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Common Spanish Phrases:
Polite Phrases in Spanish

These are some common Spanish phrases that will come handy to you most of the time. You're about to learn some polite phrases in Spanish.

Spanish polite phrases

In this page, I want to show you the magic words that open doors in any language: how to say thank you in Spanish, and how to say "you're welcome" in Spanish.

I also want to show you how to say excuse me, and how to respond to that, as well as what to say in introduction situations.

Are you ready? Let's do it then!

Common Spanish Phrases: How to Say Please, Thank You, and You're Welcome in Spanish

How to Say... ... in Spanish
Please Por favor
Thank You Gracias
Thank You Very Much Muchas Gracias
You're Welcome De Nada
Don't mention it. No hay de qué

Common Spanish Phrases: How to Say Excuse me and Sorry in Spanish, and How to Respond

Polite phrases in Spanish, and in any other language, get you very far.

Sorry has been a very difficult word to say for the head honchos in Australian politics over the last 13 years.

That's a shame for the previous administration, because that small word carries a lot of weight locally and around the world.

But you won't make that mistake, will you?

winkBy the way, I'm Sorry about my political rant here! (Lo siento mucho....)

I'm digressing, aren't I?

Anyway, in this section you will learn how to say "excuse me" and "sorry" in Spanish, and how to respond.

Let's do it, shall we?

How to Say... ... in Spanish
Excuse me (1) Con Permiso^
Excuse me (2) Dispenseme ^
Excuse me (3) Disculpe ^
Certainly Como no.
I'm very sorry Lo siento mucho
It's ok. Está bien.


^ Con permiso is used to excuse yourself when, for instance, you are on a lift (elevator, for my American friends), and need to squeeze between other people who are in front of you in order to get out; or when you want to excuse yourself from a group you are talking with. It is not interchangeable with dispénseme.

You use Dispénseme as an apology word for a minor breach of etiquette, to interrupt a conversation to ask about something else, and that kind of thing.

Discúlpeme is a word you use to ask for directions, information, or a favour from a stranger (very much like the phrase "excuse me" in English), but it can also be used to apologise for a minor breach of etiquette (or, as the French say, a "faux pas").


Common Spanish Phrases: Getting Acquainted in Spanish

Let's say you managed to make friends with a Spanish speaking person in your next trip, and he/she wants to introduce you to this wonderful señorita or joven (young lady or young man) as the case may be.

Do you resort to the regretable phrase "Lo siento... - you've just learned that word above! - "No hablo español"?

No, no, no, no, no!

If you want to impress the person you're being introduced to - just a little -then, you'd better learn the most common Spanish phrases for this type of situation.

Fear not! You've got them right here, right now.

Now there is no excuse for you to stand there mute like a silent monk.

You're gonna learn to say "glad to meet you"... like a native!

Here we go!

How to Say... ... in Spanish
I'd like to introduce you to Mr Molina Quiero presentarle al Señor Molina.
It's a pleasure (to meet you). Mucho gusto.
Glad to meet you. Mucho gusto de conocerlo.
I'd like to introduce you to Mrs Molina. Quiero presentarle a la Señora de Molina*
Delighted to meet you. Encantado de conocerla
The pleasure is mine, thanks. Igualmente, gracias.
Good bye Adiós
See you later. Hasta mañana.
See you later. Hasta luego.


*"In Spanish, the wife takes up her husband's surname by adding the word de after her name (and sometimes her maiden name), and before the husband's surname.


Of course, that was a very short (and shy?) introduction dialogue, wasn't it?

But it's intentionally short so that you don't get overwhelmed with too much information.

Don't worry, I'll add more common Spanish phrases to beef up your vocabulary (I'm sorry if you're a vegetarian). emoticon cow

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