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Phrases to survive in Barcelona

This is a survival guide for your trip to Barcelona. Simple phrases to learn before travelling that will help you camouflage yourself in the city as if you were just another local.

You arrive in the city, whether by land, sea or air. You meet the first local.

Challenge no.1 – what can you do to begin to integrate well?

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When you meet someone

Hola is “hi” and you can say that with people you know. You can practice at the when you arrive in the city or at the hotel.

Buenos días is Good morning – You can combine this with Hola, like, Hola buenos días.

Buenas tardes is Good afternoon – it is used in the same way as buenos días. But you can use this sentence after 1pm and combine it with Hola. For example, when you enter into a restaurant or bar and you want to be served, you should say Hola buenas tardes.

Buenas noches is Good evening – The time to say this is from the moment that people sit down to have dinner. From then until the first light of morning.

¿Cómo estás? Is “how are you?” and you can say it whether you know someone or not. It is a very friendly expression.

Por favor is Please.

Muchas gracias is Thank you.


Okay, you have survived your first contact with Spanish people, but you need to ask a question. Do you know how to do this?


When you’re doing sightseeing

You want to ask where somewhere is:

¿Habla inglés? is Do you speak English? – Before any question, is better to ask to the other person if they speak English. Normally, in Barcelona, a lot of people speak and understand English BUT, it is more polite if you ask before.

¿Dónde está? is Where is – If you need help to find somewhere, you can use this sentence and mark your destination on the map. Easy