Phrases and words that may be helpful to you while in Mexico include:

The Simple Stuff

English Spanish Pronunciation
Yes see
No no noh
Please por favor pohr fah-BOHR
Thank you gracias GRAH-see-ahs
You’re Welcome de nada day-NAH-thah
No, thank you no, gracias noh, GRAH-see-ahs

"Excuse me." or "Pardon me." 




Good morning Buenos días BWEH-nohs DEE-ahs
Good afternoon Buenas tardes BWEH-nahs TAHR-days
Good evening Buenas noches BWEH-nahs NOH-tchays
Good bye Adiós Ah-dee-OHS
Hello/Hi hola OH-lah
See you later hasta luego AHS-tah LWAY-goh
What is your name? ¿Cómo se llama? KOH-moh say YAH-mah
My name is… mi nombre es ... Mee NOHM-bray ays...
How are you? ¿Cómo estas? KOH-moh ays-TAHs 

Fine, thank you.

Very good, thank you. 

Bien, gracias

Muy bien, gracias 

BEE-ayn GRAH-see-ahs

MOOEE BEE-ayn GRAH-see-ahs
Do you speak English? ¿Hablas inglés? AH-bla een-GLAYS
I’m Canadian. Soy canadiense. Soy kah-nah-dee-AYN-seh



I don’t understand. no entiendo. Noh ayn-TEEAYN-doh





Husband esposo ays-POH-soh
Wife esposa ays-POH-sah
Where is/are…? ¿Donde está/están…? DOHN-day ays-TAH  / ays-TAHN


NOTE: this means "what day?" If you want to know "at what time?" you must say:

¿A cuál hora? 





ah kwahl OH-rah

Who? ¿quién? keeayn
Why? ¿por qué? pohr kay
What? ¿qué? kay
How long…? (time) ¿cuanto tiempo? KWAHN-toh teeAYM-poh

How much does it cost?  or you can simply say:

¿cuánto cuesta?


KWAHN-toh KWAY-stah


How far? ¿A qué distancia? ah kay dees-TAHN-seeah
Can you help me? ¿Puede ayudarme? PWAY-day ah-yoo-DAHR-may
What time is it ¿Qué hora es? kay OH-rah ays
Useful Statements
I (don’t) like it (No) me gusta (Noh) may GOOS-tah
I don’t know No sé NOH say.
I need necesito nay-say-SEE-toh 
I’m hungry Tengo hambre TAYN-goh AHM-bray
I’m thirsty Tengo sed TEHN-goh sayd
I’m tired estoy cansado ays-TOY kahn-SAH-thoh
I’m ready


estoy listo / lista

          male / female 

ays-TOY LEES-toh / LEES-tah
Right now ahora mismo ah-OH-rah MEES-moh
Just a minute un momento oon mo-MAYN toh
Come in! entre / pase EHN-tray / PAH-say
It’s cheap es barato ays bah-RAH-toh
It’s expensive es caro ays KAH-roh
It’s cold (weather) hace frío AH-say FREE-oh
It’s hot (weather) hace calor AH-say kah-LOHR
I'm hot (temperature) tengo calor TAYN-goh kah-LOHR
I'm cold ( " ) tengo frío TAYN-goh FREE-oh
A little un poco oon POH-koh

A lot

mucho MOO-cho
Some unos / unas OO-nohs / OO-nahs
Tomorrow mañana mahn-YAH-nah
Morning la mañana lah mahn-YAHN-ah
Afternoon la tarde lah TAHR-thay
evening / night la noche lah NOH-tchay
Next week la semana próxima lah say-MAH-nah PROHK-see-mah
The Hotel
Bathroom el baño ayl BAHN-yoh
Swimming Pool

la alberca 

 This is the most commomly used word in México for "swimming pool".  In European Spanish it would be:(See comments)

la piscina 

 lah ahl-BAYR-kah





lah pee-SEE-nah

Open abierto ah-BEEAYR-toh
Closed cerrado say-RAH-thoh
Bed cama KAH-mah
Towel toalla toh-AH-yah
Soap jabón hah-BOHN
Pillow almohada ahl-moh-AH-thah
Shower la ducha / el baño lah DHOO-tchah / ayl BAHN-yoh
Iron plancha PLAHN-tchah
Hair dryer secador de pelo say-kah-DOHR day PAY-loh
There are no towels no hay toallas noh eye toh-AH-yahs
I have a problem. tengo problema TAYN-goh pro-BLAY-mah
The Restaurant
Waiter / waitress mesero / mesera may-SAY-roh / may-SAY-rah
I want / I’d like quiero / quisiera KEYAY-roH /  key-SEEAY-rah
The bill please La cuenta, por favor lah KWAYN-tah, pohr fah-BOHR
Breakfast desayuno day-sah-YOO-noh
Lunch almuerzo / comida Ahl-MWAYR-soh / koh-MEE-dah
Dinner  (at night) cena SAY-nah
Knife cuchillo koo-TCHEE-yoh
Fork tenedor tay-nay-THOHR
Spoon cuchara koo-TCHAH-rah
Tea te tay
Black coffee café negro kah-FAY nay-groh
Coffee with milk café con leche kah-FAY kohn LAY-tchay
Milk leche LAY-tchay
Ice hielo EEAY-loh
Mineral water agua mineral AH-gwah mee-nay-RAHL
Wine vino BEE-noh
Beer cerveza sayr-BAY-sah
White wine vino blanco BEE-noh BLAHN-koh
Red wine vino tinto BEE-noh TEEN-toh
Lemonade limonada lee-moh-NAH-dah
Juice jugo HOO-goh
Egg huevo WAY-boh
Scrambled eggs huevos revueltos WAY-bohs reh-BWAYL-tohs
Cheese queso KAY-soh
Butter mantequilla mahn-tay-KEE-yah
Bread pan pahn
Fruit fruta FROO-tah
Salt sal sahl
Pepper (black) pimienta negra pee-MEEAYN-tah NAH-grah
Sugar azúcar Ah-SOO-kahr
Fish pescado pehs-KAH-thoh
Salad ensalada ayn-sah-LAH-thah
Soup sopa SOH-pah
Dessert postre POHS-tray
Ice cream nieve / helado  NEEAY-bay  / ay-LAH-thoh
Days of the Week
Sunday domingo doh-MEEN-goh
Monday lunes LOO-nays
Tuesday martes MAHR-tays
Wednesday miércoles MEEAYR-koh-lays
Thursday jueves HWAY-bays
Friday viernes BEEAYR-nays
Saturday sábado SAH-bah-doh
1 uno OO-noh
2 dos dohs
3 tres trays
4 cuatro KWAH-troh
5 cinco seen-koh
6 seis sayees


8 ocho OH-tchoh
9 nueve NWAY-bay




 straight ahead derecho day-RAY-tchoh
 left la izquierda lah ees-KEEAYR-dah
 right la derecha lah day-RAY-tchah
 north norte NOHRR-tay
 south sur soorr


este  or


 AYS-tay  or



oeste  or


oh-AYS-tay  or