50 Essential Spanish phrases to learn for your trip

50 Essential Spanish phrases to learn for your trip

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Here are a few Spanish phrases you may find helpful as you travel

 ¡Hola! – Hello

  •  Por favor – please

    • (por fa-vor)

  •  Gracias – thank you

    • (GRA-thee-as [Spain] / GRA-see-as [Latin America])

If you get stuck in your Spanish conversation, you can always fall back on these next two phrases to get you out of trouble.

  •  Yo (no) entiendo – I (don’t) understand

    • (yo no en-tee-EN-doh)

  •  ¿Habla inglés? – Do you speak English?

    • (Ab-la in-GLAYS)

The Verb Querer (To Want)

Once you’ve finished greeting someone, you’ll need to be able to move on to the crux of your conversation and to do that you’ll need to learn a couple of common verbs.

There are hundreds of Spanish verbs to learn and, to make your life more difficult, these verbs conjugate (change form).

This means learning a verb is never as simple as learning one word; you have to learn multiple different forms.

Having said that, you might be surprised by how far you can get only knowing one simple verb: I want.

It may not make you the most sophisticated Spanish speaker but 9 times out of 10 it will get you what you, well, want.

The verb in question is querer (to want) and in the first person form, it becomes quiero (I want).

Let’s take a look at how you can use it:

  • Yo quiero un menu – I want a menu

    • (YO kee-EH-ro oon me-noo)

  • Yo quiero un taxi – I want a taxi

    • (YO kee-EH-ro oon taxi)

If you’d like to be a bit more polite (which is usually a good idea), you can also use:

  •  Quisiera … – I would like … (lit. I would want)

    • (kee-see-eh-ra…)

Asking For & Understanding Directions

Whether you’re looking for the bathroom in a restaurant or trying to find a place to stay, you’ll inevitably need to ask for directions at some point during your trip.

The simplest way to ask where something is, is to use ¿Dónde está? followed by the noun you are looking for:

  • ¿Dónde está el baño? – Where is the bathroom?

    • (DON-day es-tah el BAH-nyo?)

  • ¿ Dónde está el banco? – Where is the bank?

    • (DON-day es-tah el BAN-koh?)

  • ¿ Dónde está la calle [de Alcalá]? – Where is [Alcalá] Street?

    • (DON-day es-tah la ka-yay de al-cal-AH?)

If you are asking someone on the street for directions, don’t forget your manners! To get someone’s attention, start by saying:

  • Disculpe – Excuse me

    • (Dis-KUL-pay)

  •  Con permiso/Perdóname – Excuse me

    • (Con per-MEE-soh / Per-DOH-nah-may)

  •  Estoy perdido – I’m lost

    • (eh-stoy per-DEE-doh)

Asking for directions is one thing but it’s pretty pointless if you don’t know how to understand the directions that are given to you!

 Memorize these phrases to help you understand what the friendly locals are trying to tell you when you ask for their help:

  •  Aqui – here

    • (Ah-KEE)

  •  Allí – there

    • (ay-EE)

  •  A la derecha – on the right

    • (A la de-RE-cha)

  •  A la izquierda – on the left

    • (A la iz-kee-ER-da)

  •  Derecho – straight ahead

    • (De-RE-cho)

  •  En la esquina – at the corner

    • (En la es-KEE-nah)

  •  A una cuadra – in one, two, three, four blocks

    • (A oo-na kwAD-rah)

Getting Around

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If you’re not keen on walking everywhere, you will need to be able to find out about local transport options to find your way around wherever you are.

Here are a few simple phrases you can use to locate a bus, train or taxi and get to wherever you need to go:

  •  ¿Dónde puedo encontrar un taxi? – Where can I get a taxi?

    • (DON-day pway-doh en-kon-trar oon taxi?)

  •  ¿Dónde está la parada de autobús más cerca? – Where’s the nearest bus stop?

    • (DON-day eh-STAH la pa-RAH-dah de oww-to-BOOS mas SER-ka?)

  •  ¿Dónde está la estación de ferrocarril más cerca? – Where’s the nearest railway station?

    • (DON-day eh-STAH la es-tah-see-ON de ferro-carr-EEL mas SER-ka?)

  •  ¿Cuánto cuesta un billete para … ? – How much does a ticket to … cost?

    • (KWAN-ta KWES-ta oon bee-YET-ay pa-ra …)

  •  Un billete para … , por favor. – A ticket to … please.

    • (oon bee-YET-ay pa-ra … por fa-vor)

At A Restaurant

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Each Spanish speaking country has its own unique flavours and cuisine for you to try when your travel!

To start with, you need to be prepared to hear and understand certain questions in restaurants, such as:

  •  ¿Quieres algo para comer? – Would you like something to eat?

    • (kee-EH-res AL-go pa-ra koh-mer?)

  •  ¿Quieres algo para beber? – Would you like something to drink?

    • (kee-EH-res AL-go pa-ra beh-ber?)

  •  ¿Qué quieres comer? – What would you like to eat?

