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The most important vocabulary to know during your trip in Peru

In Peru, the most commonly spoken language spoken is Spanish. A few people still speak Quechua, a language that originated with the Incas, but this is slowly dying out.

The Peruvian people are easy to understand

Whereas the Spanish are known for speaking quickly and not very clearly, you will be surprised when you hear the Peruvians. In fact not only do they speak clearly, they articulate their words, so this makes it much easier to understand them. So don't worry, if you speak a little French or Spanish, you should be able to understand the basics.

A holiday in Peru is therefore a great opportunity for travellers to familiarise themselves with the Spanish language and to do that, what better than to set off with a little vocabulary to make you trip a success?

Peruvian crafts

Basic expressions / Common Words

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Good morning / Good eveningBuenos dias/Buenas tardes
How are you?Como esta?
Fine, thank you, and you?Muy bien, gracias y usted?
I understand / I don't understandEntiendo/ No entiendo
SorryDisculpa
GoodbyeAdios
WelcomeBienvenido/a
Thank you (very much)(Muchas) Gracias
Excuse meDisculpa/ por favor
My name is...Me llamo
No thank youNo gracias
Yes / NoSi/ No
You're welcomeDe nada/ se lo ruego

Commerce

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How much is it?Cuanto cuesta?
It is very cheapEs muy barrato.
It is too expensive!Es demasiado caro!
Can you lower the price?Usted puede bajar el precio?
I would like to buy ... this one!Gostaria comprar esto, éste!
I like it / I don't like itme gusta/ odio
MoneyDiñero
I'm just looking around.Solo echo un vistazo.

Transportation

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I would like to go to ...Quisiera ir...
PlaneAvion
BoatBarco
TrainTren
TaxiTaxi
BusAutobus
I would like to rent ...Quisiera alquiler...
MotorbikeMoto
CarCarro
BikeBici

Directions

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Where is ...? / How can I get to ...?Donde esta...?/ Como se puede ir a...?
BankBanco
Train stationEstacion de tren
CentreCentro urbano
HotelHotel
HospitalHospital
Is it close / far?Esta cerca/ lejos?
Straight aheadTodo recto
Left / RightIzquierda/ Derecha
North / South / East / WestNorte/ Sur/ Este/ Oeste

Numberssieben, acht, neun, zehn

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one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, tenuno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez
twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixtyveinte, trenta, cuarenta, cincuenta, sesenta
seventy, eighty, ninetysetenta, ochenta, noventa
One hundredcien

Hours/Dates and daysDienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag, Sonntag

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What time is it?Qué hora es?
When?Cuando?
YesterdayAyer
Today (morning/midday/evening)Hoy (mañan/ medio dia/ noche)
TomorrowMañana
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, SundayLunes, martes, miercoles, jueves, viernes, sabado, domingo
I am here on vacationEstoy aqui de vacaciones/ de viaje
I am here for businessEstoy aqui por el trabajo/ por negocio

Time to eat!

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I am hungry / I am thirstyTengo hambre/ tengo sed.
EnjoyBuen provecho
Cheers!Salud!
It was deliciousEstaba delicioso!
What can you recommend?Que me recomande usted?
I am vegeterianSoy vegetariano/a
Not spicy please (I don't like spices)Sin especias! (no me gusta las especias)
It's too hotEsta demasiado caliente!
I am allergicSoy alérgico/a
Sea foodMariscos
PeanutsCacahuete
GlutenGluten
I would like...Quisiera...
WaterAgua
Tee / CoffeeTé/ café
Beer / WineCerveza/ vino
The bill, pleaseLa cuenta, por favor

Health / Emergency / Security

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I need to see a doctor.Necesito ver a un médico
Call an ambulance / Call 911Llama un médico/ una ambulancia
Where is the hospital?Donde esta el hospital?
I do not feel very goodNo me siento bien
It hurts hereMe duele aqui
Where can I find the restrooms?Donde estan los baños/los servicios?
Help!Ayuda!
PolicePolicia
DangerPeligro
I'm lostEstoy perdido/a

Other

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Have a nice day !Que tenga un buen dia!
Delphine Teisserenc
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Updated 26 October 2018