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The Essential Spanish Language Cheat Sheet for a Post-Brexit Holiday

Apr 2019

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The Essential Spanish Language Cheat Sheet for a Post-Brexit Holiday

You know what the top holiday destination is for Brits? Spain! And by quite some way, too, with 12 million of us jetting over every year.

With certain, ahem, political events looming on the horizon, it’s might suddenly become a lot trickier for sun worshipers to reach the endless sandy beaches of the Canaries in the coming years.

Well, never say that we’re not watching out for you. To make sure that you’re prepared for the fun of post-Brexit holidaying in Spain, we’ve put together this handy Spanish-language cheat sheet.

I think we’ve distilled the language down to its most essential parts and I’m confident that it’ll see you safely from Prestwick to Barcelona and back again.


Here is my passport — Aquí esta mi pasaporte

For when you’ve finally got to passport control after standing in the non-EU line for 20 minutes.


I’ll be staying here a week — Estaré aquí una semana

For when you’re explaining to a surly security guard that you’re not trying to illegally emigrate to Spain.


How much does it cost – ¿Cuánto cuesta?

For when you arrive at the airport and head to the nearest cafe for your first tapas.

It’s expensive — Es caro

For when you check the menu, do a quick mental calculation and work out how much your pan tumaca cost in pound sterling.

Where is the bank? — ¿Dónde está el banco?

For when you realise that you’ll need to visit the bank earlier than expected and set out in search of one.

I don’t know — No sé

For when someone in the bank line starts quizzing you on the Brexit vote and why the UK wants to leave the European Union.

Do you speak English? – ¿Hablas inglés?

For when your rudimentary Spanish breaks down and you have to ask the cashier to speak in English.

I’m sorry, I don’t understand — Lo siento, no entiendo

For when they don’t speak English and you don’t speak Spanish.

Can you speak more slowly, please? – Hable despacio, por favor

For when you launch a last ditch attempt to negotiate a cash withdrawal in Spanish.

My hovercraft is full of eels — Mi aerodeslizador está lleno de anguilas

For when all else fails and you decide it’s a good idea to test out your Monty Python phrasebook.

See you later — Hasta luego

For when you give up and head for the nearest barra.

I want a beer — Yo quiero una caña

For when you you’re tired of post-Brexit holidays and just want a huge cold beer.

I miss you — Te echo de menos

For when your plane takes off and realise that continental Europe really isn’t all that bad. If only your visa had been for longer you might have enjoyed yourself a bit more…

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