If you’ve ever been interested in learning Spanish, you’re not alone as there are 21 million people studying Spanish as a foreign language based on 2017 research. You may have decided you want to learn the language after watching some Spanish films and some telenovelas that made you intrigued with how their rolling R and passionate-sounding way of speaking.
Besides being a fascinating language, many people also learn Spanish as it is one of the most useful languages to know because 20 countries speak it with approximately 559 million speakers globally. So, as we said, you’re not alone with your reasons if you want to learn Spanish.
But what are the essential words and phrases in Spanish you should know about? How do you say ‘How Is Your Day Going?’ In Spanish? How to respond to “What’s good?” Read on to find out more of the most important sentences in Spanish.
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Spanish 101- Things You Should Know About Spanish
You may have even heard famous Spanish-speaking celebrities like Penelope Cruz, Shakira, Leo Messi, Rafael Nadal, Sofia Vergara, etc., and told yourself you want to speak like them. Well, that’s only natural because it is a beautiful language. So many people considered it as one of the sexiest languages in the world alongside French, Italian, Arabic, Norwegian, Russian, Turkish. When native speakers of Spanish speak English, they also do so with a Spanish accent that many people consider sexy.
Fortunately, Spanish is one of the easiest languages for native English speakers as both languages share the same alphabet, except for the ñ. Spanish is also phonetic, which means you can pronounce most words by looking at the spelling. The pronunciation of letters like x, j, and h may be different, but you’ll get the hang of it if you take your Spanish lessons seriously and practice a lot.
Spanish Phrases You Should Know About
So, to get you rolling your r’s in no time and become fluent in it soon, let us help you jump-start your Spanish-speaking journey with some crucial phrases you can practice on your own. These common expressions should prepare you when you go into your first formal Spanish class.
Of course, the easiest one is to learn how to say “Hello!” in Spanish. That’s easy as you would just say, “¡Hola!” but the catch is you would need to pronounce it as “ola” as the letter H is silent if it precedes a vowel. Now, if you’re wondering how to say “How is your day?” in Spanish, it’s time to learn it along with other essential Spanish words, phrases, and sentences. Here are some of them:
How’s Your Day?
“¿Como esta tu dia?” literally translates to “How is your day?”. The words are pretty easy to read, but for “dia,” you have to pronounce it like “dee-yah”. If you want to, you can also say “¿Como esta?” which is how Spanish speakers say, “How are you?”.
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How’s Your Day Going?
“¿Como va tu dia?” is how you would ask someone how their day is going. You could respond to these questions by saying, “Estoy bien.”, which means “I’m fine.” or “I’m good.” If you want to say “I’m very well.”, then just add “muy” to any adjective; this word means “very”. So, when you want to say “Very good.”, then just say “Muy bien.”
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Now, in English, you would ask your friends, “What’s good?” which means almost the same as “What’s up?”. In Spanish, you could say, “¿Qué pasa?” or “¿Qué tal?” if you want to ask a more informal way of asking someone how they are. You could respond by saying, ”Nada, nada, limonada.”, which is a playful way of saying “Nothing much.”
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It’s common in small talks to ask the other person how they are after asking you the same question. We would say “And you?” in English, and in Spanish, it’s “¿Y tu?”
My Name Is
Now, if you want to keep the conversation going, you could also introduce yourself and give your name by saying “Me llamo es…” and then add your name at the end. “Llamo” would be pronounced like “ya-moh”.
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“What’s Your Name?” And “Nice To Meet You.”
If you want to ask someone their name, you can say “¿Cómo te llamas?” and respond by saying “Mucho gusto,” which is a way of saying “Nice to meet you.” You can also say “Encantado” to a man or “Encantada” to a woman if you want to tell them you’re glad to see them.
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So, now that you’ve learned some Spanish words, go and travel to any of the 20 Spanish-speaking countries and practice ‘How Is Your Day Going’ in Spanish. You can also find inspiration by learning through DuoLingo and other apps for learning languages. Pretty soon, you probably won’t need any subtitles when watching Spanish-language films. Hasta entonces!
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