Knowing Spanish is absolutely not required to fully enjoy your trip to the Dominican Republic and be effective. We have had people participate who had a great time, and did not know what the word gracias meant!

That being said, we do encourage you to learn a little bit of Spanish to communicate to some degree with the kids. If you have taken some Spanish classes,it’s a good idea to brush up some before your trip.If you’ve never taken Spanish classes, we encourage you to look at a beginning Spanish book or listen to a beginning Spanish CD set. If you don’t have the time or interest to do this, don’t worry.You can communicate from the heart at least as effectively as from the mouth. Just be realistic with your expectations.

Below are some helpful Spanish words and phrases to learn:

Hello. Hola.   Who? Quién?
Yes. Si.   Why? Por qué?
No. No.   What? Qué?
Please. Por favor.   How are you? Cómo estás?
Thank you. Gracias.   What’s your name? Cómo se llama?
You’re welcome. De nada.   My name is … Me llamo…
Good morning. Buenos días.   How old are you? Cuántos años tienes?
Good afternoon. Buenas tardes.   Let’s go! Vamos!
Good night. Buenas noches.   Quiet! Silencio!
Good bye. Adiós.   That’s enough! Suficiente!
See you later. Hasta luego.   Look! Mire!
Do you speak
Habla usted inglés?   Listen! Escuche!
I don’t speak
No hablo español.   Wait! Espere!
I understand. Yo entiendo.   Blow your nose. Limpie su nariz.
I don’t understand. Yo no entiendo.   Pick up the trash. Recoja la basura.
What?  What did
you say?
Cómo? Qué dijo?   Don’t pull my hair. No jalen mi pelo.
Where is the bathroom? Dónde está el baño?   Don’t hit him! No lo golpee!
Men/Women Caballeros/Damas   I like that. Me gusta esto.
Where? Dónde?   Write it down. Escribalo.
How much? Cuánto?   Share. Comparta.