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Learning Spanish or Portuguese

 
If you would like to learn Spanish quickly and effectively then we recommend one of our two-week live-in Spanish courses, which you can purchase on our payment pages. Below are a few simple lines to get you started!
 
In addition, our partners in Peru offer a web-based tuition over Skype. This is a great opportunity to learn Spanish from a South American teacher and block-bookings of 10, one hour lessons are available. Please click on the below link for more information and to sign up:
 
 
For the basics of either Spanish or Portuguese check out the BBC languages website which has free online classes.
 
The handy guide below will help you feel more at home, help you relate better to the locals and make your travels that much more enjoyable and rewarding! Chimu Adventures recommends a Latin American Spanish or Portuguese phrasebook, but hopefully we can help you a little here:

Basic Latin American Spanish

Latin American Spanish English
Hola Hello
Buenos Dias/Tardes Good Morning/Afternoon
Como estas? How are you?
.... bien ... fine
... Mas o menos .... more or less
... mal ... bad
Gracias Thank you
   
Cuanto cuesta este? How much is this?
... Esta bien ....that's fine
.... demasiado .... too much
... pocito menos? .... a little less
   
Donde esta? Where is?
.... el mercado .. the market
.... la plaza de armas ... the main plaza
.... El Baño ... the bathroom
.. la tienda ... the store/shop
   
agua water
gaseosa soft drink
jugo juice
... de naranja .... orange
... de papaya .... pawpaw/papaya
... de fresa ... strawberry
pan bread
pollo chicken
carne meat
chancho/cerdo pork
   
policia police
hospital hospital
doctor doctor
emergencia emergency
Ladrón thief
amigo/choche friend/mate



 

Basic Brazilian Portuguese

 

Brazilian Portuguese English
Olá hello
Bom dia Good day
Como estas? How are you?
Bem Fine
Mais o menous More or less
Mal Bad
obrigado/a Thank you (Male of female)
   
Quanto custa? how much does it cost?
.... esta bem .... that's fine
.... muito .... too much
.... pouce menos ..... a little less
   
Onde é? where is?
... mercado ... the market
.... praca central ... the main plaza
.... banho ... the bathroom
... loja ... the store/shop
   
agua water
especia de soda soft drink
suco juice
... de laranja ... orange
... de mamao ... pawpaw/papaya
... de fresa .... strawberry
pao

bread

frango chicken
carne meat (beef)
porco pork
   
policia police
hospital hospital
doutor doctor
emergencia emergency
ladrao thief
amigo friend