    • (KAY kee-EH-res koh-mer?)

When you read the menu, you'll see the available food grouped into different categories, just like in an English menu:

  •  una entrada – an appetizer

    • (oo-na en-TRA-da)

  •  un plato principal – a main dish

    • (oon pla-toh prin-si-pal)

  •  un postre – a dessert

    • (oon pos-tray)

  •  una bebida – a drink

    • (oo-na beh-bee-da)

When you're ready to order, use either quiero (I want) or quisiera(I would like) with the items on the menu to tell the waiter what you'd like. For example, quiero…

  •  una sopa – soup

    • (oo-na soh-pah)

  •  una ensalada – salad

    • (oo-na en-sa-la-da)

  •  el pollo – chicken

    • (el poy-oh)

  •  la carne – the meat (beef)

    • (la car-nay)

  •  una agua – water

    • (oo-na ag-wa)

  •  un café – coffee

    • (oon ka-fay)

If you're not sure what to try, you can always ask your waiter for a recommendation:

  •  ¿Qué me recomienda? – What do you recommend?

    • (Kay may re-kom-ee-en-dah?)

    • Finally, let's learn a couple of quick phrases you can use to ask about prices.

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Key Spanish Question Words

Here are some key Spanish question words you need to know:

  •  ¿Quién? – Who?

    • (KEE-en?)

  •  ¿Qué? – What?

    • (kay?)

  •  ¿Dónde? – Where?

    • (DON-day?)

  •  ¿Cuándo? – When?

    • (KWAN-doh?)

  •  ¿A qué hora? – When/what time?

    • (A kay AW-ra?)

  •  ¿Por qué? – Why?

    • (Por kay?)

  •  ¿Cómo? – How?

    • (KOH-moh?)

  •  ¿Cuánto? – How much?

    • (KWAN-toh?)

  •  ¿Cuántos? – How many?

    • (KWAN-tohs)

  •  ¿Cada cuánto? – How often?

    • (kah-dah KWAN-toh?)

  •  ¿Por cuánto tiempo? – How long?

    • (Por KWAN-toh tee-em-poh)

Welcome to the Team

Welcome to the Team

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Welcome to the Team


The Connect Global team is so excited you have decided to join us on our next amazing mission trip  

I can assure you this will be a life changing opportunity.  You will meet new friends, experience a new culture and make lasting memories.  Above all you will make a deep impact in the lives of many people; and those same people will deeply impact you. 

We have traveled to Honduras many times and each trip is unique and different.  Your participation will bring a one-of-a kind dynamic that will truly make this trip special.

As we begin to make final preparations for our journey I want you all to begin thinking about a few practical things like packing and flight schedules. 

Mission Trip Flight Info

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You will receive specific flight info via your email once all arrangements have been made. We will discuss specific points at which we will meet up and how travel will be completed together. If you have not yet received this info please let us know.

Here are a few logistics:


We will book your roundtrip airline travel to La Ceiba.  We will let you know closer to the trip specific departure and arrival times.  We will book your flight from one of your closest major airports. 

We need Passport Photos from each team member.


The schedule for when trip funds are due is:

  1. The first payment is due 90 days before the departure date of the trip. 

  2. The second payment is due 60 days before the departure date of the trip. 

  3. The final payment is due 30 days before the departure date of the trip.


You or your sponsors can mail funds to us or make donations via our web site.

Each sponsor/donor will be mailed a tax-deductible receipt. 

Luggage

All personal luggage may not exceed:  your One (1) small Carry on and or one (1) Personal item.

*For donated items and other "team" designated luggage such as equipment or supplies, please make sure to confirm space with us directly and make sure that money for team luggage is already allocated for those items. You can check out more Mission Trip Packing Suggestions here

TRAVEL APPS for your trip

Here are a few apps that we use to help us during our travels. Feel Free to down load and use these apps as we plan our trip together. (Links are to Apple App Store)


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Team Work

Team Work

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
— Henry Ford

The Value of Teamwork

We realize that teamwork is one of the most important aspects of what we do and take it very seriously. We have made it our first priority to create the best team environment possible.

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We value You for the well skilled and gifted individual that you are and do not take your presence on this team for granted.

At Connect Global we know that, together, we are greater than the sum total of our parts as individuals. We take great pride in the way our teams spend their week and how we treat each other along the way. Please remember to be courteous and selfless as we experience our trip. Lend a hand when you can and ask for a hand when you need one. We are all in this together. 

I will be sending out detailed info on the what and why of our trip plans as we get closer to departure. Prepare to be physical, and flexible. Even the best laid plans have a way of evolving in the context of a mission trip in a developing nation. Your patience and flexibility is much appreciated! 

Javier Mendoza

p.s. Thank You for being a part of this mission trip with Connect Global and for your hard work this far. We will have an amazing time and I can't wait to see you on the mission field. 


