Organizational Communication & Spanish Major
Fall 2016 Semester in Burgos, Spain
After being in Spain for two weeks, I’ve picked up the most used dialogue used in Burgos. I’ve been listening closely to my host parents interacting with family, and have been listening to people while I’m out. I narrowed down ten of the most common phrases:
This roughly translates to cold, or chilly. At first I thought it meant fresh, but it actually is used to describe a kind of biting chill.
9.) Un ratito
A little bit, in terms of time. When I was debating to go out with friends, a friend of my host mother used this to encourage me to go for a short while.
8.) Dar una vuelta
To go for a walk. It could also mean going on a ride in a car or bike. My host mother uses this when she asks her children to go to the park, or invites me to join her to run errands.
“Dear/honey”. It comes from the word cariñoso, which means “caring”. This is used constantly in my house between my host parents and when they address their children.
6.) Que chula/Guay
“Cool/awesome”. Used to describe basically anything someone likes.
Literally means “talk to me”. This is used when they answer the phone, and by my host parents when their children call them.
4.) No pasa nada
This translates as “nothing happens”, but it is used more in a way that means “no big deal”. It is used endlessly in such a tranquil society such as Spain.
3.) A ver
“Let’s see”. This can be used in countless situations; going into a store, trying something on, seeing what someone is doing – the list goes on.
This is the verb I hear the most in Spain. It can mean to pick up, collect or catch. It’s used to describe picking up people and things, purchasing items, or catching a bus.
I often joke that this is the only word you need to know when you come to Spain. When in public you don’t go thirty seconds without hearing it. Vale means “okay/sounds good”. You hear it when people are on the phone, with friends, and doing business. It can also be used in question form, as to mean “got it?” This is the word I found myself using regularly right away.
Now you know the ten most used phrases in Spain. So¡Venga! (Come!)