tend to get to the point faster and not beat around the bush so much. Therefore, whereas a British person would usually ask, "Could you tell me where the train station is please?", the Spanish person would just simply say, "Where is the train station?" This is where learning Spanish phrases is important, as the grammar on its own won't teach how the language is actually used.
Basic Spanish phrases
- Me llamo... / My name is...
- Cómo te llamas? / What’s your name?
- Cómo estás? / How are you?
- Estoy bien, gracias. / I’m well thank you.
- Disculpa. Dónde está la estación de tren? / Excuse me. Where is the train station?
- Qué hora es? / What time is it?
How to learn Spanish phrases
Different people respond to different methods of language learning, with some finding that they learn better through hearing and others needing to see the language written down. Therefore, the best way to learn Spanish phrases is to reinforce the learning through a variety of media. At some point a course of some description is fairly essential. However, any grammar and Spanish phrases learnt in a classroom setting will need to be consolidated through daily use. This is where practising Spanish sentences with native speakers can be of enormous benefit. Watching Spanish language films can also be useful, as can reading Spanish books. In the beginning it's best to start with fairly basic level books. Even children's picture books can be very useful for learning more vocabulary. As students progress in their reading, they will learn more about how Spanish sentences are formed. One of the most effective ways to learn Spanish is online. Not only is this method significantly cheaper than the cost of private tutorials, but students respond well to the interactive nature of these courses.
Learn Spanish with Babbel
Babbel offers a fun and effective way of learning Spanish phrases. One of the huge advantages of learning Spanish with Babbel is that voice recognition software can be used to help students with their pronunciation. At a fraction of the cost of private tutorials, this offers users benefits that far exceed those of teach-yourself-guides. Babbel also allows you to choose what to learn next and to learn the Spanish sentences you need for specific situations. Practicing your learning skills becomes much more effective and realistic, chatting with Spanish native speakers or other Spanish users in the Babbel Community. The up-to-date, ad-free interface and the range of learning media make Babbel a good choice for those wishing to start learning Spanish from home.