More Important Articles Concerning your Mission Trip with Connect Global

Packing for a Mission Trip

Packing for a Mission Trip

We have decided that our trips would not just be expeditions for travel sake, instead each would become a vehicle to lasting and positive change. Our purpose is to make bad situations better, good circumstances great and to promote people who have been marginalized in life.
— Javier Mendoza

Travel Lightly

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We are traveling for the journey as much as we are the destination within the context of making a sustainable difference in the lives we reach out to. We want to start by making sure that our focus is on the objective and not so much on our packing. 

Your mission trip dress code should be comfortable and cool. Our destination can be very hot during the day (no AC) and sometimes very rainy (tropical rain all day). 

For Church don't worry about impressing anyone. Clean, casual clothes are perfect. 

For most other times, walking around town or while at the various ministry locations please dress modest, and comfortable. We will all be in close quarters and we want to all be comfy while staying mindful of our hosts and fellow team members. Be Sure to Check the Weather in La Ceiba

Open toe shoes/sandals are ok for the majority of the trip, but please be mindful of the fact that we may be visiting work sites, and maybe walking on dirt roads so it may benefit to you to also pack tennis shoes or similar closed-toed footwear. 

Please Make Sure all of your belongings fit within the Airline Requirements. Please note that you will be responsible for paying the airline directly for luggage fees beyond what the airline has listed as ‘FREE’ or included bags.

You can refer to respective airline regulations for specific questions concerning weight and dimensions and total number of luggage pieces you are permitted. 

American Airlines Baggage Site

Delta Airlines Baggage Site

United Airlines Baggage Site

What Can I Bring? TSA Website >>>

***It's a great idea to pack a change of clothes along with any immediate needs such as toiletries and medications in your carry-on.***


 
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PACKING LIST

 

Below is a very basic packing list that may be used as a guide to help you pack lightly, and efficiently. 

 

WHAT TO BRING?


Basics

  • One carry-on (example: backpack)

  • One Main Checked bag or suitcase (on wheels) – Not exceeding 50 lbs.

Documents

  • Passport

  • Bible, notebook, and pen

Clothing

  • Light jacket – rainy weather is possible

  • Clean, Lightweight Shirts/Tops

  • Jeans, Shorts, Capris or other lightweight bottoms

  • Clothes for a couple of church services

  • Socks/Undergarments

  • No expensive jewelry

  • Swimsuit (modest)

Footwear

  • Supportive/comfortable shoes for walking. (You may wear flip flops during most activities, however, a closed toe tennis shoe may be preferable for the terrain and certain activities.)

Toiletries

  • Insect repellent (with DEET suggested)

  • Sunscreen (at least SPF 30)

  • Antidiarrheal medicine (preferably tablets) · Personal medication /pain reliever

  • Antibacterial Gel

  • Personal items

Miscellaneous (helpful items)

  • Camera/Phone

  • Charger, (Honduras uses Same outlets as U.S.)

  • Portable Battery Charging Powerbank

  • Personal Spending money (May visit local markets, personal snack & drinks, etc)

  • Reusable Water Bottle, (Must Be Empty when going through security)

  • Sunglasses & Hat (Bright Sun and heat can be a factor for some)

  • Hand Sanitizer or Wipes

  • Personal Amount of Bathroom Tissue (because you never know which bathrooms will supply it)

  • Medications/Pain Reliever

  • Snacks: Trail Mix, nuts, nutrition bars

 

Culture Shock

Culture Shock

Culture Shock has been defined as the normal response to unfamiliar social and emotional cues. Each of us will experience Culture Shock as we travel together on this mission trip.

Even the most experienced traveler can experience these responses to the new social cues of the "host" country.

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The key to dealing with Culture Shock is not denial or avoidance but in understanding and navigating
 

Culture Shock comes in Phases:

1) Honeymoon: This is the phase where team members fall in love with the host country. The grass seems greener, the sky seems bluer. We recommend you thoroughly enjoy this phase, just refrain from any life changing decisions.

2) Break-up: In this phase folks tend to want to find the fastest way out of the host country. You've lost that "loving feeling", and everything seems way too foreign and frustration comes more quickly. During the "break up" it's important to share your frustrations with the team in a safe environment, and remember that this phase will pass.

3) Understanding: Understanding begins to settle in your mind as some of the foreign behavior of the host culture becomes familiar. You will start to recognize and even understand more of these new social cues. Take the mindset of a student and you will gain a new comfort even faster.

4) Acceptance: In this phase, you will begin to accept the wonderful differences between your home and host cultures. Culture becomes more clear and you can begin to see strengths in both. Resentment for either culture fades as you enjoy and accept these differences.

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Culture Shock is cyclical, which means each phase will come around again.

You may likely process through this entire cycle several times on your trip. Experiencing Culture Shock with a team, and openly sharing your experiences is the best way to process through Culture Shock. We are very experienced travel hosts, and familiar with everything you will experience on your trip. We will help you navigate Culture Shock and keep everyone focused on the mission. 

One of the most effective ways we have found to work through Culture Shock during a mission trip is though daily debriefing. Through a series of discussion questions and having ample opportunity to decompress from the day we plan to help everyone on the team find ways to navigate this very real

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