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How To Be Polite in Spanish


Even if you don't speak Spanish, you can learn a few simple words and phrases that will ease your way wherever Spanish is spoken.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. To say 'please,' say 'por favor.' If you say 'pore fah-VORE' you'll be understood, even if the pronunciation is far from precise.
  2. To say 'thank you,' say 'gracias.' If you say 'GRAHSS-yahss' you'll be understood.
  3. To inform a person you don't speak Spanish, say 'No hablo español.' That's pronounced something like 'no AHV-low ess-pawn-YOHL.'
  4. To say hello, merely say 'Hola' or OH-la' (rhymes with 'Lola'; note that the letter H is silent in Spanish).
  5. To say goodbye, say 'Adiós' or 'ah-THYOHSS' (with the 'th' having the sound of the 'th' in 'that.').
  6. Learn whatever else you can with a Spanish phrasebook and pronunciation guide.


  1. To sound better with these phrases, learn how the Spanish letters are pronounced.
  2. Don't be afraid to sound silly. In nearly any Spanish-speaking area, even the feeblest attempts to speak Spanish will be honored.
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