Language

Learning the language


At VIVA, all our staff are fluent English, the vast majority speak Spanish and many others speak German, Scandinavian or French, so you don’t have to worry about mastering Spanish straight away. But what about after the keys are yours?

English is widely spoken in southern Spain, so you should find it easy to get by. But it is worth trying to learn a bit if you can, particularly if you’re going to be working here or setting up a business. Luckily, Spanish is a relatively easy language to pick up.

If you want to learn at home before you get here, you’ll find most local colleges or adult education centres run evening classes. Alternatively, you can sign up with a local language school over here. Private lessons aren’t that expensive in Spain either – ask around or look in the classified ads in the local paper or contact www.habla-espanol.net.

Check out the BBC’s onine guide to learning Spanish here >

Some useful phrases

Good morning
Good afternoon/evening
Good night
Hello
Goodbye
See you later
See you soon
Thank you
Please
How are you?
Fine, thank you
My name is…
What’s your name?
A cold beer please
A white coffee please
A glass of red wine please
Can I have the bill please?
How much does it cost?
Where is the nearest bank?

Buenos días
Buenas tardes
Buenas noches
Hola
Adiós
Hasta luego
Hasta pronto
Gracias
Por favor
¿Cómo estás? Or ¿Qué tal?
Bien, gracias
Me llamo…
¿Cómo te llamas?
Una cerveza fría por favor
Un café con leche por favor
Una copa de vino tinto por favor
La cuenta por favor
¿Cuánto cuesta?
¿Dónde está el banco más cercano?