American Lingo - USA Gap Year Destination Guide
English and Spanish
In a nation as ethnically diverse as the USA, it's no surprise that there is no single official language for the country. The majority of people in the States speak American English and/or Spanish, but there are literally hundreds of other languages spoken by people as their first language at home. Being the helpful people we are, we've provided a collection of useful phrases in Spanish, as well as clearing up a few areas of confusion between American and British English - there is a difference!
Below we detail our guide to learn some basic Spanish phrases and what “we say” and “what they say”...
Some basic Spanish phrases
Yes - Sí
No - No
Please - Por favor
Thank you - Gracias
Sorry - Disculpe
You're welcome - De nada
Hello - Hola
Good morning - Buenos días
Goodbye - Adiós
Good evening - Buenas noches
See you later - Hasta luego
Please speak more slowly - Hable más despacio, por favor
I'm sorry, I don't speak Spanish - Lo siento, no hablo español
Do you speak English? - Habla usted inglés?
We say, They say
The English that our friends in the US speak is not the same as British English, and it's worth remembering a few of the differences to prevent confusion.
|We Say||They Say|
|bum bag||fanny pack|
|current account||checking account|
|engaged (on phone)||busy signal|
|indicator (on car)||turn signal|
|tap (for water)||faucet|