This post contains words and phrases used in basic conversations in Spanish. Things such as ‘How are you?’, ‘How’s it going?’  and other phrases of a similar level.

Let’s start with some questions that are commonly used in everyday conversation.

¿Còmo estás?

How are you? (Regular/Informal)

¿Cómo está usted?
How are you? (Formal)

¿Cómo te va?
How’s it going?

¿Cómo has ido?

How have you been?

¿Qué tal?
What’s up?

¿Qué pasa?
What’s happening?

¿Qué haces? / ¿Qué estás haciendo?
What are you doing?

Okay, that’s great. I can ask the questions, but how do I know what the other person has replied with? How do I answer the question if it is asked by someone else?


Bien, gracias / Muy bien
Good, thank-you / Very good

Todo bien
All good


Un poco cansado / Un poco cansada
A little tired (said by a man) / A little tired (said by a woman)

Estoy enfermo / Estoy enferma
I’m sick (said by a man) / I’m sick (said by a woman)

Más o menos
Okay / So-so


If you really do get stuck in conversation, then the below phrases are here to save the day.

Lo siento
I’m sorry

Lo siento, no hablo Español
I’m sorry, I don’t speak Spanish

Lo siento, estoy todavía aprendiendo Español
I’m sorry, I am still learning Spanish

¿Hablas inglés?
Do you speak English?

Mi Español no es muy bueno, ¿podemos hablar inglés?

My spanish is not very good, can we speak English?

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