BS00865A.gif (2933 bytes) The Language

Spanish is the main language of Venezuela. However, Venezuelan Spanish differs in pronounciation from the Spanish spoken in Spain. There are also some variations in vocabulary. Venezuelans call their language castellano.

Besides Spanish, there are over 30 native Indian languages, of which several have common origins. In more remote areas, some Indians still only speak their own language and have no knowledge of Spanish.

Generally, the knowledge of foreign languages in Venezuela is very basic. Even in better hotels the receptionists don't always speak English. It is therefore useful to learn at least some common phrases before your departure to Venezuela, or to carry a phrasebook.

Phrases for the Traveller

Click on to hear the pronounciation

Basics   
yes si mega.gif (958 bytes)
no no mega.gif (958 bytes)
I don't know no se mega.gif (958 bytes)
hello hola mega.gif (958 bytes)
good morning buenos días mega.gif (958 bytes)
good afternoon buenas tardes mega.gif (958 bytes)
good evening buenas noches mega.gif (958 bytes)
good night buenas noches mega.gif (958 bytes)
goodbye hasta luego mega.gif (958 bytes)
please por favor mega.gif (958 bytes)
thank you gracias mega.gif (958 bytes)
You're welcome de nada / a la orden mega.gif (958 bytes)
     
Useful Phrases   
Do you speak English? ¿Hablas ingles? mega.gif (958 bytes)
I don't speak Spanish No hablo español mega.gif (958 bytes)
Please write that down Por favor escríbelo mega.gif (958 bytes)
Where is ... ? ¿Donde esta ...? mega.gif (958 bytes)
How can I get to ... ? ¿Cómo puedo llegar a ... ? mega.gif (958 bytes)
My name is ... Me llamo ... mega.gif (958 bytes)
What is your name? ¿Cómo te llamas? mega.gif (958 bytes)
Could I use your telephone? ¿Podría usar su teléfono? mega.gif (958 bytes)
     
Getting around   
airport aeropuerto mega.gif (958 bytes)
bus terminal terminal de pasajeros mega.gif (958 bytes)
I'd like a ticket to ... Quiero un pasaje a ... mega.gif (958 bytes)
Is it far? ¿Está lejos? mega.gif (958 bytes)
hitchhike pedir la cola mega.gif (958 bytes)
bus stop parada mega.gif (958 bytes)
ticket boleto mega.gif (958 bytes)
     
Healthcare   
accident accidente mega.gif (958 bytes)
ambulance ambulancia mega.gif (958 bytes)
hospital hospital mega.gif (958 bytes)
pharmacy farmacia mega.gif (958 bytes)
I don't feel well me siento mal mega.gif (958 bytes)
I have a fever tengo fiebre mega.gif (958 bytes)
Please call a doctor Por favor, llame un medico mega.gif (958 bytes)
Where is the nearest hospital? ¿Dónde queda el hospital más cercano? mega.gif (958 bytes)
Could you help me, please? ¿Me podrías ayudar, por favor? mega.gif (958 bytes)
     
Post and Telecommunication   
post office correo (IPOSTEL) mega.gif (958 bytes)
letter carta mega.gif (958 bytes)
parcel paquete mega.gif (958 bytes)
registered mail correo certificado mega.gif (958 bytes)
public telephone teléfono público mega.gif (958 bytes)
long-distance call llamada de larga distancia mega.gif (958 bytes)
international call llamada internacional mega.gif (958 bytes)
collect/reverse charge call llamada a cobro revertido mega.gif (958 bytes)
     
Hotel / Restaurant   
Do you have rooms available? ¿Hay habitaciones? mega.gif (958 bytes)
single room habitación sencilla mega.gif (958 bytes)
double room habitación doble ( 2 beds)
habitación matrimonial ( 1 big bed)
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Where is the toilet? ¿Donde está el baño? mega.gif (958 bytes)
fan ventilador mega.gif (958 bytes)
air-conditioning aire acondicionado mega.gif (958 bytes)
the bill la cuenta mega.gif (958 bytes)
     

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