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From ordering tapas in Madrid to making new friends in Costa del Sol, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter. This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances, complete with phonetic spelling; an English-Spanish and Spanish-English dictionary; the latest information on European currency and rail transportation, and even a ...
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Overview


From ordering tapas in Madrid to making new friends in Costa del Sol, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter. This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances, complete with phonetic spelling; an English-Spanish and Spanish-English dictionary; the latest information on European currency and rail transportation, and even a tear-out cheat sheet for continued language practice as you wait in line at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Informative, concise, and practical, Rick Steves' Spanish Phrase Book and Dictionary is an essential item for any traveler's mochila.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598801903
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/11/2008
  • Series: Rick Steves' Phrase Book Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 3.94 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Steves
Rick Steves

Rick Steves is on a mission: to help make European travel accessible and meaningful for Americans. Rick has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. He's researched and written 24 travel guidebooks and hosts the public television series Rick Steves' Europe, now in its seventh season. He also organizes and leads tours of Europe and offers an information-packed website (ricksteves.com). Rick lives in Edmonds, WA, just north of Seattle, with his family.

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Table of Contents

Getting Started 1
Spanish Basics 4
Meeting and Greeting 4
Essentials 5
Where? 6
How Much? 6
How Many? 7
When? 7
Struggling with Spanish 8
Handy Questions 9
El Yin y Yang 11
Big Little Words 12
Very Spanish Expressions 13
Counting 14
Numbers 14
Money 16
Money Words 18
Time 19
Timely Expressions 20
About Time 21
The Day 22
The Week 22
The Month 23
The Year 23
Holidays and Happy Days 23
Key Phrases: Money 18
Key Phrases: Time 22
Traveling 25
Flights 25
Making a Reservation 25
At the Airport 26
Getting to/from the Airport 26
Trains 27
The Train Station 27
Getting a Ticket 28
Reservations, Supplements, and Discounts 31
Ticket Talk 32
Changing Trains 32
On the Platform 33
On the Train 34
Reading Train and Bus Schedules 35
Going Places 36
Buses and Subways 37
At the Bus Station or Metro Stop 37
Taking Buses and Subways 38
Taxis 40
Getting a Taxi 40
In the Taxi 41
Driving 43
Rental Wheels 43
At the Gas Station 43
Car Trouble 45
Parking 45
Finding Your Way 47
Route-Finding Words 48
The Police 48
Reading Road Signs 49
Other Signs You May See 49
Key Phrases: Trains 28
Key Phrases: Buses and Subways 39
Key Phrases: Taxis 42
Key Phrases: Driving 46
Sleeping 52
Places to Stay 52
Reserving a Room 53
Using a Credit Card 54
El Alfabeto 57
Just the Fax, Ma'am 58
Getting Specific 58
Families 59
Mobility Issues 60
Confirming, Changing, and Canceling Reservations 61
Nailing Down the Price 62
Choosing a Room 63
Breakfast 64
Hotel Help 64
Chill Out 66
Hotel Hassles 66
Checking Out 67
Camping 68
Key Phrases: Sleeping 56
Eating 69
Restaurants 69
Types of Restaurants 69
Finding a Restaurant 70
Getting a Table 71
The Menu 72
Ordering 74
Tableware and Condiments 76
The Food Arrives 76
Complaints 77
Compliments to the Chef 77
Paying for Your Meal 78
Special Concerns 79
In a Hurry 79
Dietary Restrictions 79
Children 81
What's Cooking 83
Breakfast 83
What's Probably Not For Breakfast 84
Sandwiches 84
Typical Sandwiches 85
Say Cheese 86
Spanish Cheeses 86
Soups 86
Soup Specialties 87
Salads 87
Salad Specialties 88
Seafood 88
Seafood Specialties 90
Poultry 90
Meat 91
Meat, but 91
Main Course Specialties 92
How It's Prepared 92
Veggies 93
Veggie Specialties 94
Fruits 95
Nuts to You 95
Just Desserts 96
Dessert Specialties 97
Tapas 98
Tapa Terms 99
Seafood Tapas 100
Meaty Tapas 101
Veggie and Egg Tapas 101
Tapa Drinks 102
Drinking 103
Water, Milk, and Juice 103
Coffee and Tea 104
Wine 105
Wine Words 106
Wine Labels 106
Beer 107
Bar Talk 108
Picnicking 110
At the Market 110
Picnic Prose 111
Key Phrases: Restaurants 74
Key Phrases: What's Cooking 83
Avoiding Mis-Steaks 91
Key Phrases: Drinking 104
Drink Specialties 109
Menu Decoder 113
Spanish / English 113
English / Spanish 125
Activities 135
Sightseeing 135
Where? 135
At the Sight 136
Please 136
Tours 137
Discounts 138
At the Bullring 138
In the Museum 139
Art and Architecture 140
Castles and Palaces 141
Religious Words 142
Shopping 143
Spanish Shops 143
Shop Till You Drop 144
Street Markets 146
Clothes 147
Colors 148
Materials 149
Lewelry 149
Sports 150
Bicycling 150
Swimming and Boating 151
Sports Talk 152
Entertainment 153
Entertaining Words 153
Key Phrases: Sightseeing 136
Spanish Art Terms 141
Key Phrases: Shopping 146
Connect 156
Phoning 156
Telephone Words 157
Cell Phones 158
E-Mail and the Web 159
E-Mail 159
On Screen 161
Web Words 161
Mailing 162
Licking the Postal Code 163
Key Phrases: E-Mail and the Web 161
Key Phrases: Mailing 163
Help! 165
Theft and Loss 165
Helpful Words 167
Help for Women 167
Key Phrases: Help! 166
Services 169
Laundry 169
Clean Words 170
Haircuts 170
Repair 171
Filling out Forms 172
Health 173
Allments 175
Womens Health 176
Parts of the Body 177
Healthy Words 180
First-Aid Kit 181
Contacts and Glasses 183
Toiletries 183
Makeup 184
For Babies 185
More Baby Things 186
Key Phrases: Health 174
Chatting 187
Nothing More Than Feelings 188
Who's Who 189
Family 189
Work 190
Chatting with Children 191
Travel Talk 192
Map Musings 194
Favorite Things 198
Weather 199
Thanks a Million 200
Smoking 200
Responses for All Occasions 200
Conversing with Animals 201
Profanity 202
Sweet Curses 203
Create Your Own Conversation 203
Who 203
What 205
Why 205
You Be the Judge 206
Beginnings and Endings 207
Spanish Political Terms 208
A Spanish Romance 209
Words of Love 209
Ah, Amor 209
Key Phrases: Chatting 188
Dictionary 213
Spanish / English 213
English / Spanish 236
Tips for Hurdling the Language Barrier 262
Don't Be Afraid to Communicate 262
International Words 264
Spanish Verbs 265
Spanish Tongue Twisters 269
English Tongue Twisters 269
Spanish Song 270
Numbers and Stumblers 271
Appendix 272
Let's Talk Telephones 272
Country Codes 273
Directory Assistance 274
Embasies 274
Tear-Out Cheat Sheet 275
Hotel Reservation Fax Form 277
Illustrations
Standard Road Signs
Parts of the Body
Human Temperature Thermometer
Weather Thermometer
Maps
Major Rail Lines in Iberia
Spain
Europe
The United States
The World
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