Essential Spanish Vocabulary Asking for Directions

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Sometimes, getting lost can bring new adventures, and finding yourself wandering along amid Spain’s old narrow streets may just open up a new world of possibilities. Who knows what museums, clubs, shops, or restaurants you may find as you navigate the beautiful villages and cobblestone paths?

Spanish people will not hesitate in helping you to find your way though, so don’t be afraid to ask for directions. And if you make a new friend on your journey, that’s even better! This guide will get you started on the right path to finding your way around Spain.

 Phrase in SpanishPhrase in EnglishPronunciation
PerdoneExcuse mePehr-dohneh
MapaMapMapah
CalleStreet/roadKah-yeh
PlazaSquarePlahzah
ParqueParkPahr-keh
MetroSubwayMetroh
Estación de trenTrain StationEstahzee-ohn deh trehn
AeropuertoAirportAehro-pooertoh
PuertoHarborPooertoh
HotelHotelOhtel
¿Cómo llego a…?How do I get to…?Kohmo yeh-goh ah
Todo rectoStraight onTodoh rehktoh
Gire a la derechaTurn rightHeer-eh ah lah dehre-chah
Gire a la izquierdaTurn leftHeer-eh ah lah eez-kee-erdah
En frente de…In front of…Ehn frehn-te deh
Cruce la calleCross the roadKroozah lah kah-yeh
RotondaRoundaboutRohton-dah
AutopistaHighwayA-ootohpees-tah
¿Dónde está el…?Where is the..?Dohndeh ehstah ehl
LejosFar awayLeh-hos
CercaNearZehr-kah
NorteNorthNohr-teh
SurSouthSoor
EsteEastEhsteh
OesteWestOh-ehsteh
AquíHereAh-kee
AllíOver thereAh-yee
A pieBy footAh pee-eh
En cocheBy carEhn koh-cheh
TaxiTaxiTahc-see
AutobúsBusA-oo-toh-boos

Slang/Commonly Used Expressions:

 Expression in SpanishExpression in EnglishPronunciation
Estoy perdidoI am lostEh-stoee pehr-dee-doh
¿Voy bien por aquí?Is this the right way?Voh-ee bee-ehn pohr ah-kee
Aquí al ladoJust around the cornerAh-kee ahl lah-doh
¿Dónde está el…más próximo?Where is the nearest…?Dohndeh ehstah ehl…mahs prohcseemo