When you stay at a luxury hotel in Puerto Rico, you know you’ll be able to speak English with the resort staff, so you tend to focus on packing rather than learning Spanish. And that’s okay! You want to enjoy a laid-back vacation at your San Juan resort.
However, any time you visit a new country, it’s nice to learn a few phrases in the local language. It’s fun, and it’s a nice gesture toward the people who are welcoming you to the island. As you get out and about to explore the country, you might find these 10 words and phrases are practical and helpful, as well.
Por Favor (pour fah VOR): Please
You can never go wrong with this! Commonly (and politely) used, this fundamental phrase is easy to pronounce and you will hear it frequently here in Puerto Rico, so you’ll have it down in no time.
Gracias (GRAH see us): Thank you
Another essential Spanish word any time you’re staying at a beach resort in Puerto Rico.
¿Dónde está el baño? (DOHN day ess TAH el BAHN yo): Where is the bathroom?
When you need to go, you need to know this phrase!
¿Habla inglés? (AHH blah een GLACE): Do you speak English?
Not everyone in Puerto Rico only speaks Spanish. Beginning the conversation with this phrase will assist both you, and the other person, in determining how to communicate efficiently, and will likely save you a lot of time and confusion.
Mi nombre es… (me NOME bray ess): My name is…
Me llamo (may YA moh) is another way to say this. Use either of these phrases to introduce yourself and make a new friend!
Mucho gusto. (MOO choh GOOSE toe): Pleased to meet you.
This simple phrase is a polite way to respond the first time you’re introduced to someone.
Buenos días. (BWEY nohs DEE ahs): Good day/good morning.
This is more common and polite than “Hola”. After 12:00pm, you can say Buenas Tardes (BWEY nahs TAR days), and in the evening, say Buenas Noches (BWEY nahs NO chays).
¡Salud! (sah LOOD): Cheers!
When you want to raise your glass in celebration in Puerto Rico, this is the general toast to use to “cheers” your amigos!
Perdón (pear DOHN): Sorry/excuse me.
This is a courteous way to move around someone or apologize.
Que tenga un buen día. (kay TAYN gah oon bweyn DEE ah): Have a good day.
This is the formal version of this phrase, which you would say to people you don’t know very well. In a more casual setting, as when saying “Goodbye” to dear friends and family members, you could say, que tengas instead of que tenga.
Now: practice, practice, practice, and you will be fluent in no-time! If you’re in doubt about the pronunciation of any of these words or phrases, or if you’d like to learn a few more, don’t hesitate to ask one of the friendly staff members during your stay at La Concha Renaissance Resort. ¡Te esperamos!