There are many beautiful vacation spots in the world and most of them are in Spanish-speaking countries such as Cozumel, Barcelona, Buenos Aries, Cabo, Argentina and hundreds of other spots make a great destination. But if you learn some Spanish phrases before you leave, then your vacation will be less stressful as well as more enjoyable. It is easy to be polite with “please” and “thank you” when you are on vacation in your own country. Learning the Spanish for these phrases is not that hard. Everyone’s mother taught them to be polite this includes mothers in other countries. Even if you pronounce it wrong, everyone will appreciate that you at least tried to speak their language. You are a guest so remember that being polite to your hosts is important. Furthermore, learning Spanish phrases for “pardon me” and other small apologies make people more inclined to help you. For instance, it would be rude to yell “waiter” in English. Learning a simple phrase for “excuse me sir” is what you can do instead. Do you think anyone would like to be summoned in a rude way in a foreign language?
Experience the Country
Visiting places but never leaving their little tourist bubble is what many tourist do which means they stay on the bus, the designated restaurant, and the tour. This is considered a stress-free way to travel but it’s also a bit disingenuous. Why travel to another country just to watch it like a TV show? If you learn a few Spanish phrases, then this will help turn a TV experience into an interactive experience.
For example, many people like to take public transportation in their vacation city. That’s an example of how the locals live after all. A tour in itself is a fifty-cent bus ride. However, it could be very difficult to navigate even a simple bus ride without learning Spanish phrases for direction, destination, distance, and fares.
Also, if you’re looking for the best restaurant, it’s unlikely it’s located on the tourist boardwalk with a photographic menu. It is out-of-the-way one the locals frequent anyway. If you learn Spanish food phrases, then it could mean a culinary treat on vacation. It’s important for you to know the words for what you do not like or what you are allergic to so that you can try anything else on the menu. Even if you don’t understand everything the waiter says, pointing and smiling helps.
Spanish is a very diverse language, and there are as many nuances and dialects as there are Spanish-speaking countries. It’s essential that you pick up local words and phrases. What you can do is get a guidebook that is specific to your destination area complete with glossary or phrases and language notes about these dialects.