Manners and Etiquette

Learn common Spanish manners and Spanish etiquette when communicating with others in this free lesson.

Manners and etiquette

Do you want to sound more polite when speaking Spanish, or let other Spanish speakers know you can wine and dine with the best of them? Let's take a look at some commonly used words and phrases that will help you get started!

Please and thank you

two people sitting on the couch

Let's take a closer look at some of these phrases. Click the buttons to hear each word, or hover your mouse over the words to see an English translation.

Por favor.

Gracias.

De nada.

Just like in English, please and thank you are some of the most important words you might ever learn. You can use these words in just about any social situation, and they're always appreciated.

Excuse me

Let's take a closer look at some of these phrases. Click the buttons to hear each word, or hover your mouse over the words to see an English translation.

Perdón.

Permiso.

Lo siento.

Walking down a busy street or squeezing onto a crowded bus is stressful enough, let alone when you're speaking another language! Try using these words the next time you find yourself in the middle of a busy crowd.

Bless you

man sneezing

Let's take a closer look at some of these phrases. Click the buttons to hear each word, or hover your mouse over the words to see an English translation.

¡Disculpe!

¡Salud!

Ever sneezed so loudly that it felt like the entire town must have noticed? Never fear! The phrases above will save you from any long-term embarrassment.

Because it literally means good health, salud is also used when making a toast with a group of friends or family members.

These are just some of the most commonly used words and phrases for polite conversation in Spanish. As you learn more about speaking Spanish, you'll pick up other social niceties along the way.

Remember, even if a conversation feels uncomfortable or awkward at first, the most important thing is to keep trying. Most Spanish speakers will recognize your effort with help and encouragement along the way!