32 Spanish Phrases To Help Beginners Keep The Conversation Flowing

I am a great believer in speaking the language right from the start of your language learning journey. Many people have the attitude that first they must learn all the grammar and huge amounts of vocabulary before they could ever be ready to start conversing with native speakers. People are often scared of getting into awkward situations where they have no clue how to express what they want to say, leaving them only with blank expressions on their faces. This is completely the wrong mindset and I’m here to help!


By learning how to express things such as your level in the language or how to ask for clarification and help understanding or explaining, you open yourself up to a whole new dimension of language learning. Armed with these phrases, every native speaker you encounter is a potential tutor (if they’re in a good mood).

So now you have no excuse! Get out there and start talking with natives.


How to say it in English
How to say it in Spanish
I only speak a little Spanish.Sólo hablo un poco de español.
I am learning Spanish, but I am only a beginner.Estoy aprendiendo español, pero apenas estoy empezando.
I have been learning Spanish for 2 days / 2 weeks / 2 months / 1 year / 2 years.He estado aprendiendo español por dos días /dos semanas / dos meses / un año / dos años.
Will you please correct me please?¿Podrías corregirme por favor?
What does ___ mean?¿Qué significa ______?
What does that mean?¿Qué significa eso?
Can you explain in Spanish / English to me?¿Puedes explicármelo en español / inglés (por favor)?
What does that mean in this context?¿Qué significa eso en ese contexto?
What is the Spanish word for ___?¿Cuál es la palabra en español para ____?
Is this/that correct?¿Es esto/eso correcto?
Am I mistaken?¿Estoy equivocado?
Am I correct?¿Estoy en lo correcto?
Do you understand?¿me entiendes?
I do not understandno te entiendo
I want to improve my level in SpanishQuiero mejorar mi nivel de español
I need to practice SpanishNecesito practicar español
Do you have time to speak with me?¿Tienes tiempo de hablar conmigo?
Can you help me to learn Spanish?¿Me puedes ayudar a aprender español?
Do you mind if we speak in Spanish?¿Te importaría que hablemos en español?
Can you please speak in Spanish? it helps me to learn.¿Puedes hablar en español por favor? Me ayuda a aprender.
How do you say ‘___’ in Spanish?¿Cómo se dice ____ en español?
I struggle with spelling / reading / writing / listening / pronunciation.Se me dificulta deletrear / leer / escribir / escuchar / pronunciar.
Can you please repeat? I did not understand.¿Lo puedes repetir por favor? no entendí
I don’t speak Spanish fluently.No hablo español fluidamente.
I am confused.Estoy confundido (masculine) Estoy confundida (femenine)
I don’t know how to say it in Spanish.No sé cómo decirlo en español.
Sorry (or ‘pardon’), what did you say?“Perdón, ¿qué dijiste?” or “Disculpa, qué dijiste?” you can use either one but maybe “disculpa” is more polite.
I’ve never heard of that.Nunca había escuchado eso.
That makes sense.Eso tiene sentido.
That does not make sense.Eso no tiene sentido.
What’s happening? / What’s going on?¿Que está pasando?
What do you mean by ‘___’ ?¿A qué te refieres con _____?
Can you please speak more slowly?¿Puede hablar más despacio, por favor?

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