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Language Guide

Easy Language Guide

We present this easy language guide to those of you looking to travel the island like a native. However, Puerto Rico’s rich and diverse history has led to it having two languages: Spanish and English. As a United States territory, many Puerto Ricans speak English fluently and you’ll be able to get around the island just fine. It’s often a requirement for tourism employees to have English as a second language.

The Caribbean Spanish that is spoken on Puerto Rico is often a fast dialect and can be difficult for non-native speakers to understand. Having said this, don’t be shy about speaking Spanish to the natives. It is always appreciated when tourists make the effort to speak the native tongue. Below are some common Spanish phrases and words you could hear during your vacation:


Greetings and Polite Words

  • Hola – Hello
  • Adios – Goodbye
  • Buen día – Good morning
  • Buenos noches – Good night
  • Por favor – Please
  • – Yes
  • No – No
  • Gracias – Thank you. You may notice that the “s” is dropped in some areas and will sound like gracia.
  • Lo siento – I’m sorry

Out and About Phrases

  • ¿Cuánto es? / Cuánto cuesta? – How much does it cost?
  • ¿Habla inglés? – Do you speak English?
  • No se entiendo – I don’t understand what you’re saying

Directions

  • ¿Dónde está…? – Where is….?
  • El baño – The restroom or toilet
  • Aeropuerto – Airport
  • La playa – The beach
  • A la izquierda – Left
  • A la derecho – Right
  • Rincon – Corner

Dining

These are words you’ll probably see on the menu but might not recognize.

  • Carne – Meat
  • Pescado – Fish
  • Cerdo – Pork
  • Filete, bistec – Steak
  • Jamon – Ham
  • Tocineta – Bacon
  • Pollo – Chicken
  • Camarones – Shrimp
  • Verduras – Vegetables
  • Fruta Fruit
  • Huevos – Eggs
  • Pan – Bread
  • Queso – Cheese

Should you require extra silverware you might want to request:

  • Una cuchilla – Knife
  • Un tenedor – Fork